In 2018, the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University partnered with PSU's Graduate School of Education (GSE) to host the first-ever "Mobility Matters" Transportation & Wayfinding Summit. We're excited to reprise the popular interdisciplinary event in 2019. Mark your calendars for March 11, 2019!
We invite disability specialists, urban planners, engineers, transportation professionals, students, and community members to discuss the nexus between design, innovation, technology, and access. Conference themes will examine technological innovations that improve accessibility and wayfinding; smart cities; interdisciplinary approaches for intersections; unequal access to safe roads for those with disabilities who are persons of color; and opportunities for regional coordination across adjacent metropolitan areas, with an emphasis on Cascadia.
We anticipate opening registration in December 2018, let us know if you would like to be notified on event updates.
Schedule of the Day
This schedule is in progress, and subject to change.
- 8:00 AM - Breakfast and Networking
- 8:30 AM - Opening Welcome: The Nexus of Disability, Race, Equity, Inclusive Design, Testbeds, Smart Cities
- 8:45 AM - Policymaking and Innovation in Transportation
- 9:15 AM - Lived Experiences and Civic Engagement: Community Partnership in Design, Testing and Deployment
---George Stern, VP of DeafBlind Citizens in Action
- 11:00 AM - Applications & Testbeds in Accessible Mobility: Innovations on the Mainstage
- 12:00 PM - Lunch + Networking Break
- 1:00 PM - Afternoon Breakouts and Mobile Walkabouts
---Wayfinding and Indoor Navigation: Discussion + Exploration
---Tactile Maps and 3-D printing on Campus Testbeds
---Intersections on Universal Access: Discussion + Exploration
---Applying PathVu Technology: Discussion + Exploration
- 3:30 PM - Coming Back Together: A Facilitated Discussion of Findings
- 4:30 PM - Networking and Next Steps
Learn more about the growing PSU partnership on orientation and mobility.
Special Education at the Graduate School of Education (GSE) at Portland State University
GSE is the largest and most comprehensive school of education in Oregon, offering more than 50 programs in education and counseling. GSE’s hybrid online Orientation and Mobility program is the regional program for the Pacific and Northwest Consortium for Vision Education, comprised of six states: Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Idaho, Alaska and Montana. The O&M program is closely affiliated with the GSE’s nationally accredited Visually Impaired Learner (VIL) program.
Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University
TREC is home to the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), and other transportation programs. TREC produces research and tools for transportation decision makers, develops K-12 curriculum to expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engages students and young professionals through education.
Digital City Testbed Center
The Digital City Testbed Center (DCTC) at Portland State University establishes a network of campuses in the Pacific Northwest where smart city innovation can be carefully tested before being deployed in communities at large. A primary goal is to balance the promise of new technologies against concerns about security, equity, ethics and possible monopolization. DCTC testbeds initially will focus on questions of accessibility, resilience to natural disasters and public education. PSU plans to work with local and regional governments on this project.