2019 Safe Systems Summit: Redefining Transportation Safety

Agenda

The Safe Systems Summit will be held April 23-24, 2019. 

April 23

7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration
8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Opening breakfast and networking
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome address

Speakers: Laura Sandt, Director, CSCRS (View Bio)

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Opening session: Past successes and future challenges in traffic safety
CSCRS Director Laura Sandt will outline the “wicked” problems we face and why some traffic safety issues are more persistent than others, underlying the need for new systems-oriented paradigms and skill sets. Then, public health experts will speak to specific traffic safety challenges the field has faced in the past, how injury prevention approaches have been applied and have evolved, and what is needed to ensure success in addressing future transportation issues.

Speakers: Laura Sandt, Director, CSCRS (View Bio)

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Systems 101: Essentials of Safe Systems and systems thinking
International experience with Safe Systems principles has demonstrated the potential to substantially reduce the road toll, but applying Safe Systems to the United States presents numerous hurdles. In this session, we’ll explore how various nations have applied Safe Systems principles and how Vision Zero compares with Safe Systems abroad. We’ll also examine systems science as a potential tool for improving the performance of domestic Safe Systems and Vision Zero programs.

Moderator: Wes Kumfer, Engineering Research Associate, UNC Highway Safety Research Center (View Bio)

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch and keynote address: From Safe Systems to system safety
In this keynote address, Dr. McClure will draw upon his extensive training and experience in injury prevention research and practice, his role as director of various research institutes, and his leadership experience at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to address the critical need for systems thinking within a roadway safety context. With his vast wealth of knowledge on the systemic prevention of injury, Dr. McClure will challenge our assumptions regarding Safe Systems and offer insights into how we can reduce the global road toll.

Speaker: Dr. Roderick McClure, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of New England (Australia) (View Bio)

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. Break
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Moving principles into practice
This session will showcase examples from projects and communities that are incorporating safe systems principles and practical methods to integrate roadway design, community engagement and other considerations. Integration across different safety-improving efforts creates the necessary synergy to deliver more effective solutions to transportation safety problems.

Moderator: Offer Grembek, Co-Director, University of California, Berkeley Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (View Bio)

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Networking break
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Concurrent sessions:
Data integration to support safer systems
A comprehensive safety data system is comprised of a number of data sets including not only crash data, but also roadway and traffic data, vehicle, driver, citation, and hospital/EMS data. Historically these datasets have been kept in siloed data repositories across a number of agencies. While transportation agencies are increasingly seeing the benefits of merging these data for more robust data-driven safety analysis, integrating these disparate systems remains a challenge. This session will explore integration across datasets and jurisdictions through both Federal and State efforts, discussing the challenges, successes and lessons learned.

Moderator: Chris Cherry, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (View Bio)

 

Navigating complex transportation systems
Systems science offers an interdisciplinary set of tools that can help examine and determine how best to intervene on complex problems. Given that transportation problems often arise and persist due to dynamic interactions among a multitude of factors, systems science approaches have much to offer the transportation field. In this session, we will explore concrete applications of systems science tools to persistent transportation problems. Applications will highlight the utility of these tools for both researchers and practitioners working to advance the science and practice of transportation safety.

Speaker: Becky Naumann, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health (View Bio)

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Break
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Research Poster Showcase and Networking Reception
Connect with colleagues while you explore the work of students and researchers presenting their transportation and public health-related research, capstone and community projects as posters. As professionals in your respective fields, we invite you to peruse the research, ask questions, and engage in an open discourse with the presenters.

Presenter: Asad Khattak, Beaman Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UTK (View Bio)

 

April 24

7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and networking
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Welcome address, recap of day one

Speaker: Laura Sandt, Director, CSCRS (View Bio)

8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Interactive session: roundtable discussions on future of transportation
Participate in this interactive session centered around connected and autonomous vehicles and what they mean for road safety. The session will frame the discussion by identifying history’s neglected but important lessons for automated vehicles’ future. Attendees will also engage in roundtable discussions exploring various aspects of the automated vehicle universe. Hear from other diverse voices about what the concept of driverless cars means to them, and share your own.

Moderator: Wes Kumfer, Engineering Research Associate, UNC Highway Safety Research Center (View Bio)

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Concurrent sessions:
Setting the scene for promoting shared safety goals
Frames structure our ideas, they shape how we reason, and impact how we perceive and act. By focusing on certain aspects of a traffic safety issue, frames convey who is responsible and often propose solutions to problems. For example, a proposal to install a “road diet” can be framed as “reducing the number of car lanes” or “increasing road user safety.” Join us for an interactive session to learn how to identify frames used in everyday crash narratives, and then “re-frame” these narratives to motivate people to act to improve the safety of all road users.

Moderator: Seth LaJeunesse, Research Associate, UNC Highway Safety Research Center (View Bio)

 

Inspiring and enabling authentic collaboration and engagement
This session will focus on the role of collaboration and community engagement in building and acting on shared understandings of mobility, accessibility, and safety. Participants will learn about community-based participatory research and be exposed to techniques and methods to improve identification, communication and bidirectional learning from community partners. Participants will also hear about on-going community-based participatory research projects, locally and globally. Finally, the session will include discussion on how community-based research enriches and informs the systems science approach to road safety.

Moderator: Kelly Evenson, Research Professor, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health (View Bio)

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch and keynote address: Self-driving car safety – it’s complicated
Consider the future of self-driving cars from an interdisciplinary perspective with one of the nation’s leading experts in robotics and systems safety. This keynote address and lunch will be followed by the presentation of student poster awards.

Speaker: Phil Koopman, Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (View Bio)

Student awards presentation
Three students will be recognized for top research in the Research Poster Showcase that was held on Thursday night.

12:45 – 1:00 p.m. Break
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Concurrent sessions:
Regulating evolving technology
New technology is often promoted as a means to improve safety. But new technology can also introduce new risks that are hard to predict during early development, creating new challenges for policymakers concerned with public safety. In this session we’ll discuss how innovation often outpaces the speed of regulation and investigate ways regulatory regimes could adapt to keep up.

Moderator: Michael Clamann, Senior Human Factors Engineer, UNC Highway Safety Research Center (View Bio)

 

Measuring system success
This session will address six questions:

  • How should the impact of a Safe Systems approach be evaluated?
  • What is the degree of alignment and misalignment between Safe Systems measures and traditional measures of safety?
  • How might safety performance measures be better aligned with desired improvements in safety?
  • How might iterative and organizational learning approaches be used to identify and implement more useful safety measures?
  • How can success measures be developed that are shared by all relevant stakeholders?
  • How should evaluations of safety systems be constructed that recognize the complex characteristics of safety systems?

Speaker: Jonathan A. Morell, Editor, Evaluation and Program Planning (View Bio)

Moderator: Krista Nordback, Senior Research Associate, UNC Highway Safety Research Center (View Bio)

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Networking break
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Leadership that adapts to a changing world
In this session, we will learn from the experiences of leaders who are at the forefront of advancing road safety in the local, national, and international arenas. The session will include an interactive panel discussion where speakers and the audience can discuss challenges and opportunities for advancing Safe Systems in practice.

Moderator: Eric Dumbaugh, Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University School of Urban & Regional Planning (View Bio)

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. The road ahead
This session will reflect on key insights from the Summit and discuss the implications for educators, researchers, and communities. We will consider the questions generated by the Summit to identify research needs as well as opportunities for collaboration among participants.

Speaker: Noreen McDonald, Department Chair, Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Professor, Director of Carolina Transportation Program, UNC Department of City and Regional Planning (View Bio)

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2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Concurrent workshops:

Tackling wicked problems using systems mapping lessons
In this session, we will build skills in using systems methods to unpack “wicked” transportation problems such as impairment, distraction, speed, and technology change. We will examine how system dynamics tools can foster new collaborations, partnerships, and problem-solving approaches. We will provide strategies for integrating systems approaches into current transportation safety research and practice in ways that can complement and enhance current practices.

Facilitator: Becky Naumann, Research Assistant Professor, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health (View Bio)

 

Enhancing NC Vision Zero through data integration
This workshop provides an opportunity to learn about the work that is being done by the City of Durham, the Durham- Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization, Duke University Hospital and UNC Health Care to address data integration needs in North Carolina. The small group will discuss how to support high injury network mapping, injury validation, systemic analysis, and Vision Zero. We will also explore options for the most useful data linkages and resources needed to maximize integration.

Facilitator: Katie Harmon, Graduate Research Assistant, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

PLEASE NOTE: Capacity is limited, please inquire about available seats at registration desk prior to the workshop.

4:00 p.m. Safe Systems Summit ends