Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis (AERIS) Transformative Concepts Workshop

When: July 13, 2011 from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.  Eastern Time
Where: Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S.DOT) will be hosting a free public workshop to discuss the Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis (AERIS) Program and present Transformative Concepts. There will be a webinar for the first three hours of the meeting. The meeting is being organized by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) which is part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).

About the AERIS Program:

At the core of Federal ITS research is connected vehicle research – a multimodal initiative that aims to enable safe, interoperable networked wireless communications among vehicles, the infrastructure, and passengers’ personal communications devices. This research leverages the potentially transformative capabilities of wireless technology to make surface transportation safer, smarter, and greener.  The objective of the AERIS research program is to generate and acquire environmentally-relevant real-time transportation data, and use these data to create actionable information that supports and facilitates “green” transportation choices by transportation system users and operators.  Employing a multi-modal approach, the AERIS Program will work in partnership with the vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications research efforts to better define how connected vehicle data and applications might contribute to mitigating some of the negative environmental impacts of surface transportation.

About the AERIS Transformative Concepts Workshop:

The purpose of this workshop is to present and solicit feedback from stakeholders on the set of Transformative Concepts developed by the AERIS Program.  Transformative Concepts are integrated operational concepts that use V2V, V2I, and other data and communications in innovative ways to operate surface transportation networks to reduce transportation-related emissions and fuel consumption.  Transformative Concepts are intended to change the way surface transportation systems operate, with an emphasis on combining applications to provide significant environmental benefits. AERIS Transformative Concepts include: (1) eco-signal operations, (2) eco-lanes, (3) low-emissions zone, (4) eco-traveler information, (5) support for alternative fuel vehicle operations, and (6) eco-integrated corridor management.  The AERIS team will facilitate breakout sessions to obtain feedback from stakeholders.  This valuable feedback will be utilized by the USDOT to refine the set of Transformative Concepts to enable future research and modeling to determine potential environmental benefits in a connected vehicle environment.


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Persons planning to attend any part of the public meeting or participate in the three-hour webinar should send their full name, organization, business e-mail address and name of meeting to Adam Hopps at ITS America at by July 1, 2011. Please specify if you plan to be on the webinar.

For any questions please contact Adam Hopps at or (202) 680 0091.