Session No. 3E

Today’s Actions for Tomorrow’s Technologies

With the long lifespan of transportation infrastructure, engineers and planners need to be thinking today about what infrastructure will need to look like in 20, 30, or even 40 years. Join this session to hear the latest thoughts connected and autonomous vehicles will have on network capacity and traffic signals, as well as how to safety manage the transition when both CAVs and non-CAVs will be on the road.

Moderator: Shannon Warchol, Kittelson and Associates 

  • How the Convergence of ACES and Technology are Shaping the Future of Mobility, Barry Einsig, principal, CAVita
  • Planning Today for CAVs Tomorrow: Planning-Level Capacity Adjustments, Abby Morgan, senior engineer, Kittelson and Associates
  • Preparing for Tomorrow’s Traffic Signals Today, Anthony Castellone, Transportation Division Manager, Pennoni and Ozan Tonguz, professor, Carnegie Mellon University   


Barry Einsig is a principal of Econolite/CAVita Consulting, responsible for business development and execution of the strategic advisory programs for nations, states, cities, local governments and private corporations. He joins Econolite/CAVita following six years with Cisco Systems, Inc., where he was an executive responsible for global automotive and transportation solution development. He helped launch Cisco’s leading innovative solutions in several new markets, including connected and automated vehicle, rail, roadways, and mass transit. Prior to Cisco Systems, Einsig was the Director of Transportation/Strategic Development for Harris Corp. (Washington D.C.) where he was one of the founding members of the Broadband team to lead the company into the LTE market. While at Harris, Einsig received a patent for the use of video over LTE networks. He is a previous four-year member of Singapore CARTS Committee, focused on Connected and Highly Automated vehicle systems. He is a published authority on ITS, infrastructure systems, and connected vehicle applications. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Juniata College.

Abby Morgan leads Kittelson’s national research on emerging technologies and smart cities.  She leads the mobility evaluation of all the USDOT Connected Vehicle Pilot deployments in Tampa, New York City, and Wyoming; as well as the Smart Columbus deployment. She wrote the first national guidebook for state DOTs and local agencies on how to plan for the impacts of new technologies on land use and transportation. Morgan also manages the research to update the Highway Capacity Manual by adding capacity adjustment factors for Connected and Automated Vehicles, which you’ll hear about today.  

Anthony Castellone is a senior TSMO engineer in Pennoni’s Clearwater, Florida office with more than 35 years of wide-ranging experience in all phases of transportation engineering, including complete streets, transportation planning analysis, highway capacity analysis, traffic signal design, ITS, signing, pavement markings, and coordinated system signal timing. Castellone is a registered Professional Engineer in eight states. The consummate “learner”, Anthony received his Professional Traffic Operations Engineer certification in 2002, published an article on Neighborhood Traffic Management for the “ITE Journal” (1998) and is IMSA II certified in Traffic Signals and Pavement Marking. Castellone is a Fellow Member of ITE and served as the Mid-Atlantic Section President in 2003. Currently, Anthony serves on the ITE’s Executive TSMO Council (Secretary) and is a recent President of ASHE’s Pittsburgh Section. Castellone received his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island.

Ozan K. Tonguz is the founder, CEO, and CTO of the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) startup Virtual Traffic Lights, LLC (virtualtrafficlights.com), the co-founder and CEO of another CMU startup known as Retrofit AI (retrofitai.com). He is also a tenured professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to joining academia, he was with Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) doing research in optical networks and communication systems. His current research interests include artificial intelligence (AI), intelligent transportation systems, autonomous driving, distributed AI, machine learning, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and V2X communications, vehicular networks, sensor networks, computer networks, wireless networks and communications systems, ad hoc wireless networks, self-organizing networks, smart grid, Internet of Things (IoT), optical communications and networks, and security. He has published more than 300 technical papers in IEEE journals and conference proceedings. He is an inventor on 21 patents (18 US patents and 3 international patents). He is well-known for his contributions to vehicular networks, wireless communications and networks, and optical communications and networks. He is the author (with G. Ferrari) of the 2006 Wiley book entitled “Ad Hoc Wireless Networks: A Communication-Theoretic Perspective”. He is the Founder and CEO of Virtual Traffic Lights (VTL), LLC, a CMU startup that was launched for providing solutions to several acute transportation problems related to safety and traffic information systems, using vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) wireless communications and distributed AI paradigms. His work and inventions on VTL has been featured in more than 100 countries in different continents by CNN, New Scientist, Discovery Channel, GizMag, CBS, AUDI Technology Magazine, The Atlantic, Metro World News, Eyewitness News in Johannesburg, South Africa, many radio and TV channels, and Internet media. His industrial experience includes periods with Bell Communications Research, CTI Inc., Harris RF Communications, Aria Wireless Systems, Clearwire Technologies, Nokia Networks, Nokia Research Center, Neuro Kinetics, Asea Brown Boveri (ABB), General Motors (GM), Texas Instruments, and Intel. He currently serves or has served as a consultant or expert for several companies, law firms, and government agencies in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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Dec. 10, 2020

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.




The Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) attracts professionals from throughout Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic region, and the country. It is an authoritative source of information on pressing issues from some of the foremost experts in transportation today.

Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

201 Transportation Research Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-1891