IDEAL RRTC Webinar Series: Emerging Driverless and Automated Transportation: Designing for Inclusion
This webinar focused on the importance and challenges of accessible road transportation for the quality of life of people with disabilities. We discussed driverless and shared-use automated vehicles, what these are, and what promise they hold for addressing community mobility needs of individuals with disabilities, using examples from ongoing projects related to the accessible and inclusive design of these emerging transportation technologies.
Jordana Maisel, PhD, MUP
Director of Research, IDEA Center
Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
University at Buffalo, SUNY
Dr. Jordana Maisel works at the intersection of research, teaching, and practice as an assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and as the research director for the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA Center) within the School of Architecture and Planning. She earned her BS in Human Development from Cornell University and holds a Master of Urban Planning and a PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University at Buffalo. Dr. Maisel has led research in the areas of public transportation, street infrastructure, post-occupancy evaluations, and accessible housing policy. She co-directs the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Public Transportation (RERC-APT). She also directs the current RERC on Universal Design and the Built Environment, is a Co-Investigator on projects funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation and was previously a co-Principal Investigator on a NIDILRR field-initiated research project on Independent Wheelchair Securement and a Social Innovation grant from Toyota to study ride-hailing. Maisel co-authored Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments (2012), Accessible Public Transportation (2018), and Inclusive Design: Implementation and Evaluation (2018), as well as numerous peer-reviewed publications.
Victor L. Paquet, ScD, MS
Professor and Chair, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
University at Buffalo, SUNY
Dr. Victor Paquet is Professor and Chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University at Buffalo, SUNY. He has a doctorate from the Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and a master’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. His research focuses on the development and evaluation of systems that improve the health, safety, and abilities of people in environments ranging from the workplace to the home, with a particular emphasis on those who have physical limitations. Dr. Paquet’s research has included ergonomics intervention studies designed to reduce musculoskeletal injury risk among workers in construction, manufacturing, and health care settings, use of digital human modeling to improve home environments, transportation systems for those who have mobility impairments, and testing of products and environments that assist older adults in activities of daily living. Dr. Paquet is a Co-Investigator on the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Public Transportation (RERC-APT) and the RERC on Universal Design and the Built Environment (RERC-UD).
Clive D'Souza, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology
University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Clive D’Souza is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh. He has a PhD in industrial engineering and an MS in mechanical engineering from the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Dr. D’Souza’s research focuses on human factors and human performance measurement and human-system integration related to accessible and inclusive transportation design for individuals aging and/or with a disability. Dr. D'Souza is a Co-Investigator on the NIDILRR-funded Investigating Disability factors and promoting Environmental Access for healthy Living Rehabilitation Research Training Center (IDEAL RRTC) and faculty affiliate at the University of Michigan’s Center for Disability Health and Wellness.