Moving America Forward - Next Generation of Truck Freight Transport

Session 1 - Digitization in Logistics & Supply Chain 
Co-Chairs: John Paul MacDuffie & Stephen Burks
Supply chain (SC) management received early investment in technologies such as ERP to streamline transactions, improve warehouse management, and sharpen analytics -- but largely within existing silos. The next wave of digitalization aims to integrate the entire supply chain by linking cross-functional data from internal and external sources; providing transparency (with real-time updates) into inventory, shipments, and scheduling for all SC participants; and applying machine learning to both problem-solving and forecasting. New digital applications promise more seamless integration via a new emergent ecosystem that links large industrial companies with sophisticated logistics providers and tech start-ups. Barriers to progress are often organizational since new approaches to sharing data and collaborating with SC partners are needed to take advantage of new capabilities. Trucking is an early adopter of digital technologies but also has a long way to go before the potential of digitalization is reached.
Session 2 - The Next Generation of Freight & Truck Drivers 
Co-Chairs: Steve Viscelli & Jean Tyrell
The trucking industry has long been a source of millions of jobs, many of them of high quality. For decades, however, the industry has routinely suffered from a shortage of drivers and working conditions, wages and the health of drivers in some segments have deteriorated. The quality of trucking jobs impact drivers, their families and communities, but also the public through effects on congestion, air quality and safety. This panel will explore the potential for making the industry safer, more efficient and a better place to work by look at the nature and origin of existing problems related to driver health, safety, wages and working conditions with an eye toward current trends, such as eCommerce and automation, and opportunities to ensure the next generation of trucking jobs are healthy, family-supporting ones.
Session 3 - Interstate 2.0: Planning, Finance & Implementation
Co-Chairs: Paolo Pezzotta & Jim Mullen
We explore financing scenarios of AV-enabled systems that are gradually introduced within existing driver fleet operations and alternatively, establishing a separate operations platform for high-speed dedicated lanes. This panel will answer questions on Who will own and operate these new lanes: government or the private sector or some PPP framework? What are financial models for leasing capacity and the implications of ownership on overall economic output and the distribution of financial gains.
Session 4 - Electrification & Fueling Future Freight 
Co-Chair: Mike Roeth
We are in the midst of an explosion of technologies aimed at efficiency and alternative power sources, including natural gas, which have made the shift from diesel easier for the industry to envision.  This panel will explore the challenges from the basic power needs of trucks to uncertainty about the return on investment in new technology to distribution systems for new fuels.
Session 5 - Automation, Vehicle Connectivity & Platooning 
Co-Chairs: Jeff Hickman & Steve Boyd
This panel will discuss the implementation and commercialization of automation and platooning technologies (by analyzing the technological feasibility, use cases and deployments, and the regulatory environment). Industry experts will identify pain points with unmanned truck development and testing and analyze near-term solutions. This panel will also examine different levels of autonomy and geographical locations of deployment.
Session 6 - Logistics of the Last Mile 
Co-Chairs: Erick Guerra & Mike Carroll
Digitization and vehicle automation present specific opportunities and challenges for last mile trucking. As automation reduces the cost of long-haul trucking, how will the process of moving goods from distribution warehouses to final destinations change? What are the implications for labor practices and public policy? Increases in package delivery are already putting a strain on existing city infrastructure. In Philadelphia and elsewhere, delivery trucks and vans regularly block parking spaces and travel lanes to unload goods. As more companies begin to outsource food and parcel deliveries to private entrepreneurs, what are the emerging opportunities and policy challenges for last-mile trucking and delivery?

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Conference Concept By Ms. Yipeng Peng (Dec 2018 Graduate)  [resume]

Date & Time
Starts
Wed, October 24, 2018 @ 7:45am EDT
Ends
Thu, October 25, 2018 @ 5:00pm EDT
Venue
Glandt Forum
Singh Center for Nanotechnology
3205 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Registration Fee
$100
Event Contact
Reference Documents
Agenda
You can download a PDF version of the conference booklet from here.
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24 October 2018, Wednesday
07:45 - 08:30
REGISTRATION
08:30 - 09:00
BREAKFAST
09:00 - 09:10
WELCOME NOTE
- Rahul Mangharam (University of Pennsylvania)
09:10 - 10:00
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
- Raymond Martinez (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)
10:00 - 10:10
BREAK
10:10 - 11:00
SESSION I - DIGITIZATION IN LOGISTICS AND SUPPLY CHAIN
- Jeffrey Short (American Transportation Research Institute)
- Bill Driegert (Uber)
11:00 - 11:10
BREAK
11:10 - 12:00
SESSION I PANEL DISCUSSION
12:00 - 13:00
LUNCH
13:00 - 14:30
SESSION II - THE NEXT GENERATION OF FREIGHT AND THE TRUCK DRIVER
- Jean Tyrell (AmeriGas)
- Allan I. Pack (University of Pennsylvania)
- Cassandra Ogren (International Brotherhood of Teamsters)
- Steve Viscelli (University of Pennsylvania)
14:30 - 14:40
BREAK
14:40 - 15:40
SESSION II PANEL DISCUSSION
15:40 - 15:50
BREAK
15:50 - 16:50
SESSION III - INTERSTATE 2.0: PLANNING, FINANCE & IMPLEMENTATION
- Skip Yeakel (Volvo Group North America)
- Matthew Daus (Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP)
- Paolo Pezzotta (Integrated Transport Planning, Inc.)
- Yipeng (Ada) Peng (University of Pennsylvania)
16:50 - 17:00
BREAK
17:00 - 18:00
SESSION III PANEL DISCUSSION
18:00 - 19:00
SOCIAL/RECEPTION
25 October 2018, Thursday
08:15 - 09:00
BREAKFAST
09:00 - 09:50
SESSION IV - ELECTRIFICATION & FUELING FUTURE FREIGHT
- Mike Roeth (North American Council for Freight Efficiency)
- Venkat Viswanathan (Carnegie Mellon University )
- Michael Wiley (PECO)
09:50 - 10:00
BREAK
10:00 - 10:50
SESSION IV PANEL DISCUSSION
10:50 - 11:00
BREAK
11:00 - 12:00
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
- Leslie Richards (Pennsylvania Department of Transportation)
12:00 - 13:00
LUNCH
13:00 - 13:50
SESSION V - AUTOMATION, VEHICLE CONNECTIVITY & PLATOONING
13:50 - 14:00
BREAK
14:00 - 14:50
SESSION V PANEL DISCUSSION
14:50 - 15:00
BREAK
15:00 - 15:50
SESSION VI - LOGISTICS OF THE LAST MILE
- Erick Guerra (University of Pennsylvania)
- Michael McDonald (UPS)
- Frank Layo (Kurt Salmon)
- Siva Ganapathi (Accenture)
- Michael Carroll (City of Philadelphia)
15:50 - 16:00
BREAK
16:00 - 16:50
SESSION VI PANEL DISCUSSION
16:50 - 17:00
CLOSING REMARKS | Q&A