Ridesharing, autonomous vehicle technology, and the commercial use of drones have turned what was previously science fiction into a reality. How should policymakers and ordinary Bostonians think about these changes? How might these technical advances improve public safety and mobility?
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About the Speaker:Parker Vascik is a PhD candidate with the International Center for Air Transportation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an affiliate of the MIT Strategic Engineering Research Group. Parkers research interests concern the development and application of systems engineering principles to inform decision making on complex socio-technical systems with uncertain futures. Parker currently works with NASA and industry partners to identify and address operational challenges associated with novel urban air transportation networks. Previous research threads include unmanned aircraft system traffic management and U.S. Navy fleet management strategies. Parker holds M.S. degrees in Aeronautics & Astronautics and Technology & Policy from MIT, a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech, and has experience with Rolls-Royce North America, NASA, and Synchrony Industries.