Keynote Speakers


Technical Tours



Sunday June 14 2020

9 am - 5 pm 

Exhibitor Move-In

9 am - 5 pm 

Registration open

11 am - 3:30 pm

ITS Canada Education Day

6:30 pm - 9 pm

Welcome Reception


Monday, June 15, 2020

7:30 am - 3 pm 

Registration open

7:30 am - 5 pm

Exhibit Open

7:15 am - 8:15 am 


8:15 am - 9:30 am 

Opening Plenary

9:30 am - 10:15 am 

Networking Break

10:15 am - noon

M1 Connected & Automated Transport (Standards)

  • Detection and reporting of interference in connected vehicle networks by Prof. Dave Michelson, UBC
  • CAV connectivity technology innovations by Muhammad Ali, NEMA
  • Update on key initiatives under TC ACATS program by Jonathan Parent, Transport Canada
  • Codes and standards roadmap for CAVs by Geoff Knapp, WSP & Peter Glowacki, CSA Group
  • Pseudonym issuing strategies for private V2X communication by Kevin Henry, ESCRYPT

10:15 am - noon

M2 ITS Better Together with 20/20 Vision
(Connectivity, Safety, Technology)

  • Measuring road safety improvements using video-based conflict analysis in Prince George, BC by Terezinha Hignett, Brisk Synergies
  • A systematic approach for an optimal citywide planning of driver feedback signs by Mingjian Wu, University of Alberta
  • Policy for spacing of traffic signals in the City of Toronto by Chris Philp, Behzad Rouhieh, CIMA+, Rajnath Bissessar, Hao Le and Ameneh Dialameh, City of Toronto
  • Intersection collision avoidance safety program - iCASP helping to save lives using smart technology by Anita Vandervalk, Iteris, Angelo Rao, Lakeland, FL, Patrick Corridon, Iteris
  • Pedestrian accesibility on streets and sidewalks, challenges and lessons learned and climate impact by Doug Gubbe, Novax

Noon - 1:45 pm 

ITS Canada Awards Ceremony

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

M3 ITS Better Together with 20/20 Vision - Connectivity/Technology

  • Unlocking the potential of connected mobility by Jeff Adler, Kapsch
  • Are Canadian road maps ready for autonomous vehicles? by Arif Rafiq, ESRI
  • Smart mobility, opportunities to work together by Bob McQueen, Bob McQueen & Associates
  • How infrastructure design and technology have helped improve pedestrian and bicycle mobility and safety by Doug Gubbe, Novax
  • Regina Bypass - data management center. lessons learned (ITS vs cyber security) and vision for the province by Ziphion Chang, Parsons, Keenan Kitasaka, Associated Engineering, Derek Jaworski, Ministry of Highways and Infrastructures SK, Regina Bypass Design Builders

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm 

M4 New Mobility Technologies & Operations (Safety)

  • Using AI and computer vision for multi-modal counts, pedestrians/bike safety metrics and aiding vision by Sajad Shriravi, Miovision
  • Smartphone application to improve visually impaired pedestrains' safety and mobility in a connected vehicle by Sara Khosravi, Kapsch
  • Ontario's predictive transportation management approach by Steve Erwin, CIMA+, Goran Nikolic, MTO, Matthew Juckes, Aimsun,  Pascal Volet, Aimsun
  • Understanding users perceptions of safety while riding e-scooters on different surface types programs by Adam Weiss, Andrew Sedor,  Prof. Lina Kattan, University of Calgary
  • An overview of physical attacks on perception sensors for driving automation systems by Taufiq Rahman, National Research Council Canada

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm 

Networking Break

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm

M5 ITS Across the Spectrum (Weather)

  • Pattullo Bridge seismic early warning and wind monitoring system by Cory Edgar, PBX Engineering
  • Quality surface transportation weather data for safety, mobilty and operations by Jack Stickel, Tempestas Enterprises
  • Automated avalanche detection system by Ian Steele, PBX Engineering
  • Lower Don area traffic management system by Stanley Hung, LEA, David Qian, Alvaro Alamilla, City of Toronto
3:45 pm - 5:15 pm 

M6 New Mobility Technologies & Operations
(Mobility Technology)

  • Transition to the next gen TCM - the City of Calgary experience by Sameer Patil, City of Calgary, Jonathan Darton, IBI Group
  • How Detroit addressed aging infrastructure and became a traffic management innovator by Kyle Othmer, Miovision
  • Roadway surface temperature - protecting valuable infrastructure by Brian Christensen, Campell Scientific Canada
  • City of Surrey's Advanced Traveller Information System (ATIS) by Graeme Cross, City of Surrey, Ian Steele, PBX Engineering
  • Utilizing ATMS for safety in worksone (Signaling for roadworks - SIR) by Melinda Tracey, IBI Group

5:15 pm - 6 pm

Technical Committees Meet & Greet

6 pm - 7:30 pm

VIP Reception - by invitation only


Tuesday, June 16, 2020

7:15 am - 8:15 am 

Women in ITS Breakfast

7:15 am - 3 pm 

Registration Open

7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Exhibit Open

8:15 am - 9:15 am

T1 ITS Across the Spectrum (Technology)

  • Mobile transportation technology applications at York Region by Kirk Schuller, York Region
  • Let the phone do the hard work: connectivity and safety through ROVER by Roy Tai, Visual Defence
  • Time advances in mobile technology and asset management in the traffic industry by Steve Ennis, ATS Traffic

8:15 am - 9:15 am

Young Professionals Meet & Greet 

9:15 am - 10 am 

Exhibit Tour

10 am - 10:30 am 

Networking Break

10:30 am - 12:15 pm

Technical Tours

10:30 am - 12:15 pm

T3 New Mobility Technologies & Operations (Emergency)

  • ITS communications technologies challenges for emergency calls performance by Prof. Ilham Benyahia, UQO
  • Centralized TSP and pre-emption for buses and emergency vehicles at traffic lights on the island of Montreal by Marc-André Caron, City of Montréal, Pascal Rochon, Sociéte de transport de Montréal (STM)
  • Automated rule-based signing strategy application (SSA) for management of complex events on highway networks by Eshan Bagheri, Richard Chylinski, Mark Conrad, Gelu Marcu, Parsons, Hoi Wong (Retired), Wendy Ng, David Tsui, Paul Lim-Hing, Herbert Ng, MTO
  • Evolution of Alberta's 511 program - transition from winter priorities to year round operations by Jonathan Darton, IBI Group, Erin Davidson, Alberta Transportation
  • Securing ITS systems - a cyber-security approach by Alejandro Ortegon-Solis, IBI Group
10:30 am - 12:15 pm

T4 Mobility Data (Technology)

  • Misleading statistics - understanding the accuracy of data in the age of transportation data and technology by Mohan Thomas, Miovision
  • Applying artificial intelligence to generate video-sources traffic data by Peter Fedechko, International Road Dynamics, Terry Lee, Leetron Vision
  • Standardized data and safety - a journey with AI by Laryssa Parker, Siemens
  • Rapid densification of RWIS networks utilizing a semi-mobile approach by Brian Christensen, Campell Scientific Canada
  • Road network vulnerability analysis considering both probability and consequences of rare events by Mohammad Ansari Esfeh, Prof. Lina Kattan, University of Calgary

12:15 pm - 1.45 pm


1:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Technical Tours

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

T5 New Mobility Technologies & Operations (Mobile Technologies)

  • The impacts of a new generation objective based adaptive control system in the City of St. Albert by Joseph Zhou, Rapid Flow Technologies, Sajad Shiravi, Miovision
  • Modernizing traffic intersections for smarter mobility by Mike Plata, Iteris
  • City of Calgary's electric and low emissions vehicle strategy by Eric MacNaughton, City of Calgary
  • Reducing costs and improving customer experience with visual parking permits by Nathan Donnell, Conduent Transportation
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

T6 Connected & Automated Transport (Standards)

  • Securing V2X communication in Canada: National SMS project update by Kevin Henry, ESCRYPT
  • AURORA 2.0 - Canada's 5G connected vehicle testbed by Prof. Dave Michelson, UBC
  • Spectrum use of evolving ITS applications by James Lepp, Blackberry

3 pm - 3:30 pm

Networking Break

3:30 pm - 5:15 pm 

T7 Speed Learning with Next Gen ITS Experts* (posters)

  • A Real-Time pricing scheme for improved high-occupancy toll lane operations by Javad Lessan, University of Waterloo
  • Uncertainty estimation on road safety analysis using Bayesian Deep Neuron Network by Garry Pan, University of Waterloo
  • Dynamic transit  passenger origin destination estimation: a bilevel varational inequality approach by Sumaya Nsair, Prof. Lina Kattan, University of Calgary
  • Planning en-route charging station for urban bus routes with electric buses time-points by Sayedshabab Esmaeilnejad, Prof. Willem Klumpenhouwer, Prof. Chan Wirasinghe, Prof. Lina Kattan, University of Calgary
  • Autonomous feeder network design with consideration to fairness by Asiri Senasinghe, Prof. Lina Kattan, Prof. S.C. Wirasinghe, University of Calgary
  • Cost-benefit anaylis of road weather information systems - a safety evaluation approach by Davesh Sharma, Dr. Tae J. Kwon, University of Alberta
  • Quantifying the effects of inclement weather on road collisions by Andy Wong, University of Alberta
  • Multi-intersection control with deep reinforcement learning: a comparison to adaptive and actuated systems by Matthew Muresan, Dr. Liping Fu, University of Waterloo
  • Dynamic signal coordination under CV using distributed optimization with 5G and mobile edge computing by Fan Wu, Prof. Liqun Peng, Prof. Jiangchen Li, Prof. Kaizhe Hou, Dr. Tony Z. Qiu, University of Alberta
  • Proactive infrastructure testing for autonomous vehicles using remote sensing data by Magad Gouda, Ishaat Chowdhury, Jonas Weiß, Alexander Epp, and Karim El-Basyouny, University of Alberta

3:30 pm - 6 pm

Tear Down Exhibit

6:15 pm - 9.30 pm

ITS Canada 2020 Dinner + Entertainment


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

7:15 am - 8:15 am 

Registration Open

7:30 am - 8:15 am 


8:15 am - 10 am 

W1 Freight Delivering the Goods (Technologies)

  • Regina Bypass commercial vehicle operations by Keenan Kitasaka, Associated Engineering, Peter Fedechko, International Road Dynamics
  • Cooperative truck platooning considerations for on-road trials and pilot testing in Canada by Barry Pekilis, Bruce Gaudet,  National Research Council Canada, Marc Belzile, Transport Canada
  • Rail crossing information system by Ian Steele, PBX Engineering
  • Autonomous vehicle technology for shaping the future of goods movement; a case study for Ontario by Amir Amiri, Dr. Saiedeh Razavi, Dr. Mark Ferguson, McMaster Institute for Transportation Logistics, study was supported by Ontario Autonomous Vehicle
    Innovation Network (AVIN), Transport Canada, and Niagara Region
  • Port innovation, Intermodal hubs and ITS, Neil Kochhar, Chris McKaig, Transport Canada
8:15 am - 10 am

T2 Mobility Data (Technology)

  • Origin destination data challenges in public transit by Muhammad Asin, City of Calgary
  • Improving micromobility and e-scooter safety with accurate data by Katerina Hyzyk, Miovision
  • Utilizing Lidar technology to support building greater neighbourhoods; a case study from the City of Edmonton by Suliman Gargoum, Nektar 3D Consulting Inc
  • Using cellular data for improved mobility analytics by Robert Pauley, Cellint
  • Using transit data to focus mobility investments by Blair Smith, IBI Group

10 am - 10.15 am


10 am - 11:30 am 

W3 Freight Delivering the Goods & Curbside Management

  • Disruptive technologies in the freight sector by Neil Kochhar, Transport Canada
  • Understanding the force behind autonomous goods distribution systems in urban areas by Jacob Lamb, University of Canada
  • How e-commerce is reshaping the freight transportation system and new mobility services by Chris McKaig, Transport Canada
  • The importance of the curb by Peter Richards, IBI Group
  • The role of technology enabling efficient and effective curbside management by Mara Bullock, WSP

11:30 am - noon


Noon - 12:45 pm

Closing Luncheon

11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Curbside Management Workshop

Sponsored by E-Squared Engineering & IBI Group



Key Dates:

  • Review of all abstracts received: February 2020
  • Abstract notifications: March 2, 2020
  • Presentations submissions deadline: May 15, 2020
  • Final Program May 1, 2020