UNMANNED INSIGHT: Enabling Autonomy and Data Sharing on Our Highways: Making Work Zones Smart

Thursday, 23 June 2022 at 12:00 pm



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Join MassDOT Highway's Neil Boudreau and Ross D. Sheckler from iCone Products, for a presentation about USDOT/FHWA's Work Zone Data Initiative, "Enabling Autonomy and Data Sharing on Our Highways: Making Work Zones Smart."

The Work Zone Data Initiative (WZDI) was established by USDOT FHWA with a goal to capture Work Zone Data Activity: information regarding when, where, and how work zones are deployed. Through the Work Zone Data Exchange (WDXx) multidisciplinary volunteers have developed a common language as to how work zone information is conveyed to the end-user: DOTs, contractors, mapping service providers, OEMs, and research institutions. The need to capture accurate, real-time information that can be broadcast to motorists, connected vehicles, and automated driving systems will make a dramatic impact on both safety and mobility.  Learn more about how the effort to digitally mark work zones has advanced and the collaboration efforts that are ongoing within the industry to get as much data captured and disseminated to the public to provide safer travel through active construction and maintenance.  

Neil Boudreau serves as the Assistant Administrator of Traffic and Safety for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Highway Division, and has been with MassDOT since 1995, serving in many roles within the Traffic Operations and Safety Management groups. Neil represents MassDOT on several national and local associations that focus on roadway infrastructure safety and the efficient management of traffic. Through his many engagements, Neil strives to continue improving safety for all road users and those working on the roadway.


Ross D. Sheckler is a managing partner at iCone Products LLC. He has a BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University and started his career with stints in aerodynamic and structural design at Boeing Commercial Aircraft. After leaving Boeing Mr. Sheckler applied his extensive knowledge from the aerospace sector providing design and systems consultation to a variety of entities in the heavy truck, aerospace, and energy sectors.

In 2005 the State of New York asked Mr. Sheckler’s company, Calmar Research, to create a simpler, more robust traffic monitoring system based upon principles from the truck telematics industry. The effort resulted in the creation of iCone Products LLC and a series of work zone ITS products based upon simplicity and affordability.

Mr. Sheckler has advised NASA, the US DOE, the US DOT, the US EPA, the Army and the US Air Force. Mr. Sheckler has been a guest lecturer in the Aerospace Department of Syracuse University and served as the President of Iowa State University’s Industry Advisor Council.

Mr. Sheckler has served as the Vice Chair of ATSSA’s Innovation Council and the Chair of the Work Zone ITS Subcommittee. Mr. Sheckler has been a member of the WZDX since Ariel Gold first opened the conversation in 2017.




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