2024 Mcity Congress explored AI’s growing role in transportation

June 30, 2024

At its annual Congress, Mcity hosts robust discussions about the challenges ‑ and potential solutions ‑ that come with developing and widely deploying future mobility technologies. 

For the 2024 Congress, we turned our attention to artificial intelligence, which represents tremendous potential for transportation and mobility applications, while also posing challenges.

Experts from industry, government and academia came together May 23 for a day of panel discussions and presentations about AI’s implications for transportation.

Here is the agenda with links to individual presentations and panel discussions.


2024 Mcity Congress

Welcome and Overview of Mcity AI Activities

Speaker: Henry Liu, Ph.D., Bruce D. Greenshields Collegiate Professor of Engineering, Director, Mcity and the Center for Connected and Automated Transportation, University of Michigan

Speaker: Justine Johnson, Chief Mobility Officer, State of Michigan

Speaker: Rep. Ranjeev Puri, Michigan House of Representatives

Topic: Generative AI for Transportation and Science

Speaker: Jieping Ye, Ph.D., Vice President, Alibaba Group; professor, University of Michigan   

Panel Discussion: Generative AI for Transportation

Moderator: Taylor W.P. Lochrane, Ph.D., P.E., Deputy Director for Science & Technology, Chief Scientist, Highly Automated Systems Safety Center of Excellence, USDOT


  • Milena Boytchef, Global Head of Autonomous Driving Technology, Amazon Web Services
  • Karthik Duraisamy, Ph.D., Professor, Michigan Aerospace Engineering
  • Devesh Upadhyay, Ph.D., Technical Director of AI/ML and Autonomy, Saab, Inc.
  • Ziran Wang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Purdue Civil Engineering

Panel Discussion: AI Safety for Transportation

Moderator: Greg Stevens, Research Director, Mcity


  • CJ King, CTO, TORC Robotics
  • K. Venkatesh Prasad, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Research and Chief Innovation Officer, Center for Automotive Research
  • Satvir Singh, Director of Safety, May Mobility
  • Ram Vasudevan, Ph.D., Professor of Robotics and Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan; Co-founder, Refraction AI