Physics Colloquium: Dr. Richard Wall

Monday, February 13 2012 at 4:00 PM

Location: EP 209

A Physics Colloquium will be presented by Richard Wall, department of electrical and computer engineering, University of Idaho, titled "Smart Signals-Conception to Voice on the Street" on Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. in EP 209.

Abstract: Smart Signals refers to an enabling technology specifically targeting pedestrian controls at signalized intersections. The design innovations were originally meant to provide examples of the capabilities that distributed network based control concepts to an industry that has over 100 years of legacy. Before the introduction of Smart Signals, the fundamental operations of traffic controllers used today have not changed in the last 50 years. The presentation shows the path that this technology has taken from the laboratory to the street: from the theory academia to the reality of commercialization, from GJL Room 222 to the intersection at 6th and Deakin Streets as well as over 100 intersections across the US and Canada. The presentation also discusses the issues surrounding technological designs that target users who have a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional capabilities. Special safe guards are needed where public safety is at risk. It is hoped that the presentation will prompt a discussion concerning the responsibility of both the designers and users of new technology.