“Transportation, Traffic, and Technology”
Director of Transportation
City of Austin
Director of Global Research
Dell Enterprise Solutions
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Stateside Theater, 719 Congress Ave.
5:15 p.m. – Doors and Bar Open
6:00 p.m. – Presentation, Q&A
7:00 p.m. – Reception
Free and open to the public
Transportation is fundamental to enabling our society, from commuting to work or school to obtaining goods & services, from providing access to entertainment & culture to delivering care & protection. Transportation is fundamental to virtually every aspect of our lives, enabling freedom of choice in where we work and live, and how we spend our time. However, that rapid growth of Austin’s population has outpaced our ability efficiently move people around, causing wasted time, increased costs, and this limiting/influences the freedom transportation provides. So, how can technology help us address the transportation issues such as traffic, air quality, safety, etc? From mobile apps to traffic cameras, from smart signals to traffic modeling, technology can play an important role in reshaping transportation options and choices in Austin. Come hear how, and share your own ideas!
Robert Spillar, P.E., currently serves as the City of Austin Transportation Director. As the lead transportation professional for the City of Austin, he is responsible for the City’s multimodal transportation portfolio, including rail planning, traffic engineering and operations, parking enterprise, right-of-way permitting, and special events management. Under his leadership as the Transportation Director, he has developed numerous regional partnerships to improve the transportation system conditions not just in Austin, but in
Central Texas. Some of those projects include completion of the Ben White/Loop 1 interchange, improvements to the Oak Hill “Y”, revamping parking operations with a complete new system, just to name a few.
Prior to the City of Austin, Spillar served as Vice President with Parsons Brinckerhoff and as the Director of Traffic Management for the City of Seattle. Robert holds a Bachelor and Master’s of Civil Engineering from the Universities of Texas and Washington respectively.
Jay Reddy is the Director for Global Research at Dell Enterprise Solutions. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering, he co-founded a venture backed internet infrastructure startup in Austin. He held leadership positions in the technology industry that gave him the opportunity to live and work in multiple European, and Asian cities. He used those experiences to help shape Austin into a world class city while he served on the City of Austin, Planning Commission for seven years. He currently lives in the North University neighborhood of Austin with his wife and daughter, and designs, and builds high performance buildings in his spare time.