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What's Driving all this Driving? - Progress, Challenges, Opportunities in Transportation

December 16, 2013, 5:30 - 8:00 PM
McGraw-Hill Building - Room 208
1221 Avenue of the Americas (between 48th and 49th Street)
New York City, NY 10020


Ken Laberteaux

Ken Laberteaux has worked as a researcher in the automotive and telecommunication industries for twenty-one years.  Dr. Laberteaux’s current research focus is sustainable mobility systems, including US urbanization and transportation patterns, car-sharing, generational trends, grid-vehicle interactions, vehicle electrification feasibility, security and privacy issues of smart grid, and battery lifetime modeling.  Earlier in his time at Toyota, Dr. Laberteaux worked on advanced safety systems, leveraging synergies in communication, sensing, and computation.  Dr. Laberteaux  is recognized as a founder of an academic research community focused on wireless communication between vehicles. To describe this work, Dr. Laberteaux coined the term VANET, or Vehicular Adhoc Networks. In 2004and 2005, he served as the General Co-Chair of the VANET workshop, and spent several years actively contributing to the research community, as author, editor, speaker, and adviser.  While working full time for Tellabs, a telecommunications equipment company, Ken completed hisM.S. (1996) and Ph.D. (2000) degrees in Electrical Engineering fromthe University of Notre Dame, focusing on adaptive control for communications.  In 1992, he received his B.S.E., in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Dr. Laberteaux has produced at least twenty-five scholarly publications and sixteen patents.


Katherine Spector

Katherine Spector joined CIBC Macro Strategy in 2010 to initiate research for the Commodities group based in New York. She is responsible for the bank’s energy price forecasts and market views, and her analysis includes global commodities supply/demand fundamentals, money flows, and geopolitics.  Prior to joining CIBC, Ms. Spector headed the Global Energy Strategy group as part of JPMorgan’s Global Commodities Sales & Trading team. Previously, she was an Energy Strategist on the Deutsche Bank Commodity Sales & Trading desk, and worked as the editor of Oil Market Intelligence at the Energy Intelligence Group, which also publishes leading trade publications such as Petroleum Intelligence Weekly. She also worked as a consultant with Industrial Economics, Inc., in Cambridge, Mass. Her work there included litigation support for the deregulation of natural gas utilities. Ms. Spector holds a degree in Political Science from Yale University, where her research focused on patterns of rent distribution in petrostates, and implications for democratization.


5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Registration and refreshments
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Presentation and Discussion
7:30 - 8:00 p.m. Reception



$40.00 for General Admission
$10.00 for Academic/Military
$0.00 for Energy Forum Sponsors
$0.00 for Energy Forum Subscribers


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