By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

ARTBA this fall is offering its members a half dozen opportunities to explore the future, beginning  with the 2017 ARTBA National Convention—Sept. 17-20, at the Omni Amelia Island Hotel in Florida.

It’s followed by four regional meetings from late October through mid-November. The 7th Annual Dr. J. Don Brock “TransOvation™ Workshop” is combined with the Northeastern regional meeting, Nov. 7-8, in Boston.

The national convention theme is “Artificial Intelligence & Technological Innovation: A New Era in Transportation Construction,” and most of the featured speakers come from outside our industry.

For example, opening session speaker Michael Steep, executive director of Stanford University Global Project Center’s Digital Cities & Emerging Technologies, will discuss how to harness the latest innovations to build, manage and transform companies through ground-breaking, scalable business models.

Other speakers include Ross Smith, director of customer engineering at Microsoft, and Mike Lester, technology transfer partnership manager for the NASA Kennedy Space Center.

Register by July 31 to get a $100 discount.

Carlo Ratti, an architect and engineer by training, is the keynote speaker for TransOvation™, which will focus on urban mobility and smart cities, especially the impact on the transportation design and construction industry. Ratti directs MIT’s Senseable City Laboratory and is a leading voice in the debate on new technologies’ impact on urban life.

The other three regional meetings are Western, Oct. 23-25 in Denver, which is being held in conjunction with Colorado DOT’s Transportation Summit; Southern, Oct. 25-26 in Nashville, Tennessee; and Central, Nov. 14-16 in Indianapolis. These meetings also will delve into the impact and opportunities of technology, as well as more localized market intelligence and government affairs updates.

So come to the convention, then bolster your insights about the industry’s future by attending TransOvation™ or one of the other three regional meetings.