State of Michigan signs MOU with Australia
September 18, 2019
The State of Michigan and the Country of Australia signed an MOU in October 2018, the goal is to strengthen bilateral cooperation across mobility, automotive and technology sectors, with the objectives of increasing collaboration in future transport technologies. The MAX (Michigan-Australia Exchange) Transformational Technology for Cities and Regions workshop was presented by the Australian Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, MEDC and University of Melbourne School of Engineering in association with Austroads and ITS Australia (all of which are MOU signatories). The symposium was attended by over 100 local industry, government and academic participants and was the 3rd event under the Transport Technology MOU. The workshop continued the focus on transport system safety and efficiency leading to the development of a communique outlining a collaborative research program, the workshop focused on identifying opportunities for joint activities between Australian and Michigan transport technology stakeholders. Panel discussions included sessions including multinational thought leadership panelists included John Wall (Austroads), Susan Harris (ITS Australia), Susan Proctor (MEDC) and Majid Sarvi (University of Melbourne). Other discussions included connected and automated vehicle deployment in SE Michigan with Jim Sayer (Director, UMTRI) and advanced mobility technology driving economic development – Paul Krutko (CEO Ann Arbor SPARK, Treasurer ACM) The event was also attended by Hon. Andrew McGee MP – Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister who provided remarks about the support of the bilateral agreement.