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STREAM: A Decision Support Tool to Help Transportation Agencies Identify, Assess, Shape, and Adopt New and Emerging Technologies to Achieve Long-term Objectives

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Division of Research, Innovation and System Information

Veterans Affairs Bldg - 5th floor - Room #518
1227 “O” Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814

Thursday, January 30, 2014
9:30am - 11:30am


On Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Dr. Steven W. Popper, Professor of Science and "STREAM."

Event Information

DRISI invited you to learn about STREAM: A Decision Support Tool to Help Transportation Agencies Identify, Assess, Shape, and Adopt New and Emerging Technologies to Achieve Long-term Objectives.

Systematic, Technology, Reconnaissance, Evaluation and, Adoption, Methodology

Learning Objectives:

  • Constraints and obstacles to technology adoption
  • Considerations for technology assessment
  • Criteria to use for making technology investment decisions
  • Suggestions for overcoming cultural objections to technology adoption

Presenter Information

STEVEN W. POPPER, (Ph.D., Economics, UC Berkeley, 1985; B.S. summa cum laude, Biochemistry, U of Minnesota, 1976) is a RAND Senior Economist and Professor of Science and Technology Policy in the Pardee RAND Graduate School.  He has published research on the economics of innovation -- particularly how organizations both public and private identify and incorporate technological change.  He led RAND's first Summer Institute, a week-long workshop on science, technology and U.S. economic competitiveness.  From 1996 to 2001 he was the Associate Director of the Science and Technology Policy Institute (S&TPI,) a Federally Funded Research & Development Center.  He provided research and analytic support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and other agencies of the executive branch.  His S&TPI work included projects on the economic and social returns to basic research, assessing critical technologies (including principal authorship of the Fourth U.S. National Critical Technologies Review,) policy analyses of national innovation systems, industry-government technology collaborations, evaluations of federal R&D portfolios relevant to the Global War on Terror, determining the S&T capabilities required for a prospective Department of Homeland Security, technical barriers to international trade (for the National Institute of Standards and Technology,) federal R&D portfolio decisionmaking (for the National Science Board and the World Bank,) and Presidential transition documents on S&T issues of national importance.

Dr. Popper has recently completed a project on expediting technology assessment and adoption into transportation systems for the Transportation Research Board as well as studies on energy strategy in Israel and science and technology-based economic development in Guangzhou.  He has conducted similar studies on regional and national science policies in Mexico and Korea.  He was active in founding projects of the RAND Pardee Center for Longer-Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition.  This included co-authorship of the flagship study, Shaping the Next Hundred Years, which provides a new methodological framework for decision making under profound uncertainty that has been applied to an increasing set of policy issues.  In particular, he has advised doctoral dissertations applying these concepts to issues in R&D planning and S&T policy. 

As Director of the RAND Israel Initiative, Dr. Popper has also conducted studies in Israel on long-term socioeconomic strategy development and domestic policing.  He has conducted research for, and has served as consultant to, several non-U.S. governments as well as multilateral international organizations such as OECD and the World Bank on issues of technology planning, industrial restructuring, and regional technology and economic development.  Prior to joining RAND he worked as a researcher in physical chemistry and enzymology, as Country Account Officer for Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania and Yugoslavia at Bank of America, and as consultant to the World Bank on issues of industrial restructuring in East Europe.  He has also been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is the chair-elect of the AAAS Industrial Science and Technology section and is a Charter Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.  Popper serves on the international advisory board of the Israel Institute for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy and the external advisory board of the Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy, Ohio State University.

Dr. Popper is a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Evolving Logic, a firm developing software applications for government and industry to support reasoning and planning under conditions of complexity and deep uncertainty.  Evolving Logic’s clients include agencies of the federal government as well as Fortune 100 corporations.

Dr. Steven W. Popper


Recorded Webinar Information

Held on January 30, 2014, Thursday
9:30 am - 11:30 am, Pacific Standard Time
  Webcast Recording Click on this LINK to view the recording.

For more information, check the Division of Research and Innovation Web site or contact Dee Lam at (916) 654-7656.


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