Wayne Mobility Initiative

Mobility shapes our lives. How we get around — on foot, by car, the Q-line or in the air—has become an important discussion not only in the fields of engineering and computer science, but also in disciplines as varied as education, health, social sciences, business and law. There has never been a better time to focus on mobility. Autonomous vehicle technology presents new challenges to automobile manufacturing, infrastructure engineering and policy creation. Social connectivity is also part of our “mobile lives”, and we need multi-disciplinary perspectives to help answer questions about how cities become “smarter”, how changes in mobility enhance our access to health and might limit healthy behaviors, how privacy and security issues shape who has access to data on our mobile lives, what impact new and emerging industries (like electric scooters) have on our safety, and how we might utilize mobility technologies to shape more just, inclusive, and accessible societies.

As a premier, urban research university, Wayne State is uniquely situated to address mobility challenges at all levels — and is already hard at work. Our engineering researchers lead the way in advancing automotive technology, and our urban planning experts help solve the unique mobility concerns facing major cities. Alumni from the Mike Ilitch School of Business are embedded throughout the automotive industry, and students and faculty in our health-related disciplines are committed to keeping drivers and pedestrians safe. Faculty in the arts, humanities, and social sciences are shedding new light on the histories and cultures of mobility, building bridges between community groups, government agencies, and academic networks in Detroit and around the world. Our legal scholars will help navigate the ethical and regulatory concerns that accompany autonomous vehicle technology, and our Detroit location allows us to foster industry partnerships that will revolutionize the marketplace. In this moment, the opportunities and challenges related to mobility have taken on new significance, which will demand creative, multidisciplinary approaches in research, teaching, and service.

Mission Statement

To promote coordination, collaboration, and innovation across Wayne State University to create a comprehensive, interdisciplinary mobility initiative.

Vision Statement

 To improve quality of life for individuals and communities through excellence in mobility-related research, teaching, and service.

Steering Committee

  • Weisong Shi, Computer Science, Chair
  • Robert Dunne, Emergency Medicine
  • Jennifer Hart, History
  • William Hill, College of Education
  • Sharon Milberger, MI-DDI
  • Rayman Mohamed, Urban Studies and Planning
  • Stephen Remias, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • John Taylor, Marketing and Supply Chain Management

Weisong Shi

Robert Dunne

Jennifer Hart

William Hill

Sharon Miberger

Rayman Mohamed

Stephen Remias

John Taylor