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Professional Capacity Building

Professional Development

We provide a full-range of workshop, training and development services, including stakeholder research, design and development, implementation, facilitation, assessment, and evaluation to both the public and private sectors. Our training offers interactive learning experiences through group and individual discussions and exercises. The training is fast-paced, exciting, thought provoking, and engaging. Several delivery styles are used to create an optimum environment for open, honest discussion and feedback. Comprehensive adult learning techniques are also used to foster awareness, understanding, and appreciation of organizational capabilities, teamwork, and performance.

Our course delivery team is comprised of skilled educators and instructional designers who have years of experience in transportation and technology. The team brings the value-add of content knowledge, familiarity with the training needs of the transportation industry, established relationships with many of the subject matter experts and experience facilitating industry events, workshops, and professional development training.

One of the current challenges faced by the professional development community is that both content and delivery methods are constantly evolving. At the same time, learners are becoming increasingly diverse in content knowledge and professional experience. In order to keep pace, effective professional development must provide relevant and authentic instruction differentiated for this diverse audience in new ways that engages, motivates, and meets the needs of adult learners, from senior professionals to universities and students.

Cogenia Partners understands that meeting the instructional needs of the adult learner begins with the understanding that adult learners need to: 1) understand why the content is important and relevant; 2) have the opportunity to customize the learning experience to their individual need; 3) interact with other professionals to critically examine the content, and; 4) have the opportunity to demonstrate the benefit of learning. Effective instruction includes learner-centered strategies and authentic learning experiences.

Technology Transfer

Cogenia Partners has experience in the design, development, implementation, training, and promotion of ITS technologies from the early days of navigation, to Automated Highway Systems (AHS), VII, and connected vehicles. Most recently our technical staff has worked closely with universities on Smart Truck Parking systems and seamless transportation. This included providing systems engineering support to the technical team, as well as Systems Engineering Management Process training to technical staff and students. Training included development of Concept of Operations, and requirements documents in accordance with the ITS systems Engineering process. This work also included editing and refinement of all Systems Engineering documentation, and ongoing technical oversight to the requirements development and system implementation.

Cogenia Partners researched and developed the guidebook for Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) implementations for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). This guidebook included technical descriptions of DSRC standards and operations, as well as example descriptions for structural impleme ntation and troubleshooting of DSRC installations based on the IEEE 802.11p and IEEE 1609.x standards.

Cogenia Partners has also recently led the development of several chapters of a book on Intelligent Vehicle Systems to be published in 2012 by Springer Verlag.

Working closely with Booz Allen Hamilton to develop the end-to-end specifications and requirements, Cogenia Partners served as System Architect for the VII Consortium and developed the key architectural elements of the system. As Deputy Program Manager in the VIIC POC project, our technical staff provided direct technical management of the VIIC cost share participants. Their work on VII has included the development of the mobile unit architecture, an anonymous security system concept, the refinement and improvement of DSRC standards, development of application use cases and specifications, and design of tests and evaluations to both assess system performance and to identify and correct system deficiencies. Cogenia Partners also supported Booz Allen in providing tutorials for early Connected Vehicle Test bed users at the ITS world Congress in New York (2008), and supported the test bed transition team through tutorials and technical briefings.

With experience as a subject matter expert, combined with instructional design staff, Cogenia Partners has the content knowledge and instructional system design understanding to effectively engage the private sector and educational organizations in ITS test beds in interactive and collaborative ways.

Promotion of ITS demonstrations and simulations to a wider audience could include: reaching out directly to Tier 1 suppliers, CE developers, service providers, car makers, DOTs, universities, advocacy groups, and other organizations (e.g. NCAR); publishing case studies to serve as thought starters; sponsoring internships and showcases; organizing and facilitating user group conferences and seminars/webinars; and creating a user community through forums, wikis, and social networking.

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