Robert Fischer is President of GTiMA, a Technology and Policy Advisor to Mandli Communications, and an Associate Editor of the SAE International Journal of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. Both GTiMA and Mandli work with national, international, and regional authorities to advance smart city standards, policies, and best practices – especially as they relate to the future of mobility. In addition to working with city and state governments on smart city and emerging mobility deployments, Robert currently sits on several boards and public advisory committees. He is a founding board member of the Hawaii AV Institute and the Wisconsin Automated, Connected, Electric, and Shared Mobility Association; a member of the Wisconsin DOT Automated Vehicle External Advisory Committee; and a member of the AV Forum planning committee. Robert is also a regular contributor to the Wisconsin Connected and Automated Transportation Consortium news page, and the WI ACES newsletter. Robert holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and a master’s in software engineering from Cal State Fullerton.
Robert Fischer is President of GTiMA, a Technology and Policy Advisor to Mandli Communications, and an Associate Editor of the SAE International Journal of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.
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Wisconsin AV Proving Ground
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Wisconsin Autonomous Vehicle Proving Ground
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