3 min read by Torie Runzel

AI and the Future of Transportation

When: Tues, July 16th 6-8pm

Where: CoLane Office (1046 W Kinzie)

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About the Event

In every area of transportation, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming how consumers and businesses interact with trains, planes, and automobiles. It’s clear that the industry is at a turning point and that AI is one of the key components in future growth and efficiency. Companies are working to innovate and improve on things like information delivery, automated responses, and data driven decisions.

Join us to explore exciting developments in how the transportation industry is using AI and discuss what the future holds.

After a moderated discussion, we'll open up the floor to take questions from you! If you want to submit questions or discussion topics, please email: torie@shipcolane.com

You can expect to:

  • Hear from representatives of different transportation companies using AI - their stories, learnings, and insights
  • Learn how the transportation sector will adapt and innovate in 2019, and beyond
  • Meet fellow innovators in an informal, engaging environment

About the Speakers

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Data Scientist ,

Theodore is working on the Data Science team at Uptake Technologies. He utilizes machine learning and predictive analytics to help clients optimize their usage of industrial machinery. Prior to Uptake, Theodore worked within PepsiCo's Data and Analytics organization. While contributing to enterprise wide projects at PepsiCo, Theodore also returned to school part time. He graduated from the Masters of Science in Analytics at the University of Chicago in December 2016. He has a strong interest in data analysis and predictive analytics.

Torie Runzel Photo


Runzel has founded and sold her own company, as well as held leadership positions in finance and operations in multiple early stage startups. With success in scaling from the ground up, she has implemented processes and systems to empower individuals on the team and decentralize decision making. Essential to this corporate structure has always been a strong emphasis on alignment across goals, values and ethics.

Ed Siok Photo

Lead Engineer,

Ed is the Lead Engineer at CoLane, where he’s merged his love for engineering, conversational AI, and long haul trucking. CoLane uses conversational AI and automation (bots) to handle the boring parts of logistics so our freight brokers can focus on the most important parts of the job. Prior to CoLane, Ed worked in consulting for a number of different clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500, but always with a focus on building scalable software, solid teams, and smart applications.

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Sr. Director of Engineering,

Mike Hostetler is a leader and technologist residing in Chicago, Illinois. He is passionate about Remote Work, Work Operations, Open Source Software, JavaScript and all things Web. He currently works as Senior Director of Engineering at Cars.com, a leading two-sided digital marketplace in the automotive industry. He is also currently enrolled as a student in the Executive MBA program at the Kellogg School of Management.

With over 20 years of technology experience, Mike has worked across many industries including government, energy, telecommunications and publishing. As an Entrepreneur, Mike built a leading JavaScript consultancy which he exited in 2015.

Mike contributes extensively to the Open Source community, participating in notable projects such as Drupal and jQuery. Mike is a published co-author of the jQuery Cookbook (O’Reilly, 2009) and speaks widely on technical and business topics.

In his spare time, Mike enjoys biking, hiking and snowboarding with his wife and daughters.

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Torie Runzel


Torie is the COO at CoLane. She's passionate about people, process, and puppies.