2015 Research Conference


  

May 20 to May 21
, 2015

About the Event

The two-day conference acts as a forum for researchers and practitioners from Minnesota and the Upper Midwest to share their research findings in a variety of transportation-related areas. Concurrent sessions are focused in four categories that match the Center’s research emphasis areas—Transportation Safety and Traffic Flow, Transportation Infrastructure, Transportation and the Economy, and Transportation Planning and the Environment—with a fifth category covering Education and Outreach issues.

New this year, the conference was held in conjunction wtih two special events: the Transit Transformers Workshop and the Roadway Safety Showcase. The Transit Transformers Workshop focused on how new transit service concepts and design will transform the Twin Cities’ area transit system. The Roadway Safety Showcase: Safety Innovations for Today and Tomorrow featured researchers from the Roadway Safety Institute sharing their work on tribal nation road safety, rail-grade crossings, technology and roadway innovations, safety policy, and human factors.

Presentations

Opening Session: A Traffic Manifesto—Reducing Congestion For All
Keynote Speaker(s)

Ralf-Peter Schäfer, Vice President, Traffic and Travel Information Product Unit, TomTom

Panelists
  • Andrew Owen, Director, Accessibility Observatory, University of Minnesota
  • Debra Brisk, Assistant County Administrator - Public Works, Hennepin County
  • Brian Kary, Freeway Operations Engineer, Metro District, Minnesota Department of Transportation
More about the Opening Session and speaker

Keynote presentation video (Mediasite Presenter, requires Microsoft Silverlight plugin; Length: 57:59)

Panel discussion video (Mediasite Presenter, requires Microsoft Silverlight plugin; Length: 41:45)

Opening Session: A Traffic Manifesto—Reducing Congestion For All
Keynote Speaker(s)

Ralf-Peter Schäfer, Vice President, Traffic and Travel Information Product Unit, TomTom

Panelists
  • Andrew Owen, Director, Accessibility Observatory, University of Minnesota
  • Debra Brisk, Assistant County Administrator - Public Works, Hennepin County
  • Brian Kary, Freeway Operations Engineer, Metro District, Minnesota Department of Transportation
More about the Opening Session and speaker

Panel discussion video (Mediasite Presenter, requires Microsoft Silverlight plugin; Length: 41:45)

Panel discussion video (Mediasite Presenter, requires Microsoft Silverlight plugin; Length: 41:45)

Luncheon Session: The Panama Canal Expansion: Myths and Realities for the North American Economy
Keynote Speaker(s)

Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Department of Global Studies and Geography, Hofstra University

More about the Luncheon Session and speaker

Commissioner's remarks video (Mediasite Presenter, requires Microsoft Silverlight plugin; Length: 09:26)

Luncheon presentation video (Mediasite Presenter, requires Microsoft Silverlight plugin; Length: 52:08)

Luncheon Session: The Panama Canal Expansion: Myths and Realities for the North American Economy
Keynote Speaker(s)

Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Department of Global Studies and Geography, Hofstra University

More about the Luncheon Session and speaker

Luncheon presentation video (Mediasite Presenter, requires Microsoft Silverlight plugin; Length: 52:08)

Luncheon presentation video (Mediasite Presenter, requires Microsoft Silverlight plugin; Length: 52:08)

1 − Trucks and Technology: Weigh-in-Motion, Rollover Warning Systems
Dan Rowe, Minnesota Department of Transportation
A Statistical Process-Control Approach for Traffic Data Quality Verification and Sensor Calibration for Weigh-in-Motion Systems
  • Indrajit Chatterjee, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota
Truck Rollover Warning System: One Year Later
  • Tom Sohrweide, Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.
Portable Weigh-in-Motion Evaluation
  • Scott Petersen, SRF Consulting Group, Inc.
2 − Bridges for Rail and Road
Jessica Duncan, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Structures for Twin Cities Light Rail Transit: Case Studies
  • Sam O’Connell, Metro Transit
Concrete Bridge Deck Crack Sealant Evaluation and Implementation
  • Matthew Oman, Braun Intertec
3 − Economic Development
John Tompkins, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Competitive Industry Clusters and Transportation in Minnesota: An Exploratory Study
  • Lee Munnich, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Using the Tiger Grant Process as a Basis for Collaboration and Community Development
  • Libby Ogard, Prime Focus, LLC
Updates on Manufacturers’ Perspectives on Minnesota’s Transportation System: West-Central Minnesota
  • Donna Koren, Minnesota Department of Transportation
4 − Alternative Fuels
Tim Sexton, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Promising Alternative Fuels for Improving Emissions from Future Vehicles
  • Will Northrop, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
Life Cycle Analysis of Alternative Fuels
  • Jason Hill, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota
5 − Equity in Surface Transportation
Hafiz Munir, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Panel Discussion
  • Jon Roesler, Minnesota Department of Health; Ryan O’Connor and Heather Worthington, Ramsey County; Michelle Fure, Metropolitan Council; Charles Brown, Rutgers University
6 − Mindless Driving
Alice Ton, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
The Self-Driving Vehicles are Coming!
  • Spencer Peck, Law School and Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Driver Distraction is Greater with Cell Phone Conversation than with Passenger Conversation—A Social Cybernetic Interpretation
  • Zhezi Yang, Department of Architecture, and Thomas J. Smith, School of Kinesiology, University of Minnesota
TZD: Young Drivers—Toolkit for Local Agencies
  • Renae Kuehl, SRF Consulting Group, Inc.
7 − Managing Assets and Projects
Mike Sheehan, Olmsted County
Planning and Moving Forward with Asset Management
  • Kirby Becker, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Developing and Implementing an Electronic Project Management System for Engineering and Construction
  • Josh Haider and Christine Beckwith, Metropolitan Council; Luke Van Santen, Minnesota Department of Transportation
MnDOT Complete Streets Policy Implementation
  • Chris Berrens, Minnesota Department of Transportation
8 − Bang for the Buck: Enhancing Financial Effectiveness
Ken Buckeye, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Minnesota Transportation Finance Database: A Signature Database for Research, Policymaking, and Engagement
  • Jerry Zhao and Adeel Lari, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Discovering Innovative Solutions to Your Economic Woes
  • Lance Bernard, SRF Consulting Group, Inc.
Efficiencies at MnDOT
  • Deanna Belden, Minnesota Department of Transportation
9 − Climate Change and Infrastructure Management
Hafiz Munir, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Climate Trends and Climate Change in Our Own Backyard: A Review
  • Mark Seeley, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, University of Minnesota
MnDOT Flash Flood Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment Pilot Project
  • Philip Schaffner, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Climate Change Impacts on Culverts Beneath Roads and Railroads in Norway
  • Geoffrie Kramer, RESPEC Consulting & Services
10 − Rapid Fire: Stakeholder/Public Engagement and Communication
Kathy Quick, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Managed Lane Policy, Design, and Public Perceptions in Minnesota
  • Lee Munnich, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Stakeholder Communication: Keeping the Public Informed on Large Projects
  • Robin Caufman, Metro Transit
Public Engagement Experiences in Local Road Systems Decision-Making in Minnesota
  • Guillermo Narvaez, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
TBI 2020: The Future of Regional Travel Surveys in the Twin Cities
  • Jonathan Ehrlich, Metropolitan Council
Predicting and Managing Conflict and Risks to Move Projects Forward
  • Phil Barnes, WSB & Associates; Christopher Moates, Minnesota Department of Transportation
St. Croix Crossing Bridge Project
  • Jessica Wiens, Hennepin County Public Works (formerly Minnesota Department of Transportation)
11 − Safety for All
Gary Davis, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota
Keeping LRT and BRT Moving in Mixed Traffic
  • Dan Soler, Metro Transit; JoNette Kuhnau; Kimely-Horn
MnDOT’s City Safety Pilot Project
  • Howard Preston, CH2M HILL, Inc.
Rural Polk County Testing of the California Mumble Strip
  • Edward Terhaar, Wenck Associates, Inc.; Alan Rindels, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Evaluation Considerations and Geometric Nuances of Reduced Conflict U-Turn Intersections
  • Leif Garnass and Todd Polum, SRF Consulting Group, Inc.
12 − Ground Improvements
Mark Maloney, City of Shoreview
Permeable Pavements in Minnesota: This Train is Comin’
  • Peter Weiss, Department of Civil Engineering, Valparaiso University
Ground Improvements at TH 7/Louisiana Avenue Interchange
  • Brent Theroux, Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.
Infrastructural Performance Enhancement Benefits from Low Water Cement Ratio
  • Bernard Izevbekhai, Minnesota Department of Transportation
13 − Rapid Fire: Transportation Forecast Models for Planning
Hafiz Munir, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Cohort Analysis of Travel Behavior in the Twin Cities
  • Michael Iacono, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota
A New Activity-Based Planning Model for the Twin Cities
  • Jonathan Ehrlich, Metropolitan Council
Developing a Large-Scale Hybrid Simulation Model of the Minneapolis Metropolitan Area
  • Derek Lehrke, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota
Novel Vehicle Mass-Based Automated Passenger Counter for Transit Applications
  • Andrew Kotz, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
Identifying Factors That Lead to Bus Accidents at a Large Transit Agency Using Big Data Analytics
  • Joel Huting, Joey Reid, and Uchechukwu Nwoke, Metro Transit
14 − Vegetation Management and Environmental Impacts
Mindy Carlson, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota
Assessing the Use of Willow Shrub Species on Living Snow Fence Designs to Manage the Damaging Effects of Salt
  • Eric Ogdahl, Natural Resource Management and Utilization, University of Minnesota Extension
Developing Salt-Tolerant Sod Mixtures for Use as Roadside Turf in Minnesota
  • Joshua Friell, The Toro Company
15 − Technology Innovations in the Field and in Learning
Kevin White, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
Online Training and an Update on the Field
  • Christiane Reilly, College of Continuing Education, University of Minnesota
New Online Training—A Resource for Minnesota Local Agencies
  • Renae Kuehl, SRF Consulting Group, Inc.
Use of Technology in Great River Road Fieldwork
  • William Reynolds, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

Sponsor(s)

The Research Conference is sponsored by the Center for Transportation Studies. The Roadway Safety Showcase is sponsored by the Roadway Safety Institute.