2016 Research Conference


November 3 , 2016

About the Event

In 2016, the Research Conference was a one-day event held on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.

The conference convenes researchers and practitioners from Minnesota and the Upper Midwest to highlight new learning, emerging ideas, and the latest innovations in transportation. Attendees will learn about research findings, implementation efforts, and engagement activities related to a variety of transportation topics.

Conference Materials


Opening Session: Creating Sustainable, Livable, Forward-Compatible Cities for Economic Resilience
Keynote Speaker(s)

Gabe Klein, author, "Start-up City: Inspiring Private and Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun" (2015)

  • Mayor Ardell Brede, City of Rochester
  • Mayor Chris Coleman, City of St. Paul
  • Anu Ramaswami, Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
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Luncheon Session: How to Promote and Prepare for Automated Driving
Keynote Speaker(s)

Bryant Walker Smith

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1 − Roadway Safety
Tom Sohrweide, SEH, Inc.
Performance-Based Superelevation Transition Design
  • James Rosenow, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Spreadsheet Tool for Time-of-Day Use of Flashing Yellow Arrows
  • Vahid Moshtagh, SRF Consulting Group, Inc.
Safety Performance Functions for Permitted Left-Turn Crashes Based on Different Crash Databases
  • Vahid Moshtagh, SRF Consulting Group, Inc
2 − Transit: It’s Not Just About Moving People
Lyssa Leitner, Washington County
Improving Transit Safety and Efficiency Using Open-Source Analytics and Visualization Tools
  • Joel Huting, Metro Transit
Network Modeling: Ridership on the Twin Cities Transit Network Before and After METRO Green Line Implementation
  • Jacqueline Nowak, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota
When and How Much Did the Green Line LRT Increase Residential Property Values in St. Paul, Minnesota?
  • Shengnan Lou, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
3 − Growing the Transportation Workforce in Minnesota
Stephanie Malinoff, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota
  • Liz Grzechowiak, Concessions & Business Development, Metropolitan Airports Commission
  • Desiree Doud and Jessica Etukudo, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Don Theisen, Public Works, Washington County
  • Gary Courtney, Office of Equal Opportunity, Metropolitan Council
4 − Curtailing Congestion
Nick Thompson, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Massive GPS Travel Pattern Data for Urban Congestion Relief in the Twin Cities
  • Paul Morris, SRF Consulting Group, Inc.
Clogged Arteries: Empirical Analysis of Highway Congestion
  • Vivek Sakhrani, Canadian Pacific Consulting Services
A Framework for Evaluating Dynamic Methods of Multimodal Arterial Traffic Control
  • Ted Morris, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota
5 − Q&A on Connection & Autonomous Vehicle Technology & Policy
Philip Schaffner, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Bryant Walker Smith, University of South Carolina
  • Ken Buckeye, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Frank Douma, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Imran Hayee, University of Minnesota Duluth
6 − Looking at the Bigger Picture: Multimodal Visualization and Mapping
Jacob Achtemeier, HumanFIRST Laboratory, University of Minnesota
Industry Clusters, Supply Chains, and the Freight Economy
  • Lee Munnich, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Mapping Bicycle and Pedestrian Crashes of St. Paul (and Greater Minnesota)
  • Rebecca Barney, District Council Collaborative/Minnesota Department of Transportation/University of Minnesota/U-Spatial
7 − Advancing Sustainable Transportation and Community-Engaged Learning Through the Resilient Communities Project
Mike Greco, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Mike Greco, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota
8 − Pioneering Pavements and Maintenance: The Future of Minnesota’s Roads
Mark Maloney, City of Shoreview
Winter Maintenance Assessment Tool (WMAt)
  • Connie Fortin, Fortin Consulting, Inc.
Nondestructive Evaluation of Bituminous Compaction Uniformity: GPR Technologies to Enhance Quality Control on Asphalt Pavements
  • Lev Khazanovich, Department of Civil, Environmental,and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota
An Overview of Recent Taconite-Based Repair and Pavement Preservation Applications: Innovative Pavement Repair and Patching Project and Alaska Glenn Highway Sand Seal Project
  • Lawrence Zanko, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth
9 − Technology and Safety
Dan Rowe, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Truck Rollover Warning Systems Evaluation
  • Tom Sohrweide, SEH Inc.
Collision Avoidance System on an Instrumented Bicycle
  • Woongsun Jeon and Rajesh Rajamani, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
Rural Intersection Collision Warning System (RICWS) Evaluation and Design Investigation
  • Disi Tian, HumanFIRST Laboratory, University of Minnesota
10 − Economic Impacts of Different Modes
Jonathan Ehrlich, Metropolitan Council
Manufacturers’s Perspectives on Minnesota’s Transportation System: Summary Results from South, Central, and Northwest Minnesota
  • Donna Koren, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Estimating the Economic Impact of the Health Benefits Associated with Bicycle Commuting
  • Xinyi Qian, Tourism Center, University of Minnesota
Modeling Park-and-Ride Location Choice of Heterogeneous Commuters
  • Alireza Khani, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota
11 − A Modal Discussion: Linking Creative Environmental Justice and Title VI Analysis to Equity and Community Engagement Through the Minnesota Freight Plan
Wanda Kirkpatrick, Metropolitan Council
  • Chris Ryan, SRF Consulting Group, Inc. and John Tompkins, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Cyndi Harper, Metro Transit
12 − Roadside Maintenance and the Environment
Andy Golfis, System G Inc.
Treatment of Runoff with Roadside Drainage Ditches
  • Maria Garcia-Serrana, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota
Iron-Enhanced Ditch Checks in Roadside Drainage Ditches Can Mitigate Runoff
  • Poornima Natarajan, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota
Developing Sustainable Turfgrass Mixtures for Roadsides in Minnesota
  • Eric Watkins, Department of Horticultural Science, University of Minnesota