2018 CTS Transportation Research Conference


November 1 , 2018

About the Event

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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

Plenary Sessions

The Future of Driving in the Land of Freeways

Many states, including California and Minnesota, have identified reducing driving as an essential strategy to meet their targets for lowering greenhouse gas emissions. The rise of ride-hailing services, automated vehicles, and other innovations adds to this challenge. In the conference opening session, Professor Susan Handy from the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis, will explore how the research community can help policymakers navigate this uncertain future.

Luncheon Session: The Evolution and Potential of Automated Vehicle Technologies

Automated vehicles hold promise to reduce traffic congestion, pollution, crashes, and parking demand. But this promise can only be realized with advanced technology that ensures a vehicle’s situational awareness. In the conference luncheon session, Julie Schoenfeld, vice president of technical program management at GM Cruise Automation, will discuss this technology and share her journey as a serial entrepreneur to illustrate how technology entrepreneurship’s pitfalls can be rerouted to successful peaks.

Cost & Registration

Parking, Transit & Accomodations

Valet parking is available through the Graduate Minneapolis. Parking is also available in the Washington Avenue Ramp (connected via skyway to the second level of the hotel) or the University Avenue Ramp. For driving directions, please visit the hotel website.

The hotel is located approximately one block east of the Green Line's East Bank Station on Washington Avenue. For information about bus routes serving the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus, please visit the Metro Transit website.


Conference attendees will be eligible for Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) maintenance credits. A list of sessions approved for AICP credits will be posted here prior to the event.