University of Minnesota presentations at the 2021 TRB Annual Meeting

University of Minnesota faculty, researchers, and students will be presenting their work in more than 20 sessions at the 100th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board. The event will be held virtually in January 2021, with poster and lectern sessions scheduled for January 25-29.

If you’re planning to attend, be sure to check out their sessions!


Monday, January 25

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. CST

Poster Session 1061—Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics, Part 1: Emerging Trends in Traffic Flow Theory: Connected and Automated Vehicles and Data-driven Methods

A Compartmental Model for Traffic Smoothing via Optimal Control of Autonomous Vehicles

  • Shi'an Wang, University of Minnesota
  • Raphael Stern, University of Minnesota
  • Michael Levin, University of Minnesota

A Network Traffic Model for the Control of Autonomous Vehicles Acting as Moving Bottlenecks

  • Zhexian Li, University of Minnesota
  • Michael Levin, University of Minnesota
  • Xu Qu, Southeast University
  • Raphael Stern, University of Minnesota

Poster Session 1067—Pavement Condition Evaluation

Novel Approach for Evaluation of Pavements Affected by Pavement Tenting (Crack-Heaving): Integrated, Multi-Sensor Non-Destructive Testing System

  • Eyoab Zegeye Teshale, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Thomas Calhoon, University of Minnesota
  • Eddie Johnson, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Shongtao Dai, Minnesota Department of Transportation

10:30 a.m. - noon CST

Poster Session 1071—Freeway Operations 2021

Evaluation of the Minnesota Queue Warning System, MN-QWARN

  • John Hourdos, University of Minnesota
  • Melissa Duhn, University of Minnesota
  • Zhejun Liu, Facebook Inc
  • Gordon Parikh, SRF Consulting

noon - 1:30 p.m. CST

Poster Session 1104—Asphalt Pavement Density Advancements: Technology is Changing

Field Density Investigation of Asphalt Mixtures in Minnesota

  • Tianhao Yan, University of Minnesota
  • Mihai Marasteanu, University of Minnesota
  • Chelsea Bennett, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • John Garrity, Minnesota Department of Transportation

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CST

Poster Session 1111—Road Scholars: New Research in Travel Time, Speed, and Reliability Data

Comparison of Transit Travel Time Estimation Using Schedules, Real-Time Vehicle Arrivals, and Smartcard Inference Methods

  • Ting Li, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Patrick Meredith-Karam, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Hui Kong, University of Minnesota
  • Anson Stewart, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • John Attanucci, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Jinhua Zhao, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Poster Session 1121—Ridesourcing, Transportation Network Companies and Taxis

Taxi Utilization Rate Maximization by Dynamic Demand Prediction: A Case Study in the Chicago

  • Tianyi Li, University of Minnesota
  • Guojun Qi, Futurewei Technologies

Poster Session 1122—Current Issues in Aviation

Evaluation of Air Transportation Network Reliability During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Preliminary Analysis

  • Joseph Pham, University of Minnesota
  • Mingfeng Shang, University of Minnesota
  • Raphael Stern, University of Minnesota

Tuesday, January 26

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. CST

Poster Session 1157—Design and Rehabilitation of Concrete Pavements

Influence of Structural Synthetic Fibers on the Transverse Joint Behavior and Faulting of Ultra-thin and Thin Concrete Pavements

  • Manik Barman, University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • Souvik Roy, University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • Amarjeet Tiwari, University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • Thomas Burnham, Minnesota Department of Transportation

10:30 a.m. - noon CST

Poster Session 1184—Implications of Land Use for Travel and Modeling

Nonlinear Effects of Land Use on Metro Ridership in Shenzhen: Implications for TOD Planning

  • Qifan Shao, Peking University
  • Wenjia Zhang, Peking University
  • Xinyu (Jason) Cao, University of Minnesota
  • Jiawen Yang, Peking University
  • Jie Yin, Peking University

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CST

Poster Session 1209—Omnibus Bicycle Research Poster Session

Auditory Alerts and Safety with Simulated Bicycles and Motor Vehicles

  • Curtis Craig, University of Minnesota
  • Nichole Morris, University of Minnesota
  • Jacob Achtemeier, General Mills, Inc.
  • Katelyn Schwieters, University of Minnesota

Exposure-Based Models of Trail User Crashes at Roadway Crossings

  • Robert Schneider, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Schmitz Andrew, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Greg Lindsey, University of Minnesota
  • Xiao Qin, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Poster Session 1215—Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program Posters, Part 2

DDETFP poster 78

  • Grace Roth, University of Minnesota

Poster Session 1219—Use of Novel Financial and Economic Analysis Methods in Addressing Emerging Issues

Minnesota Medical Device Supply Chain and Transportation Implications

  • Kim Napoline, University of Minnesota
  • Erika Shepard, University of Minnesota
  • Lee Munnich, University of Minnesota
  • Thomas Horan, University of Redlands

Poster Session 1226—Transportation Equity: Addressing Equity Issues in New Mobility Systems

The Impacts of Vehicle Automation on Transport-Disadvantaged People

  • Xinyi Wu, University of Minnesota
  • Xinyu (Jason) Cao, University of Minnesota
  • Frank Douma, University of Minnesota

Wednesday, January 27

noon - 1:30 p.m. CST

Poster Session 1294—Traffic Control Devices and Work Zones 2021

Influence of Stop Lines on Driver Behavior at Two-Way Stop Controlled Intersections

  • Melissa Duhn, University of Minnesota
  • John Hourdos, University of Minnesota
  • Andrew Loutfi, University of Minnesota
  • Peter Dirks, Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways

Investigating the Effectiveness of Stop Lines in Improving Safety at Two-Way Stop Controlled Intersections

  • Melissa Duhn, University of Minnesota
  • Gary Davis, University of Minnesota
  • John Hourdos, University of Minnesota
  • Peter Dirks, Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways
  • Andrew Loutfi, University of Minnesota

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CST

Poster Session 1308—High Value Research Supplemental Projects

Evaluation of the Smart Work Zone Speed Notification System

  • Brian Kary, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • John Hourdos, University of Minnesota

Thursday, January 28

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. CST

Poster Session 1354—Automated Transportation Networks

Optimal Parking Management of Connected Autonomous Vehicles: A Control-Theoretic Approach

  • Shi'an Wang, University of Minnesota
  • Michael Levin, University of Minnesota
  • Ryan Caverly, University of Minnesota

Poster Session 1358—Covid and Transit Operations and Management

Estimation and Mitigation of Epidemic Risk on a Public Transit Route Using Automatic Passenger Count Data

  • Pramesh Kumar, University of Minnesota
  • Alireza Khani, University of Minnesota
  • Eric Lind, Metro Transit, Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • John Levin, Metro Transit, Minneapolis-St. Paul

10:30 a.m. - noon CST

Poster Session 1375—Bus System Operations, Technology, and Applications, Part 1

Prioritizing Bus Routes for Electrification: A GIS-based Multi-Criteria Analysis Considering Operational, Environmental and Social Benefits and Costs

  • Behnam Davazdah Emami, University of Minnesota
  • Ying Song, University of Minnesota
  • Alireza Khani, University of Minnesota

User Satisfaction and Service Quality Improvement Priority of Bus Rapid Transit in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

  • Yunhan Zheng, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Hui Kong, University of Minnesota
  • Guillermo Petzhold, World Resources Institute
  • Mariana Barcelos, World Resources Institute
  • Christopher Zegras, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Jinhua Zhao, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

noon - 1:30 p.m. CST

Lectern Session 1387—Resource Conservation and Recovery in Action: Current Trends in Recycling and Upcycling in Transportation

Innovative Pavement Repair, Preservation, and Surface Treatments Using Taconite Mining Materials

  • Lawrence Zanko, University of Minnesota, Duluth

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Poster Session 1419—Transit Operational Strategies

Real-time Transit Control for Transfer Synchronization with Deep Reinforcement Learning

  • Xinlian Yu, University of Minnesota
  • Alireza Khani, University of Minnesota

Friday, January 29

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. CST

Poster Session 1429—Built Environment, Accessibility, and Equity Considerations in Public Transportation

Transit Accessibility Deficit and Commute Mode Share: Better Driving Accessibility, More Transit Riders

  • Kristin Carlson, University of Minnesota
  • Eric Lind, Metro Transit, Minneapolis-St. Paul

10:30 a.m. - noon CST

Poster Session 1435—Strengthening the Linkages between Geometric Design and Roadway Performance

Transferability of Crash Modification Effects via Graphical Causal Models: Application to Sight Distance and Left-Turn Lane Offsets

  • Gary Davis, University of Minnesota

noon - 1:30 p.m. CST

Poster Session 1449—Predicting the Future of Mobility Systems: Automation, Transit, and Hailing

Estimating the Impact of Automated Vehicles on Traffic Assignment, Mode Split, and Parking Destination Choice for the Morning Commute Trips

  • Di Kang, University of Minnesota
  • Feihong Hu, University of Texas, Austin
  • Michael Levin, University of Minnesota

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CST

Poster Session 1465—Public Transportation Fare Policy and Marketing: Research Results and Implications for Practice

The Effect of Transit Passes Within School Walk Zones on School Attendance

  • Noah Wexler, University of Minnesota
  • Yingling Fan, University of Minnesota
  • Galen Ryan, University of Minnesota
  • Kirti Das, Princeton University