University of Minnesota presenters at the 2024 TRB Annual Meeting

University of Minnesota faculty and researchers will be presenting their work in more than 25 sessions at the 103rd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, January 7-11, 2024, in Washington, DC. 

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


Sunday, January 7, 2024

9:00 a.m.–noon EST

Workshop 1010—Standardizing Transit Survey Data 
Facilitating Discussions on Standardization 
Eric Lind, Accessibility Observatory

Monday, January 8, 2024

8:00–9:45 a.m. EST

Lectern Session 2007—Micromobility: Vehicles, Stations, Connectivity, and the User Experience 
GIS-Based Comprehensive Shared Micromobility Station Siting Optimization for Small Urban Areas 
Hannah DeBruin and Alireza Khani, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering

Poster Session 2036—Freeway Operations Research 
Exploring the Risks and Opportunities for Ramp Metering Control in Mixed Autonomy Traffic: A Case Study in Minnesota 
Mingfeng Shang and Raphael Stern, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering

1:30–3:15 p.m. EST

Poster Session 2170—Current Issues in Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation 
Optimizing the Energy Benefits of Connected Autonomous Electric Vehicles While Considering Human-Driven Vehicles 
Jianshe Guo, Maziar Zamanpour, and Zongxuan Sun, Department of Mechanical Engineering 

Poster Session 2174—Emerging Issues in Rural, Intercity Bus, and Specialized Transportation 
Access to Opportunity in Lagging Regions: The Case of Appalachia Region and Opportunity Zones 
Shirley Shiqin Liu, Eric Lind, Saumya Jain, and Andrew Owen, Accessibility Observatory

3:45–5:30 p.m. EST

Lectern Session 2183—A Discussion on the Use of Gender in the Analytical Transportation Planning Process 
Academic Perspective 
Ying Song, Department of Geography, Environment, and Society

Lectern Session 2203—Improving Transit Operations with Novel Analyses of Big Data 
Eric Lind, Accessibility Observatory, presiding

6:00–7:30 p.m. EST

Poster Session 2232—Traffic Signal Systems 
Smoothing-MP: A Novel Max-pressure Signal Control Considering Signal Coordination to Smooth Traffic in Urban Networks 
Te Xu, Simanta Barman, and Michael Levin, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering

Towards the Implementation of MP on Traffic Signal Hardware 
Raphael Stern, Amirhossein Kiani, and Michael Levin, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering 

Poster Session 2233—Traffic Flow Theory, Part 1: Connected and Autonomous Vehicles 
Raphael Stern, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, presiding

Poster Session 2234—Traffic Flow Theory, Part 2: Microscopic Traffic Models and Trajectory Analysis 
RACER: Rational Artificial Intelligence Car-following-model Enhanced by Reality,  
Tianyi Li and Raphael Stern, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering 

Poster Session 2235—Transportation Safety Management Systems from Start to Finish 
Stephanie Malinoff, CTS, presiding

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

8:00–9:45 a.m. EST

Lectern Session 3009—Wildlife Connectivity and Reduction of Wildlife–Vehicle Collisions 
Data-Driven Approach to Identify DVC Concentrations: A Case Study in Minnesota 
Arian Zare and Raphael Stern, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering   
Ron Moen, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth

Poster Session 3041—2024 Doctoral Student Research in Transportation Operations and Traffic Control 
Extending Ramp Metering Control to Mixed Autonomy Traffic Flow with Varying Degrees of Automation 
Mingfeng Shang, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering  

Poster Session 3042—Work Zone Safety and Operations 2024 
Usability Assessment of Worker-Centered Augmented Reality for Highway Work Zone Safety 
Nichole Morris, HumanFIRST Laboratory 

Poster Session 3049—From Automated Vehicles to Wrong Way Driving: Research on Interchanges and Ramps 
A New Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Technology Based on Binary Light Code 
Te Xu, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering  

10:15 a.m.–noon EST

Poster Session 3114—Impact of Aggregates, Fillers, and Mastics on Asphalt Mixture Performance and Design 
A Mechanistic-Based Machine Learning Approach for Correlating Asphalt Mixture Compaction with Aggregate Gradation 
Mugurel Turos, Jia-Liang Le, and Mihai Marasteanu, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering  

Poster Session 3120—Systems, Enterprise, and Cyber Resilience Research Highlights, Advances, and Core Considerations (Competition) 
Analytical Characterization of Cyberattacks on Adaptive Cruise Control Vehicles
Mingfeng Shang and Raphael Stern, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering  

1:30–3:15 p.m. EST

Lectern Session 3150—Unlocking Rural Mobility: A Journey Through Innovative Solutions Using Demand Response Services 
A DRT-Bus Intermodal Rural Transit Operation Powered by Mobility-as-a-Service Applying Differentiated Dispatch Priorities 
Kwangho Baek and Alireza Khani, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering  

Poster Session 3171—Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program Poster (Session 3) 
RACER: Rational Artificial Intelligence Car-following-model Enhanced by Reality 
Tianyi Li, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering  

3:45–5:30 p.m. EST

Poster Session 3215—Transforming Transportation Planning and Traffic Forecasting with Artificial Intelligence 
Deep Probabilistic Traffic Forecasting with Correlated Errors 
Seongjin Choi, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering  

6:00–7:30 p.m. EST

Poster Session 3230—Traffic Simulation 
Multi-Level Traffic Simulation Using Dynamic Simulation Level Assignment for Urban Network 
Seongjin Choi, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering  

Modeling the Evolution of Traffic Dynamics as an Epidemic Spread Process for Lagrangian Control 
Amirhossein Kiani, Tianyi Li, and Raphael Stern, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering  

Poster Session 3231—Analytical Methods of Safety Performance 
Understanding the Causes of Work Zone Crashes from the Color-Related Perspective: Indiana Crash Data Analysis Using Natural Language Processing (NLP) 
Xingzhou Guo, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

8:00–9:45 a.m. EST

Lectern Session 4002—Artificial Intelligence–Aided Traffic Flow Modeling and Control 
Communication-Aware Reinforcement Learning for Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control 
Seongjin Choi, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering  

Poster Session 4028—Vehicle-Highway Automation, Part 3 
Modeling Electric Adaptive Cruise Control Vehicle Car-Following Behavior with Experimental Data 
Arian Zare, Mingfeng Shang, and Raphael Stern, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering  

10:15 a.m.–noon EST

Poster Session 4071—Transportation Network Modeling Mega Poster Session 
An Analytical Model for Parking Infrastructure and Fleet Size Planning in Shared Autonomous Vehicle Systems with Spatio-Temporal Heterogeneity 
Seongjin Choi, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering 

Designing an Autonomous Mobility-On-Demand Service for Transit Last Mile Access 
Ali Aalipour and Alireza Khani, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering 

Poster Session 4076—Using Community Insights to Develop Sustainable, Equitable, and Resilient Transportation Solutions 
Happiness in Motion: The Interplay Between Daily Trips, Activities, and Happiness 
Ying Song, Department of Geography, Environment, and Society

3:45–5:30 p.m. EST

Poster Session 4092—Current Issues in Alternative Fuels and Technologies 
Charging Infrastructure Placement Optimization by Greedy Clustering 
William Northrop, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Thursday, January 11, 2024

9:00 a.m.–noon EST

Workshop 5010—Measuring What Matters: Emerging Transportation Performance Measures 
Including the Ends of the Trip: Using Access to Opportunity Measures for Transportation Network Performance 
Eric Lind, Accessibility Observatory

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