2014 CTR Symposium Recap

The 2014 CTR Symposium was held on April 23 at the Commons Learning Center at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus. This year’s focus was the celebration of 50 years of innovation in transportation research, with additional presentations looking into the future.

The keynote panel, comprised of researchers from the Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory (FESL), highlighted 50 years of innovation in bridge design. Moderated by Sharon Wood, Dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering, this discussion included presentations by John Breen, James Jirsa, and current FESL Director, Oguzhan Bayrak. The discussion covered a wide spectrum of innovation structural research during the past 50 years, as well as current issues and challenges.

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CTR Director, Chandra Bhat, welcomes attendees, and introduces the keynote panel.

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Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory Director, Oguzhan Bayrak.

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Oguzhan Bayrak, James Jirsa, Dean Sharon Wood, and John Breen.


In addition to the keynote, other featured panels included the Austin TxDOT District’s 4-Year Plan, presented by Dr. Michael Murphy of CTR and Mike Arellano from TxDOT. Professor Stephen Boyles presented on Dynamic Traffic Modeling, and Todd Humphreys discussed his work examining issues related to wireless communications security in autonomous vehicles.

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CTR Associate Director, Khali Persad, introduces the next panels.

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Todd Humphreys, Stephen Boyles, Mike Arellano, and Mike Murphy.

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Todd Humphreys discussing security in wireless communications for autonomous vehicles.


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Stephen Boyles discussing dynamic traffic assignment.

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Mike Arellano presenting the Austin TxDOT District’s 4-year plan for pavement management.


Most presentations have been made available, and can be viewed below.



A poster session by CTR students and researchers was also available on research regarding asphalts, airport pavement conditions in Galveston, location-based social media data in transportation planning, visualizations technologies for TxDOT projects, and mobility planning.










Posted by Kevyn B.  |  Category : CTR Annual Symposium