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Register for the annual CTS Research Conference

Join us at the 28th Annual CTS Research Conference to hear about new learning, emerging ideas, and the latest innovations in transportation. This year’s event is scheduled for November 2 at The Commons Hotel in Minneapolis.

Attendees will learn about research findings, implementation efforts, and engagement activities related to a variety of transportation topics. This year’s keynote presentations feature:

  • Joung Lee, policy director at AASHTO, on how we pay for transportation infrastructure
  • Joshua Schank, chief innovation officer at LA Metro, on policy innovation at his agency

To browse the full program or register for attend, visit the CTS website.

Mobility, labor, and competitiveness drive discussion at annual freight symposium

How does the ability to move freight affect the economic health of a state, region, and even a city? How are the supply chains of businesses impacted by freight flow? And what challenges and opportunities does Minnesota face when it comes to leveraging and strengthening its freight modes?

The 2016 Freight and Logistics Symposium offered a thoughtful examination of those questions and explored other topics related to improved mobility in Minnesota, including congestion, regulation, labor shortages, and the value of all freight modes to the state’s economy.

The event, held December 2, 2016, in Minneapolis, included:

  • A presentation on the power of freight flow data in attracting industry to a location and ways to use data in making a compelling case for businesses to invest
  • A panel Q&A featuring four industry experts from diverse organizations that depend on reliable freight movement
  • A discussion of how the 2016 election results may affect freight transportation

For a full summary of the event, download the 2016 Freight and Logistics Symposium proceedings (PDF).


The symposium was sponsored by CTS in cooperation with MnDOT, the Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, the Metropolitan Council, and the Transportation Club of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

CTS Research Conference: a day of discovery and innovation

Have you registered to attend the annual CTS Transportation Research Conference on November 3?

The one-day event, held at The Commons Hotel on the U of M campus, will highlight new learning, emerging ideas, and the latest innovations in transportation. Sessions will also explore implementation efforts and engagement activities.

In the opening session, “Creating Sustainable, Livable, Forward-Compatible Cities for Economic Resilience,” author Gabe Klein will explore the innovations taking place in cities and how government, business, and nonprofit leaders can utilize this wave of change to shape a quality of life that is improved and not compromised.

Following his presentation, the following panel of experts will share perspectives on the implications for the future of transportation systems in Minnesota cities:

  • Mayor Ardell Brede, City of Rochester
  • Mayor Chris Coleman, City of St. Paul
  • Anu Ramaswami, Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Mayor Betsy Hodges, City of Minneapolis (invited)

In the luncheon presentation, “How to Promote and Prepare for Automated Driving,” Professor Byrant Walker Smith will present steps that governments can take now to encourage the development, deployment, and use of automated driving systems.

Complete program details and registration information is available on the CTS website. Please plan to join us for a day of discovery and innovation!

Roadway Safety Institute seminar series begins September 10

The Roadway Safety Institute will kick off its safety-focused seminar series on September 10 in Minneapolis with a presentation on the Minnesota Strategic Highway Safety Plan by Brad Estochen, MnDOT state traffic safety engineer.

Seminars will be held Thursdays from 3–4 p.m. throughout the fall semester on the U of M’s east bank campus. The free seminars, which will also be streamed live on the web, will feature the latest work of Institute researchers and other industry experts.

Detailed information about seminar topics and speakers will be available soon on the Institute website, or you can subscribe to receive e-mail updates from the Institute.

Hope to see you there!

Seminar Schedule

September 10 — Minnesota Strategic Highway Safety Plan
Brad Estochen, State Traffic Safety Engineer, Minnesota Department of Transportation

September 17 — Characterizing Uncertainty in Left-Turn Crash Reconstructions Using Event Data Recorder Data
Gary Davis, Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota

September 24 — Transportation Incidents, Events, and Disasters
Dan Work, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

October 1 — Low-Cost Centimeter-Accurate Mobile Positioning
Todd Humphreys, Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, University of Texas at Austin

October 8 — Title TBD
Linda Boyle, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington

October 15 — Speaker TBD

October 22 — Automated Identification and Extraction of Horizontal Curve Information from GIS Roadway Maps: Improving Safety on All Roadways
David Noyce, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison

November 5 — Novel Collision Avoidance System for Bicycles
Rajesh Rajamani, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota

November 12 — Assessing Roadway Safety Risks in American Indian Reservations
Kathy Quick, Assistant Professor, and Guillermo Narvaez, Research Associate, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

November 19 — Pedestrian Safety, Pedestrian Behavior, and Intersection Design and Control
Per Garder, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maine

December 3 — Title TBD
Don Fisher, Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst

December 10 — A Positioning and Mapping Methodology Using Bluetooth and Smartphone Technologies to Support Situation Awareness and Wayfinding for the Visually Impaired
Chen-Fu Liao, Educational Systems Manager, Minnesota Traffic Observatory, University of Minnesota

Winter seminars highlight research on work-zone safety, culvert design, and more

Join us in person on the U of M campus or tune in online to the CTS winter research seminars. The seminars will highlight a sampling of the latest transportation research at the U of M.

Here’s this year’s seminar schedule:

Each seminar will be held in Room 50B at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Or, if you can’t make it in person, you can watch the seminars live online or view recordings posted after the events. For details about the live broadcasts, see the individual seminar web pages.

There’s no cost to attend, and each seminar qualifies for one Professional Development Hour.

Hope to see you there!