Innovations in Transportation Conference

October 9 & 10, 2018
Scheman Building (map)
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa

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Learn about the future of transportation and current practical applications at the Innovations in Transportation Conference, October 9-10, 2018, in Ames Iowa. The day-and-a-half meeting, hosted by the Iowa Department of Transportation and Iowa State University's Institute for Transportation, is designed for transportation professionals at local and state agencies, academia, and business and industry.

Speakers from around the nation will engage participants in contemporary topics such as mobility and accessibility, connected and autonomous vehicles, organizational change, and data analytics. A panel discussion among transportation leaders is also planned.

The conference will be held in the Scheman Building at Iowa State University's Iowa State Center.

Keynote Speaker: Simon Anderson

Simon Anderson, keynote speaker


Simon J. Anderson is a professional futurist, keynote speaker, startup entrepreneur, and emerging technology and trends consultant. He co-authored the 2014 Bellwether Award winning book Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow with fellow global futurist Jack Uldrich.

Simon is dedicated to helping leaders and organizations recognize emerging technologies and trends. Having traveled to more than 25 countries, Simon brings a global perspective to his work. He is also a former advisor to several technology startups and a global education non-profit. Simon's work was recently featured in the World Future Society's monthly newsletter, The Futurist and the Austrian management magazine the Hernsteiner.



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Day 1, Oct. 9, 2018

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee / Refreshments
8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Introductions
8:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker:
Simon Anderson
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Invited Speakers:
  • Ben Pierce, HDR, Inc.
  • Omar Maher, ESRI, "Machine Learning, AI, and Transportation"
  • Ed Bradley, Program Manager, Toyota, "Connected and Automated Vehicle Overview - An OEM Perspective"
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Rapid Fire Presentations:
  • Ashley Buss, Iowa State University, "Enhancing the Fundamental Knowledge and Use of Asphalt Emulsions Using Systematic Scientific and Engineering Approaches"
  • Halil Ceylan, Iowa State University, "Self-Heating Electrically Conductive Concrete Demonstration Project"
  • Susan Chrysler, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, "Preparing Work Zones for Automated and Connected Vehicles"
  • Neal Hawkins, Iowa State University, "Innovative Traffic Operations"
  • Nir Keren, Iowa State University, "Virtual Reality"
  • Dan McGehee, University of Iowa's National Advanced Driving Simulator, "Project TraumaHawk: Beaming Crashes into Emergency Rooms to Predict Injury"
  • Chris Murphy, University of Iowa's Virtual Soldier Research Laboratory, "University of Iowa/Iowa DOT VR Collaboration for Safety"
  • Sri Sritharan, Iowa State University, "Protecting Bridge Decks with Innovative Use of UHPC"
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. AASHTO/Innovation Programs and Highlights:
  • Chad Clawson, AASHTO, "All About AII: Taking Advantage of AASHTO's Innovation Initiative"
  • Sid Mohan, NCHRP, "Better Tools Help Good Craftsmen: Why NCHRP Pushes Application of Research Results and How"
  • Jeff Zaharewicz, FHWA, "Transforming Transportation Through Innovation"
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Reception/Poster Session (see information for presenters below)

Day 2, Oct. 10, 2018

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Coffee / Refreshments
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. AASHTO/Innovation Programs and Highlights:
  • Vince Trimiboli and David Coladner, Idaho Transportation Department, "Innovate ITD"
  • Alex Fisher-Willis, Utah DOT, "Innovation Implementation in UDOT - Construction Innovation Management"
  • Gary Vansuch, Colorado DOT, "How Did CDOT's Lean Everyday Ideas Initiative Become a 2018 Innovation In American Government?"
  • David Esse, WisDOT, "Innovation in Wisconsin"
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Transportation Leaders' Panel Discussion:
  • Mark Lowe, Director, Iowa DOT
  • Tony Furst, Chief Innovation Officer, FHWA
  • Kirk Steudle, Director, Michigan DOT
  • Omar Maher, Practice Lead, Advanced Analytics, ESRI

Pavement Preservation Tools Workshop, Oct. 10, 2018

A separate Pavement Preservation Tools Workshop that may be of interest to attendees begins at noon on October 10 in ISU's Scheman Building. For more information and to register for this separate event, visit the event website.


Information For Presenters

Poster Presentations

Posters must be under 4 feet x 4 feet. Poster boards will be provided.

The poster presentations will be in room "Stage Door Lounge."

photo of poster boards

Information For Exhibitors

Are you looking to connect with this audience in a big way? Become an exhibitor! Please contact our exhibit managers for more information:

For more information, visit the AASHTO Cvent site:

Lodging Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center at a rate of $119.00 per night.

You can reserve by calling (515)292-8600 or visiting the booking link (this will take you directly to the block online). Please reference the "Institute for Transportation Innovations Room Block" when reserving your room.

Please book by September 17th to secure this rate.


For more information, contact Judy Thomas, 515-294-1866,