Call for Abstracts

Practitioners and researchers are invited to submit an abstract of a presentation topic for the 2017 Mid-Continent Transportation Research Symposium. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to present at the symposium in either a podium or poster session.

As suggested by the theme—New Ideas, Better Lives—a major focus of this year's event will be on research implementation and practice-ready results. In particular, we are interested in projects that have been implemented to tackle today's transportation problems. See the list of potential topic areas below.

We welcome submissions from people representing broad perspectives in the transportation community: consultants, engineers, planners, and practitioners from public agencies, private industry, and universities.

Symposium presentations will be published online after the event.

Note that at least one author of each paper or poster accepted for presentation must be registered for the symposium in order for the paper or poster to be included in the program.

Abstract Format

Using the abstract template, prepare a brief abstract clearly summarizing your proposed presentation. Organize the abstract as follows:

  • If your topic is "practice ready," mark the "yes" checkbox at the top of the template
  • Abstract/presentation title
  • Author(s)
  • For each author, in the corresponding footnote: Title, affiliation, full address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail)
  • Topic summary (no longer than 500 words or two double-spaced pages, including figures and tables)
  • Keywords (up to five)
  • Save the electronic document in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format (.doc, .docx, .pdf)

Download an abstract template

Online Abstract Submittal

Abstracts are due May 08, 2017.

Complete the online submittal form and follow instructions for uploading your file (.doc, .docx, or .pdf). You will receive a printable PDF and e-mail confirmation when your file has been successfully uploaded.

Submit your abstract.

Abstract Review Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated by a committee of regional transportation professionals, based on one or more of the following criteria (not necessarily in this order):

  • Succinct, clearly defined research objective and expected results
  • Practical, implementable solutions for transportation challenges
  • Valuable insights or research results
  • Tangible research findings or products (technology, equipment, processes)

Notice of Acceptance

The number of accepted abstracts will depend on the number submitted for each topic area and the space available within each session.

Authors of abstracts accepted for presentation will be notified by e-mail in May 2017, with instructions for submitting complete presentations and/or posters for electronic publication.*

*Note: At least one author of each paper or poster accepted for presentation must be registered for the symposium in order for the paper or poster to be included in the program.

Potential Abstract Topics

The symposium will offer several concurrent sessions, each on a topic area, as well as a general poster session. This year, we are especially interested in promising, implementation-ready solutions for federal and state departments of transportation, cities, and counties.

Potential topic areas are listed below, but other relevant topics are welcome.

  • Safety
  • Mobility
  • Technology
  • Sustainability
  • Organization
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Policy