The Kent Seminar Series

The first half of the 2017-18 Kent Seminar series wrapped up November 2nd with a presentation by UIUC master’s student Shan Zhao. Zhao lectured on the development of ground-penetration radar (GPR) data analysis algorithms for predicting thin asphalt overlay thickness. 

This semester a wide array of transportation topics were explored by a variety of presenters, including:

  • Timothy Rushing (chief, Airfields and Pavements Branch of the Geotechnical and Structures Lab, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center) on the past, present, and future of airfields and pavement research at the U.S. Army ERDC
  • Quang Tran (Ph.D. candidate, CEE at UIUC) on the rapid detection of concrete joint activation from normalized shear wave transmission energy
  • Silvia Caro Spinel (professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of the Andes in Columbia) on the mechanical properties of asphalt mixtures in partial saturation conditions
  • Mohammad Nabian (research assistant, UIUC) on the deep learning for accelerated reliability analysis of infrastructure networks

The Kent Seminar series can be viewed on YouTube Live and includes a chat box feature that allows the viewer to participate in the sessions. YouTube Live’s chat feature requires a YouTube login, which is free to sign up for at, the day of the presentation. The Kent Seminar series runs every Thursday during the academic semester at 12:30 p.m. You can also visit the Kent Seminar Series Video Archive to see past presentations.