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2019 T&DI Pavements Conference Dates Announced

Published July 31, 2018

Plans are already in place for the International Airfield and Highway Pavements Conference of the Transportation Development Institute (T&DI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) set to take place in Chicago in July of next year.

The conference offers professionals a chance to interact with exhibitors and learn about technical developments in the industry, network with leaders in the fields of highway and airport pavements, as well as airport safety technologies, get up-to-date on relevant federal and state policies and initiatives, and earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) as well as Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

ICT Director Imad Al-Qadi is among the conference co-chairs, along with Scott Murrell of Applied Research Associates, Inc., Andreas Loizos, of National Technical University of Athens, and Hasan Ozer of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

Professionals who would like to submit papers to be presented at the conference must submit abstracts by August 23, 2018. Click here to read more on submission topics and options.

The event will take place from July 21-24, 2019.

ICT in the News

Published July 31, 2018

The Illinois Center for Transportation is making headlines most recently because of a proposal that is poised to boost the impact the facility has on the future of transportation research.

A plan is in the works to build a roughly two-mile test track for self-driving vehicles on more than 250 acres of land. The test track, which has been dubbed the Illinois Automated and Connected Track or I-ACT, would allow researchers to test self-driving vehicles in a variety of real world scenarios, including approaching a railroad crossing, an intersection with traffic signals, and encountering a bicyclist or pedestrian.

The plan is just one of many spurred on by the Smart Transportation Infrastructure Initiative (STII), which is designed to unite leaders from government, industry and academia, including the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (UIUC), the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and Northwestern University.

Click here to watch ICT Director Imad Al-Qadi’s live interview with WCIA 3 News. The developments at ICT were also featured here in the Rantoul Press and here in the News Gazette. The story was also picked up here by the Associated Press.

STII Discusses Plans for an Automated and Connected Vehicle Test Track

Published July 31, 2018

Since the Smart Transportation Infrastructure Initiative (STII) first announced its vision of changing the paradigm of transportation systems, especially in the areas of safety, mobility of people and goods, and reducing energy consumption and emissions, immense progress has been made and support for the initiative has grown, including for a proposed connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) test track right here in Illinois. Read More