North Carolina Department of Transportation
Research & Innovation Summit – 2020

2020 Agenda

See below for an agenda summary. All times are Eastern Time.

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Tuesday, October 13

12:30 – 1:20 p.m.

Welcome / Introduction 
Randa Radwan, Director, Ph.D., PMP, UNC-CH HSRC
Neil Mastin, PE, Research & Development Manager, NCDOT
Julie White, MPA, Deputy Secretary, Multimodal Transportation, NCDOT

Open Plenary Session Speaker
Are we there yet? The complex road to automated vehicles
Michael Clamann, Ph.D., UNC HSRC


1:20 – 1:30 p.m.



1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Environmental & Hydraulics

Matthew S. Lauffer, PE, Assistant State Hydraulics Engineer, Design, NCDOT

Characterizing changing extreme rainfall for a more resilient transportation system within North Carolina
Jared Bowden, Ph.D., NCSU

The automation and acceleration of deep learning-based detection of 3D hydraulic structures from point cloud data: A cyberinfrastructure-enabled approach
Wenwu Tang, Ph.D., UNCC

Tillage and Compost Effects on Roadside Runoff
Josh Heitman, Ph.D., NCSU

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Benjamin Spain, UAS Program Manager, NCDOT

Quantitative Comparison of UAS-Borne LiDAR Systems for High-Resolution Forested Wetland Mapping
Narcisa Pricope, Ph.D., GISP UNCW

UAS-Enabled Bridge Inspection: Challenges and Possible Solutions
Edward Mahama, NC A&T

Inspecting Road Networks using Multiple UAVs
Srinivas Akella, Ph.D., UNCC

Pavement & Materials

Clark S. Morrison, Ph.D., PE, State Pavement Design Engineer, NCDOT

Durability of Pipe Materials in Soils
Hyunjun Choi, NCSU

Observations of Recycled and Virgin Material Blending in RAP and RAS Mixtures
Cassie Castorena, Ph.D., NCSU

Interface Shear Strength of Different Geosynthetic Interlayers
Youngsoo Richard Kim, Ph.D., NCSU

NCDOT Demonstration

Alyson Tamer, PE, CPM, State Value Management Engineer, NCDOT

NCDOT Demonstration (CLEAR Program)
Clare Fullerton, PE, Value Management Program Engineer, NCDOT
David Henard, Ph.D., NCSU

Edward Jaselskis, Ph.D., NCSU


2:30 – 2:45 p.m.



2:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Lightning Talks (Student Presentations)

Kari Hancock, UNC-CH HSRC

Deep Learning-based Semantic Segmentation of 3D Point Clouds: A Case Study for Hydraulic Structures
Tianyang Chen, UNCC

Engineered Water Repellency in Frost Heave Mitigation
Michael Uduebor, UNCC

Quantification of Bridge Pier Scour from 3D Point Cloud Data Using Spatial Interpolation
Navanit Sri Shanmugam, UNCC


3:15 – 3:30 p.m.



3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Traffic, Safety, & Roadway Design

Tim Nye, MSCE, State Traffic Safety Project Engineer, NCDOT

Evaluating the Effects of Safety Vest Color on Visual Attention in Simulated Construction Work Zones
Dylan Hardison, Ph.D., ECU

Evaluation of Roundabouts on High-Speed Roadways
Daniell Bagley, NCDOT

Integrated scheduling of signal phases and routing decisions at connected intersections for network-level optimization
Andy Ham, Ph.D., NC A&T

Integrated Mobility / Multimodal

Ryan M. Brumfield, Innovations and Data Branch Manager, NCDOT

Trends in Mobility and Health Data During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Wes Kumfer, Ph.D., RSP1, UNC-CH HSRC

Efficient and Robust Pedestrian Detection using Deep Learning for Autonomous Cars
Abduallah Al Redwan Newaz, Ph.D., NC A&T

Quantitative Analysis of Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities at Intersections
Shannon Warchol, K&A, Inc.

Structures, Construction & Geotech

Gichuru Muchane, PE, Assistant State Structures Engineer, NCDOT

Performance Evaluation of Integral Abutment Bridges
Rajprabhu Thangappa, NCSU

Evaluating Existing Software for Bridge Virtual Design and Construction
Mohammed Mawlana, NC A&T

Proposed Specifications for Performance Engineered Concrete
Tara Cavalline, Ph.D., PE, UNCC

Transportation Centers of Excellence

Neil Mastin, PE, Research & Development Manager, NCDOT

NC Transportation Center of Excellence in Advanced Transportation Technology Safety and Policy
Randa Radwan, Director, Ph.D., PMP, UNC-CH HSRC

NC Center of Excellence for Enhancing Mobility and Reducing Congestion
Billy Williams, Ph.D., PE, NCSU ITRE

NC Transportation Center of Excellence on Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Technology (NC-CAV) 
Ali Karimoddini, Ph.D., NC A&T



Wednesday, October 14

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Introduction / Recap 
Neil Mastin, PE, Research & Development Manager, NCDOT

Plenary Session
J. Eric Boyette, Secretary of Transportation, NCDOT 


1:00 – 1:15 p.m.



1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Traffic, Safety, & Roadway Design

Joseph E. Hummer, Ph.D., PE, State Traffic Management Engineer, NCDOT

Impact of Connected and Automated Vehicles on Traffic Safety
Raghuveer Gouribhatla, UNCC

Estimating AADT on All Local Functionally Classified Roads in NC
Sonu Mathew, Ph.D., UNCC

Mobility Implications of CAV Lane Reservation in Mixed Traffic Environment
Shoaib Samandar, Ph.D., NCSU

Planning & Policy

Majed Al-Ghandour, Ph.D., PE, CPM, MCSD, MCT, Assistant Director of Project Management, NCDOT

Comparing Travel-Time Distance Calculations Versus Euclidean Distances as Applied in the Study of GIS
Timothy Mulrooney, Ph.D., NCCU

Preparing Future Workforce for the Digital Transformation Age
Murat Adivar, Ph.D., FSU

Effective Identification and Engagement of Transportation Stakeholders Using Geospatial Analytics and Online Advertising
Okan Pala, Ph.D., NCSU

Roadside Environmental

David B. Harris, PE, State Roadside Environmental Engineer, NCDOT

Attacking Construction Site Stormwater on Three Fronts
Rich McLaughlin, Ph.D., NCSU

Amending Roadsides with Compost Post-Construction to Improve Soil Hydraulic Properties and Manage Nutrient Export
Christina Kranz, NCSU

Research & Development

Neil Mastin, PE, Research & Development Manager, NCDOT

Idea and Proposal Writing
John Kirby, NCDOT

Project Selection Process
Mustan Kadibhai, PE, CPM, NCDOT

Curtis Bradley, Ph.D., NCDOT


2:15 – 2:30 p.m.



2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Lightning Talks (Student Presentations)

Katherine Harmon, Ph.D., M.P.H., UNC-CH HSRC

Impacts of Autonomous Trucks on Urban Network Performance
Soumya Sharma, NCSU

Congestion-Aware Vehicle Routing Based on Wireless Networking Paradigms
Vishwa Alaparthy, Ph.D., Duke

Optimizing Transit Equity and Accessibility by Integrating Transit Gap Index A Relevant GTFS Data Performance Metrics
Yang Li, UNCC


3:00 – 3:15 p.m.



3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

HSRC Research Showcase

NC eCrash Modernization Project
Nancy Lefler, UNC-CH HSRC

Most of Us Buckle Up in Person County: A social norms approach to increase seat belt use in a rural North Carolina County
Bevan Kirley, UNC-CH HSRC

Do Pedestrians like RRFBs or Median Islands? Introducing a Pedestrian Satisfaction with Unsignalized Crossings Scale
Seth LaJeunesse, UNC-CH HSRC

NCDOT Innovation Items

Clare Fullerton, PE, Value Management Program Engineer, NCDOT

Minorities in Transportation Technology Initiative (MITTI)
Kristal High Taylor, NCDOT

Everyday Counts – EDC 6
Rebecca Gallas, PE, Highway Operations, Staff Engineer, NCDOT 

HBCU Outreach / Panel Session

Alvin J. Austin, HBCU Outreach Director, NCDOT
Neil Mastin, PE, Research & Development Manager, NCDOT

Research HBCU Outreach Efforts

Panel Discussion with NCDOT and HBCU Researchers
Burcu Adivar, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management, FSU
John Kelly, Jr., Ph.D., NC A&T
Maranda McBride, Ph.D., MBA, NC A&T

NCDOT Demonstration

Alyson Tamer, PE, CPM, State Value Management Engineer, NCDOT 

NCDOT OpenRoads Designer (ORD)
Jeff Garland, PE, PMP NCDOT
Roger Kluckman, NCDOT