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2021 Virtual Research and Innovation Symposium

2021 Virtual Research and Innovation Symposium presentations were updated in September 2021 and will be permanently available. (Materials from previous 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Symposiums are also available). 

September 9th - All Project Presentations

All of the 2021 Research & Innovation projects will be presented in concurrent sessions on Wednesday September 8 from 2:30-3:20;  four non-overlapping sessions featuring all of the projects will be held on Thursday September 9 during the following times: 

  • 9:00-10:00 - Asset Management and Maintenance
  • 12:00-12:45 - Materials
  • 1:00-1:30 - Environment and Resilience
  • 1:30-2:00 - Planning and Public Transportation
  • 2:15-3:00 - Structures and Construction
2021 Projects Will Include:

These web pages are updated with Fact Sheet, Poster, and a 3-5 minute Presentation Recording. 

​Asset Management and Maintenance 
Wednesday 2:30-3:20
Thursday 9:00-10:00

  1. Hydraulic Inspection Vehicle Explorer (HIVE2.0) for Culvert Upgrades, Logan Griswold, UVM
  2. RFID and Wireless IoT Technologies for Transportation Asset Management, Tian Xia and Byung Lee, UVM
  3. Object Tracking and Geo-localization from Street Images, Daniel Wilson, UVM
  4. LanePainter: Lane Mark Enhancement via Generative Adversarial Network, Xiaohan Zhang, UVM
  5. Advanced Sensing Technologies for Practical UAV-Based Condition Assessment of Underside Bridge Decks, Damien Garland, UVM
  6. Monitoring of Landslides in Vermont Using Drone and Geologic Surveys, Jon Kim, VT DEC ANR
  7. Quantifying Correlations Between Winter Severity, Road Conditions, and VTrans' Snow and Ice Control Activities, Jon Dowds, UVM

Wednesday 2:30-3:20
Thursday 12:00-12:45

  1. Stabilized Agent Selection for Reclaimed Stabilized Base Projects in Vermont, Ali Khorasani, UVM
  2. Evaluation of Stripping Potential Tests for Bituminous Concrete, Ali Khorasani, UVM
  3. Evaluation of Processed Glass Aggregate for Utilization in Transportation Projects as a Sand Borrow, Fiona Nutbeam, UVM
  4. A New Method of Determining Payment for In-Place Concrete with Double-Bounded Compressive Strength Pay Factors, James Sullivan, UVM
  5. Performance Structural Concrete Optimized for Cost, Durability and Manufacturability, Matthew Kaplita, UVM
  6. High Performance Concrete with Post-Tensioning Shrinking Fibers, Diarmuid Gregory, UVM

Environment and Resilience
Wednesday 2:30-3:20
Thursday 1:00-1:30

  1. Quantifying Nutrient Pollution Reductions Achieved by Erosion Remediation Projects on Vermont's Roads, Beverley Wemple, UVM 
  2. Flood Analysis of Bridge-Stream Interactions using Two-Dimensional Modeling of Vermont River Reaches, Rachel Seigel and Mandar Dewoolkar, UVM
  3. Leveraging High-Resolution LiDAR and Stream Geomorphic Assessment Datasets to Expand Regional Hydraulic Geometry Curves for Vermont: A Blueprint for New England States, Kristen Underwood, UVM
  4. Ranking Transportation Structures by Their Potential to Facilitate Wildlife Passage, Caitlin Drasher, UVM

Planning and Public Transportation 
Wednesday 2:30-3:20
Thursday 1:30-2:00

  1. Case Studies of Communities of Less Than 10,000 People with Bicycle & Pedestrian Infrastructure, Natalie Villwock-Witte, MSU
  2. The Electrification of Vermont's Public Transit Fleet, Ross MacDonald, VTrans
  3. Testing UVC Lighting Technology to Improve Rural Transit Systems, Dan Currier, VTrans
  4. Virtual Public Involvement (VPI) at VTrans, Katherine Otto, VTrans

Structures and Construction 
Wednesday 2:30-3:20
Thursday 2:15-3:00

  1. VTrans Pilots Electronic Ticketing Technology on Paving Projects, Ryan Darling, VTrans
  2. Parameters Controlling the Rotation of the Deck in Skewed Integral Abutment Bridges Under Thermal Loading, Susan Faraji, UML
  3. Middlebury Tunnel Construction, Fianna Barrows, VTrans
  4. Stone Matrix Asphalt and Advancement of Pavement Testing, Ian Anderson, VTrans
  5. Cost-Effective Rapid-Setting Concrete for Improved Bridge Joint Performance, Eshan Dave, UNH


State Transportation Innovation Council Stakeholders Meeting (with Launch of 2021 Research and Innovation Symposium)

The 2021 AOT Research & Innovation Symposium will launch with the Annual State Transportation Innovation Council Stakeholders Meeting on Wednesday September 8, 2021 from 1-3:45pm. 

Wednesday September 8, 2021 Agenda:
  • 1:00-1:05 Getting Started - Emily Parkany
  • 1:05-1:15 Welcome – Secretary Joe Flynn 
  • 1:15-1:30  Keynote – Hari Kalla, FHWA Associate Administrator for Infrastructure
  • 1:30-2:15 Technical Keynote – Dr. Leslie Myers McCarthy, FHWA Senior Asphalt Pavement Engineer, HQ Office of Preconstruction, Construction and Pavements
  • 2:15-2:25 Overview of the 2021 Research and Innovation Projects/ Intro to the Breakout Sessions - Emily Parkany
  • 2:30-3:20 Concurrent Breakout Presentation Sessions - Meeting links available here
  • 3:25-3:35 Reconvene and Closing - Emily Parkany