OTREC research shines on national stage: TRB 2014


OTREC research played a prominent role at this year’s Transportation Research Board annual meeting, the preeminent national conference for transportation researchers. An estimated 12,000 transportation professionals from around the world are attending the conference.

A total of 75 affiliated researchers from three campuses of OTREC’s NITC program present their research in 64 lectern and poster sessions Jan. 12-16. Faculty and students presided or presented at an additional 16 workshops, committee meetings and sessions.

Potential presenters at TRB submit full research papers for peer review; only around half of the submitted papers are chosen for presentation at the annual meeting. Portland State University researchers had 41 papers accepted for presentation; University of Oregon, 3; University of Utah, 20. Portland State, University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Technology and the University of Utah are partners in the National Institute for Transportation and Communities, or NITC, program. (New NITC partner University of South Florida had an additional 37 papers accepted for presentation.)

Student researchers from OTREC programs always have a strong presence at TRB, and this year was no exception. For Portland State alone, 27 students had their work as lead or secondary authors accepted for presentation. A full 25 papers had Portland State students as lead authors.

To show the extent of OTREC involvement at TRB, we compiled a day-by-day guide to presentations, available to download at:


We also showcase individual research efforts that were presented during the conference.

In addition:

The annual meeting of the Transportaion Research Board of the National Academies ran from Jan. 12 to Jan. 16 at three convention sites in Washington, D.C. More information on the conference and TRB is at http://www.trb.org/AnnualMeeting2014.

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