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OST-R @ TRB 2024

Updated January 17, 2024

Welcome to OST-R @ TRB 2024.

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual meeting brings together transportation research professionals from across the globe. This year's TRB 103rd Annual Meeting was held in person January 7–11, 2024 in Washington, D.C.

It included 3,000+ presentations in 350+ sessions; 350+ meetings organized by TRB standing committees; Continuing Education credits; curated programs and 3 days of exhibits, showcasing transportation-related products and services.

OST-R's program leaders and subject matters experts participated in dozens of technical sessions and interacted with our stakeholders. A curated list of all OST-R related activities is available for viewing and download. In addition, please visit the ITS JPO @ TRBBTS @ TRB, and Volpe Center @ TRB pages to view their program-specific activities. 


TRB 2024 Session Videos


Chair's Plenary Session featuring remarks from Secretary Pete Buttigieg

                                                                                                                                                                    video courtesy of Transportation Research Board


New Materials for Infrastructure: Reinventing the Roadway, Runway, and Railway Panel

with US DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology and Chief Scientist Dr. Robert Hampshire, along with leading innovators in this space

                                                                                                                                                                    video courtesy of Transportation Research Board




OST-R @ TRB 2024 Ballroom Sessions

Monday, January 8, 2024

10:15 am-noon
Session 2093, Washington Convention Center Ballroom A
U.S. Department of Transportation: Achieving Vision Zero: Advances in Roadway Safety

Polly Trottenberg, US DOT Deputy Secretary - presiding


  • Sophie Shulman, Deputy Administrator, NHTSA
  • Dr. Robert C. Hampshire, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief Science Officer, OST-R
  • Mayor James Hovland, Edina, MN
  • Carlos Braceras, Executive Director, Utah Department of Transportation
  • Leah Shahum, Founder and Director, Vision Zero Network
  • Barak Myers, Transportation Director, United South and Eastern Tribes

U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), tribal, state, and local officials will share advances and innovations in their work to achieve Vision Zero (zero traffic deaths). The session will provide a high-level overview and progress report of USDOT’s National Roadway Safety Strategy (NRSS), the five-pronged approach—including safer people, safer vehicles, safer speeds, safer roads, and post-crash care, to work towards a goal of zero fatalities. Panelists will discuss how they are leveraging research to implement roadway safety policies that are saving lives in their communities.

1:30 pm-3:15 pm
Session 2158, Washington Convention Center Ballroom A
U.S. Department of Transportation: National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization at One Year

Ann Shikany, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy - presiding


  • Carlos Monje, Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, US DOT
  • Jeffrey Marootian, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US DOE
  • Alexis Pelosi, Senior Advisor for Climate, US HUD
  • Joseph Goffman, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, US EPA 


  • Gabe Klein, Executive Director, Joint Office of Energy and Transportation

One year ago, the U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization was released by the Department of Transportation, Department of Energy, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This session will take stock of the progress made thus far in advancing a clean, efficient, and convenient transportation system; discuss barriers to overcome moving forward; and announce priorities as the nation works to realize a transportation sector with near zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Senior officials from each of the four agencies will discuss how their programs are working together to transform transportation, including through interagency action plans.

3:45 pm-5:30 pm
Session 2210, Washington Convention Center Ballroom A
U.S. Department of Transportation: GPS at 50, Results for Transportation, and New Threats

Dr. Robert C. Hampshire, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief Science Officer, OST-R - presiding


  • Lt. Col. Robert O. Wray, Commander, 2nd Space Operations Squadron, USSF
  • Ken Alexander, Chief Scientific & Technical Advisor for Satellite Navigation Systems, FAA
  • Gregory D. Winfree, Agency Director, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • Dana A. Goward, President, Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation
  • Dr. Zak Kassas, UTC Director for the Center for Automated Vehicles Research with Multimodal AssurEd Navigation (CARMEN), The Ohio State University

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a momentous achievement - a constellation of positioning, navigation, and timing satellites established as a U.S. Department of Defense program in December 1973. It is a testament to American ingenuity and innovation that this dual-use technology for military and civilian applications has transformed the world and modern society. The U.S. Department of Transportation serves as the civil lead for GPS and, in joint partnership with the Department of Defense, ensures accurate and reliable GPS service meets current and emerging needs across our nation and around the globe.  This panel session uses the 50th anniversary of GPS as an opportunity to increase awareness and visibility of the importance of GPS to safety-critical transportation applications—from aircraft and maritime navigation to positive train control to emerging applications for UAS, advanced air mobility, and automated vehicles. Disruption, denial, and manipulation of GPS such as signal jamming and spoofing are threats that have become a reality in the Ukraine and Israel conflicts, as well as incidents in the U.S. primarily affecting aviation. So, while GPS is the foundation for our National PNT Architecture, we need to ensure that foundation is fortified. This panel will explore PNT resiliency to enhance safety, security, and ensure the flow of goods supporting the economy through protecting GPS spectrum from harmful interference, to toughening GPS receiver equipment, to use of complementary sources of PNT and facilitating adoption of these technologies into end user applications to increase resiliency for safety-critical transportation applications.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

8:00 am-9:45 am
Session 3037, Washington Convention Center Ballroom A
U.S. Department of Transportation: Department of Transportation Activities in Advanced Air Mobility

Annie Petsonk, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, US DOT - presiding

Opening Remarks:

  • Michael G. Whitaker, Administrator, FAA


  • Paul Fontaine, Assistant Administrator for NextGen, FAA
  • Jay Carrigan, Director, Threat Analysis Division, Transportation Security Administration
  • Lt. Col. John "Wasp" Tekell, US Air Force Agility Prime Lead
  • Akbar Sultan, Director, Airspace Operations and Safety Program, NASA

Recent technology advances have heralded the next decade as the “Third Revolution in Aviation” following the Wright Brothers invention of powered flight in 1903 and the invention of the jet engine in the late 1940s. These new technologies feature electric-powered aircraft with “Advanced Air Mobility” which collectively can be passenger or cargo carrying small aircraft traveling at reasonably low altitudes over short distances.  Although not yet in commercial operation, Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) has the potential to dramatically transform air travel in the United States and around the world in the years to come. This U.S. DOT-led session will focus on ongoing efforts to plan for the future of AAM in the United States. The presentation will introduce the concept of AAM, address the federal role in planning for these new operations, and outline some of the challenges inherent in implementing internationally leading new services. Presenters will explain how advanced air mobility can offer new and innovative means of accomplishing a wide variety of aviation operations and enable a broad scope of benefits across the public and private sectors. This workshop will feature a panel with senior federal officials and highlight the technological, engineering, research, and policy work necessary to enable new types of aviation. The session will address the federal coordination efforts necessary to achieve the multi-modal integration of new aviation concepts and highlight current and planned projects to prepare public and private stakeholders for new aviation markets.

3:45 pm-5:00 pm
Session 3232, Washington Convention Center Ballroom A
View from the Flight Deck: Perspectives from Federal Aviation Administration Leadership

Polly Trottenberg, US DOT Deputy Secretary - presiding


  • Kathryn B. Thomson, Deputy Administrator, FAA
  • David H. Boulter, Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, FAA
  • Paul Fontaine, Assistant Administrator for NextGen, FAA
  • Frank McIntosh, Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the Air Traffic Organization, FAA

This senior leadership panel will address and discuss key strategic priorities of the FAA.  Topics of discussion may include ensuring a safe new era of diverse operations in the National Airspace System (NAS), steps being taken to advance the FAA’s safety culture and risk management, using data to enhance aerospace safety, aircraft certification reform, addressing pilot mental health, increasing cyber security resilience of the NAS, and harnessing the potential of innovation.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

3:45 pm-5:30 pm
Session 4083, Washington Convention Center Ballroom A
New Materials for Infrastructure: Reinventing the Roadway, Runway, and Railway

Dr. Robert C. Hampshire, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief Science Officer, OST-R - presiding


  • Secretary Pete Buttigieg, US DOT
  • Cooper Rinzler, Partner, Breakthrough Energy Ventures
  • Franz-Josef Ulm, Professor and Faculty Director of CSHub, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tadeu Carneiro, Chairman & CEO, Boston Metal
  • Maggie Kwan, Senior Vice President, AECOM Tishman
  • Matthew Pava, Program Manager of BRACE, DARPA
  • Mostafa Jamshidi, Deputy Director for Operations, Nebraska Department of Transportation

Organized at the request of Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, this U.S. DOT-led workshop will focus on innovative durable materials, including green and low embodied carbon infrastructure materials, bio-engineered materials, and other topics related to decarbonizing the infrastructure supply chain. These new and innovative technologies can reduce emissions from infrastructure and construction, while making infrastructure more resilient to the impacts of climate threats. The workshop will highlight advances in durable and low carbon material technologies and will bring together a group of industry experts and research leaders to discuss opportunities for collaboration and deployment.



Note: At this time, proof of COVID-19 vaccination and the wearing of protective masks are not required by TRB.