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Smart Infrastructure for Future Urban Mobility

Date: 10/18/2017, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM EDTSpeaker: Stephen F. Smith, Ph.D., Professor of Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University and head of the Intelligent Coordination and Logistics LaboratoryOrganization: The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University; National University Transportation Center for Improving MobilityOST-R Office: Office of Research, Development and Technology (RDT) Email questions to:...

New Safety UTC Envisions Safe Systems Approach for U.S. Roadways

The Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety (CSCRS), the new University Transportation Center (UTC) at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC) is taking a fresh approach to road safety. This national safety UTC is focused on implementing a collaborative, multidisciplinary, safe systems approach to reducing transportation-related injuries and fatalities and to helping traffic safety become recognized as a public health ...

Joint-Effort Mobile Bridge Load-Capacity Evaluation Invention is “a Hit”

Volume and load demand on much of the U.S. surface transportation system exceeds what it was designed to carry. This, and inevitable aging, is especially hard on bridges. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, the average age of U.S. bridges is 43 years, and 56,007 are rated structurally deficient. In an effort at addressing the deficiencies, Rutgers University created THMPER™ the first portable rapid-testing...

Research Shows Glulam Timber Bridges may be an Economical, Fast, and Sustainable Solution for Local Roads

With thousands of bridges structurally deficient or functionally obsolete across the nation, owners need replacement options that are affordable, require minimal skilled labor to construct, especially in rural areas, and are sustainable. Glued laminated timber, or glulam timber, bridges provide an answer for local roads, research at South Dakota State University (SDSU) shows. SDSU is a member of the Region 8 Mountain Plains Consortium led by North Dakota...

What’s a Connected Vehicle Worth to You?

Connected vehicles (CVs) work by communicating with each other and the roadway infrastructure via dedicated shortrange communication. They are expected to eventually reduce non-impaired driver crashes by 80 percent, which will also significantly reduce traffic congestion. Researchers at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, spent 4 years researching driver’s acceptance of and willingness to pay for CVs through a simulation of purchasing decisions.

The study, Measuring...

Q&As about the FY2017 Regions 1, 2, and 3 Grant Solicitation


Question:  On 7/11/17 there was a question regarding the allowable font used within tables and figures. The response indicated that text inside tables and figures should be Arial 12. This would appear to be different than what's been allowed in 2013 and 2016 competitions, where font size within tables/figures could be no smaller than 9 while the title box and any headings had to remain in...