USDOT Region V Regional University Transportation Center

NEXTRANS Center Inaugural Summit - Presentations May 5, 2008
Purdue University

Plenary Session: Integrated and Innovative Solutions to Address Transportation Challenges

  • Srinivas Peeta, Ph.D., Professor and NEXTRANS Center Director, Purdue University
    • NEXTRANS Center Vision: Partnership for Integrated and Innovative Solutions
  • Paul Brubaker, Administrator, USDOT Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA)
    • Transportation Vision and Challenges for the Future - Federal Government Perspective
  • C. Michael Walton, Ph.D., Professor of Civil Engineering and Ernest H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Panel Discussion: Transportation, Logistics, and Economic Development – Perspectives from the Region

Luncheon Speaker: Victor L. Lechtenberg, Ph.D., Interim Provost and Vice President for Engagement, Purdue University

Integrated Solutions in Transportation: Government-Industry-Academia Parallel Sessions

1: Intermodalism
Existing transportation infrastructure across multiple modes can be leveraged to address challenges related to mobility and consequent negative impacts. This session seeks innovative approaches/mechanisms to integrate transportation/logistics solutions across modes to address challenges related to multi-sector stakeholders, limited budgets, energy security, ecological footprint, and performance efficiency, to move people and goods.

2: Integration Across Goals: Safety, Mobility and Infrastructure Renewal
The U.S. transportation infrastructure is aging, congestion is getting worse, and safety concerns continue to exist for various transportation modes. Given the limited finances for future investment, this session seeks methods and strategies to generate solutions that address multiple goals simultaneously so as to leverage limited resources judiciously.

3. Leveraging Technology
The technology revolution over the past two decades provides opportunities to generate innovative transportation/logistics solutions. This session seeks to explore new paradigms/approaches to generate integrated solutions to current and future transportation problems, including the use of advanced sensor systems across the transportation infrastructure.

4. Public-Private Partnerships
Some transportation modes are in the public sector and others are in the private sector. Policy and regulative decisions impact transportation/logistics operators. Limited public sector budgets entail need for new financing strategies involving the private sector. This session seeks innovative strategies/mechanisms to foster public-private partnerships.

Summary from the Parallel Sessions

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