• Transportation Research Board

      TRB 98th Annual Meeting

      January 13–17, 2019

    • Interactive Program


Annual Meeting Event Detail

Workshop 1037

Three-Minute Thesis Competition: Concise Portrayal of Research Discovery to Nonspecialist Audience

Sunday 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
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Leila Hajibabai, State University of New York (SUNY), presiding
Chieh (Ross) Wang, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, presiding
Sponsored by:
Section - Maintenance and Preservation (AHD00)
Operations and Preservation Group (AH000)
Subcommittee on Young Professionals (AH000(1))
Section - Operations (AHB00)
Subcommittee on Maintenance & Preservation Young Members (AHD00(2))
Young Members Council (YMC) (A0040T)


The 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition invites participants to present their research within three minutes in a way that the workshop attendees from wide research areas in Transportation can absorb the objectives and key components of the presented work. The competition is open to graduate students attending the TRB annual meeting. The OPG YMC will follow guidelines and judging criteria established by the University of Queensland, the founder of the 3MT competition. The workshop aims to provide an excellent opportunity for young members to consolidate their ideas, so they can present them concisely to an audience specialized in various areas in Transportation. It will help students gain visibility of their research as well.

Eligibility and Submission Guideline

The competition is open to graduate students conducting research in all areas of Transportation who have made significant progress towards their degrees. Students need to apply to the 3MT workshop by submitting (1) an abstract on their research (up to 350 words) and (2) their CVs as a single PDF. The submission window will be open until November 1, 2018. Applications will be reviewed by the judges before the annual meeting and selected participants will be notified to prepare their presentations. Selected speakers will have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their dissertation and its significance. The presentation guidelines will be announced through email notifications.

Judging Criteria

The presentations will be judged by a panel of experts and an anonymous poll of the audience. The experts are selected from TRB standing committee chairs and members. The judgement will be based on the qualifications including the clarity of the presentation and effectiveness of the communication skills along with scientific and technical quality.


The workshop will have three winners. Top two presentations (winner and runner-up) will be identified by the judges and an Audience Choice will be recognized as well.

An important aspect of the competition is the Audience Choice award. Following all presentations, the audience is asked to vote on who they thought gave the most convincing 3MT presentation based on the outlined criteria. Details of the competitors will be provided to the audience along with voting papers to select the number which corresponds to their favorite presenter. A finalist can be the winner or runner-up and still receive the Audience Choice award.

The three winners will be recognized at the end of the workshop and receive an award certificate from TRB.

Judging Panel

Timothy B. Baughman, P.E., Institute for Transportation Research and Education

Robert L. Bertini, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, F.ITE, SMIEEE, University of South Florida

Frank Broen, Teach America Corporation

Marc Butorac, PE, PTOE, PMP, Kittelson & Associates

Xiaoyue Cathy Liu, Ph.D., P.E., University of Utah

Title Presentation Number
Utilization Management and Pricing of Urban Facilities Under Uncertain Demand and User Decisions
Amir Mirheli, State University of New York (SUNY)
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Assessment of Tree Canopy Effects Overtop Low-Volume Roadways
Andrea Horn, Ohio University
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Improving the Quality Management of Pavement Condition Data
Bahareh Bazargani, Iowa State University
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Life-Cycle Thinking in Pavement Design Decision Making
Chaitanya Ganesh Bhat, Michigan Technological University
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Development, Assessment, and Modeling of Self-Healing Systems for Cementitious Materials
Jialuo He, Washington State University
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Developing a Sustainable Pavement Management Plan: Tradeoffs in Road Condition, User Costs, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Jojo France-Mensah, University of Texas, Austin
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Corrosion of Corrugated Metal Pipe in Kansas: A Longitudinal Study
Luke Augustine, Kansas State University
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A Laboratory-Based Procedure for Testing and Evaluating Pavement Markings
Maged Mohamed, University of Idaho
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Computer Vision–Based Structural Health Monitoring Framework to Feature Mining of Damage for Predictive Numerical Simulations
Mehrdad Shafiei Dizaji, University of Virginia
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Distributed Optimization and Coordinated Algorithm for Dynamic Speed Optimization of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in Urban Street Networks
Mehrdad Tajalli, Washington State University
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System Optimal DynamicTraffic Assignment
Mehrzad Mehrabipour, Washington State University
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Model of Optimal Combination Scheduling Based on Passengers’ Willingness to Pay for the Demand of Bus Seats
Mingyang Pei, University of South Florida
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Field Performance and Cost-Effectiveness of Crack Sealing in Flexible and Composite Pavements
Momen Ragab Mousa, Louisiana State University
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Leveraging Autonomy in Truck Platooning to Improve Transportation Sustainability
Osman Erman Gungor, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
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Application of a New Laboratory Compaction Method for Granular Materials Used in Transportation Infrastructure
Poura Arabali, Texas A&M University
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Data-Driven Damage Prediction Tool for Airfield Flexible Pavements
Priyanka Sarker, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
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Traffic Metering in Urban Street Networks
Rasool Mohebifard, Washington State University
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Evaluation of Structural Contribution of Asphalt Mixtures Through Improved Viscoelastic-Based Distress Indicator Parameters
RASOOL NEMATI, University of New Hampshire
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Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Design and Power Management Under Traffic Equilibrium
Roksana Asadi, SUNY College, Stony Brook
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Distributed Optimization and Coordination Approach for Real-Time, Network-Level Traffic Signal Optimization in Connected Transportation Network
S.M.A. Bin Al Islam, Washington State University
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Optimization of Road Weather Information System Sensor Location and Density Using Big Data
Simita Biswas, University of Alberta
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Dynamic Pricing and Long-Term Planning Models for Managed Lanes with Multiple Entrances and Exits
Venktesh Pandey, University of Texas, Austin
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Stormwater Mitigation Through Fully Permeable Pavement
Yazan Al-Zubi, California State University, Long Beach
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Robust Analytical Chip Seal Design Method Using 3D Laser Scanner
Yorguo El Hachem, University of Texas, Austin
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