Dedicated to the exchange of ideas among
researchers, professionals, and students and
an informed citizenry since 1958.


Minneapolis, MN
Tuesday & Wednesday
April 10 – 11, 2018

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Information for Authors

Abstract submittals are open from September 1 – November 30, 2017.  Authors will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of their submittals January 3, 2018.

Papers presented in podium sessions will be assigned discussants.  For a paper to be presented in a podium session the full paper must be submitted by February 18, 2018.

If your work will be presented as a poster or as part of the half-day graduate student program, we also require submission of the full paper by March 17, 2018.

Moreover, all speakers and poster presenters must be registered for the conference by March 7, 2018, or their paper will be dropped from the program.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1520406035615{margin-left: 10px !important;padding-left: 5px !important;background-color: #d8dadf !important;}”]

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Call for Papers

Information for Authors


Preliminary Program



Sponsorship Opportunities


Link to Conference Maker to submit your full paper

  1. Log in with your username and password.
  2. Go to “My submissions,” click on ID number, and click edit
  3. Update the paper title (if necessary)
  4. In abstract section, replace your previous extended abstract by a one-paragraph abstract
  5. In Submission (paper) section you can either enter the URL of the paper on your own website or upload a PDF file (maximum size 3mb).
  6. Click “Submit”

Papers will be made available to conference participants through the conference website, but TRF will not request copyright.  Authors will be free to also submit their papers to journals including the Journal of the Transportation Research Forum.

Several prizes will be awarded to papers presented at the conference, including:
– best paper
– best paper solely authored by a student or students.

Practical Information for Podium Session Presenters

Podium papers will be presented in pairs (60 minute sessions) or threes (90 minute sessions).   This will allow audience members to sample many different topics during the day.  Speakers will have a maximum of 20 minutes to present their work.  Discussants will then have 5 minutes leaving 5 minutes for audience questions.  Obviously you will have better feedback if you kept your presentations to 15 minutes.  We will have a host computer in the room for you to load your presentation in the break prior to your session.

Practical Information for Poster Session Presenters

We suggest that you follow the guidelines issued by the Transportation Research Board in preparing your poster:
The only difference is that you should use a visual poster and not use any computer display.  The TRB guidelines offer plenty of practical suggestions. Most importantly, do not tack individual pages of a PowerPoint presentation or a text manuscript onto a poster board.

Practical Information for Student Session Presenters

Student session papers will be presented in pairs in 60-minute sessions.   This will allow audience members to sample many different topics during the afternoon.  Our intention is that speakers will have a maximum of 20 minutes to present their work.  This will leave 10 minutes for audience questions and for feedback from faculty.

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2018 Annual Forum Program Co-Chairs:

John Bitzan, [email protected]
David Ripplinger, [email protected]

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Until March 7:  Full refund less a $10 administrative fee
March 8 – 23: 75% refund
March 24: no refunds

Speakers who have to cancel should also inform

David Ripplinger: [email protected]
John Bitzan: [email protected]