Bridging Transportation Researchers (BTR) Conference

Welcome to the first Bridging Transportation Researchers (BTR) Online Conference!


Registration is required for all meeting attendees including session speakers. Please register here.

Purpose of the Conference

We are pleased to announce that the first Bridging Transportation Researchers (BTR) Conference will be held online on January 7-8, 2020.

BTR aims to bring transportation engineers and planners together globally and remove the obstruction of travel. We welcome researchers and practitioners from diverse transportation areas, particularly individuals who are unable to obtain a visa or afford traveling to and participating in international conferences.

Conference Dates

Please join us online on January 7 & 8, 2020, for two half-day (& free!) session series.

Paper Submission Instructions

Full-paper submission deadline is December 1, 2019.

The acceptance paper word limit is 10,000 words. All manuscripts must be written in English and use Harvard style for referencing (

Lead authors are asked to include answers to the following questions in the submission:

  1. What is the reason you are unable to present at Transportation Research Board or other international conferences?
  2. Does the corresponding author accept the review task? If yes, please give us three keywords regarding your areas of expertise .

The full paper should be submitted to the secretariat email via For any further instructions on paper format please visit the conference website at , or contact

Authors are advised to use the paper template given here:

Peer Review

Papers will be peer-reviewed, and selected papers will be organized into sessions for web-based presentations during the conference. Although the selection criterion is based on the quality of articles, we strongly encourage researchers with visa and financial barriers to submit their full paper.


Any transportation-related areas including but not limited to:

● Multi-modal transportation network and systems
● Freight transport and logistics
● Traffic management, operations, safety and security
● Intelligent Transportation Systems
● Connected and Automated Vehicles
● Travel demand modeling
● Transport, land use, planning and policy
● Safety, environment and sustainability
● Transport economy, econometrics, and behavioral modeling
● Design, construction, and pavement engineering

Organizing Committee

Chair: Prof. Kara Kockelman (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)

Dr. Behrang Assemi (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)

Dr. Alireza Ermagun (Mississippi State University, USA)

Dr. Elnaz Irannezhad (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Dr. Jun Liu (University of Alabama, USA)

Dr. Neda Masoud (University of Michigan, USA)

Dr. Mahmoud Mesbah (Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran)

Vahid Salehi (Isfahan University of Technology, Iran)