NURail Annual Meeting Agenda – June 3 – 4, 2015

University of Illinois at Chicago
Student Center West
Thompson Rooms - 2nd Floor
828 S. Wolcott Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612

Theme: Delivering Results

Wednesday, June 3

8:30am Tour of Metra/Amtrak Operations Center – Preregistration Required
    (Jody Plahm, UIC, and Greg Godfrey, Amtrak)
9:30am Tour of Metra/Amtrak Operations Center – Preregistration Required
    (Jody Plahm, UIC, and Greg Godfrey, Amtrak)
11:00am - 7:00pm Registration UIC Student Center West - 2nd floor lobby
1:00pm - 1:30pm Student Leadership Council meeting
     Tyler Dick, UIUC (Moderator)
1:00pm – 1:30pm NURail Affiliate Member Presentation
     Pasi Lautala, Michigan Tech (Moderator)
     Dimitris Rizos, University of South Carolina (Moderator)
Thompson A
1:30pm – 3:00pm Technical Advisory Committee discussion
     Conrad Ruppert, UIUC (Moderator)
Thompson A
3:00pm – 3:15pm Break 2nd Floor Lobby
3:15pm – 4:30pm Improving Student Placement in Rail Industry Discussion/Workshop
     David Clarke, UTK (Moderator)
Thompson A
4:30pm – 5:30pm SDP breakouts/workshop
     1. Vehicle - Track Interaction
         Conrad Ruppert, UIUC (Moderator)
     2. Safety and Risk
         Rapik Saat, UIUC (Moderator)
     3. Network Capacity Planning
         David Clarke, UTK (Moderator)
     4. Urban, Regional and HSR Passenger & Funding and Economic Development
         Stephen Schlickman, UIC (Moderator)
         Joseph Sussman, MIT (Moderator)
     5. Multimodal Freight Transport
         Reginald Souleyrette, UK (Moderator)
Thompson A
5:30pm - 6:00pm SDP Wrap-up
     Conrad Ruppert, UIUC (Moderator)
Thompson A
6:00pm Reception and Poster Session Thompson C
6:15pm 3-Minute Thesis Competition
     Conrad Ruppert, UIUC (Moderator)
Thompson C
   1. Sandeep Sasidharan
     "Infrastructure-less Indoor Navigation System"
   2. Sam Levy
     "Capacity Challenges on the California High-Speed Rail Shared Corridors"
   3. Hamed Pouryousef
     "Hybrid Optimization of Train Schedules (HOTS) Model"
   4. Samantha Chadwick
     "Predicting Derailments at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings"
7:00pm Dinner and Keynote Address
     Keynote Speaker:
     Dr. Mitra Dutta
     Vice Chancellor for Research, Distinguished Professor
     Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, UIC
Thompson B

Thursday, June 4

6:30am - 9:00am Registration 2nd floor lobby
7:00am - 7:30am Breakfast 2nd floor lobby
7:30am – 7:45am Welcoming Remarks Thompson A
     Ahmed Shabana, UIC, and Steve Schlickman, UIC
     Christopher Barkan, NURail Center Director, UIUC
7:45am – 8:30am Education Showcase: NURail Graduates in Action Thompson A
     Placement statistics (NURail and non-NURail students)
     Additional Student Testimonials
        Pasi Lautala, Michigan Tech (Moderator)
     Student Testimonials and Panel Discussion
        Michael McHenry, UK/TTC
        Brandon Van Dyk, UIUC/Vossloh
        Marcella Bondie, UIC-CUPPA
        Joel Carlson, MIT/Consultant
        Garrett Fullerton, UIUC/CN
        Ahmed Aboubakr, UIC-COE/Gamma Technologies
8:30am – 9:30am Research Showcase – Part 1
     Conrad Ruppert, UIUC (Moderator)
Thompson A
8:30am      Craig Foster, UIC-COE
"Coupled Multibody and Finite Element Modeling for Simulating Vehicle-Track-Substructure Interaction"
8:50am      Chen-Yu Lin and Rapik Saat, UIUC
"Shared Rail Corridor Adjacent Track Accident Risk Analysis"
9:10am      Pasi Lautala and David Nelson, Michigan Tech
"Exposing Undergraduate Students for Railway Research/Development"
9:30am – 9:40am Group Photo Courtyard
9:40am – 10:00am Break 2nd floor lobby
10:00am – 11:30am Research Showcase – Part 2
     Conrad Ruppert, UIUC (Moderator)
Thompson A
10:00am      Reginald Souleyrette, UK
"Rail Crossing Improvement Strategies"
10:20am      Joseph Sussman, MIT
"Rail as a Complex Sociotechnical System"
10:40am      James Labelle, UIC-CUPPA
"Off Peak Delivery Project"
11:00am      Asad Khattak, UTK
"Trespassing Crash Injury - Role of Pre-crash Behaviors"
11:30am – 12:30pm Lunch & NURail Partner Student Organization Highlights
     Partner Student Organization Highlights
         Tyler Dick, UIUC (Moderator)
     NURail Student Leadership Council
         Samuel Levy, MIT (Moderator)
     Presentation on Student Collaboration
         James O’Shea, UIC (Moderator)
         Teng "Alex" Wang, UK (Moderator)
Thompson B
12:30pm – 1:45pm Outreach, Workforce Development and Tech Transfer Showcase: NURail in Action
     Christopher Barkan, NURail Center Director, UIUC (Moderator)
     Click here to watch a recording of this session.
Thompson A
Company/Industry Testimonials and Panel Discussion
     Doug Whitley, Supply Chain Innovation Network of Chicago
     Robert VanderClute, Association of American Railroads
     Ryan Kernes, GIC
     Nikkie Johnson, Michigan DOT
     Sergio "Satch" Pecori, Hanson Professional Services Inc.
     Michael McLaughlin, Chicago Transit Authority
     Vinaya "Vinny" Sharma, Sharma & Associates
     Michael Franke, Amtrak
1:45pm Closing Remarks
     Christopher Barkan, NURail Center Director, UIUC
1:50pm General Public Adjourn
2:00pm - 2:30pm Executive Advisory Board Members – Closed Session 204
2:00pm - 2:30pm NURail Principal Investigators Meeting 206AB
2:30pm - 4:00pm Executive Advisory Board with NURail Partners – Closed Session 206AB