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Innovative Ideas

In 2005, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) held a series of think tank forums that brought together a cross section of stakeholders and partners to make recommendations for a corporate, strategic, advanced research agenda for FHWA. Three such forums were organized to explore future advanced research possibilities within a set of domains relevant to the mission of FHWA.

Summary of EAR-Sponsored Think Tanks (2005)

  • Boston
  • Minneapolis
  • Berkeley

Initial Stage Investigations (Examples of Investments Based on Investigations)

  • Nanoscale Science
  • Cement Hydration Modeling
  • Agent-Based Modeling
  • Experimental Economics
  • National Transportation Demand Model

Summary of Initial-Stage Investigations 2006–2010 (Focus Areas)

  • Breakthrough Concepts in Materials Science
  • Human Behavior and Travel Choices
  • Integrated Highway System Concepts
  • New Technology and Advanced Policies for Energy and Resource Conservation
  • Technology for Assessing Performance
  • Nanoscale Research (crosscutting focus area)
  • Information Sciences (crosscutting focus area)

Summary of Initial-Stage Investigations 2011–2014 (Focus Areas)

  • Breakthrough Concepts in Materials Science
  • Connected Highway and Vehicle System Concepts
  • Human Behavior and Travel Choices
  • Integrated Highway System Concepts
  • New Technology and Advanced Policies for Energy and Resource Conservation
  • Technology for Assessing Performance

Research on the Future

Resources for learning more about trends that may impact the transportation industry and, thus, the industry’s research needs over the next generation are categorized under three areas: (1) research programs and institutes; (2) related research reports; and (3) popular articles.

Updated: Monday, December 2, 2019