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Building the Transport Infrastructure of Tomorrow

The IRF Global R2T Conference is the new international meeting point where leading industry innovators, researchers, and stakeholders acquire essential engineering & business insights, and help build tomorrow’s transportation infrastructure today.

The Conference is co-located with the IRF Global R2T Expo featuring the top equipment and technology providers around the world and providing delegates with a first-hand look at the technology and products of tomorrow

Program features

  • Keynotes delivered by the sector’s foremost thought leaders
  • Policy roundtables
  • Specialized sessions
  • Cutting-edge scientific program
  • Business networking events

Sharing Knowledge Across Borders

The Conference's international scientific committee has selected 5 tracks for inclusion in the international call for abstracts, with a focus on applied knowledge and solutions capable of meeting society’s needs for safer, smarter and more resilient road infrastructure.

More information on the call for abstracts is available here. Abstracts are due by April 6, 2018.

Join us in Las Vegas on November 7-9, 2018 for the only event to bring all parties of road, bridges and tunnels global together.

 Why Participate?

  • Meet the Top Technical & Scientific Experts in the region
  • Engage with over 2,000 local & international delegates
  • Receive pipeline infrastructure project updates from over 30 government agencies who will be in attendance
  • Network with key decision makers from the region
  • Benefit from an exceptional technical and scientific programs featuring some 150 speakers
  • View the latest technologies and products and services at the Exhibition

Who Should Attend 

  • Construction Contractors, Engineers & Managers
  • Equipment Manufacturers, Suppliers and Distributors
  • Highway Agency & Municipal Staff in charge of tenders
  • Highway Agency & Transportation Officials
  • Design Consultants, Engineers & Managers
  • Engineering Services Professionals
  • Transport Research Institutes
  • University Researchers and Professors
  • Traffic Technology and ITS Consultants, Engineers and Managers

Message from the Conference Scientific & Technical Committee Chairs

Technology and innovations are evolving at a pace never seen before in the history of the road and transport sector. From innovations in materials, such as self-healing concrete and rubberized asphalt, to advances in construction equipment automation, and of course, the dawn of the connected and automated vehicle, we are on a verge of a new era. With such remarkable developments, we found it very important to organize a global event that brought together the most innovative researchers with the top practitioners and users of innovation and technology. As such it is our pleasure invite innovators, researchers and practitioners to submit abstracts in the following topics and help us build tomorrow’s transport infrastructure today.

Dr. Kamil Kaloush, Professor, Arizona State University
Dr. Moses Karakouzian, Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Abstract Guidelines (no cost to submit)

  1. The abstract should be written in English and may not contain more than 250 words.
  2. Abstracts should be submitted in, among others, the following thematic areas:
  • Asset Management
  • Innovative Materials and Technology
  • Towards Zero Deaths
  • Structural Design
  • Tunnels
  • Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs)

To submit an abstract Click Here

Download the Paper Submission Template

Submission Timeline & Guidelines

April 6 – Abstract Submission Deadline
April 16 – Abstract Acceptance Notification
June 14 - Paper Submission Deadline
Aug 14 – Paper Acceptance Notification

Abstracts should be written in English and limited to 150 words. Authors may opt for an abstract-only submission or for submitting both an abstract and paper to be included in the official proceedings.

Conference Tracks

1- Asset Management
1.1 Pavement & Bridge Management Systems (Research and Implementations)
1.2 Non-destructive Testing
1.3 Life Cycle Cost Analysis
1.4 Maintenance, Repair, and Replacement Techniques

2- Innovative Materials and Technology
2.1 Concrete Materials (Ultra-High-Performance Concrete, Self-Healing Concrete, etc.).
2.2 Asphalt Concrete (Superpave Mixture Designs, Warm Mixtures, Use of Fibers, Polymers, Crumb Rubber, etc.)
2.3 Recycled and Waste Materials
2.4 Fiber Reinforced Polymers
2.5 Curing Compounds
2.6 Nano-Materials in Infrastructure Projects and Surface Treatments

3- Towards Zero Deaths
3.1 Road Risk Diagnosis & Road Safety Audit
3.2 Safer Streets by Design
3.3 Intersection & Roundabout Safety
3.4 Safety Information Systems & Apps
3.5 Protecting Vulnerable Road Users
3.6 Roadside/Median Safety
3.7 Work Zone Safety

4- Structural Design
4.1 Girder Bridges with Superior Structural Performance
4.2 Arch Bridges, Suspension, and Cable-Stayed Bridges
4.3 New Technologies in Accelerated Bridge Construction
4.4 Value Engineering

5- Tunneling
5.1 Conventional & Mechanized Tunneling
5.2 New Micro-tunneling Technology
5.3 Health Safety & Risk Management during Construction & Operations
5.4 Operation and Maintenance of Road Tunnels

6- Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs): Readying our Road Infrastructure
6.1 Big Data as a Key Enabler for Mobility Services
6.2 GIS Solutions for Highway & Road Management
6.3 City Street & Highway Design for CAVs
6.4 Smart Cities: from Concept to Reality

Las Vegas Convention Center

3150 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA

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More Information

Magid Elabyad, Vice President International Programs & Member Services

+1 703 535 1001


International Road Federation
Madison Place
500 Montgomery Street
Fifth Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314


November 7
November 9
Las Vegas Convention Center
3150 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Las Vegas, NV United States

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Delegates: $500
Speakers: $400

Delegates: $600
Speakers: $500


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