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Winners of 2016-17 LTPP Contest Announced

Thursday, January 18, 2018

T&DI announced the winner of the 2016-17 Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) International Data Analysis Contest at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C. The awards were presented by David Hein, T&DI President, P.Eng., M.ASCE, and Muhammad Amer, T&DI Director, M.ASCE, 

The winner in the Aramis Lopez Challenge category was Madeh Piryonesi, of University of Toronto, along with his professor, Dr. Tamer El-Diraby. His winning paper was titled, "Using Data Analytics for Cost-Effective Prediction of Road Conditions: The Case of Pavement Condition Index." The winner in the Graduate category was Leila Sadeghi, of Purdue University. Her winning paper was titled, "Using LTPP Monitoring Data to Predict Pothole Formation" The joint winners in the Undergraduate category was Joseph Lucey and Rico Bubello, of California State University in Los Angeles. Their winning paper was titled, "Predicting Roughness as a Pavement Performance Indicator from Historical Data Using LTPP Database."

The International Data Analysis Contest is a joint effort between the Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) program of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Task Committee on the Long-Term Pavement Performance Contest, a subcommittee of the Highway Pavement Committee of the Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Initiated in August 1998, the contest is designed to encourage students, professors, highway agencies, and consultants from around the world to use the LTPP data collected over the past two decades. The contest offers a unique opportunity for contestants (primarily students) to work individually or in a team to perform research that will benefit the highway transportation community.