2023The Future of Roadways: Green, Equitable, Intelligent & Integrated

The 20th Arizona Pavement/Materials Conference, held in Tempe from Nov. 14-17, 2023, in collaboration with the International Road Federation, emerged as a global nexus for pavement and material science. Boasting a diverse attendance of 700+ individuals from 44 countries, the event featured 220 speakers delivering insights across 43 sessions.

Arizona State University’s pavements and materials track took center stage, spotlighting cutting-edge research and innovation. Focused on the challenges of the southwest environment, sessions delved into specialized solutions for pavement design and maintenance. The integration of environmental sustainability emerged as a prominent theme, emphasizing the industry’s commitment to eco-friendly practices.

Attendees explored topics such as recycled materials, additives, and fibers use, along with advancements in AI applications for pavement distress. The comprehensive agenda covered everything from testing for asphalt cracking to deflection testing techniques and soil stabilization methods. With its global reach and dynamic sessions, the conference stood as a pivotal platform for advancing the field of pavement engineering and materials science on an international scale.

Day 1

Understanding Fiber-Reinforced Asphalt Concrete: Mechanisms and Applications – Hossein Noordvand

Optimization of high-RAP mixes using balanced Mix Design and Accelerated Pavement Testing – Gerardo Flintsch

Arizona’s Experience with FHWA’s Sustainable Pavement Initiative and LCA Resources – Steven Olmsted

Implementing EPDs for Pavement Material Selection and Construction Specifications – Craig Wieden

Role of Pavements Achieving Environmental Sustainability – John Harvey

Day 2

Background and Applications of Deflection Testing – Todd Hanke

Use of Traffic Speed Deflectometer Data in Project-Level Pavement Rehabilitation Design: Nick Weitzel

Geogrid Mechanical Stabilization for Mitigating Expansive Soils on NMDOT Interstate 25 – Aaron Schlessinger

Lime stabilization on Fain Road Prescott bypass and Cement stabilization on I-40 Cataract Lakes – Tad C. Niemyjski

Recent advances in Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Ground Improvement – Edward Kavazanjian

3D Sensors and AI Solutions for Pavement Distress & Safety Evaluation – Kelvin Wang

Utilizing AI Machine Learning to output PCI from ROW Imagery for municipal Roads: Haseeb Malik

Leveraging 6D Digitized Pavement for Enhanced Road Maintenance Budget Allocation: A Case Study of Puebla County (CO): Jacopo Alaimo & Ken Huisman

Performance Based Cracking Test in Balanced Mix Design – Adam Hand

Asphalt Binder Cracking Tests: What the Future Holds – Robert McGennis

Balanced Mix Design Case Studies focusing on Cracking- Tom Bennert

Day 3

CARs On the Map: Vehicle Localization and Traffic Scene Reconstruction from Videos – Yezhou Yang

Behavioral Safety Issues Post Pandemic – Nanda Srinivasan

Say Hello to Waymo – Amanda Ventura

Safety Impacts of Active Safety and Driving Automation Features: Jeff Wishart

Reimagining the Ride: Challenges and Opportunities in Public Transportation Mobility Technology – Carol Ketcherside

The Missing Connection: The Promise of V2X Connectivity – Larry Head

Unlocking the Skies – David Shilliday

Past and Future of Rubber Pavements – Dr. Jorge B. Sousa


Breakthrough opportunities for innovative binders – Philip Blankenship

History of binder innovation in roadbuilding – Dr Amit Bhasin

FHWA AKM20 Committee on Sustainability: Importance of advocacy – Amir Gollalipor

Innovation in material science – Dr Sam Petcher

Convergence of material, energy and innovation – Jonathan Davis

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