Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering
Irvine, California
September 21-23, 2021

Convened by TRB, Innovations in Freight Data will be held September 21-23, 2021 at the Beckman Center in Irvine, CA. The workshop will bring together freight data users and decision makers to learn and share the latest applications of traditional and emerging freight data sources, development of value-added features, integration of data sets, and other innovations. Learn More!

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Call for Abstracts
The planning committee invites practitioners and researchers to submit abstracts for presentation at the workshop. Abstracts should address one or more of the workshop objectives stated above, or otherwise inform practical advances in the use of emerging data sources by freight stakeholders. Abstracts may be selected for presentation in a variety of formats, including, but not limited to, panel presentation, speed presentation, interactive poster presentation, or static poster presentation. Presentation types will be determined by the planning committee. Submission deadline is 11:59 PM ET, February 8, 2021.


Building on the success of two prior workshops, the third Innovations in Freight Data Workshop aims to bring together a broad community of data users and data developers to share:

  1. Recent advances in the application of emerging data sources for broad multi-modal freight applications;
  2. Experience and lessons learned from integrating new data sources in practice for freight planning and performance measurement, supply chain management, or fleet management;
  3. Experience on the use of emerging freight data sources for public and private sector decision-making;
  4. Advances in data visualization, data collection technologies, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and data analytics methods with potential applications for freight; and
  5. Promising advances and future needs for continuing advancement in freight data research and practice.

TRB Freight Event Attendance Assistance Grants
In order to assist the professional development of young transportation practitioners, the Transportation Research Board is providing registration and travel grants to young researchers from state and local transportation departments and planning organizations. This assistance will be provided to the two authors or co-authors of the abstracts received that best exemplify the workshop objectives.  Authors must be 35 or less years old, and the abstracts will be judged through the normal review process of the conference. Each prize will reimburse registration, travel, hotel, and subsistence expenses relative to attendance at the conference. Authors should indicate on their abstracts that they are applying for a grant, and where there are multiple authors, the primary author must be aged 35 or less. Winners will be advised in advance of the workshop. Generous support for these grants is provided by the Alan M. and Natalie P. Voorhees Fund at the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia.