Dr. Romero is the associate chair of the department of Civil Engineering at the University of Utah. He teaches courses in asphalt materials characterization, pavement design, and sustainability of materials.  His research focuses on developing better practices and products in design, construction, and maintenance of materials. This includes use of recycled materials to maximize resources, save energy, and reduce cost.  Through his efforts, we can better characterize construction materials to achieve superior performance.  The work is the result of a trend towards a more sustainable infrastructure design which results in longer lasting roads with lower carbon footprint.

Besides research and teaching, Dr. Romero participates in many national and international committees that deal with asphalt pavements and regularly mentors students.  He holds a master’s and a Ph.D. from Penn State University where he was part of the research group that developed the original Superpave specification for asphalt binders and mixtures.

Prof. Hecht is currently the Head of Chair of Rail Vehicles, Department of Land and Sea Transport Systems at the Technical University of Berlin.

In 1982 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hecht received his diploma from the RWTH Aachen University of Applied Sciences, specialising in traffic technologies. He worked as a research assistant at the Chair and Institute for Conveyor Technology and Rail Vehicles at the RWTH Aachen 1982-1987. In 1988, he received his Ph.D. degree on the topic of Track Measurement with Prof. Frederich.

From 1988 to 1997 he worked at Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works (SLM), Winterthur, latest as Head of Measurement Technology and Deputy Head of Engineering and Development, SLM. In addition to his teaching and research activities, Prof. Hecht works in various committees of the university: Institute Council, Examination Board, Traffic Studies, case-by-case commissions.

Prof. Hecht is an auditing observer, a Bafög representative for the course of studies in traffic engineering, and a tutor and liaison professor for foreign students. He is the deputy head of the research group “Silent Traffic”. He is a member of the EU expert network EURNEX. In 2002, he was appointed Advisory Professor of the Tongji University of Shanghai.

Christian Schindler


Institute for Rail Vehicles and Transportation Systems  

RWTH Aachen University


  • 1979 – 1986
    Studies in Mechanical Engineering, emphasis in Automotive Engineering, RWTH Aachen University

  • 1986 – 1991
    Research Assistant at the Institute for Material Handling and Rail Vehicles (IFS), RWTH Aachen University 1991 Completion of doctorate (Dr.-Ing)

  • 1992 – 1993
    Systems Engineer with AEG Transportation Systems GmbH, Ottobrunn near Münich

  • 1994 – 1999
    Head of the Calculations and Testing with DUEWAG AG, Düsseldorf, Mass Transit Devision

  • 1999 – 2004
    Director of Engineering with Siemens Light Rail Division, Erlangen and Krefeld

  • 2004 – 2015
    Professor and Head of the Chair of Design in Mechanical Engineering (Lehrstuhl für Konstruktion im Maschinen- und Apparatebau) KIMA, Technical University Kaiserslautern

  • 2008 – 2015
    Head of the Graduate School of Commercial Vehicle Technology CVT and vice-spokesman of the Center for Commercial Vehicle Technology ZNT, Technical University Kaiserslautern

  • 2010 – 2015
    Spokesman of the Commercial Vehicle Alliance, Kaiserslautern (CVA)

  • 2012 – 2013
    Vice-Dean of the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, Technical University Kaiserslautern

  • 2014 – 2015
    Dean of the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, Technical University Kaiserslautern since

  • 2016
    Head of the Chair and Institute for Rail Vehicles and Transport Systems (IFS), RWTH Aachen University

  • since 2017
    Executive Director of the Research Center Railways (RCR), RWTH Aachen University

  • since 2018
    Speaker of the Association of University Professors on Railroading (VUE)

Pedro Romero

Associate Chair

Civil Engineering at University of Utah

Markus Hecht


Institute for Land-and-Sea Transportation Systems  

Technical University of Berlin



Important Dates

Sep. 30  Abstract Submission Due  |

Oct.03  Abstract Acceptance Notification  |

Sep. 30 Full Paper Submission Due  |

Oct. 03  Full Paper Acceptance Notification 

Reviewed and registered full papers will be published in the special issue of Ei Compendex journals. Pavement related papers will be published in International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology (ISSN 1997-1400) and railway related papers will be published
in Journal of the Chinese Institute of Civil snd Hydraulic Engineering (ISSN 1015-5856).


Thursday, Oct. 22

10:00 – 11:00   |   Registration
11:00 – 11:20  
 |   Exhibit Hall Open
11:20 – 12:10  
 |   Penal Discussion
12:10 – 13:30     Lunch
13:30 – 15:00   
|   Concurrent Technical Sessions
15:00 – 15:30  
 |   Networking Break
15:30 – 17:00   
|   Concurrent Technical Sessions
18:00 – 21:00   |   Banquet

Friday, Oct. 23

08:00 – 09:00   |   Registration
09:00 – 10:00   |   Exhibit Hall Open
10:00 – 12:00   |   Keynote speaker
12:00 – 13:30   |   Lunch
13:30 – 15:00   |   Concurrent Technical Sessions
15:00 – 15:30   |   Networking Break
15:30 – 17:00   |   Concurrent Technical Sessions

Imad L. Al-Qadi


Civil Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professor Al-Qadi is the Bliss Professor of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also the Director of the Advanced Transportation Research and Engineering Laboratory (ATREL), the founding Director of the Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT), and the founding Director of Smart Transportation Infrastructure Initiative. He is the President of Transportation Engineering Solutions and Technologies (TEST), Inc. Prior to that, he was the Charles E. Via, Jr. Professor at Virginia Tech. A registered professional engineer


Professor Al-Qadi has authored/ coauthored +700 publications and has delivered +700 presentations including numerous keynote lectures. He has led more than 125 projects to completion; in addition, he is managing about 50 projects annually as an ICT director since 2006. He is the past president of the ASCE T&DI Board of Governors and the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Pavement Engineering.


Professor Al-Qadi has received numerous prestigious national and international honors and awards including the NSF Young Investigator Award, the quadrennial IGS Award, the ASCE James Laurel Prize, the ARTBA Steinberg Award, the ASCE Turner Award, the TRR of the National Academies D. Grant Mickle Award, the French Limoges Medal, and several other teaching and research awards. He is a Chapter Honorary Member of Chi Epsilon at the University of Illinois, an Honorary Member of the Societa Italiana Infrastructure Viarie, Emeritus Member of TRB Committee AHD25 on Sealants and Fillers for Joints and Cracks, and an Honorary Professor at several universities in Europe and China. In 2010, he was elected as an ASCE Distinguished Member (the highest honor by ASCE). Dr. Al-Qadi holds a Ph.D. degree from Penn State University. His expertise is on highway and airfield pavement mechanics and modeling, tire-pavement interaction, electromagnetic wave interactions with civil engineering materials and ground penetrating radar (GPR), asphalt rheology, geosynthetics, instrumentation, pavement sustainability, life cycle assessment, autonomous and conceded vehicles and trucks; and forensic engineering and arbitration.



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