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8th International Transportation Ph.D. Student Symposium 

Sep 12-13, 2019, 10:00 AM  |  Aachen  


The International Transportation Ph.D. Student Symposium will bring together PhD students and internationally recognized faculty in pavements from around the world to share knowledge, ideas and competence in pavement engineering research area. The Symposium includes highly recognized educational institutions to provide Ph.D. Student to exchange their experiment and discuss about their transportation research in a global context.


This event is a follow-on to the International Transportation Ph.D. Student Symposia hosted by Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) in 2012, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2013, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in 2014, HIT in 2015, Delft University of Technology in 2016, UIUC in 2017 and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2018.

The students have the opportunity to introduce their respective research efforts in oral presentation and also poster sessions. The performance of the PhD students in both oral presentation and poster session will reviewed and voted by attending faculty members.

The best presentation will receive the eighth International Transportation Ph.D. Student Symposium Best Research Presentation Award.

The 8th International Transportation PhD Student Symposium will be hosted by RWTH Aachen University, Chair and Institute of Highway Engineering, on September 12-13, 2019.


About ISAC


The Institute of Highway Engineering Aachen has been acknowledged and recognized as an independent research institution for many years. A material testing center for road construction is property of the institut. Since 2008 a certified calibration station for SRT pendulum devices and outflow meter according to Moore is certified independently by the Federal Highway Research Institute, short: BASt.


In addition to the research and development work, the range of services also includes planning and consulting services in all areas of the specialist areas:

·         Road Construction Technology,

·         Road Planning, Operation and Traffic Engineering,

·         Tunnel equipment and operation.


Our contractors are European Union authorities, federal road and highway authorities, municipal administration and other public institutions, industrial and road construction companies, and building materials manufacturers and suppliers.


If sensible, the project is carried out in interdisciplinary cooperation with other departments of RWTH Aachen or even international universities and in cooperation with planning and engineering firms, consultants or industrial and road construction companies.

Through a focus in our continous research an development work competences have developed in each discipline:

Road Construction Technology

- Intelligent Road

- Optimized asphalt

- Surface Properties

Road planning

- Workplace management

- Traffic control

- Traffic quality

- Road safety


- Tunnel safety

- Ventilation of road tunnels


Aachen, also known as Bad Aachen ("Aachen Spa") or Aix-la-Chapelle, is the westernmost city in North Rhine-Westphalia and in total Germany. Located in the tri-border area of Germany, with Belgium and the Netherlands, Aachen is 61 km (38 mi) west south west of Cologne in a former coal-mining area. Aachen has about a quarter of a million inhabitants.


The history of Aachen starts with a Roman settlement and spa, subsequently becoming the preferred medieval Imperial residence of Charlemagne. In the town hall, from 936 to 1531, 31 Holy Roman Emperors were crowned Kings of the Germans. Therefore, it is called the coronation hall. Further Traces of interesting history are to be found in the city center, for example the Aachen Cathedral and the Cathedral Treasury. Right next to the Cathedral is on the one side the town hall and on the other side the Elisenbrunnen, which is a clear reference to the thermal springs and healing springs. At several places in Aachen excavations can be admired, which through glass showcases give visitors a glimpse into the past.


RWTH Aachen University, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen has more than 42,000 students enrolled in 144 study programs, of which more than 50% are engineering, it is the largest technical university in Germany. Of all Universities in Germany it is the sixth largest close to Münster and Frankfurt, Cologne and Munich are larger and the Open University Hagen.

The University has a major influence on the city because almost one fifth of the inhabitants are students and it is the biggest employer.


Past Symposia