The Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology's (CPATT) research work focuses on the advancement and optimization of conventional pavement technology, which also involves utilization of the latest technologies from other disciplines. Examples include the deployment of advanced wireless technologies for automatic field data collection and generation of pavement performance data bases, all of which are essential for pavement engineering modeling and management.

As well, much of the research focuses on issues particularly relevant to Canada, such as the effects of low temperatures on pavement, concrete durability, and use of polymer and recycled rubber for upgrading pavement performance.