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Arizona State University
Transportation Studies at Arizona State University

Director: Ram Pendyala
ph. (480) 727-4587

Secondary Contact: Pitu Mirchandani
ph. (480) 965 – 2758

Secondary Contact: Steven E. Polzin
ph. (813) 416 – 7517

Secondary Contact: Irfan Batur
ph. (480) 738 – 3398

Secondary Contact: Deborah Salon
ph. (480) 965 – 7533

Transportation Studies at Arizona State University is a comprehensive enterprise covering all aspects of transportation, infrastructure systems, and mobility for all. With more than 50 faculty members engaged in transportation related research and education activities, the program aims to enhance the efficiency and sustainability of the transportation system while providing mobility to all through research, education, and technology transfer activities. The program is home to the Tier 1 University Transportation Center titled “Center for Teaching Old Models New Tricks” led by Arizona State University. The enterprise includes a graduate certificate in Interdisciplinary Transportation Studies along with a number of degree programs across the university that offer a transportation emphasis. Through these programs, Transportation Studies at Arizona State University aims to develop a diverse and well-educated trans-disciplinary workforce of the future. Broad areas of emphasis covered in the research, education, and technology transfer activities of the institution include:

  1. Next generation equitable mobility for people and goods
  2. Sustainable urban design for reducing energy and environmental footprint of transportation activity
  3. Smart and durable infrastructure systems
  4. Smart and advanced transportation/vehicular technologies and services
  5. Computational modeling and simulation
  6. Governance, policy, finance and institutional processes

Auburn University
Auburn University Transportation Research Institute

Director: Laurence Rilett
ph. (334) 844-8306

Director: Rod Turochy

Summary: Established in 2021, the Auburn University Transportation Research Institute provides a unified presence and strategic direction for promoting the renowned transportation-related research conducted within the academic departments and research centers in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

Thanks to the reputation of the units under the Institute’s umbrella — the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) and its affiliated asphalt test track, the Highway Research Center (HRC), the Alabama Transportation Assistance Program (ATAP) and the GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory (GAVLAB) — extramural funding for transportation is greater than any other single topic within Auburn University’s research footprint.

Please visit the AUTRI website for more information.    

California State University – Long Beach
Center for International Trade and Transportation

Executive Director: Dr. Thomas O’Brien
Phone: (562) 985-2875

Secondary Contact: Dr. Tyler Reeb
Phone: (562)985-2879

Primary Research Goals:  The Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) is dedicated to delivering education programs, innovative research, and community outreach in the area of goods movement. CITT is the Long Beach home for four major research centers: METRANS Transportation Center, a U.S. Department of Transportation-designated university transportation center; the U.C. Davis-led National Center for Sustainable Transportation; MetroFreight, a Volvo Research and Education Foundations Center of Excellence in Urban Freight based at the University of Southern California; and the Federal Highway Administration’s Southwest Transportation Workforce Center (SWTWC) covering eight states—California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas.

Our research portfolio features policy analysis in the areas of trade and transportation, as well as workforce development. Our outreach programs include educational forums, including the nationally recognized State of the Trade and Transportation Town Hall series, research conferences such as the International Urban Freight Conference, and media-based efforts including podcasts and newspaper columns that engage the broader community in the discussion surrounding international trade and transportation. CITT’s education programs include credit and non-credit programs in integrated logistics and feature the award-winning Global Logistics Specialist (GLS) program and the Marine Terminal Operations Professional (MTOP) designation, the only program of its kind in the country.

Carnegie Mellon University
Safety21

Director: Raj Rajkumar
ph. (412) 268-8707

Primary Research Goals: About 35,000 lives are lost every year due to road accidents in the US. In intersections alone, there are about 8,500 fatalities. More than a million accidents and injuries per year take a major toll on productivity. Most accidents occur due to human errors such as distractions, tiredness or other forms of impairment. Traffic delays cause driving commuters to spend an aggregate week stuck in traffic every year, leading to huge losses in productivity. TSET is a University Transportation Center that focuses on technologies that will make transportation safer and more efficient. The following complimentary technology thrust areas are designed to make crashes rare events rather than the normal expected events that they are today:

  • In-vehicle safety technologies

Sensors and actuators within vehicles will assist the human driver by performing around-the-vehicle sensing, looking ahead, communicating using V2V and V2I, fusing sensors and notifying the driver of unsafe conditions and intervening when necessary.

  • Infrastructure safety technologies

Smart traffic light controllers will be used to make Intersections safer, smart bridges will track their own structural health and prevent untimely failures, smart public transit will make access to parking and mass transit easier and faster, and automatic road surface monitoring will lead to well-maintained roads.

  • Human factors

human-vehicle interactions will pro-actively infer driver preferences, and issue notifications without overloading the driver.

  • Large-scale mobility and data analytics

Off-line processing of traffic datasets will identify safe and fast routes as well as dangerous and accident-prone zones. Real-time navigation assistance integrated with social networking technologies will offer up-to-date traffic information and enable drivers to reach their destinations faster and safer.

In addition, UTC-TSET strives to educate both campuses about the transportation sector through graduate seminar series on various transportation topics, faculty seminar series presentations, systems synthesis projects, and a summer program for grades k – 12.

Facilities: The lab spaces and groups include:

  • Vision and Autonomous Systems Center (VASC)
  • CMU Robotics Institute
  • The Field Robotics Center
  • Quality of Life Technology Center (QoLT)
  • Traffic21
  • General Motors Collaborative Research Lab
  • National Robotics Engineering Center
  • NavLab
  • The Intelligent Coordination and Logistic Laboratory
  • Institute for Complex Engineered Systems
  • Center for Sensed Critical Infrastructure Research
  • The Human Computer Interaction Institute
  • iLab
  • People Image Analysis Consortium
  • CyLab
  • Engineering and Public Policy
  • Vehicle Electrification Group
  • Create Lab

With this:

Mobility21 is a US Department of Transportation funded National University Transportation Center housed within the Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 Institute. The primary goal of Mobility21 is to develop and deploy technologies, policies, incentives and training programs for improving the mobility of people and goods in the 21st century efficiently and safely. We accomplish this through a comprehensive program of interdisciplinary research; education and workforce development with a focus on diversity; collaboration with university, deployment, and government partners; and technology transfer and leadership efforts.

The Pittsburgh region serves as a “learning lab,” deploying solutions that can be applied around the nation and the globe. Mobility21 leverages Carnegie Mellon’s leadership in relevant areas such as intelligent transportation systems, smart infrastructure, cyber security, human factors, artificial intelligence, data analytics, and connected and automated vehicles.

Learn more here: https://mobility21.cmu.edu/.

City College of New York, The
CUNY Institute for Transportation Systems

Director: Camille Kamga, Ph.D.
ph. (212) 650-8050

Primary Research Goals: UTRC as a consortium of universities in the Federal Region 2, pursues a research program designed to address the distinct transportation challenges facing our nation in general and our region in particular. Our nation’s transportation system is being pushed to its limits and demands on the system will increase because of trends in population growth, technological change, and the increased globalization and competitiveness of the economy. UTRC recognizes that stovepipe approaches to solve transportation problems are not appropriate for the complex issues of the 21st Century. UTRC promotes research that supports the USDOT Strategic Goals to improve public health and safety, foster livable communities, ensure that transportation assets are maintained in a state of good repair, support the Nation’s long-term economic competitiveness, and work to achieve environmental sustainability. In addition, UTRC focuses on research that helps advance the state of the practice in planning and management of regional transportation systems and that addresses concerns specific to Region 2. UTRC is uniquely positioned to educate and train the future generation of professionals and is committed to preparing the transportation workforce to plan and manage the complex transportation systems of the future.
UTRC is housed to the Center for Social and Economic Mobility for People And Communities through Transportation (SEMPACT) designated as the Federal Region 2 University Transportation Center by USDOT under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). Building from the foundation of our existing legacy transportation systems, SEMPACT seeks to leverage recent advances in vehicle and infrastructure technologies; data; and modeling, analytics, and visualization to plan, design, implement, and operate a more equitable, resilient, and sustainable transportation system for Region 2 that supports mobility and access to opportunity for all the region’s residents and businesses.

Facilities: Centers and Institutes: Institute for Transportation Systems, Universal Transportation Modal Simulation Center, CUNY Institute for Urban Systems, Building Performance Laboratory, Charles B. Rangel Infrastructure Workforce Initiative, Center for Logistics and Transportation, Center for Sustainable Energy, CUNY Aviation Institute, Pavement Management Laboratory; Other Specializations: transit operations, economic modeling, asset management, GIS/GPS/mobile technology

Affiliated UTC:

  • Center for Social and Economic Mobility for People and Communities through Transportation (SEMPACT); Contact: Camille Kamga, PhD.
  • Center for Understanding Future Travel Behavior and Demand (TBD); Contact: Alison Conway, PhD.
  • Inspecting and Preserving Infrastructure through Robotic Exploration (INSPIRE); Contact: Anil Agrawal, PhD.
  • Connected Cities for Smart Mobility towards Accessible and Resilient Transportation (C2SMART); Contact: Camille Kamga, PhD.

Clemson University
National Center for Transportation Cybersecurity and Resiliency (TraCR)
Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility (C2M2)

Director: Mashrur “Ronnie” Chowdhury
ph. (864) 656-3313

Program Manager: Megha Patel
ph. (951) 288-5224

About Us 
The National Center for Transportation Cybersecurity and Resiliency (TraCR) is a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) supported National University Transportation Center led by Clemson University. The TraCR team is focusing on strengthening transportation system resilience to protect it from disruption from cyber and other types of attacks. TraCR’s goal is to build an ironclad defense against cyberattacks on the nation’s transportation systems by pioneering advanced security strategies and solutions. TraCR is a consortium of nine academic partners, which includes Clemson University, Benedict College, Florida International University, Morgan State University, Purdue University, South Carolina State University, The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, The University of California at Santa Cruz, and The University of Texas at Dallas.
TraCR has a transformative approach toward developing transportation cybersecurity and resiliency strategies and tools, blending research, education, workforce development, and technology transfer activities. The center aims to become a national leader in developing and implementing practical and cost-effective technologies, policies, and procedures in public and private domains to address cyber vulnerabilities. TraCR’s research thrusts include security and resiliency, user and data privacy, society and environment, and evolving quantum computing threats and opportunities. TraCR’s research addresses basic science and the creation of cutting-edge, ready-to-deploy cybersecurity technologies. TraCR’s technological innovations are tested with proof-of-concept studies using a cluster of testbeds located at its nationwide consortium institutions.

Mission Statement
TraCR’s mission is to pioneer cybersecurity and resiliency strategies and tools to defend transportation systems against known and unknown threats. TraCR focuses on hardware and software, communications and computing, and policies related to transportation cybersecurity and resiliency. The center engages with various stakeholders who create, administer, fund, use, and benefit from transportation systems, including those traditionally underrepresented and underserved.

Please visit the TraCR website and C²M² website for more information.

Community College of Allegheny County
Mobility21

Dean: Justin Starr
ph. 412.369.3620

Secondary Contact: Robert Koch
ph. 412.788.7378

At the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Mobility21 has been focused primarily on our Automotive Technology Department. CCAC automotive technology programs are designed to prepare students to become automotive technicians, trained in the latest automotive service technologies and methods. Courses include technical training on current model vehicles and components with emphasis on the latest developments in brakes, steering, suspension, basic electronics, climate control, basic engine performance, emission inspector and safety inspector certification.

The automotive program has long been established and has developed strong partnerships with the Greater Pittsburgh Auto Dealers Association, Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities and major domestic automakers Ford, General Motors and Fiat/Chrysler. In addition, CCAC is evolving its transportation curriculum to incorporate data analytics, mechatronics, and multimedia simulation programs.

Cornell University
Center for Transportation, Environment, and Community Health (CTECH)

Director: Joe Roe
ph. (607) 255-0549

Primary Research Goals: The Center for Transportation, Environment, and Community Health (CTECH) will pursue research and innovation to support sustainable mobility of people and goods while preserving the environment and improving community health. It will leverage behavioral and economic sciences, epidemiology, information technology, and environmental and transportation sciences and technologies to address critical issues falling under the FAST Act’s priority area of Preserving the Environment: greenhouse gas reduction, use of alternative fuels and energy technologies, environmentally responsible planning, and impacts of freight movement.

To address these challenges, the center organizes its research activities through six thrusts: 1) Behavior, Active Transportation, and Community Health, which studies the links between travel behavior, active transportation, the built environment, and health; 2) New Transportation Technologies and Business Models, which explores how mobility-on-demand services can be used to improve environmental sustainability and human health; 3) Green Multimodal Transportation Systems, which leverages new mobility technologies to promote sustainable and health-enhancing modal integration; 4) Freight Transportation and Community Health, which explores new vehicle technologies and operation paradigms to reduce human exposure to truck exhaust; 5) Data-Driven Transportation-Health Informatics, which leverages Smart City and IoT (Internet-of-Things) technologies to develop community-based and personalized transportation-health indices for promoting healthy mobility choices; and 6) Energy, Technology and Policy Pathways, which studies the impact of different combinations of energy, technology and policy pathways on the environment and community health. The consortium, consisting of Cornell, UC Davis, USF and UTEP, has assembled a team of renowned researchers to collaboratively advance these research activities and goals.

The center will leverage the existing strength of partner universities to create an innovative, multidisciplinary education program capable of training a workforce that will meet the complex challenges at the intersection of transportation, environment, and community health. Beyond the multidisciplinary curriculum designed in parallel with its research, the center will develop a CTECH summer course and pre-college program to attract motivated undergraduates and high school seniors to transportation, particularly from underrepresented groups. CTECH will pursue a wide range of technology transfer activities, from annual stakeholder workshops to community events. Its strong organizational structure, advisory boards consisting of stakeholder representatives, and dedication to ongoing rigorous evaluation of its performance will help ensure program efficacy.

Through multi-level, multidisciplinary and institutional collaborations, CTECH will advance transportation sustainability in its broader human and environmental contexts.

Florida Atlantic University
Freight Mobility research Institute

Director: Evangelos Kaisar
ph. (561) 297-4084

Secondary Contact: Lynn Asseff
ph. (561) 297-3453

The Freight Mobility Research Institute (FMRI) goal is to address critical issues affecting the planning, design, operation, and safety of the nation’s intermodal freight transportation system, in order to strengthen our nation’s economic competitiveness. Efficient and safe freight movement is inextricably linked to the economic vitality of a local area, state, region and beyond. In consultation with stakeholders, as well as USDOT’s strategic priorities, as expressed in FAST Act Improving Mobility of People and Goods priority and the known exclusive topic areas established by the Secretary of Transportation, we will focus on research and development that improves freight mobility through information technology, freight network modeling and operations, intermodal logistics, as well as freight and supply chain sustainability to promote smart cities, improve multimodal connections, system integration, and security, data modeling and analytical tools to optimize freight movements and improve efficiency. Also, advance regional planning and setting of transportation priorities that deliver higher practice and economic growth and enhance productivity. These research efforts will (i) support maintenance and improvement of mobility in the face of growing traffic and shrinking resources; (ii) develop methodologies that link the performance of the U.S. freight transportation system; (iii) increase border-crossing efficiency while maintaining security and resilience; and (iv) improve air quality to advance personal health as well as translate into reduced energy consumption, reduce congestion, and cooperative performance improvement.

We have assembled top expertise on freight transportation, network modeling, sustainability, and ITS, representing leading universities across the nation with deep connections to local, state, and regional communities. Each of these universities has an established transportation research center/lab with top quality faculty conducting leading edge research. We are motivated to embrace innovative research projects, train the current and future transportation leaders and workforce, and engage with the industry to enhance collaboration between agencies by improving efficiency and safety, sustainably reduce traffic congestion, and develop standards to ensure interoperability today and in the future. At the same time, the center will have a significant educational impact. The consortium members have a successful history of enhancing interdisciplinary learning opportunities and engaging underrepresented groups. In the proposed center, this commitment will be continued and improved via integrated education and outreach components that leverage ongoing activities.

Facilities:

The Freight Mobility Research Institute (FMRI) is hosted in the Department of Civil Environmental and Geomatics Engineering at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton campus.

Florida International University
Innovative Bridge Technologies/Accelerated Bridge Construction-University Transportation Center (IBT/ABC-UTC)

Director: Atorod Azizinamini, P.E.
ph. (305) 348-3821

Secondary Contact: Gladys Gonzalez, MBA, CGCIO
ph. (305) 348-0074

Primary Research Goals: The Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC) was established under the 2013 UTC competition and re-selected in the 2016 competition. From 2013 to 2022, the ABC-UTC became the ABC centralizing organization for bridge professionals in the United States. Working in close collaboration with the AASHTO Committee on Bridges and Structures (COBS), FHWA, state DOTs and other bridge professionals, ABC was made a viable and valuable option to minimize traffic impacts and improve safety as the nation’s aging bridge inventory is upgraded. The scope of ABC-UTC activities was expanded during the 2022 competition cycle. As a result, the newly established Innovative Bridge Technologies/ Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (IBT/ABC-UTC) will address the needs of all bridges and construction types.
The objectives of the IBT/ABC-UTC can be divided into seven areas:

  1. Develop the next generation of innovative bridge technologies.
  2. Continue to implement the ABC technologies developed by the ABC-UTC from 2013 to 2022 and by others.
  3. Develop advanced technologies to address pressing challenges related to existing bridges.
  4. Develop and implement innovative purpose-driven, transformative bridge engineering technologies and solutions that are resilient and socially equitable, thereby making U.S. bridge owners and industries globally competitive.
  5. Effectively transfer the developed knowledge to the profession.
  6. Train and develop a next-generation workforce that can implement the next generation of IBT and ABC and address the pressing challenges related to existing bridges.
  7. Provide leadership in making contributions to solving national transportation issues.

These efforts will provide transformative technologies within bridge engineering practice that are resilient, socially equitable, and environmentally friendly; they will deliver bridges that can continue providing functionality without major maintenance for decades to come.

Facilities:

FIU: Transportation research is a major strategic area for the Engineering College at FIU. Facilities at FIU include the Titan America Structures and Construction Testing Laboratory (Lab 1) for large-scale structural testing. FIU’s wind testing facility; the Wall of Wind (Lab 2), capable of generating 156 mph wind; Corrosion and Infrastructure Materials Durability Research Laboratory, which houses equipment required for research on corrosion; Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute (AMERI); FIU’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory (ITS); Driving Simulation Laboratory; 3D printing laboratories; and UHPC Material Testing Capabilities.
UNR: UNR houses one of the most advanced facilities for bridge and seismic research. The Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (Lab 3) has 29,000 square feet of lab, office, and auditorium space. It houses four shake table tests. In addition, UNR also houses a new soil-structure interaction facility.
UGA: UGA’s Structural ENGineering Testing Hub Laboratory houses a material testing laboratory.
UW: The UW Civil Engineering Department has a wide range of experimental facilities that include a large-scale structural engineering laboratory with strong wall, shake table, a computational tomography laboratory.
OU: The OU Fears Laboratory is a major research facility equipped for testing a wide variety of bridge components and materials. It consists of a 22,000 square foot high-bay laboratory space with 1,800 square feet of strong floor.
FAMU: RIDER Center at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering houses the following laboratories: 1) Laboratory for Sustainable Infrastructure Management (SIM): CAVE virtual reality wall, googles, excavator simulator, robotic arm, thermal camera; 2) Laboratory of Advanced Operations Research and Resilience Applications (LAORA): driving simulator, drones, robotic cars; Water Sustainability and Coastal Hazard (WaSCH) Lab.
TAMU: The TAMU System’s Center for Infrastructure Renewal (CIR) is a new 138,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility with world-class laboratories for characterizing infrastructure materials and structural members.

Georgia Institute of Technology
National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management (NCTSPM)

Director: Karti Watkins
ph. (206) 250-4415

Secondary Contact: Michael Hunter
ph. (404) 894-2236

Primary Research Goals: The National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management (NCTSPM) focuses on research, education and technology transfer that is multi-modal, multi-disiplinary, multi-sector and needs-driven. The theme of NCTSPM is transportation systems performance and management, and its focus is on addressing critical interactions between safety, state-of-good-repair, and economic competitiveness. NCTSPM is a collaboration between Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Transportation Institute, Florida International University, University of Central Florida, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and each university’s state Department of Transportation.

Kansas State University
The University Transportation Center

Director: Eric Fitzsimmons
ph. (785) 532-0889

Secondary Contact: Mustaque Hossain
ph. (785) 532-1576

Primary Research Goals: The Transportation Research Center at Kansas State University is a research organization dedicated to bringing together transportation professionals, educators, and researchers to identify transportation problems—and to solving them. The theme of the Center is The Sustainability and Safety of Rural Transportation Systems and Infrastructure. This theme is selected to complement the mission and direction of Kansas State University and to meet the needs of the Kansas Department of Transportation and the rural transportation community as a whole. Research at the center will also fill a national need, specifically focusing on the sustainability and safety of rural transportation systems and infrastructure in the context of a declining and aging rural population.

Facilities: Civil Infrastructure Systems Laboratory

Louisiana State University
Transportation Consortium of South Central States (Tran-SET)

Director: Heena Dhasmana
ph. (225) 578- 9189

Primary Research Goals: The Center’s Mission is to support all phases of research, technology transfer, workforce development, and outreach activities of emerging technologies that can solve transportation challenges in Region 6. The center’s research focus will be on cutting edge materials innovations and construction methodologies and their applications to the different components of the transportation infrastructure. The center will address economic limitations by only considering research topics that carry out a viable plan to move the technology from research to implementation including workforce training and specifications development.

The center’s areas of research/focus will encompass three FAST act research priorities with a focus on cutting-edge materials innovations and construction methods (Research Focus Area 4). The other focus areas involve preserving the environment (Research Focus Area 5) and preserving the existing transportation system (Research Focus Area 6). Furthermore, a regional priorities category will be considered in order to fast track projects that address an immediate regional need.

Missouri University of Science and Technology
INSPIRE UTC

Director: Genda Chen
573-341-4462

Program Mission:  Providing leadership in research, education, workforce development and technology transfer aimed at infrastructure inspection and preservation solutions with advanced technologies for a sustainable and resilient transportation system.

Vision:  In the next 30 years, our highway and railway system will face challenges ranging from aging infrastructure and increasing congestion to declining revenues due to reduced fuel tax and increasing service interruption. Cheaper, faster, and safer inspection and preservation tools are needed to maintain our nation’s ground transportation system in a state of good repair.

Currently, bridges and tunnels are visually inspected and manually maintained under traffic control with the aid of heavy lifting equipment.

In the future, with successful development and implementation of robotic platforms such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), these structures will be evaluated and sometimes maintained underneath bridge decks with no access equipment and no traffic control, reducing labor hours, avoiding rental, transportation and mobilization costs of equipment, saving fuel and indirect costs associated with service interruption, alleviating traffic congestion, and promoting work zone safety.

Interdisciplinary Research:  Faculty from civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering, engineering management and computer science are collaborating to explore, develop, validate, and demonstrate remotely-controlled robotic platforms for the inspection and preservation of bridges and tunnels and a robot-enabled resilience analysis and intervention framework for post-disaster assessment and recovery of the structures.

Key technologies include mobile manipulating UAVs, structural crawlers, lab-on-sensor calibrations and standardizations, hyperspectral and microwave imaging, risk-based inspections, data-driven preservation strategies, and resilience analysis methods.

The developed technologies can be applied to potentially amend inspection regulation for fracture critical members and re-invent an integrated inspection and preservation decision process from performance monitoring through emerging risk identification to support planning of preservation actions.

Research Areas (5): 

(Workforce Development): 

  •  A Training Framework of Robotic Operation and Image Analysis for Decision-making in Bridge Inspection and Preservation
    ◦ Dr. Qin, Ruwen
    ◦ Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla
  • Developing a Robotic Simulator and Video Games for Professional and Public Training
    ◦ Dr . Louis, Sushil
    ◦ University of Nevada, Reno
  • An Interactive System for Training and Assisting Bridge Inspectors in the Inspection Video Data Analytics
    ◦ Dr. Chen, Genda
    ◦ Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla
  • Simulation Training to Work With Bridge Inspection Robots
    ◦ Dr. Louis, Sushil
    ◦ University of Nevada, Reno

(Sensing and Nondestructive Evaluation): 

  • UAV-enabled Measurement for Spatial Magnetic Field of Smart Rocks in Bridge Scour Monitoring
    ◦ Dr. Chen, Genda
    ◦ Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla
  • Battery-free Antenna Sensors for Strain and Crack Monitoring of Bridge Structures
    ◦ Dr. Wang, Yang
    ◦ Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
  • In-line Long Period Grating and Brillouin Scattering Fiber Optic Sensors for Strain, Temperature, Chloride Concentration, and Steel Mass Loss Measurement in Bridge Applications
    ◦ Dr. Chen, Genda
    ◦ Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla
  • 3D Microwave Camera for Concrete Delamination and Steel Corrosion Detection
    ◦ Dr. Zoughi, Reza
    ◦ Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla
  • Hyperspectral Image Analysis for Mechanical and Chemical Properties of Concrete and Steel Surfaces
    ◦ Dr. Chen, Genda
    ◦ Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla
  • Autonomous Ultrasonic Thickness Measurement by a Magnet-Wheeled Robot
    ◦ Dr. Wang, Yang
    ◦ Dr. Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
  • Health Inspection of Concrete Pavement and Bridge Members Exposed to Freeze-Thaw Service Environments
    ◦ Dr. Ma, Hongyan
    ◦ Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla
  • Probability of Detection in Corrosion Monitoring with FE-C Coated LPFG Sensors
    ◦ Dr. Chen, Genda
    ◦ Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla
  • Hyperspectral Imaging and Analysis for Steel Paint Condition Assessment
    ◦ Dr. Ma, Hongyan
    ◦ Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla

(Autonomous System):

  • Mobile-manipulating UAVs for Sensor Installation, Bridge Inspection and Maintenance
    ◦ Dr. Oh, Paul
    ◦ University of Nevada, Reno
  • Climbing Robots with Automated Deployment of Sensors and NDE Devices for Steel Bridge Inspection
    ◦ Dr. La, Hung
    ◦ University of Nevada, Reno
  • Autonomous Wall-climbing Robots for Inspection and Maintenance of Concrete Bridges
    ◦ Dr. Xiao, Jizhong
    ◦ City College of the City University of New York
  • BIRDS: Bridge Inspection Robot Deployment Systems
    ◦ Dr. Chen, Genda
    ◦ Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla
  • Nondestructive Data Driven Motion Planning for Inspection Robots
    ◦ Dr. La, Hung
    ◦ University of Nevada, Reno
  • A Field Deployable Wall-Climbing Robot for Bridge Inspection using Vision and Impact Sounding Techniques
    ◦ Dr. Xiao, Jizhong
    ◦ City College of the City University of New York
  • Augmented Bridge Inspection with Augmented Reality and Haptics-based Aerial Manipulation
    ◦ Dr. Oh, Paul
    ◦ University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Robot-Assisted Underwater Acoustic Imaging for Bridge Scour Evaluation
    ◦ Dr. Chen, Genda
    ◦ Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla
  • Integration of Aerial Manipulation, Haptics-based Human-in-the-Loop Control, and Augmented Reality for Bridge Deck Hosing
    ◦ AS-9
    ◦ Oh, Paul
    ◦ University of Nevada, Las Vegas

(Inspection and Maintenance):

  • Quantitative Bridge Inspection Ratings Using Autonomous Robotic Systems
    ◦ Dr. Agrawal, Anil
  • City College of the City University of New York
  • “Smart Sounding System” for Autonomous Evaluation and Metallic Structures
    ◦ Dr. Agrawal, Anil
    ◦ City College of the City University of New York
    QA/QC Guidelines on Drone-based Remote Sensing for Bridge Element Inspection
    ◦ Dr. Chen, Genda
    ◦ Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla
  • Mixed Reality for Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight Bridge Inspection Using Robot-Assisted Nondestructive Evaluation
    ◦ Dr. Chen, Genda
    ◦ Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla

(Retrofit and Resilience):

  • Bridge Resilience Assessment with INSPIRE Data
    ◦ Tien, Iris
    ◦ Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
  • Data-Driven Risk-Informed Bridge Asset Management and Prioritization Across Transportation Networks
    ◦ Tien, Iris
    ◦ Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

Montana State University
Western Transportation Institute

Director: Kelvin Wang
ph. (406) 994-6114

Secondary Contact: David Kack
ph. (406) 994-7526

Primary Research Goals: The Western Transportation Institute (WTI) is the national’s largest transportation institute focusing on rural transportation issues. The institute was established in 1994 by the State Departments of Transportation of Montana and California, in cooperation with Montana State University – Bozeman (MSU). WTI has an annual budget exceeding $5 million and a 45-person multi-disciplinary staff of professionals, students, and associated faculty from engineering, computer science, fish and wildlife, ecology, business, and economics. WTI has been recognized as a leading institution dedicated to multi-disciplinary transportation issues and has led applied research to implement practical solutions in more than 40 states, at local, state, and federal levels, as well as conducted international work in Canada, Bulgaria, Norway, Germany, China, and Mongolia.

WTI Draws from integrated research areas to create solutions to rural transportation issues – safety and operations, cold climate operations and systems, road ecology, and mobility and public transportation.

WTI leads the National Rural Safety Center for Excellence (FHWA) which provides training technical support, and information to transportation practitioners to help them reduce serious injuries and fatalities on their roads.

Facilities: WTI has access to laboratories and equipment on the campus of MSU to support the research groups.

Morgan State University
National Transportation Center

Director: Mansoureh Jeihani
ph. 443-885-1873

Secondary Contact: Brandy Savarese
ph. (443) 885-1041

Summary: The National Transportation Center (NTC) at Morgan State University is a distinguished research institution focused on transportation and its vital role in human and economic development. Established by Congress in 1991, the NTC is dedicated to addressing social issues related to transportation through a robust program research and technology transfer, bringing together a wide variety of stakeholders to advance solutions in mobility and equity. As part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s University Transportation Centers Program and the Council of University Transportation Centers, the NTC plays a crucial role in advancing transportation technology and expertise in the United States.

In 2023, NTC was awarded a $15M USDOT Region 3 University Transportation Center grant to improve the mobility of people and goods in the Mid-Atlantic through a robust program of research, education, and technology transfer. The SMARTER Center is the first USDOT Regional University Transportation Center to be led by an HBCU. Morgan State University, along with its UTC consortium partner universities, collaborates with the region’s state departments of transportation and other public and private sector partners to address dynamic transportation issues in mid-Atlantic urban centers and rural areas, from food deserts and rising transit costs to congestion, connected vehicles, and climate change. SMARTER will leverage its researchers’ extensive knowledge to provide science-based solutions to policymakers and strategic planners while supporting the development of a diverse transportation workforce.

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New Jersey Institute of Technology
National Center for Transportation and Industrial Productivity

Director: Lazar N. Spasovic, Ph.D.
ph. (973) 642-7214

A critical mass of transportation teaching and research faculty, staff and students unparalleled in the nation is brought together at NJIT through the existence of three research centers; the National Center for Transportation and Industrial Productivity, the International Intermodal Transportation Center, and Transportation Economic Land Use System as well as the interdisciplinary program in transportation. In addition, NJIT is host agency to the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. Multidisciplinary, cross-cutting and extensive both in the level of funding and number and profile of personnel, the centers have a combined annual funding level exceeding $1.5 million.

The convergence of so much talent enables NJIT to respond effectively and dynamically to state and regional transportation issues including educational, research and technology transfer needs. NCTIP is about to embark on the creation of a Intelligent Transportation System Resource Center with the New Jersey Department of Transportation. This center will investigate cutting-edge technologies and evaluate transportation modeling tools to improve the efficiency of our roadway network.

The research centers support faculty from all five NJIT Schools and Colleges as well as other New Jersey regional colleges and universities (faculty from Region II and from universities as far afield as Northwestern University in Chicago are also involved in NCTIP research). The centers not only provide support to students pursuing graduate degree programs in transportation, civil engineering, infrastructure, management, computer science, and logistics, but also serve as places for undergraduate students to interact with their more senior colleagues in solving real-world problems.

NCTIP continues its close collegial relationship with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). CEE transportation research focuses on materials, structures, environment and advanced technologies. Please see our list of associated faculty for our researchers specializing in these fields.

As NCTIP Director Dr.Spasovic have been invited to join the 10-member Board/Executive Committee of CUTC that represents the major transportation research centers and institutes in the United States; public awareness of NCTIP has greatly increased; and a firm relationship with the New Jersey School of Architecture as they focus on comprehensive issues involving transportation, land use, commercial/housing development and the environment has been established. NCTIP has become more involved in public policy research, attracted superior graduate students, and, in general, become known as a solid, successful entity.

New York University
C2SMART

Director: Kaan Ozbay, Ph.D.
ph. (646) 997 – 0552

Secondary Contact: Shri Iyer

Connected Communities for Smart Mobility towards Accessible and Resilient Transportation for Equitably Reducing Congestion (C2SMART-ER), a USDOT Tier 1 University Transportation Center, uses cities as living laboratories to study challenging transportation problems and find solutions from the unprecedented recent advances in communication and smart technologies. C2SMARTER’s goal is to solve two key problems related to urban congestion: (1) untangling the broad system-of-systems interdependencies facing congested urban systems that not only include multiple modes, but many interrelated sectors, and (2) understanding the system-wide impacts of congestion, in particular those that exacerbate inequities on different population segments.

To do this, C2SMARTER will:

  • Develop new technologies, operational policies, and strategies towards ensuring system-level congestion reduction for all users.
  • Build on top of the foundational creation, calibration, and validation of our unique network of testbeds, both physical and cyber, to validate and synthesize insights across cities, and focus on transitioning research into practice for positive, equitable, impacts.
  • Follow the principles of the U.S. DOT strategic goal of transformation, heavily relying on experimentation, with the goal of using evidence-based decision making to turn research into transformative and equitable solutions that take advantage of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML) and connected and automated vehicles.

Led by the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, C2SMART-ER grew out of the C2SMART Center, previously funded under the FAST Act. Its consortium of member universities brings together an unmatched combination of strengths and resources in urban informatics, connected technologies, behavioral informatics, and city partners.

North Carolina A&T University
Transportation Institute
Transportation Center for Regional and Rural Connected Communities (CR2C2)

Director: Rachel Liu
ph. (336) 285 – 3299

Regional UTC Director: Ali Karimoddini
ph. (336) 285 – 3359

Center for Advanced Transportation Mobility (CATM)

UTC Director: Maranda McBride
ph. (336) 285 – 3359

The Transportation Center for Regional and Rural Connected Communities (CR2C2) is set to operate as the Region 4 University Transportation Center (UTC), tasked with tackling transportation hurdles in the southeastern United States. The CR2C2 Center comprises North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University as the lead institute, along with Florida Atlantic University, the University of Alabama, the University of Georgia, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Tennessee. The primary goal of CR2C2 is to plan, implement, and evaluate an integrated research, education, workforce development, and technology transfer approach for providing innovative connected and coordinated multimodal technological solutions for rural and underserved communities. CR2C2 will develop and improve equitable, efficient, and effective mobility solutions for the movement of people and goods.

North Carolina State University
Institute for Transportation Research and Education

Director: Billy Williams
ph. (919) 515-7813

Secondary Contact: Chris Cunningham
ph. (919) 515-8562

Third Contact: Carrie Gage

The Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) is an institutional center located at NC State University. Chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1978, ITRE conducts surface and air transportation research, training, and technical support activities for municipal, state, federal, and international clients in order to address critical transportation issues. ITRE is committed to developing leadership in its study of transportation issues through fostering analytical thinking, integrating technology in education and research, serving as a catalyst for problem solving, and cultivating professionals and students dedicated to excellence in transportation.

ITRE’s strategic plan sets forth five major institute-wide goals:

  • Increase national visibility;
  • Conduct and disseminate research that impacts the transportation community;
  • Sustain and enhance educational opportunities to improve the knowledge and skills of transportation professionals;
  • Strengthen the relationship with, and gain recognition within, the University system; and
  • Provide superior technical assistance.

These goals are being achieved through various objectives such as increasing the Institute’s national exposure through conference presentations, published research and outreach efforts, and through increased national project awards. Additionally, ITRE continually expands its training efforts across North Carolina, the United States, and the globe, while promoting collaboration with faculty in the department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University and at other UNC system institutions.

North Dakota State University
Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute: Center for Transformative Infrastructure Preservation and Sustainability

Director: Denver Tolliver, Ph.D.
ph. (701) 231-7190

Secondary Contact: Jody Bohn Baldock
ph. (701) 231-7767

The mission of the Center for Transformative Infrastructure Preservation and Sustainability is to revolutionize the preservation of existing transportation systems through the integration of advanced sensing technologies and automation in data collection and analysis. The Center’s research will also address systemic equity issues in the region, especially those stemming from the relatively poor quality of Tribal and rural roads.

Other member institutions include Colorado State University, Fort Lewis College, United Tribes Technical College, University of North Dakota, South Dakota State University, University of Colorado Denver, University of Denver, University of Utah, Utah State University and the University of Wyoming.

Through its two Tribal-serving institutions and a collaborative agreement with the North Dakota Tribal College System, CTIPS has deep connections to Tribal communities, allowing the Center to reach Native American leaders and practitioners.

CTIPS’s initiatives represent a transformative approach to preserving the transportation system. CTIPS is revolutionizing infrastructure condition monitoring and assessment, leading to safer, more reliable, and more sustainable transportation infrastructure by integrating advanced technologies, automation, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence. In partnership with state departments of transportation, transportation companies, and technology firms, CTIPS research, technology transfer and workforce development programs are transforming asset management while preparing transportation workers to function in a dynamic highly-automated work environment.  Some areas of early implementation include management of non-highway assets, fault detection of rail lines and yard infrastructure, more frequent and cost-effective monitoring of low-volume roads and remote highway facilities, and disaster assessment and response.

Northern Arizona University
NAU AZTrans

Director: Edward Smaglik
ph. (928) 523-1431

Secondary Contact: Brendan Russo
ph. (928) 523-8094

The Pacific Southwest Region UTC conducts an integrated, multidisciplinary program of research, education and technology transfer aimed at improving the mobility of people and goods throughout the region. Our program is organized around four themes: 1) technology to address transportation problems and improve mobility; 2) improving mobility for vulnerable populations; 3) Improving resilience and protecting the environment; and 4) managing mobility in high growth areas.

Northwestern University
Transportation Center

Director: Hani Mahmassani, Ph.D.
ph. (847) 491-8727

The Institute educates students and professionals from diverse populations to provide qualified transportation professions in the workforce. The programs and activities conducted by the Institute are designed to provide ongoing initiatives in the areas of education, research, and workforce development. The Institute is a multidisciplinary unit that is dedicated to:

Facilities:

Chambers Hall
600 Foster Street
Evanston, IL 60208

Ohio State University, The
Center for Automated Vehicle Research with Multimodal Assured Navigation (CARMEN+)

Director: Zak Kassas
ph. (614) 247-6306

Secondary Contact: Keith Redmill
ph. (614) 292-5216

Additional Contact: Cam Rasey

Additional Contact: David Cooke

Center Vision and Objectives:
Human transportation participants depend on vehicles and infrastructure that fuse data from a host of external sources. Many of the vital links to these sources lack authentication or resilience. The CARMEN+ UTC identifies, develops and validates PNT sensing techniques for highly automated transportation systems (HATS) that are both resilient to unusual natural or accidental events and secure against deliberate attack.

The CARMEN+ UTC will thoroughly address the following four objectives:

  • Gather and systematize existing knowledge and identify gaps in knowledge/practice related to GNSS/PNT threats to HATS.
  • Carryout risk identification studies to understand the impact of PNT threats on Highly Automated Vehicles (HAVs).
  • Develop new PNT lapse mitigation strategies for HATS, which are robust in the face of unusual natural or accidental events and secure against deliberate attacks.
  • Complement existing methods for cyber resilient PNT receiver testing, develop new mitigation methods and propose standards and create “best practices” documents and guidelines.

Center Initiatives:
CARMEN+ is made up PIs from the Ohio State University, University of Texas at Austin, University of California, Irvine and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. They are a group of world-renowned experts in PNT automotive and transportation and will study PNT risks to HAVs, offer concrete solutions and make recommendations for future standards and guidelines for cyber-resilient PNT systems. CARMEN+ assembled a comprehensive advisory board composed of advisors and collaborators from industry, academia and government, including local, state and federal DOTs.

Research:
The promises of HATS are clear and compelling:  a path to zero roadway fatalities, low-cost mobility of people and goods, widening transportation accessibility and equity and reduced environmental impacts. But HATS will fail to gain the public’s trust if they are seen as uniquely vulnerable to cyberattacks. These include jamming or spoofing GNSS, V2X, or radar signals; injecting false data into a network of cooperating vehicles; and compromising the timing or sensing of a smart intersection. If any such attacks successfully snarl traffic, ground air taxi fleets, or endanger lives, public trust in HATS will be eroded, and the promise of HATS will be delayed.

Our research is organized around four thrusts:

  1. Identify Existing and Emerging Cybersecurity Threats to HATS.
  2. Analyze Threat Scenarios and Cybersecurity Risks to HATS.
  3. Develop Cyber-resilient Mitigation Methods.
  4. Testing and Validation in Real-world Jammed, Spoofed, and Cyber-compromised Environments.

Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma Transportation Center

Director: Joshua

Secondary Contact: Norb Delatte
ph. (405) 744-5189

Facilities: 1. 11,500 square feet in the Civil Engineering Laboratory building devoted to concrete materials research 2. 3D laser sensing and imaging lab for measuring runway and pavement defects at 60mph and at 1mm resolution. It is the only facility in the world that has both sensor and software solution platforms at a university setting. The lab also has GPU systems with tens of thousands computing nodes. 3. The new 30,000 square-foot Cooper Laboratory – Structural Engineering and Materials Laboratory (SEML) is built as a creative environment for our students and faculty to work with industry to address immediate needs and create the next generation of construction materials and structures.

Pennsylvania State University
Larson Transportation Institute

Director: Vikash V. Gayah
ph. (814) 865-4014

The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute is Penn State’s transportation research center. Since its founding in 1968, the Larson Institute has maintained a threefold mission of research, education, and service. The Institute brings together top faculty, world-class facilities and enterprising students from across the University in partnership with public and private stakeholders to address critical transportation-related problems.

Facilities and Centers:

Bus Research and Testing Center

Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies

Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multi-Modal Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CIAMTIS)

Northeast Center of Excellence for Pavement Technology (NECEPT)

Pima Community College
Pacific Southwest Regional University Transportation Center

Vice President of Workforce Development and Strategic Partnerships: Ian Roark
ph. 520-206-4533

Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education: Amanda Abens
ph. 520-206-4587

Pima Community College’s PSR-UTC grant is run in partnership with the METRANS Transportation center, and a consortium of Universities in the Pacific Southwest Region of the United States. The Pacific Southwest Region UTC conducts integrated, multidisciplinary research and education that focuses on improving the mobility of people and goods throughout the region. The program has four core themes:

  1. Technology to address transportation problems and improve mobility;
  2. Improving mobility for vulnerable populations;
  3. Improving resilience and protecting the environment; and
  4. Managing mobility in high growth areas.

Pima focuses on applying hands on learning and supporting industry needs as well as the development of new and innovative programs. In alignment with grant deliverables, the College has created new Autonomous vehicle curriculum, updated all of its Logistics and Supply Chain Management Curriculum, and is currently working on providing training to special populations including dislocated workers and tribal populations.

Portland State University
Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC)

Director: Jennifer Dill
ph. (503) 725-5173

Secondary Contact: asktrec@pdx.edu
ph. (503) 725-8545

The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University (PSU) is an interdisciplinary center that supports collaborative research and education programs for our faculty, partners, community members, and students. TREC is also home to the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), PORTAL, BikePed Portal, and other transportation grants and programs. We produce impactful research for transportation decision makers, expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engage students and professionals through education and participation in research.

Prairie View A&M University

Director: Judy A. Perkins, Ph.D., PE
ph: (936) 261-1655

Deputy Director: Melissa Tooley, Ph.D., PE
ph. (979) 317-2231

Program Coordinator: Donna Broussard
ph. (936) 261-1655

About NCIT
The vision of the National Center for Infrastructure Transformation (NCIT) is to ensure that
America’s transportation infrastructure is transformative from both a physical and policy
perspective. NCIT is led by Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), a Historically Black College and
University (HBCU) founded in 1876. PVAMU is the first HBCU to lead a competitively selected
national-tier university transportation center and is supported by the following consortium
partners: Arizona State University, Blinn College District, Michigan State University, Rutgers
University, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, and Texas A&M University.
The unique strengths of the consortium and its vision for transformative infrastructure programs
were the key elements in developing NCIT’s initial research focus areas, education initiatives, and
technology transfer activities. NCIT’s research program is guided by three topical pillars:
infrastructure durability and resilience, technology, and policy. All three pillars integrate both
innovation and implementation, which are essential for transformation to occur.

The research program is complemented by an equally robust approach to NCIT’s education and
technology transfer programs. The outreach and education programs provide ladders of
opportunity for underrepresented and underserved populations at the K–12, associate,
undergraduate, and graduate levels. The education programs will take full advantage of the
diversity, size, and reach of the consortium partners to maximize their impact, increasing
awareness of transportation as a profession, tapping into diverse pools of talent, and preparing
the transportation infrastructure workforce of the future.

Moreover, NCIT’s education programs will provide technical, academic, and professional training
for the transportation enterprise, enhancing economic strength and global competitiveness,
along with an improved transportation infrastructure system for commerce and freight.
The technology transfer activities will engage industry partners that will participate in research
projects from the development of project statements through research implementation.
Additionally, NCIT’s outreach activities will facilitate the adoption of research results into
practice.

Mission Statement and Philosophy Supports the US Department of Transportation
NCIT’s mission is to improve durability and extend the life of transportation infrastructure
through research, education, and technology transfer programs. Its philosophy is fully aligned
with the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) strategic goals, specifically
transformation, equity, economic strength and global competitiveness, and climate and
sustainability. Because durability and resilience are closely linked through NCIT initiatives, the
center’s focus is consistent with the USDOT statutory priority of preserving the existing
transportation system as well. The center’s ability to transform policy to guide infrastructure
investment is especially critical as the provisions of the IIJA are implemented.

Please visit the NCIT website for more information

Purdue University
Joint Transportation Research Program

Director: Darcy Bullock
ph: (765) 494-2226

Second Contact: Debbie Horton

  • Transportation planning

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Center for Infrastructure Transportation and the Environment

Director: Jose Holguin-Veras, Ph.D.
ph. (518) 276-6221

Secondary Contact: Jeffrey Wojtowicz
ph. (518) 276-2759

  • Modeling freight systems
  • Facilities: The Traffic Lab at RPI has a complete suite of traffic data collection devices such as traffic counters and detectors for traffic speeds, GPS loggers and mobile phones for collecting mobile sensor data, and high-resolution video cameras. These resources played a key role in the team’s previous research, such as the off-hour-delivery (OHD) project. Within CITE there is also the VREF Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems which produces world-class freight research. The world class geotechnical research facilities at RPI, which has one of the largest centrifuges in the world for civilian use.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT)

Director: Ali Maher, Ph.D.
ph. (848) 445-2951

Secondary Contact: Patrick Szary, Ph.D.
ph. (848) 445-2999

Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation® (CAIT) tackles some of the country’s most pressing infrastructure challenges, especially those that are endemic in high-volume multimodal corridors like the Northeast. CAIT develops practical technologies and processes that can be applied as mainstream tools in the hands of transportation professionals solving real-world problems today. The bulk of our efforts fall within several broad areas:

  • Maintaining the health of bridges, roads, and pipelines
  • Creating revolutionary technologies, materials, and tools
  • Formulating strategies to prolong the service life of infrastructure
  • Addressing the impacts of climate change on infrastructure resilience
  • Training the current and future workforce

CAIT is home to many state-of-the-art research facilities, including The BEAST® (Bridge Evaluation and Accelerated Structural Testing) lab. As the world’s only accelerated testing lab for full-scale bridge systems, The BEAST subjects bridges to extreme environmental and traffic loading to simulate decades of wear and tear in just a few months.

San Jose State University
California State University Transportation Consortium (CSUTC)

Mineta Consortium for Equitable, Efficient, and Sustainable Transportation (MCEEST)

Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility (MCTM)

Climate Change and Extreme Events Training and Research Program (CCEETR)

Director: Karen E. Philbrick, Ph.D.
ph. (408) 924-7562

Secondary Contact: Hilary Nixon
ph. (408) 924-7561

Director of Operations: Alverina Weinardy
ph. (408) 924-7561

Facilities: MTI and its partners engage in transformative research through specialized facilities, including a geospatial informatics studio, a naturalistic driving laboratory, a facility for instrumenting and maintaining test vehicles, dedicated encrypted servers, a STEM/tutoring lab, and one of the largest adaptive computing centers in the U.S. We also have access to librarians, IT and database management experts to support microsimulation, data collection efforts, and more.

Texas A&M University System
Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI)

Center for Advancing Research in Transportation Emissions, Energy, and Health (CARTEEH)

Director: Melissa Tooley, Ph.D., P.E.
ph. (979) 845-8545

Secondary Contact: Greg Winfree
ph. (979) 845-1713

Primary Research Goals: The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) develops solutions to the problems and challenges facing all modes of transportation. The Institute conducts over 600 research projects annually with over 200 sponsors at all levels of government and the private sector. In the laboratory and the classroom, TTI researchers help prepare students for transportation careers.

Recognized as one of the premier higher education-affiliated transportation research agencies in the nation, TTI’s research and development program has resulted in significant breakthroughs across all facets of the transportation system. TTI research is widely known as an excellent value with a proven impact of saving lives, time and resources.

TTI’s mission is to identify and solve transportation problems through research; to transfer technology and knowledge; and to develop diverse human resources to meet the transportation challenges of tomorrow. The transportation system connects all aspects of life—home, work, education, commerce and recreation. TTI’s research and development improves all aspects of the system and creates new ideas and innovations that save lives, time and resources. Our focus areas include: economics and policy; environment; freight movement; human and behavioral factors; infrastructure; mobility; safety; security; and workforce development.

Facilities: TTI’s headquarters is located on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station. The Institute maintains a full-service safety proving grounds facility; environmental and emissions facility; and sediment and erosion control laboratory in Bryan, Texas, as well as many other laboratories and facilities on the Texas A&M campus. TTI has eight offices in Texas—Arlington, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Galveston, Houston, San Antonio and Waco—and offices in Ann Arbor, MI; Washington, D.C.; and Mexico City. TTI also has a presence in Doha, Qatar, at Texas A&M University at Qatar.

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The University of Buffalo, State University of New York
Transportation Informatics Tier I University Transportation Center

Primary Contact (Program Manager): Kevin F. Hulme, Ph.D.
ph. (716) 645-5573

Secondary Contact (Director): Andrew Whittaker, Ph.D.
ph. (716) 645-4364

 

Stephen Still Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics (SSISTL)
Transportation, logistics and supply chain management provide the foundational systems that support human endeavors throughout the world and impact our quality of life and the environments in which we live. From a business standpoint, successful logistics and streamlined supply chains help to reduce operating costs and improve consumer satisfaction. Given the broad scope of challenges and applications to which it can be applied, sustainability, transportation, and logistics (education and research) requires a trans-disciplinary approach that integrates analytical and engineering problem-solving skills with managerial principles and creative adaptation. The University at Buffalo’s Stephen Still Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics (SSISTL) is one of only a few institutes that offers a joint academic program to meet this societal challenge while striving to create a more sustainable world. The Institute spans multiple at the university, including the Schools of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Management, Architecture and Planning, and Law, and the Departments of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering in SEAS.

Institute for Bridge Engineering (IBE)
The University at Buffalo’s Institute of Bridge Engineering (IBE) provides practicing engineers and students the skills and knowledge needed to advance the nation’s bridge infrastructure enterprise by offering access to professionals, practical coursework, and research opportunities. IBE research helps to improve identified areas of need to aid in the creation of sustainable, cost-effective, and hazard-resistant structures. IBE researchers and partner centers work to improve procedures for design and construction of bridges and other transportation infrastructure (e.g., tunnels) through collaborative research and specific education, with considerations of natural and man-made hazards, advanced materials, and accelerated bridge construction methods. Civil engineering students and practicing engineers receive a combination of coursework and research opportunities to advance infrastructure, and bridge engineering. The Institute offers a graduate-level Advanced Certificate in Bridge Engineering and is headquartered in the Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Supporting Infrastructure
Transportation Research and Visualization Lab (TRAVL) has been engineered to address modern and future transportation needs by utilizing immersive virtual simulation and human sensing methodologies and technologies. TRAVL was developed to merge methodological research practices, foster institutional collaboration, and promote interdisciplinary approaches to transportation research and development. Major equipment includes a high-fidelity pedestrian simulator (Cyberinth Virtualizer Elite 2), bicyclist simulator, as well as head-mounted displays (by Varjo) and physiological sensing equipment, including eye tracking capability. Our high-fidelity driving simulator (revised for 2024) features a Gen3 Moog 6-DOF motion simulator hexapod, an open convertible vehicle cabin (for driver/passenger) with onboard controls for driver input, a full-surround HD display system, and an external stereo sound system. These immersive features provide an authentic environment within which to perform driving research and training for applications in C/AV, driver safety, distracted driving, training and education, and human factors.

Large-scale testing laboratories in the Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo support research in civil, geotechnical, and structural engineering for the Institute for Bridge Engineering. The laboratories include two 6 DOF earthquake simulators, compression-tension-torsion test machines, a strong wall and strong floor, high-performance and high-force-capacity actuators, a 64-fan wind tunnel capable of generating complex wind fields, a large-size electric furnace for component-level fire and mechanical testing, small-size furnaces to support materials research, machines to test seismic isolation and damping devices, a split Hopkinson bar, a cyclic triaxial testing system, and a Stokoe-type resonant column apparatus. This test equipment is supported by a wide range of state-of-best practice contact and non-contract transducers, signal conditioning, and high-speed data storage.

Our Autonomous Vehicles at the University at Buffalo serve as a learning and research platform, enabling faculty and students to conduct comprehensive testing of autonomous and connected vehicles. The goal is to inform decisions regarding policy, safety, reliability, and other future transportation issues. The Connected Autonomous Vehicle Enclosure (CAVE) is being constructed to facilitate ground-breaking research and advance education in the areas of autonomous vehicles (terrestrial and aerial), clean energy, and green building management. CAVE includes an enclosure designed to house the University’s growing fleet of autonomous research vehicles, an array of clean energy technologies, and additional instrumentation to support and enhance existing Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (C/AV) test areas.

The Structure for Outdoor Autonomy Research (SOAR) is a 24,000-square-foot netted structure located on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus. It is among the nation’s largest academic autonomy research and testing facilities. SOAR provides an enclosed space for training, teaching, and cutting-edge Unmanned Arial Vehicle (UAV) research.

University of Alabama
Alabama Transportation Institute

Executive Director: Steven Jones, Ph.D.
ph. (205) 348-3137

Alternative contact: Eric Courchesne
ph. (205) 348-2818

About the Alabama Transportation Institute:
The Alabama Transportation Institute (ATI) is a university wide organization conducting a broad range of interdisciplinary research and service aimed at improving the transportation system in Alabama and beyond. ATI focuses on emerging issues such as transportation electrification, cybersecurity, and advanced technologies.  Additionally, ATI specializes in transportation safety and traffic operations as well as policy-oriented issues such as financing and legal/legislative analyses.  ATI focuses its research and service portfolio into the areas of Autonomous, Connected, Electric, Shared, and Safe transportation. ATI has a full-time staff of some 70 people and regularly engages more than 30 affiliated faculty members across the University of Alabama campus. ATI is also active internationally with funded projects and ongoing collaborations worldwide.

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Center for Safety Equity in Transportation (C-SET)

Director: Billy Connor, Ph.D.
ph. (907) 474-5552

Secondary Contact: Vicky Wolf
ph. (907) 474-7330

Primary Research Goals: The mission of AIDC is to develop sound environmentally and socio-culturally appropriate designs for infrastructure in Alaska and other cold regions. There are five (5) focus areas of cold regions research addressed by AIDC:

  1. Transportation including highway, aviation, rail and pipelines.
  2. Utility infrastructure such as gas distribution systems.
  3. Vertical infrastructure including residential and commercial buildings.
  4. Community planning including understanding the impact of thawing permafrost on communities in the arctic and sub-arctic.
  5. Development of techniques to address the impacts of climate change on infrastructure.

Within the overarching goal to conduct responsible research that benefits the state and nation, there are five (5) pillars to the AIDC vision:

  • Outfitting the ELIF High Bay with current technology and equipment while increasing research use of this space.
  • Advancing the Frozen Soil Testing (FROST) Laboratory led by Professor Margaret Darrow.
  • Advancing the asphalt and materials labs led by AIDC Director Billy Connor and Assistant Professor Augusto Falchetto.
  • Advancing the traffic and safety laboratory managed by Nathan Belz.
  • Investing in student engagement opportunities (e.g. Ice Arch, Steel Bridge, Concrete Canoe, etc.).

University of Arkansas
Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center

Director: Heather Nachtmann, Ph.D.
ph. (479) 575-3484

Secondary Contact: Amy Shell, M.S.
ph. (479) 575-6021

Primary Research Goals:
MarTREC’s theme of Preserving the Nation’s Transportation System through Sustainable and Resilient Maritime and Multimodal Supply Chains and Infrastructure, will contribute primarily to four United States (U.S.) Department of Transportation (DOT) strategic goals: 1) Economic Strength and Global Competitiveness, 2) Climate and Sustainability, 3) Safety, and 4) Equity.  MarTREC’s vision is to be recognized as the nation’s premier source for expertise on maritime and multimodal transportation research and education.

MarTREC’s planned research activities directly support its theme, address statutory research priorities and DOT strategic goals, and leverage existing expertise, research facilities, and partnerships. Specifically, MarTREC’s research activities will be conducted in three research topic areas within the field of maritime and multimodal transportation:

  • Maritime and Multimodal Supply Chain Management
    Advance current understanding and facilitate improved operations to improve freight and supply chain reliability, reduce congestion, connect underserved and underinvested communities, and support economic vitality.
  • Maritime Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure
    Support state-of-the-art resilient and sustainable multimodal transportation infrastructure preservation, repair, design, and construction.
  • Disaster Response and Transportation Planning for Coastal and River Valley Communities
    Enable the resilience, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of multimodal transportation systems during disruption response or other major events.

Partners:
The MarTREC consortium consists of renowned maritime transportation researchers dedicated to transferrable research and inclusive education and workforce development. Our consortium consists of the University of Arkansas (UARK), Jackson State University (JSU), Louisiana State University (LSU), Texas A&M University/Texas Transportation Institute (TAMU/TTI), University of New Orleans (UNO), and Vanderbilt University (VU). Each consortium member is strategically located to support MarTREC’s theme. UARK, JSU, LSU, and UNO are located along the Mississippi River; VU along the Cumberland River; and JSU, LSU, UNO, and TAMU/TTI along the Gulf Coast.

University of California, Berkeley
Institute of Transportation Studies

Director: Daniel Rodriguez
Ph. (510) 642-2468

Secondary contact: Laura Melendy
Ph. (510) 642-3587

About Us

For over 75 years, the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, has been recognized as one of the world’s leading centers for transportation research, education, and scholarship. Launched in 1947 to tackle the post–WW II era of expansion and innovations in transportation, ITS Berkeley was the first university research center to address the interdisciplinary nature of transportation. This then-novel approach still frames our philosophy to produce leading-edge innovations at the forefront of policies and emerging technologies as they are altering travel in almost real time, and in the context in which mobility takes place: the diverse people, neighborhoods and places, cities, and regions.

Today ITS Berkeley is home to a large and diverse community of people who study all aspects of transportation—from technological advances to social and environmental consequences. Drawing on more than 150 UC Berkeley faculty members and researchers from 12 UC Berkeley academic departments and schools, we interact with approximately 140 graduate students associated with ITS through our various research and educational activities to address transportation research in engineering, design, the physical sciences, and the social sciences to address our most vexing challenges, including climate change and social equity. ITS Berkeley’s core philosophy revolves around collaboration—across policy, planning, operations, and technology — to address road safety, air pollution, infrastructure financing, and accessibility for every type of traveler.

 

University of California, Davis
Institute of Transportation Studies

Director: Daniel Sperling
Ph. (530) 752-7434

Secondary contact: Susan Handy
Ph. (530) 752-5878

 

About Us

The Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis (ITS-Davis) is the leading university center in the world on sustainable transportation, hosting the National Center on Sustainable Transportation since 2013 (awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation) and managing large research initiatives on energy, environmental, and social issues. It is home to more than 60 affiliated faculty and researchers, and more than 120 graduate students, and, with its affiliated centers, a budget of $20 million. We have a strong commitment not just to research, but interdisciplinary education and engagement with government, industry, and non-governmental organizations.

ITS-Davis hosts an award-winning graduate program, Transportation Technology and Policy (TTP), which draws from 34 different academic disciplines. Our nearly 300 master’s and Ph.D. alumni are leaders in government, industry, and academia.

We are committed to putting our cutting-edge research to good use—to informing policy making and business decisions, and advancing public discourse on key transportation, energy and environmental issues. ITS-Davis is focused on issues important to society.

To learn more about all of ITS-Davis’s centers, visit https://its.ucdavis.edu/research/research-centers/.
 
National Center for Sustainable Transportation
3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program
BicyclingPlus Research Collaborative
Electric Vehicle Research Center
Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways (STEPS) Program
Transit Research Center
University of California Pavement Research Center

University of California, Irvine
Institute of Transportation Studies

Director: Stephen G. Ritchie, Ph.D.
ph. (949) 824-4214

Primary Research Goals: A fundamental goal of the Institute is the stimulation of interdisciplinary research on contemporary transportation issues. ITS research at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) involves faculty and students from The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, the School of Social Sciences, the School of Social Ecology, the Paul Merage School of Business, the School of Law, and the Bren School of Information and Computer Science. The Institute also hosts visiting scholars from the U.S. and abroad to facilitate cooperative research and information exchange, and sponsors conferences and colloquia to disseminate research results. ITS is also part of the University of California Transportation Center (UCTC), one of ten federally designated centers for transportation research and education, and a member of the Council of University Transportation Centers, (CUTC).Research at ITS covers a broad spectrum of transportation issues. Current funded research projects at Irvine focus upon: Intelligent transportation systems, particularly advanced transportation management systems; Freight transportation system modeling, planning and outcome analysis; Analysis and simulation of urban traffic networks; Transportation system operations and control; Travel demand forecasting and analysis of complex travel behavior; Transportation/land use interactions, particularly those which encourage alternative modes of travel; Planning and evaluation of advanced public transit systems; Transportation pricing and regulation; Energy and environmental issues, particularly demand for alternative fuels; Effect of land-use on transportation demand; Growth of automobile use in the U.S. and other countries

Facilities: Facilities include meeting and seminar rooms, a statewide video teleconferencing facility, computer lab, and equipment for advanced traffic detection, monitoring and analysis. The ATMS Laboratories include advanced traffic signal controllers and a variety of traffic data collection devices. These laboratories form the backbone of California’s research initiative in ATMS and, together with the California ATMS Testbed established in Orange County as part of that initiative, provide unparalleled opportunity for the development and testing of applications of advanced technology in the management of transportation systems.The transportation research program at Irvine is also supported by computerized access to the ITS Transportation Library at UC Berkeley, and ITS-Irvine subscribes to the major transportation research journals and offers a variety of computer-based information retrieval services. ITS-Irvine is linked to the broader professional community through a series of research colloquia and specialty conferences. The latter programs attract an international audience.

University of California, Los Angeles
Institute of Transportation Studies

Director: Brian D. Taylor, Ph.D.
ph. (310) 903-3228

Secondary Contact: Juan Matute
ph. (562) 546 – 2831

Primary Research Goals: Advance transportation research and education in support of economic competitiveness, environmental sustainability, and livable communities in Los Angeles, California, the nation, and the world. Our current initiatives include: The UCLA Complete Streets Initiative; The Local Government Climate and Transportation Planning Initiative; The Spatial Analytics Initiative; and the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Transportation – Land Use – Environment Symposium Series.

Facilities: The UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies maintains dedicated research and office space consisting of five office suites with 35 workstations. We also have three conference rooms with state-of-the-art sound and projection systems, a multi-functioning smart board and projector, and team work space suitable for collaborative meetings. We also maintain a secure data facility with code-based lock system for projects requiring confidential data management and storage; workstations and printers are off-network and have secure encrypted partitions. The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs (of which the Institute of Transportation Studies is part) recently underwent renovations outfitting the School with the latest information, communications, presentation, and computing technologies. The remodel included enhanced audio-visual technology in our School’s two large lecture halls and four primary classrooms, providing them with the capacity to teleconference and podcast lectures.

University of Connecticut
Connecticut Transportation Institute (CTI)

Director: Eric Jackson
ph. (860) 486-8426

Secondary Contact: Stephanie Merrall
ph. (860) 486-0352

Primary Research Goals: Three key topics drive transportation research at the University of Connecticut: Safety, Public Transportation and Urban Planning. Safety: Over 30,000 people die on U.S. Highways each year. This sad fact has many causes – among them being unsafely designed roadways. Transportation engineers and scientists at UConn are working to reduce this number by designing roadways and highways so that people will use then in a safer way. UConn is also leading major efforts to manage and analyze safety data to allow engineers, planners and lawmakers to develop policy and design that will reduce the toll of fatality and injury in our transportation system. Public Transit: Public transit helps to create vibrant, sustainable communities and is a critical part of the transportation planning toolbox. In many places around the world, strong public transit systems correspond to high-quality places to live. Public transit can provide efficient mobility and help decrease congestion and emissions. The transportation faculty at UConn conducts research on optimizing public transit and integrating it into the communities it serves. From equity in transit service provision to the influence of real-time information on travel behavior, the UConn transportation faculty is on the cutting edge of transportation research for public transit system users, planners and operators.Urban Planning: Urban planning is the design, planning and development of communities. The skillful blending of transportation systems into the urban fabric helps limit transportation energy use and carbon emissions. UConn urban planning research is highly interdisciplinary and involves close collaboration with professionals in such diverse fields as geography, sociology, political science, and computer science.

Facilities: The Center for Transportation and Livable Systems (CTLS) theme engages multi-disciplinary engineering and planning activities that promote a sustainable transportation system and livable communities connected by this system. The UCONN Center for Resilient Transportation Infrastructure (CRTI) is dedicated to the development of novel technologies to enable the next generation of sustainable and resilient transportation infrastructure. The Connecticut Transportation Safety research Center (CTSRC) at UCONN supports the Connecticut Department of Transportation by developing and maintaining a state of the art crash data entry, collection, and safety analysis system which provides efficient tools for the collection and analysis of crash data, tracks and documents safety improvements and needs in the state, develops outreach programs to target Connecticut specific/identified safety concerns, and conducts transportation safety research that has state, national and global implications and applications. The Transportation Systems Laboratory (TSL) at UConn combines an interactive educational environment with the cutting edge of simulation, GIS and transportation planning software. The lab also houses the Connecticut Photolog libraries in a high-volume (48TB) Network Attached Storage server to be used to hold and manage Photolog libraries. Photolog libraries have been collected annually since the 1970’s by the Connecticut Department of Transportation and provide unrestricted virtual access to the entire state highway system in Connecticut.

University of Delaware
Delaware Center for Transportation/University Transportation Center

Director: Earl “Rusty” Lee, Ph.D.
ph. (302) 831-6241

Secondary Contact: Tiffine CanneLongo
ph. (302) 831-1446

 

Primary Research Goals: The mission of the DCT is to improve the movement of people, goods, and ideas, and be viewed as a valuable resource for transportation-related issues and challenges within the state, the mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

Facilities: Transportation Engineering Laboratory

University of Florida
University of Florida Transportation Institute (UFTI)

Director: Xilei Zhao
ph. (352) 294 – 7159

Secondary Contact: Ines Aviles-Spadoni, M.S.
ph. (352) 294 – 7803

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Primary Research Goals: The UFTI aims to advance the transportation state-of-the-art, disseminate research results, and provide educational opportunities related to transportation across the lifespan. Research at the UFTI focuses on the following areas: Autonomous and connected vehicles, traffic operations, safety, public transportation and innovative mobility, transportation resilience, planning and policy, logistics, economics, and materials and infrastructure. UFTI is home to the Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education (STRIDE) Center, a Regional University Transportation Center (UTC) funded by the US DOT. STRIDE focuses on safety, livable communities, and economic competitiveness. UFTI is also associated with the Tier 1 Center for Equitable Transit-Oriented Communities (CETOC) funded by the US DOT in 2023. Additional information on research activities is provided at the UFTI website (www.transportation.institute.ufl.edu).

Facilities: The UFTI has a variety of laboratories and data collection resources to meet educational and research goals and needs. It has a Traffic Signal Laboratory, several Computer Laboratories, an Instrumented Vehicle for on-the-road data collection, a laboratory for Autonomous Vehicle development, a Driving Simulator, and many other resources for data collection and analysis.

University of Houston
University Transportation Center for Advanced Research and Education in Cybersecurity (CYBER-CARE)

Director: Jack Zhang
ph. (713) 743-0631

CYBER-CARE Center Manager: Juan Li

The USDOT Tier 1 University Transportation Center for Advanced Research and Education in Cybersecurity (CYBER-CARE), is led by the University of Houston. The CYBER-CARE consortium also includes Embry – Riddle Aeronautical University, Rice University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, University of Cincinnati, and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.
The CYBER-CARE center is a hub for research and innovation in transportation security. The center assembles expert researchers dedicated to enhancing the security of transportation systems through cutting-edge research, focusing on addressing the unique challenges in Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Cybersecurity, AI Application and Transportation Data Security, Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) Cybersecurity, Next-Generation Transportation Cybersecurity Systems, etc. The center welcomes collaboration from academia, industry, government, etc. Collaborating with CYBER-CARE will provide access to specialized knowledge and resources, enabling comprehensive research, education, technology transfer and leadership in secure transportation technologies.

University of Illinois at Chicago
Urban Transportation Center

Director: P.S. Sriraj, J.D.
ph. (312) 413-7568

Secondary Contact: Paul Metaxatos, Ph.D.
ph. (312) 996-4713

Primary Research Goals: The Urban Transportation Center (UTC) is a research unit dedicated to innovative transportation research and education that provides technical assistance on urban transportation planning, policy, operations, finance and management. Part of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the UTC is a nationally-recognized innovator in research, education and engagement that benefits transportation networks in cities and metropolitan areas across America. The mission of the UTC is to deliver strong local research and achieve national and international prominence to advance solutions for emerging transportation challenges. The UTC was established as a campus unit in 1079. During the past 35 years, the unit has been an acknowledged leader in research that provides practical solutions in these four core clusters:

  1. Transit planning, operations and management.
  2. Transportation funding and financing.
  3. Freight planning operations and management.
  4. Data development for transportation planning and analysis.

Researchers also have proven experience in intelligent transportation systems, asset management, land use and the environment, paratransit and human services transportation. The UTC participates in two US DOT national transportation research consortia: The National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) and the National University Rail Center (NURail.)

Facilities: The UTC research staff is comprise of eleven transportation research experts – including four Ph.D. researchers – and is supported by 15 UIC affiliated faculty from other colleges and departments. Each professional brings a broad range of transportation experience and specialized skills to every research projects. The UTC is rounded out by a staff of five professionals. Researchers are supported by More than 30 UIC students who work closely with UTC research staff and affiliated faculty.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Illinois Center for Transportation
Transportation Infrastructure Precast Innovation Center
Center for Connected and Automated Transportation (CCAT)

Director: Imad Al-Qadi

Secondary Contact: Kristi Marie Anderson

Primary Research Goals: Illinois Center for Transportation steers the development and implementation of cost-effective mobility technologies, improves safety and reliability, reduces congestion, minimizes environmental impacts while returning taxpayers’ dollars. Housed at ICT is the Advanced Transportation Research Engineering Laboratory, a 60,000-square-foot transportation research and testing facility. Our premier research facility has innovative partnerships and collaborations with Illinois Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, industries, national and international agencies, and many others.

Mission

Illinois Center for Transportation promotes innovation and progress in transportation through interdisciplinary research in an objective setting. In light of ICT’s efforts, the state and nation benefit from such a rapid response to researching future transportation challenges, which provides readiness to adapt to the changing needs.

Vision

Illinois Center for Transportation serves Illinois Department of Transportation, the state of Illinois and the nation’s needs through research, education and outreach. ICT promotes the timely implementation of cost-effective technologies that improve safety and reliability as well as reduce congestion for the state of Illinois and the nation. Our efforts increase utilization of the state’s infrastructure and optimize IDOT’s resources.

University of Iowa, The
Safety Research using Simulation Center (SAFERSIM)

Director: Dawn Marshall
ph. (319) 335-4774

Secondary Contact: Jacob Heiden
ph. (319) 335-4786

 

Primary Research Goals: The Safety Research using Simulation Center (SAFERSIM) brings together transportation safety research leaders who have a long history of using and developing cutting-edge simulation tools We use a variety of simulation techniques to address the safety issues prioritized by the US DOT. The simulation capabilities of consortium institutions include passenger cars, heavy trucks, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Each institution has strengths in both transportation safety engineering and human factors. The consortium consists of: The University of Iowa, University of Central Florida, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez, and the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Facilities: University of Iowa-Within the College of Engineering, NADS-1 a high-fidelity driving simulator with a 13-degree-of-freedom motion base and largest motion envelope of any driving simulator in an academic setting, NADS-2 a fixed-base simulator, several lower-fidelity MiniSim™ portable driving simulators, and an instrumented on-road vehicle that can be attached to a simulator system. Operated jointly by the Departments of Computer Science and Psychology is a pedestrian simulator and a bicycle simulator using a stationary bicycle that is unique in the capability to have two riders on separate bicycles interacting in the same virtual world.

University of Central Florida- Between CATSS, housed in the Civil Engineering Department, and the Institute of Simulation and Training there are more than ten simulators available for education and research. This widespread use of simulation across UCF creates an atmosphere of innovation in developing new simulation technology and is a reflection of UCF’s location in Orlando, home to the largest modeling, simulation, and training technology cluster in the nation.

University of Massachusetts-The Human Performance Laboratory (HPL), in the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering hosts a state-of-the-art driving simulator with a full cab similar to Wisconsin’s.

University of Wisconsin- The Traffic Operations and Safety (TOPS) Laboratory provides facilities and equipment for research and education in microsimulation, field studies, and statistical modeling of traffic safety. Wisconsin’s driving simulator, a partnership of the TOPS Lab and the Cognitive Systems Lab, has a full-sized cab and uses software from Realtime Technologies, Inc.

University of Kansas
University of Kansas Transportation Center

Director: Steven Schrock
ph. (785) 864-3418

Secondary Contact: Alexandra Kondyli
ph. (785) 864-6521

Description: The University of Kansas Transportation Center (KUTC) conducts, coordinates, and promotes transportation training, technology transfer, and research to the State of Kansas and the surrounding region.
The KUTC is a multi-disciplinary center of the University of Kansas operating since 1977, managing technology transfer and research programs. Primary areas of interest are highway engineering and maintenance, traffic engineering and safety, transportation workforce development, and community transit. The Center’s three primary programs are Kansas LTAP, Kansas RTAP, and the Kansas Local Field Liaison Program.

Mission:

  • To coordinate, facilitate, and stimulate interdisciplinary research in all aspects of transportation at the University of Kansas
  • To collect, generate, and provide information, training, and technical assistance to national, regional, state, and local agencies, to private industry, and to the citizens of the state
  • To conduct research in transportation areas related to the Kansas economy

University of Kentucky
Kentucky Transportation Center

Director: Doug Kreis
ph. (859) 544-0066

Secondary Contact: Clark Graves
ph. (859) 247-7388

The Kentucky Transportation Center delivers groundbreaking research, pioneering technology transfer, and timely educational outreach. The Center’s research products, training courses and deliverables exemplify its mission to advance transportation through innovative research and education. A leader in multimodal research, KTC explores emerging technology and infrastructure needs to enhance the safety, efficiency and sustainability of transportation systems.

The Center has a longstanding partnership with its primary client, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), and continues to expand its roster of clients by building relationships with other state transportation agencies, private firms, and leading transportation stakeholders.

KTC is committed to principled, high quality research and conducts its activities among 15 program areas, including: Bridge Preservation; Commercial Vehicle Technology and Policy; Construction Engineering and Project Management; Emerging Vehicle Technologies; Intelligent Transportation Systems; Marketing, Media and Technical Review; Planning and Decision Analytics; Occupational Safety and Health; Pavements, Materials, Geotechnology and Infrastructure Assessment; Policy, Finance and Economics; Project Development; Special Projects and Initiatives; Structures; Technology Transfer; and Traffic and Safety.

KTC employs approximately 125 people (including 15-20 students) and has an annual budget exceeding $12 million. Every year, KTC’s Technology Transfer (T2) Program delivers training to thousands of local and state employees on topics such as work zone safety, pesticides and vegetation control, and traffic incident management. T2 is also designated as Kentucky’s Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) by the Federal Highway Administration.

KTC’s Administrative Offices, as well as the bulk of the Center’s office and laboratory space, are housed in the Oliver H. Raymond Building, which is part of the College of Engineering on the main campus of the University of Kentucky. KTC also occupies office and laboratory space in four other on-campus facilities: the Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Systems, the Engineering Annex, the S.J. Whalen Building, and the F. Paul Anderson Tower.

University of Maine
Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center

Director: Dr. Habib Dagher, P.E.
ph (207) 581-2138

Secondary Contact: James Bryce
ph (207) 248-1781

Primary Research Goals: The Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center (TIDC) is the 2018 US DOT Region 1 (New England) University Transportation Center (UTC) located at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center. TIDC’s focus is on extending the life and improving the durability of transportation assets. TIDC has six member Universities within the New England Region.  Member universities have an extensive record of accomplishments within the realm of research, education, and technology transfer as it relates to transportation infrastructure. TIDC aims to build upon these successes and continue to support current Region 1 state DOT initiatives while introducing new cutting-edge technology and information that will reduce cost and improve overall health of Region 1 transportation infrastructure with wide applicability throughout the U.S. TIDC member universities include: University of Maine, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of Rhode Island, University of Vermont, and Western New England University.

Mission Statement: The mission of the Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center (TIDC) is to develop innovative, sustainable, next-generation solutions to improve the durability and extend the lifespan of existing and new transportation assets in New England and beyond.  We are committed to making dramatic impacts in the cost-effectiveness of transportation infrastructure through transformative research, education, outreach, workforce development, and technology transfer through four research thrust areas; 1) monitoring and assessment, 2) new materials for longevity and constructability, 3) new systems for longevity and constructability, and 4) connectivity for enhanced asset and performance management.

University of Maryland – College Park
National Transportation Center

Director: Lei Zhang, Ph.D.
ph. (301) 405-2881

Secondary Contact: Catherine LaPadula
ph. (301) 405-1974

Primary Research Goals: Center Theme: Strategic Transportation Policies, Investments & Decisions for Economic Competitiveness Center Focus Areas:

  1. Freight efficiency and reliability for domestic shipping and for our international ports;
  2. Congestion mitigation with multi-modal strategies;
  3. Smart investments in nationally critical transportation facilities such as high speed rail.

Facilities: The Maryland National Transportation Center is hosted in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park campus.

University of Massachusetts, Amherst
New England University Transportation Center

Director: Michael A. Knodler, Jr., Ph.D.
ph. (413) 330-2662

Secondary Contact: Kris Stetson
ph. (413) 577-3199

Primary Research Goals: The UMass Transportation Center (UMTC) is responsible for promoting transportation research, education, and training throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Theme of the Center is “Improving Mobility and Safety with Innovative Technologies and Strategies.” The Center’s operations are supported by University funds and through contracts with state and federal agencies as well as with industry partnerships. Historically, the majority of the Center’s activities have involved faculty and staff on the Amherst Campus, although more recently faculty and staff from other university and state college campuses have become involved. The current focus of the Center’s research, education, and training efforts encompasses the following major programs: the Center is a collaborative member in the following USDOT funded University Transportation Centers – Region 1 New England UTC, the Ohio State University Tier 1 UTC, and the University of Iowa Tier 1 UTC; the UMTC/Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Cooperative Transportation Research Program; the Baystate Roads Program (LocalTechnical Assitance Program); the Massachusetts Technical Assistance Program (MTAP); the UMass Traffic Research Safety Program (UMassSafe); and the Regional Traveler Information Center (RTIC).

Facilities:

University of Michigan
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
Center for Connected and Automated Transportation (CATT)

CATT Director: Henri Liu
ph. (734) 763-6076

CATT Managing Director: Debra Bezzina
ph. (734) 763-2498

CATT Marketing and Communications Director: Calvin Tuttle
ph. (734) 936-3703

Primary Research Goals: For nearly 60 years the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) has been a global leader in safe, equitable and efficient transportation research innovation. Together with our partners across academia and our sponsors in government and industry we remain at the forefront of research innovation and have helped shape the evolution of a global transportation and mobility system.

UMTRI experts focus on large scale data collection, driver behavior, human factors, engineering systems, injury and biomechanics, and are committed to data-driven changes in legislation that will ensure all individuals experience safe, equitable and efficient transportation and mobility options.

With $15-20M in annual research expenditures we are one of the largest research institutes on the U-M campus.

UMTRI’s faculty and staff include full-time researchers, technical and administrative personnel, teaching faculty affiliated with university academic departments, as well as graduate and undergraduate students. UMTRI research scientists collaborate with many academic, government and industry partners to accomplish interdisciplinary research and disseminating scholarly knowledge. UMTRI faculty and research staff work with nearly 300 students every year. Students engage in research and experiential opportunities. Students participate in all levels of research, working with multidisciplinary teams to solve real world problems and gain valuable experience and skills.

Facilities: UMTRI researchers employ the latest technology and equipment to conduct high-quality transportation research. UMTRI facilities include a driving simulator facility, a multidimensional full-body scanner, a fleet of test vehicles fitted with advanced safety and data acquisition systems, a sled lab for occupant restraint tests. We have produced 1,000’s of studies and publications, and have developed research methods, tools and facilities in anthropometry, simulation, measurement, and verification. UMTRI houses one of the largest, most efficient, and high-quality naturalistic datasets in the industry, including the largest set of connect vehicle research data in the world. UMTRI maintains the Ann Arbor Connected Environment (ACE) a connected vehicle driving environment, the Ann Arbor Living Laboratory, and our researchers and their partners have access to Mcity, the American Center for Mobility (ACM), as well as a unique traffic control center with augmented reality applications. Several of those facilities are highlighted below. As a research institute of Michigan Engineering, UMTRI researchers collaborate with experts in the U-M Robotics, the Electric Vehicle Center, the U-M Center for Entrepreneurship, just to name a few.

Mcity Test Facility: The Mcity Test Facility opened in 2015 as the world’s first purpose-built proving ground for testing and evaluating CAVs under controlled, realistic conditions. To address the need for background traffic, an augmented reality testing platform has been developed and deployed at Mcity. Movements of a real CAV under test in the physical test track are synchronized with a NDE simulator, and the information about virtual background vehicles generated in simulation is fed back to the real CAV. Consequently, the real CAV at the physical test track can interact with the virtual background vehicles as if it is in a realistic traffic environment. In addition to the physical features and connected capabilities, coordinated and repeatable testing is accomplished through Mcity OS. Mcity OS provides facility users with a universal messaging layer, sub-inch location awareness, internet-of-things (IoT) integration, and a graphical scenario tool for precision triggering and test repeatability.

Mcity Open CAV Fleet: Mcity has also built a fleet of three open-source CAVs that can be customized for research. The open CAVs are drive-by-wire vehicles that have been equipped with commonly used perception sensors (LiDAR, radar, and cameras), modularized full-stack automated driving systems (e.g., the open-source Autoware platform), and wireless communication devices (DSRC, C-V2X, 5G). This enables them to function as highly automated vehicles (SAE level 3 or 4) as well as performing the role of challenge vehicles in scenario-based tests. One of the Mcity test vehicles will be converted to run the FHWA CARMA open-source system.

Ann Arbor Living Lab: In 2021, sponsored by U.S. DOT, we launched the Smart Intersections Project, which will instrument 21 intersections with multiple infrastructure-based sensors (cameras, radar, LiDAR, and infrared sensors), edge compute, and C-V2X RSUs. These smart intersections will be equipped with roadside sensor suites for object detection and tracking. Information about detected and tracked road objects (including cars, buses, pedestrians, and bicyclists, etc.) will be packaged into the SAE J3224 SDSM format, To the best of our knowledge, the Smart Intersection Project will be the world’s largest infrastructure-based cooperative driving automation testbed and will be operated in a 24/7 mode.

Center for Connected and Automated Transportation
In 2016, as part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the University of Michigan, along with its partners, have created the Center for Connected and Automated Transportation (CCAT). CCAT aims to significantly advance the evolution of the U.S. next-generation transportation systems with emerging technologies on safety, mobility, cybersecurity, and equity. CCAT serves as the Region 5 University Transportation Center designated to address the field of comprehensive transportation safety, congestion, connected vehicles, connected infrastructure, and autonomous vehicles. In 2019 CCAT was designated by Congress as the UTC for focused research on connected and automated vehicles. In 2023, CCAT was renewed under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law/Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Located at the focal point of the U.S. auto industry, CCAT will play a unique regional role in promoting connected and automated transportation research, education, workforce development, and technology transfer activities, which are of critical importance to the future of the region’s economy. The CCAT team’s extensive and substantive collaborations with stakeholders such as the region’s state DOTs, local governments, and the CAV industry will ensure that its research translates to practical outcomes through prototypes, field tests, technology transfer, implementation, and policies.

The USDOT invests in the future of transportation through its University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program. The UTC Program advances the state-of-the-art in transportation research and technology and develops the next generation of transportation professionals. UTC awards and administers grants to consortia of colleges and universities across the United States.

U-M’s partners include the University of Akron, Central State University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Northwestern University, Purdue University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Washtenaw Community College.

University of Minnesota
Center for Transportation Studies

Director: Kyle Shelton

Associate Director: Gina Baas
ph. (612) 626-1077

Primary Research Goals: Transportation research at the University of Minnesota covers a wide spectrum from basic to applied research, drawing on the many transportation-related disciplines within the University. The Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) actively supports the formation of multidisciplinary research teams, working with over 30 departments and 150 faculty and researchers on over 125 research projects annually. Key research topics include:

  1. Transportation Infrastructure: materials, pavement performance, bridge design and maintenance, construction practices and contracting, deicing and corrosion.
  2. Transportation Planning and the Economy: land use, urban design, community and human issues, transportation modes, funding and finance, economic development, freight and logistics, public policy, the global economy.
  3. Environment and Energy in Transportation: air quality, alternative fuels, greenhouse gas emissions, stormwater management, and roadside vegetation management.
  4. Safety and Mobility: intelligent transportation systems, connected and automated vehicles, traffic detection, traffic control, crash analysis, vision systems, in-vehicle communications, wireless communications, human factors, injury and crash prevention.

Key Programs:
The Center for Transportation Studies directs a wide range of programming in partnership with other University units and public partners. This includes being the Local Technical Assistance Program lead for the State of Minnesota with funding from the FHWA and local partners. In addition, a few other key programs include:

The MnCAV ecosystem is a collaborative environment for advancing research, engagement, and workforce development to prepare Minnesota and the world for broad-scale connected and automated vehicle deployment as part of a safe and equitable mobility system. Program research focuses on creating and testing CAV technologies under the real-world conditions in which they will operate. The MnCAV Ecosystem is also a consortium member of the Center for Connected and Automated Transportation housed at the University of Michigan.

The Accessibility Observatory is a nationally-leading research group studying access to destinations. The unit produces an annual dataset and report called the National Accessibility Evaluation, providing national level data and insights around access. The annual process is supported through an 11-state pooled fund.

Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths/Advisory Council on Traffic Safety: Minnesota TZD, founded in 2002, is the state’s cornerstone traffic safety program, employing an interdisciplinary approach to reducing traffic crashes, injuries, and deaths on Minnesota roads. Minnesota’s Advisory Council on Traffic Safety was established during the 2023 state legislative session to improve traffic safety for all users on all Minnesota roads and consists of 33 members from across the state. The Council advises the governor and Minnesota commissioners of public safety, transportation, and health on policies, programs, and services affecting traffic safety.

Facilities: Several transportation-related research facilities are available at the University of Minnesota, including the Center for Distributed Robotics, the HumanFIRST Program, the Multi-Axial Subassemblage Testing Laboratory, and the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory.

The Center for Distributed Robotics is at the forefront of research in robotics, with expertise in both hardware design and algorithms. With nearly 100 robots of varying sizes, locomotion, computational and sensing capabilities, the lab has platforms for a variety of research and real-world applications. In addition, we work very closely with the Computer Vision Lab towards creating cutting-edge robotic applications that use sensors effectively.

The HumanFIRST Program operates one of the most advanced driving environment simulation systems at any academic institution in the United States. This system is used to conduct research on human interaction with complex technical systems, specializing in the simulation of real-world environments to study driver control and behavior. The driving environment simulator operates with a 2002 Saturn SC2 full vehicle cab with realistic operation of controls and instrumentation including force feedback on the steering and realistic power assist feel for the brakes. The simulator provides high fidelity simulation for all sensory channels to generate a realistic presence within the simulated environment.

The Multi-Axial Subassemblage Testing (MAST) Laboratory, the largest of its kind in the world, provides a powerful tool for investigating the effects of earthquakes, hurricanes, and other extreme events on large structural components up to several stories tall. Its equipment enables evaluation of existing structures, investigation of the effects of retrofitting those systems, and evaluation of new systems and materials.

The St. Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL) overlooks historic St. Anthony Falls in the heart of the bustling downtown Minneapolis riverfront district. This unique location allows SAFL to divert Mississippi River water from the upper pool of the falls so that it flows through the building’s many experimental facilities, then rejoins the river’s main flow below the falls. SAFL is ideally suited to support a variety of innovative research and educational activities, including hydraulic structures, sediment transport, bridge scour, hydrokinetic energy production, and effects of turbulence on biogeochemical processes.

University of Missouri-Kansas City
Environmentally Responsible Transportation Center for Communities of Concern

Director: Dr. Ceki Halmen
ph. (816) 235-1286

Associate Director: Tate Berry
ph. (913) 669-7966

 
 

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Mid-America Transportation Center

Director: Dr. Aemal Khattak
ph. (402) 472-1992

2nd Contact: Janet Renoe

Primary Research Goals:The Mid-America Transportation Center’s research goals are to identify and complete important research initiatives as guided by the US DOT’s strategic goals of enhancing safety and reducing risk on the multi-modal transportation system in the US as well as address the specific needs of Region 7 transportation stakeholders. The Center’s research programs incorporate the strengths and interests of the consortium members, and complement the goals of MATC’s educational, workforce development, technology transfer, and diversity programs. Our researchers produce results to be published in national and international transportation peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, presented at major national and international conferences, and adopted for use and practice in federal and state transportation entities, by peer institutions, and by the private sector. Our research will advance the state of knowledge in the Center’s thematic thrust area and have a positive impact on surface transportation in Region 7 and the nation as a whole. Additionally, MATC aims to have sponsored work continue to appear in all major transportation venues (e.g., journal papers, conference proceedings, and technology transfer workshops) and be held in high regard among peer institutions and the national transportation community. MATC strives to to increase the number of affiliated faculty members in leadership positions in leading transportation professional organizations, both nationally and internationally.

Facilities: University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s (UNL) Structural Laboratory, Nebraska Transportation Center’s (NTC) At-Grade Railway Test Bed, the Mobile Test Bed Facility, Mobile Driver Stress and Traffic Conditions Monitoring, the Peter Kiewit Institute Structural Laboratory, NTC’s Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, and NTC’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Laboratory. MATC also has access consortium member’s facilities such as the Accelerated Pavement Testing Facility at Kansas State University, the Structural Laboratory at Iowa State University, the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) at the University of Iowa, the Traffic Safety Laboratory at Kansas University, the Intelligent Systems Center at Missouri University of Science and Technology, and the TransLab at Missouri University.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Rail Transportation Engineering and Advance Maintenance

Director: Professor Hualiang Teng
(702) 895-4940

Secondary Contact: Larese Patillo
(702) 895-4940

Primary Goals: The Rail Transportation Engineering and Advanced Methodology (“RailTEAM”) is a three-membered consortium which is led by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and has the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VT) and the University of Delaware (UD) as members. RailTEAM is a Tier-1 University Transportation Center (UTC) under the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research & Technology (OST-R) program who proposes to focus its UTC on the theme of Improving Rail Transportation Infrastructure Sustainability and Durability. Improving the durability and viability of the railway infrastructure is eminently critical to improving operational performance and safety of rail transportation, which is vital to the nation’s social well-being and economic growth.

Facilities: The University Transportation Center on Improving Rail Transportation Infrastructure Sustainability and Durability has a 3D printer, a drone, railroad simulation software, and field test facilities at Nevada Southern Railroad Inc.

University of New Mexico
Center for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

Director: Dr. Nick Ferenchak
ph. (505) 277-2722

Secondary Contact: Lisa Losada-Rojas
ph. (505) 277-2722

Southern Plains Transportation Center

Director: Rafiqul Tarefder
ph. (505) 277-6083

 

University of New Orleans
UNO Transportation Institute

Director: Bethany Stich, Ph.D.
ph. (504) 280-6519

Secondary Contact: Carol Short, M.Ed
ph. (504) 280-6519

Primary Research Goals: The University of New Orleans Transportation Institute (UNOTI) incorporates applied and scholarly research with education and outreach initiatives to support advancement in both passenger and freight transportation systems. The Institute promotes technology transfer through strategic partnerships with the public and private sectors to advance innovative policies and practices for the users and providers of transportation. Faculty and staff associated with the Institute are recognized for their expertise in: Transportation Policy for Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency, and Disaster Recovery; Evacuation Planning for Carless and Vulnerable Populations; Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning; Transit-Oriented Development; Megaregion Research and Development; Maritime and Port Planning; Globalization Planning and Development; Public Transit Planning, Project Financing and Implementation Strategies; Freight-based Economic Development.

Facilities: The University of New Orleans has many facilities and resources directly related to maritime and intermodal transportation. The university also has access to additional local facilities and resources at other educational institutions as well as through partnerships with private companies in the transportation industry. The Institute, which is housed in the College of Liberal Arts, Education, and Human Development, is comprised of faculty and staff offices, classrooms, a comprehensive intermodal transportation research library and a modeling and computer lab designed to use the latest advances in GIS technology, including digital mapping, topographic charting, satellite imagery, aerial photographs, and other forms of spatially related data.

Education: Students pursue transportation studies through the Master of Science in Transportation professional program, which is housed under UNOTI. The 33-credit hour program is designed for traditional students and working professionals seeking career advancement or a specialized career in transportation planning or administration. The program offers specialization in transportation planning, transportation administration, or a self-directed concentration.  The format of the program is a hybrid format that provides students with the flexibility of an online program and the benefits of concentrated on campus meetings that allow students to build a professional network with classmates, instructors and industry-affiliated partners.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Highway Safety Research Center
Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety

Director: Dr. Laura Sandt
ph. (919) 962- 2358

Secondary Contact: Caroline Mozingo
ph. (919) 962-5835

Primary Research Goals: The Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety (CSCRS) is a National University Transportation Center (UTC) supporting the FAST Act research priority of promoting safety. CSCRS is an integrated national safety center focused on the goal of reducing injuries and saving lives on our roadway system. We will improve road safety in the U.S. by focusing our research, education, workforce development, and technology transfer efforts on the following four areas:

• Risk Assessment – Dramatic improvements in road safety require better understanding of road user perceptions and reactions to risk, particularly as personal and vehicle technology evolves.

• Integrated Systems Approach – Continued reduction of injuries and fatalities requires multi-disciplinary strategies utilizing a model that acknowledges the complexity of relationships between individual, technology, built environment, institutional, and policy levels.

• Safety Data, Technology, and Methods – Comprehensive research requires insight from big data science, which includes sophisticated management and analytical approaches to link and analyze medical, EMS, and police data, as well as technology data from vehicles and infrastructure systems.

• Transportation Workforce Culture – Further decreases in injuries and fatalities require broadening the set of professionals who understand the importance of road safety and identifying effective training strategies and tools for all practitioners.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte (CAMMSE)
Center for Advanced Multimodal Mobility Solutions and Education (CAMMSE)

Director: Wei (David) Fan
ph. (704) 687-1222

Primary Research Goals: The Center for Advanced Multimodal Mobility Solutions and Education (CAMMSE) focuses on developing advanced technology, methods and models for multimodal transportation (including highway, air, rail, freight, public transit, bicycle and pedestrian) as well as educating and developing an effective workforce. Our vision of the center is a collaborative research, education and outreach partnership will harness advanced (computing, smartphones and communication) technologies and ubiquitous data for creating sustainable, efficient and growth-enabling multimodal transportation systems using cutting edge analytical methods and models. As a result, research performed by the Center will deliver impactful products to local, regional, and national stakeholders that support economic development, significantly improve mobility of people and goods, reduce congestion, promote safety and social equity, preserve the environment, and preserve the existing transportation system.

University of Oklahoma
Southern Plains Transportation Center
Innovative Bridge Technologies/Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center

Director: Musharraf Zaman, Ph.D., P.E.
ph. (405) 325-4682

Primary Research Goals: Southern Plain Transportation Center’s vision is to be a strong, diverse, and inclusive consortium dedicated to finding innovative, cost-effective, deployable, and equity-focused solutions to pressing transportation infrastructure durability problems in Region 6, particularly those caused by extreme weather and climate change while producing highly trained and skilled transportation professionals. With 69 tribes, over six million rural lane miles, five of the seven nation’s top seven cargo transportation ports, sizeable coastal areas, and a disproportionate number of underserved communities, Region 6 is a fertile ground for infusing equity and environmental justice in all UTC activities. SPTC aims to empower historically underserved communities by leveraging transportation-centric opportunities through research, education, and training.

The vulnerability of transportation infrastructure to extreme weather and climate change is an ever-increasing danger in Region 6. Between 2012 and 2021, Region 6 states spent $25B annually to combat climate extremes. SPTC leverages the unique expertise and facilities of its consortium members to confront these challenges. Consistent with its vision, SPTC assesses and mitigates the vulnerability of transportation infrastructure to climate change, severe weather, and sea-level rise through innovative research, effective implementation, a trained workforce, strong leadership, and well-organized programs where engineers and climate scientists work together to find implementable solutions. Improving the resilience of at-risk infrastructure enhances economic competitiveness and safety.

Facilities: For nearly 60 years, OU and its Norman-based partners at NOAA have been international leaders in research, technology development, and forecasting applications for severe weather and extreme climate events. OU is the home of the renowned National Weather Center (NWC), Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP), the Oklahoma Mesonet, NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed, National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC), Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS), Center for Risk and Crisis Management, and the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (SC-CSC) – one of eight regional centers in the country. The SPTC members have considerable history and resources to address weather-related issues on infrastructure materials and systems. Oklahoma State University boasts The Bert Cooper Engineering Laboratory, a 33,000 ft2 state-of-the-art structural engineering and materials research laboratory, the Unmanned Systems Research Institute (USRI), and the Infrastructure Sensor. The Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CTIS) at the University of Texas at El Paso has extensive facilities to research different areas of transportation infrastructure including evaluation and design, planning, environmental quality, and asset and infrastructure management. Other important facilities include: the Grady Harvell Civil Engineering Research Center at the University of Arkansas, the Center for GeoInformatics (C4G) at Louisiana State University, the Institute of Micromanufacturing (IfM) at the Louisiana Tech University, the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Navajo Tech University, the Center for High Technology Materials (CHTM) at the University of New Mexico, the Center for Infrastructure Renewal (CIR) shared between Texas A&M and Texas A&M Transportation Institute, and the Innovative Transportation Research Institute at Texas Southern University.

University of Oregon
Sustainable Cities Institute

Director: Marc Schlossberg
ph. (541) 346-2046

Secondary Contact: Nico Larco
ph. (503) 412-3732

The Sustainable Cities Institute (SCI) focuses on sustainability and cities through applied research, teaching, and community partnerships. We work across disciplines that match the complexity of cities to address sustainability challenges, from regional planning to building design and from enhancing engagement of diverse communities to understanding the impacts on municipal budgets from disruptive technologies and many issues in between. In the transportation realm, SCI focuses mainly on how to reduce car-dependency in cities and how to increase low or no carbon, small footprint, equitable, and healthy forms of transport in terms of street redesign, urban form, and helping policy makers, municipal staff, and a broad public better visualize changes from the status quo. SCI’s Urbanism Next Center pays particular attention to the impact of new transportation and e-commerce technology on the form and function of cities, with similar goals of improving the environment, equity, health, economics, and governance at the local scale.

University of Pittsburgh
Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure

Co-Director: Lev Khazanovich
ph. (412) 624-8618

Secondary Contact: Katie Sears
ph. (412) 822-3657

Primary Research Goals: The Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure’s (CSTI) vision is to advance the state of sustainable transportation research through collaborative, multi-disciplinary efforts, education, and dissemination of new technologies and knowledge. The path of the Center’s success is centered on achieving established goals and objectives both in the short-term and long-term, and the partners and support needed to realize the vision. CSTI was created in August 2007. In total, we have secured over $5.5 million in external funding. In 2013 we completed 6 projects totaling over $954,000 in research funds. In 2013 CSTI sponsored the Transportation Forum at the University of Pittsburgh on March 27 Th. CSTI, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE), held this one-day forum to explore advanced learning on the performance measures of transportation systems. In 2013 CSTI continued participation in Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council. Mark Magalotti, Co-Director, serves on the council representing CSTI. Faculty members also serve on the technical advisory groups for design, ITS, safety, materials, technology and maintenance.

University of South Florida
Center for Urban Transportation Research

Director: Xiaopeng Li
ph. (813) 974-9797

Secondary Contact: Reena Raturi

Primary Research Goals: Research is conducted in the areas of safety, management, increasing ridership and revenue, location aware software,bus rapid transit, and other subjects of interest to operating transit agencies. In addition, NCTR also researches issues associated with transportation demand management such as ridesharing, carpooling, telecommuting, and pedestrian and bicycle subjects. In addition to research, NCTR engages in extensive training of transit and commuter assistance professionals and manages communication forums that have over 10,000 subscribers. NCTR also hosts a bi-annual conference on Geographic Information Systems in Transit and publishes the only academic peer reviewed professional journal focused on public transit issues.

Facilities: The National Center for Transit Research is part of the Center for Urban Transportation Research at USF which operates from a dedicated facility with 20,000 square feet, offices for 45 faculty, 20 students, and12 administrative staff. There are classrooms, meeting rooms, and a GIS laboratory.

University of Southern California
METRANS Transportation Center

Director: Marlon Boarnet
ph. (213) 740-3696

Secondary Contact: Tyler Reeb
ph. (562) 985-2879

Primary Research Goals: METRANS’ mission is to solve transportation problems of large metropolitan regions through interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach. The METRANS Transportation Center has three primary objectives: foster independent, high-quality research to solve the nation’s transportation problems; train the next generation workforce; and disseminate information, best practices, and technology to the professional community. We accomplish these objectives through a comprehensive and collaborative program of research, education, and technology transfer organized around three topical focus areas: de-carbonizing the transportation system, closing equity gaps, and supporting sustainable and efficient goods movement.

University of Tennessee, The
Center for Transportation Research

Director: Kevin Heaslip
ph. (865) 974-5255

Secondary Contact: Jerry Everett
ph. (865) 974-5255

Primary Research Goals: CTR’s vision is to create a collaborative environment to bring together experts from across different areas of academia and transportation safety. As part of the Tickle College of Engineering, CTR is engaging the work of engineers, urban and regional planners, logistics and supply chain managers, economists, and those specializing in geography, education, and future mobility, including cyber security and artificial intelligence. These specialized researchers are working with policymakers and industry leaders to improve transportation innovation and increase safety for the travel of products and people now and in the future. CTR is working to achieve this goal through TEAM TN, a newly developed statewide coalition with more than 100 partners as part of a National Science Foundation Grant to advance mobility solutions for Tennesseans. This coalition will bring together academia, government, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs to create new solutions and build upon current research to improve the transportation industry and the options available for a better ecological environment. Research in electric vehicle manufacturing and CTR is a part of the global efforts to enhance the environment through greener technologies. Transportation and mobility research extends across modalities as CTR partners with other researchers at The University of Tennessee Knoxville and other institutions to make a positive impact at a macro level through global impact areas such as supply chain innovation and at a micro level working to improve pedestrian safety and transportation options in both rural and urban settings.

Facilities: CTR is a part of the research efforts conducted through the Tickle College of Engineering at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The Knoxville campus is home to labs and equipment designed to give students real-world experiences while searching for new and better ways to improve mobility, increase safety, and reduce the effects of transportation on the. The traffic simulation lab uses mathematical models to simulate microsimulation, macroscopic, and mesoscopic using software ArcGIS, AutoCAD, Synchro, and others. The Intelligent Transportation Systems Lab combines new concepts to integrate information, vehicles, and transportation infrastructure. The Traffic Signal Lab aids in instructing the ongoing Traffic Signal Academy training conducted through CTR’s TTAP program. These lab spaces and technologies are only a part of the collaborative future mobility focus of CTR and the Tickle College of Engineering at The University of Tennessee Knoxville.

University of Texas at Arlington, The
Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions & Dollars

Director: Qisheng Pan

Program Manager: James Wood
ph. (817) 272-5138

Primary Research Goals: The Center for Transportation, Equity, Decisions and Dollars (CTEDD) is a USDOT (Tier-1) University Transportation Center funded through the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology. CTEDD will provide the regions of consortium members and beyond with extensive research, educational, outreach/leadership programs and resources to meet the demand for updated knowledge and improved decision-making processes for transportation systems by identifying cost-effective solutions for maintenance, management, and the provision of equitable transportation services. These guidelines address how to develop an equal and inclusive transportation system that advances access and opportunity for all. CTEDD is a University of Texas at Arlington-led partnership with the California Polytechnic State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of South Florida.

University of Texas at Austin, The
Center for Transportation Research

Director: Chandra R. Bhat, P.E., Ph.D.
ph. (512) 471-4535

Secondary Contact: Amit Bhasin

Primary Research Goals: (1) To serve the public through transportation research, and the linking of research with practice, to promote a safer, happier, and healthier society. (2) To contribute to the development of the transportation work force through research-based and experiential learning. (3) To promote transformative developments in the field of transportation engineering and planning through an integrated systems approach that embraces technology advancements and proactive policy developments. (4) At a fundamental knowledge creation level, the Center will integrate the engineering focus underlying the design of transportation infrastructure systems with a broader social, economic, and behavioral science perspective that frames the needs of individuals and society as a whole to inform the development and management of resilient, life-cycle design-oriented, quality of life-enhancing transformative intelligent transportation systems.The Center has many initiatives to meet the goals, including seeking out international collaborations and building the bridges for proposals funded by Science and Technology offices of the U.S. and other countries, fostering multi-disciplinary and multi-modal research through Lunch N Learn sessions to foster cross-pollination of ideas among researchers from different disciplines, and organizing symposiums and the Texas Distinguished Lecture series in Transportation.

Facilities: In addition to the vast resources and expertise of the CTR Library, our faculty and staff researchers and students utilize the research facilities of UT’s Cockrell School of Engineering and affiliated research centers, including Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory, the International Center for Aggregates Research, the Center for Electromechanics, the Construction Industry Institute, the Construction Materials Research Group, and the Center for Research in Water Resources.

University of Texas at El Paso, The
Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems

Director: Soheil Nazarian, Ph.D.
ph. (915) 747-6911

Secondary Contact: Imad Abdallah
ph. (915) 747-8907

Facilities: UTEP research activities are primarily focused at CTIS. The research activities at CTIS include the analysis and design of pavements and bridges, advanced field and laboratory characterization of transportation materials, intelligent and sustainable construction, and cross-border international transportation planning.

Aside from projects directly funded by the state and federal transportation agencies, CTIS participates in the research, outreach, and workforce development activities of the Southern Plains Transportation Center (Region 6 UTC) and provides local managerial assistance to the Connected Cities for Smart Mobility towards Accessible and Resilient Transportation (C2SMARTER) Tier 1 UTC.

CTIS is also one of the primary partners of the NSF Engineering Research Center ASPIRE (Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification). ASPIRE strives to develop charging solutions that provide power to all classes of vehicles both while parked and in motion.

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
Safety21 National University Transportation Center

Safety21 UTRGV Director: Mohamadhossein Noruzoliaee, Ph.D.
ph. (956) 665-3728

Secondary Contact: Fatemeh Nazari, Ph.D.
ph. (956) 665-8812

Primary Research Goals:

Safety21 takes a holistic, system-of-systems approach to ensuring that future autonomous, networked, shared, and integrated transportation technologies and systems are developed and deployed with safety, equity and sustainability in mind; that the U.S. can maintain its competitive edge in domestic production and global leadership of these technologies; and that workers will receive the training that will prepare them for these new technologies.

Safety21 is a consortium of universities led by the Carnegie Mellon University in partnership with the UTRGV, Morgan State University, The Ohio State University, and University of Pennsylvania. Additional partners, the Community College of Allegheny County and the Community College of Philadelphia, will drive innovative workforce programs tailored to both today’s and tomorrow’s transportation workforce.

University of Utah, The
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
Mountain Plains Consortium
Center for Transformative Infrastructure Preservation and Sustainability (CTIPS)

Secondary Contact: Chris Pantelides, P.E., Ph.D.
ph. (801) 585-3991

Primary Research Goals: The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Utah is a member of the Mountain Plains Consortium, a regional UTC for Region 8 (http://www.mountain-plains.org/). The department currently has 15 faculty members that have conducted or are conducting transportation related research, education, and technology transfer through the Mountain Plains Consortium.

There are nine faculty members very heavily involved in transportation research, education, and technology transfer, and who are the key researchers in the Mountain Plains Consortium: Dr. Steven Bartlett, Associate Professor (Geotechnical); Dr. Jianli Chen, Assistant Professor (Construction); Dr. Luis Francisco Ibarra, Associate Professor (Structures); Dr. Cathy Liu, Associate Professor (Transportation Planning and Operations); Dr. Chris Pantelides, Professor (Structures); Dr. Abbas Rashidi, Associate Professor (Construction); Dr. Pedro Romero, Associate Professor (Pavements and Materials); and Dr. Nikola Markovic, Assistant Professor (Transportation Optimization); Xuan Zhu, Assistant Professor (Structures). Detailed faculty profiles are available at http://www.civil.utah.edu/faculty

Facilities:

Utah Traffic Lab

TransAnalytics

University of Utah Structures Laboratory

Bituminous Materials Laboratory at the University of Utah

Concrete Laboratory at the University of Utah

Geotechnical Laboratory at the University of Utah

 

University of Washington
Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans)

Director: Yinhai Wang, Ph.D.
ph. (206) 616-2696

Secondary Contact: Cole Kopca
ph. (206) 685-6648

Research Goals: The goal of PacTrans is to create a collaborative platform for consortium universities and transportation agencies in Region 10 to work together. Our research activities meet the needs of the Region and align with the six strategic directions of the Secretary of Transportation: safety, economic strength and global competitiveness, equity, climate and sustainability, transformation, and organizational excellence. This initiative has been well received by the participating universities and transportation agencies in this region. The UW serves as the lead institution and works in close coordination with the other five consortium universities: Northwest Indian College (NWIC), Portland State University (PSU), University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), University of Idaho (UI), and Washington State University (WSU). The Pacific Northwest is a region known for its sustainability, deployment of advanced technologies, collection and proactive use of the data derived from those technologies, and continuing population and employment growth. Hence, PacTrans’ research focuses on developing human-centered and transformative multimodal solutions for an equitable Pacific Northwest. The PacTrans project portfolio is composed of projects of small, medium, and large scopes. The small projects are designed to help foster pilot projects within each consortium university. The medium- and large-sized projects are designed to include two or more partner institutions to jointly address critical transportation issues of regional importance. Details of these projects can be found at http://depts.washington.edu/pactrans/research/.

Technology Transfer Goals: PacTrans seeks to be a world leader in moving meaningful research results into practice. We engage the technology transfer offices of our partner institutions to assist us in educating our investigators on technology transfer practices through seminars and webinars. We have mechanisms for our investigators to engage agency and industry partners to help shape research projects, advise during project progress, and discuss research outputs that maximize the technology transfer potential for research results. PacTrans also offers supplemental funding for “Success Stories” which is meant for PIs with meaningful research results to produce practice-oriented outputs that better prepare those results to transition into practice. More can be found on these projects at http://depts.washington.edu/pactrans/category/partnerships-and-tech-transfer/success-stories/.

Education and Workforce Development Goals: PacTrans seeks to educate the transportation workforce of the future, to ensure that working professionals have the training opportunities needed to keep pace with this rapidly evolving industry, and fill the workforce pipeline by attracting new students to the field. On the education front, PacTrans fosters robust experiences by facilitating seminars with invited speakers, funding travel for students to present work at conferences, establishing internship programs with external partners, funding student teams, and more. On the workforce development front, our Workforce Development Institute provides short-term training courses to working professionals on a multitude of topics. We also facilitate a variety of K-12 STEM initiatives such as the National Summer Transportation Institute, a week-long high school summer camp in partnership with the Washington State Department of Transportation, and a middle school course on autonomous vehicles.

University of Wisconsin-Madison
National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education

Director: David Noyce
ph. (608) 265-1882

Primary Research Goals: The theme of the CFIRE consortium is Making Multi-modal Freight Systems Work for Economic Recovery and Quality of Life. CFIRE researchers are national leaders in freight planning and policy for truck, rail, waterway, and intermodal freight transportation and draw expertise from a wide array of fields: civil and transportation engineering, urban and regional planning, economics, public policy, sociology, business, and geographic information systems. CFIRE research focuses on freight transportation planning, economic competitiveness, OSOW transport, transportation asset management, developing survey instruments, interviewing, agency coordination, data modeling, geospatial analysis, policy analysis, statistical analysis, and data analysis.

Facilities: CFIRE’s research, education, and outreach efforts advance technology, knowledge, and expertise in the planning, design, construction, and operation of sustainable freight transportation infrastructure and systems. CFIRE also coordinates the Mid-America Freight Coalition (MAFC), a consortium of ten states that cooperate on planning, operating, preserving, and improving of freight transportation infrastructure and networks in the Midwest. CFIRE also administers the Transportation Management and Policy (TMP) program, an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program that integrates the study of the environment, transportation and land use planning, engineering, economics, freight mobility, multi-modal systems, spatial analysis, and decision making with the study of political, legal, environmental, and social factors that shape transportation management. A new effort affiliated with CFIRE is the Midwest Transportation Workforce Center (MTWC), which is a regional surface transportation workforce center funded by the US Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.

University of Wisconsin-Superior
Transportation and Logistics Research Center

Director: Richard D. Stewart, Ph.D.
ph. (715) 394-8547

Secondary Contact: Mei Cao, Ph.D.
ph. (715) 394-8281

Primary Research Goals: The mission of the TLRC is to provide applied transportation, and logistics research, education, and advisory services that advance the economy of the region. Primary transportation research focus areas include: marine, rail, pipeline, trucking, Intermodal, air, terminal management, transportation planning and policy The TLRC is a consortium member of Center for Freight Infrastructure, Research and Education, (CFIRE) and of the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute.

Facilities: The UW-Superior Transportation and Logistics Research Center has three full time Ph.D. faculty a program administrator and two research assoiciates. The center has seven offices, an inteactive conference room and a computer laboratory.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Director: Zac Doerzaph
ph. (540) 231-1500

For 35 years, VTTI has been conducting research to save lives, time, and money and protect the environment. Our world-class facilities investigate, invent, design, develop, refine, and test transportation systems of and for the future. As one of seven premier research institutes created by Virginia Tech to answer national challenges, VTTI is continuously advancing transportation through innovation and has positively affected public policy on national and international levels.
 
Our facilities include the Virginia Smart Roads, a state-of-the-art closed test-bed research facility managed by VTTI in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). The roads include over 12 lane miles of paved roadbed with weather-making, lighting capabilities, advanced sensors, traffic intersections, and varying pavement types. The Smart Roads support vehicle evaluations and driver safety testing for VTTI’s partners in a secure location that is built to United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) standards.
 
VTTI creates experiential learning opportunities for Virginia Tech undergraduate and graduate students from various disciplines, including: engineering, human factors, psychology, computer science, data analytics, and physics. These students have the opportunity to work alongside the nation’s leading faculty on cutting-edge research and gain hands-on experience that sets them on the path to become the next generation of transportation experts. Once our students complete the program, they are ready to solve the next transportation challenges.
 
We strive to create a future where there is ubiquitous safe, effective, resilient, and sustainable transportation for all of humanity.

Washington State University
Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life Extension (TriDurLE)

Director: Xianming Shi
ph. (509) 335-7088

Outreach Coordinator: Jialuo He

TriDurLe Strategic Goals

  1. Facilitating innovations in data modeling/management, analytical tools, and decision-making related to infrastructure durability and life-extension.
  2. Enhancing understanding of transportation infrastructure performance and asset management via condition monitoring and remote sensing.
  3. Extending the service life of transportation infrastructure and addressing durability issues through new materials and technologies and best practices.
  4. Leading the way in education, workforce development, capacity building, and technology transfer.

Research

The research activities of the National UTC TriDurLE are grouped into six interrelated thrust areas as follows, which will be supplemented by education and technology transfer activities.

  1. Management: Asset management and performance management for enhanced durability and life-extension of transportation infrastructure.
  2. Monitoring: Condition monitoring, remote sensing, and the use of GPS for enhanced durability and life-extension of transportation infrastructure.
  3. Addressing corrosion of transportation infrastructure.
  4. Addressing aging and other materials-related durability distresses of transportation infrastructure through the use of new materials, technologies, and construction methodologies.
  5. Addressing natural hazards and extreme events that threaten the durability and service life of transportation infrastructure.
  6. Intervention and rehabilitation of transportation infrastructure through advanced materials, technologies and construction methodologies.

Our Strategic Alliances