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ITS Institute Brochure

An introduction to the mission and capabilities of the ITS Institute Brochure (264 KB PDF)

About the Institute

The Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Institute was a national University Transportation Center (UTC) funded through the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) federal transportation bill, passed in 2005. This funding continued the Institute's efforts initiated under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) and the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) in 1998.

The Institute conducted activities that furthered the mission of the UTC program of the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). That mission is to advance U.S. technology and expertise in the many disciplines that make up transportation through education, research, and technology transfer activities at university-based centers of excellence.

The Institute's activities were guided by its theme of enhancing the safety and mobility of road- and transit-based transportation through a focus on human-centered technology. To that end, the Institute brought together technologists and those who studed human behavior to ensure that Institute-developed technologies become tools that optimize human capabilities.

This human-centered approach means that new developments in the core ITS technology areas of computing, sensing, communications, and control systems are used to approach significant safety and mobility problems with a fresh perspective.

Additionally, the Institute addressed issues related to transportation in a northern climate, investigates technologies for improving the safety of travel in rural environments, and considers social and economic policy issues related to the deployment of the core ITS technologies.

The Institute's Annual Reports provide detailed information on its research, education, and outreach activities. The Reports are also available as PDF documents, or in printed form (subject to availability).

The Institute's Strategic Plan lays out the Institute's goals and strategic objectives, and gives an overview of our program activities.