The ITS Institute
Transportation Systems Institute is a part of the University of
Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies. The Institute's
mission is to advance U.S. technology and expertise in the many
disciplines that make up transportation. The Institute's activities
are guided by its theme of enhancing the safety and mobility of
road- and transit-based transportation through a focus on human-centered
does "Intelligent Transportation Systems" mean?
A broad range
of diverse technologies, known collectively as Intelligent Transportation
Systems (ITS), may hold the answer to many of our transportation
problems. ITS is comprised of a number of technologies, including
information processing, communications, control, and electronics.
The goal of Intelligent Transportation Systems research and development
is to integrate these technologies into our national transportation
system, to save lives, save time, and save money.
To help students learn about advanced technologies used in transportation,
the Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute has developed a
set of Research Modules. Teachers are encouraged to utilize the curriculum
and adapt them
their classroom needs.
A Research Module is a prepared curriculum unit that helps students
learn to use the Research Cycle:
The ITS Institute currently offers the following
Research Modules for use in your classroom:
- Ramp Metering
- Explores traffic management on an urban highway network, focusing
on freeway ramp meters in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
- The Global Positioning System (GPS)
- Guides students to a basic understanding of the satellite-based
navigation system, which has many uses in transportation.