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The ITS Institute

The Intelligent 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 technology."

What 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.

Research Modules

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 materials and adapt them to their classroom needs.

A Research Module is a prepared curriculum unit that helps students learn to use the Research Cycle:

  1. Question
  2. Plan
  3. Gather
  4. Sort
  5. Synthesize
  6. Evaluate
  7. Report

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.