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ITS Institute News Archives: 2002

Ramp Meters on Trial

Presentation by Dr. David Levinson, Department of Civil Engineering

The Intelligent Transportation Institute’s seminar series kicked off the semester with a presentation by David Levinson, assistant professor of civil engineering, on a subject that has been on the minds of researchers and legislators in Minnesota for quite some time.

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ITS Institute 2002 Annual Report available online

A report of research, education, and technology transfer activities, fiscal year 2001/2002, of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute at the University of Minnesota.

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BRT workshop features TechnoBus debut

brtworkshopsmallResearchers introduced a lime-green Metro Transit demonstration bus outfitted with navigational technology, dubbed the “TechnoBus,” at a May 7 workshop hosted by the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Institute at the University of Minnesota.

The workshop helped identify the requirements for using lane-assist technology with bus rapid transit (BRT) and offered a live demonstration of a prototype lane-assist system installed on the TechnoBus during an extended ride to the workshop at the University’s Minneapolis campus. Representatives from transit agencies and universities across the country, state transportation departments, and the federal government, as well as manufacturers and consultants, attended the event.

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ITS Institute hosts Summer Transportation Institute

The Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute welcomed a group of secondary school students from the Fond du Lac area July 25. ITS Laboratory manager Ted Morris led a tour of his lab’s facilities and talked about current research at the Institute, including computer simulations and traffic control studies. He also highlighted the diversity of potential careers in intelligent transportation systems, including engineering, management, and research. After lunch at the lab, the group departed for the Mn/DOT Traffic Management Center, where they toured the nerve center of Twin Cities traffic management. The ITS Institute hosts pre-college student groups each summer as part of the National Summer Transportation Institute, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

BRT web site and e-mail newsletter available

Metro Transit and the University of Minnesota were awarded a contract from the Federal Transit Administration to develop the systems requirement report for lane-assist systems. The ITS Institute’s Intelligent Vehicles Laboratory is currently leading a research project to enhance transit operations and efficiency through the deployment of safe technology assistance systems by addressing lane-assist technology for narrow bus lanes.

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HumanFIRST Program launches research with Nissan

Included with the print edition of this issue of the Sensor is a brochure describing the University of Minnesota’s HumanFIRST Program, a new effort funded by the ITS Institute to apply human factors research to the design and evaluation of intelligent transportation systems for improving traffic safety and mobility.

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