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ITS Institute News Archives: 2002

ITS Institute funds student attendance at ITS America meeting

The ITS Institute provided travel awards to the following students to attend ITS America’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in April 2002.

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The ITS Laboratory: Building the Future

The University of Minnesota’s ITS Laboratory is a dedicated resource for intelligent transportation systems research, focusing primarily on traffic modeling and management. Lab manager Ted Morris describes his mission as “providing a means for researchers to test really new, ‘out-there’ types of strategies.” Three projects currently under development, and the novel research techniques they make possible, are a foundation for the Laboratory’s future.

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New program puts the human element first in transportation research

nicdrivingbwThe Human Factors Interdisciplinary Research in Simulation and Transportation – or HumanFIRST – Program is a new ITS Institute funded program conducting research on driver performance and system design related to surface transportation. The program’s mission is to apply human factors research to the design and evaluation of usable intelligent transportation systems to improve traffic safety and mobility. As implied by its name, the program’s research strategy is based on a driver-centered approach, considering the “human first” within the transportation system.

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ITS Research Showcase highlights current projects

On the second day of the 13th Annual CTS Transportation Research Conference, several researchers working in different technology areas painted a diverse picture of research projects currently underway at the ITS Institute. Three tracks of presentations were offered, corresponding to major research areas within the Institute.

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Heightened security among issues at ITS Minnesota meeting

    Neil Schuster

Neil Schuster

Researchers, regulators, consultants, and others interested in the future of transportation in Minnesota gathered March 21 for ITS Minnesota’s Eighth Annual Meeting and Information Exchange. Presentations and panel discussions covered a broad range of transportation issues, from heightened security concerns in the wake of September 11 to increasing public awareness of the benefits of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technologies.

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Re-assessing Road Accident Data Analysis Policy

The Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute at the University of Minnesota has released a new report examining how traffic accident data is analyzed and used in driver education. The report, titled “A Re-assessment of Road Accident Data Analysis Policy (CTS02-02)”, is published by the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS). Dr. Eitan Naveh of the Technion Israel Institute of Technology and Professor Alfred Marcus of the University’s Carlson School of Management collaborated on the report, which is available from the CTS Publications web page or by contacting the Center for Transportation Studies directly at 612-626-1077.