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ITS Institute News Archives: 2004

CTS to host ‘Access to Destinations’ conference

The University of Minnesota has selected CTS to host a conference as part of President Robert Bruininks’s 21st Century Interdisciplinary Conference Series. This new series celebrates the research, historical contributions, and impact of the University on society, in recognition of the University’s recent completion of its 150th year of service to the state and the people of Minnesota.

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Monitoring activity in public places

Since the events of September 11, the surveillance of public spaces has taken on greater importance and urgency. As video cameras are increasingly used at vulnerable areas—bridges, seaports, and potentially on airplanes—the volume of video data generated will be enormous. It simply won’t be feasible for human operators to monitor and evaluate it all.

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Third annual ME Day highlights past, future of transportation safety

The Department of Mechanical Engineering marked the third annual ME Day with a focus on transportation safety, including a preview of new automotive safety systems and a look back at the innovations of ME Prof. James “Crash” Ryan.

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Transportation Research Conference features ITS Institute showcase

The diversity of intelligent transportation systems research at the University of Minnesota was on display May 5, 2004, in a special ITS Institute Research Showcase during the fifteenth annual CTS Transportation Research Conference. Researchers from a wide range of academic departments presented their work in fields including vehicle guidance, traffic simulation, human factors, and traffic data analysis.

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U researcher involved in congressional discussion of homeland security

Shashi Shekhar

Shashi Shekhar

Professor Shashi Shekhar of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering was invited to present his recent work on evacuation planning at a Congressional breakfast on homeland security February 5 in Washington, D.C. Shekhar’s work was selected in a nationwide competition organized by the University Consortium on Geographic Information Systems (UCGIS).

The congressional breakfast was sponsored by Senator Charles Schumer and Rep. Christopher Shays and was attended by a number of congresspersons and their staff. Six Minnesota legislators were represented: Senator Mark Dayton, Rep. Martin Olav Sabo, Rep. James L. Oberstar, Rep. Gil Gutknecht, Rep. John Kline, and Rep. Collin C. Peterson.

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Sanderson named Student of the Year

Katherine (Kate) Sanderson, a graduate student enrolled in the University of Minnesota’s Civil Engineering Ph.D. program, received the ITS Institute’s 2003 Outstanding Student of the Year Award.

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