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ITS Institute News Archives: 2006

U’s Rajamani discusses proposal to prevent deadly rollovers

Story was featured on KARE-11 News, Sept. 14, 2006 (no longer available online).

Intersection, evacuation research featured at ITS Minnesota annual meeting

ITS Minnesota’s 12th Annual Meeting and Information Exchange featured a range of presentations highlighting new technologies under development to improve safety and efficiency. CTS is a founding member of ITS Minnesota, the state chapter of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.

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Summer Institute addresses themes, strategies for rural safety center

James Oberstar

James Oberstar

Three dozen leading state and national transportation officials, researchers, policymakers, and professionals joined U.S. Rep. James L. Oberstar in Duluth on July 24 and 25 to develop strategies for improving rural safety.

This was the first meeting of an annual Summer Institute that figures prominently into plans for supporting the newly established Center for Excellence in Rural Safety, led by Lee Munnich of the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. CTS, with staff leadership from director of communications and outreach Gina Baas, is collaborating with the Humphrey Institute to provide the Center’s outreach services, including coordination of the Summer Institute. Other partners include the School of Information Systems and Technology (Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California) and the New England Transportation Institute (White River Junction, Vermont).

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CTS Research Conference to highlight privacy issues

Registration has begun for the CTS Seventeenth Annual Transportation Research Conference, to be held May 24–25 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.

The conference will begin with a plenary session titled “Privacy and Movement: New Challenges for Technology-Enhanced Transportation.” Professor Colin Bennett, a leading privacy scholar from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, will describe current and future privacy risks associated with technology-enhanced transportation systems at the individual, commercial, and societal levels.

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International visitors tour U of M research labs

Craig Shankwitz led a tour of the TechnoBus.

Craig Shankwitz led a tour of the TechnoBus.

Officials from 17 countries across the globe—from Norway to Uganda, Japan to New Zealand—came to Minnesota in April for a meeting of the Performance of Roads Administration Committee of the World Road Association (known as PIARC). Mn/DOT and CTS hosted the meeting.

PIARC is a world leader in the exchange of knowledge on roads and road transportation policy and practices within an integrated, sustainable transportation context.

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Minnesota Medicine article on reducing fatal crashes features ITS Institute experts, technology

Though more people are killed on the roads every month than died in the World Trade Center attack in 2001, Americans can’t seem to muster much outrage about the death rate from motor vehicle crashes.

University of Minnesota experts Max Donath, mechanical engineering professor and director of the ITS Institute, and Nic Ward, director of the HumanFIRST Program, along with state safety officials Kathryn Swanson, director of the state’s Office of Traffic Safety, and Anne Beers, assistant commissioner in the Department of Public Safety and former head of the State Patrol, discuss what can be done to reduce fatal crashes in the May 2006 issue of Minnesota Medicine. The Toward Zero Deaths partnership is cited as an example of a coordinated and system-wide effort to improve traffic safety. What’s more, ITS technologies can play a big role in dramatically reducing traffic deaths.

Read the full story from Minnesota Medicine, May 2006