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Programs & Labs

Programs & Labs

The ITS Institute carries out research using several different dedicated labs and facilities on the Twin Cities campus and at the University's Duluth campus.

HumanFIRST Program

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The HumanFIRST Program conducts research into human interaction with complex technical systems, specializing in the simulation of real-world environments to study driver control and behavior.

Intelligent Vehicles Laboratory

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The Intelligent Vehicles Laboratory consists of several vehicles including an instrumented tractor trailer and snowplow; high-accuracy differential global positioning systems (DGPS); radar technologies; and augmented displays for driver-assistive technology research.   

Minnesota Traffic Observatory (MTO)

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The Minnesota Traffic Observatory (MTO) is a transportation laboratory focusing on testing and evaluation of new transportation management and operational strategies and traveler information technologies.

Northland Advanced Transportation Systems Research Laboratories (NATSRL)

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The Northland Advanced Transportation Systems Research Laboratories are located on the University's Duluth campus and conducts research on cold-weather transportation systems and the transportation needs of small cities.

Policy & Planning

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Policy & Planning for ITS is a federally funded research program designed to equip transportation and infrastructure professionals with the technological tools to address congestion and other system challenges in the coming years.