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Summer 2008

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In this issue

Motorcycles and alcohol: Research examines a dangerous combination
This summer, with gas prices at an all-time high and warm weather beckoning riders to hit the road, motorcycles and scooters are more popular than ever.

ITS Institute labs in the news
The Minnesota Traffic Observatory (MTO) and the HumanFIRST Program have been featured in news stories broadcast by Fox 9 News in Minnesota.

Federal visitors briefed on technologies under development
The ITS Institute welcomed a delegation of Congressional staffers gathering information on transportation issues in May and a group of visitors from the federal government’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) in June. Both groups of visitors had the opportunity to tour the Institute’s research facilities and see first-hand how new technologies are being developed and deployed to improve the nation’s transportation system.

CTS Research Conference presentations show diverse research agenda
The annual Center for Transportation Studies Transportation Research conference brought together researchers and practitioners from diverse academic and professional disciplines to share new knowledge about the transportation system. This year’s ITS-related presentations demonstrated the wide range of topics that ITS researchers are taking on. Ajay Joshi,

New features, designs enhance ITS web sites
Finding information on Intelligent Transportation Systems research at the University of Minnesota just got easier. The ITS Institute’s Web team recently introduced the ability to search for project information by topic, giving site visitors an intuitive and user-friendly navigation option that will improve access to the hundreds of active and completed projects tracked and archived on the Web at

High school students experience ITS research
Twelve students from the Blaine High School Center for Engineering, Math, and Science enjoyed a first-hand look at the kind of research and educational opportunities available to University of Minnesota students during a tour of transportation-related labs and facilities April 23.