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Spring 2009

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In this issue

Beyond the loop: Researchers develop the next generation of vehicle detectors
Several research groups at the ITS Institute are developing new sensors that will make tomorrow’s roads smarter. Technologies such as piezoelectric pressure sensors, wireless mesh sensing, and carbon nanotube composite pavements are under development and may replace traditional pavement-embedded inductive loop vehicle detectors in the future.

Huber Awards honor outstanding graduate students
CTS presented distinguished service and student awards at its Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on March 25.

Pre-college outreach engages young minds
The ITS Institute was an exhibitor for the second year in a row at TechFest, a one-day event focusing on engineering, held at The Works, a “hands-on science and technology museum.” This year, the Institute’s exhibit focused on remote aerial vehicle research by Demoz Gebre-Egziabher of the aerospace engineering department.

NATSRL Research Workshop showcases current projects
The annual event is a showcase for intelligent transportation systems research on the University of Minnesota’s Duluth campus and also an opportunity for researchers to share information.

SMART-Signal garners 2009 CTS Research Partnership Award
A system to monitor the performance of urban arterials and improve traffic flow received this year’s CTS Research Partnership Award.