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Spring/Summer 2009

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Modeling Traffic Impact on Denali Park Road
The movements of hungry bears rarely factor into the carefully calibrated models employed by transportation researchers seeking to optimize traffic flows. But Alaskan brown bear–as well as caribou, Dall sheep, wolves, and other native wildlife–are key elements of a simulation developed by the Minnesota Traffic Observatory (MTO) to help the National Park Service manage the impacts on wildlife and visitor experience resulting from vehicle traffic through Denali National Park.

Visiting professor shares transit insights
Nigel Wilson, a leading researcher in public transportation policy and technology, completed a six-month sabbatical at the University of Minnesota this spring. Wilson is professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studies the operation, analysis, planning, and management of transit systems. The ITS Institute provided support for Wilson’s stay.

ITS America president tours research labs
Scott Belcher, president and CEO of ITS America, toured several ITS Institute laboratories and discussed current research with University of Minnesota researchers during a June 11 visit to the Minneapolis campus. The morning included brief presentations by several researchers.

ITS Institute research featured at 2009 CTS Research Conference
Numerous ITS Institute research projects were featured in presentations at the 2009 CTS Transportation Research Conference May 19–20. The annual event was held this year at the Bloomington Sheraton Hotel; in 2010, the conference will return to RiverCentre in St. Paul.

Campus visit introduces high school students to robotics
On May 15, Institute director Max Donath (center) provided a multicultural group of students from Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis with a University-level class experience—an introduction to robotics. The visit, arranged by the University’s Office of Admissions, was meant to introduce the students to the University of Minnesota as well as encourage them to attend once they graduate.

Rajamani to address IASTED international conference
Institute researcher and mechanical engineering professor Rajesh Rajamani will be the plenary speaker at the 29th IASTED International Conference on Modeling, Identification and Control, to be held in Innsbruck, Austria, in February 2010. He will speak on “Novel Sensors, New Estimation Algorithms and Advanced Controls: Solutions for Improving Highway Vehicle Safety and Mobility.”

New online game explores world of traffic management
A new traffic control game developed by the ITS Institute and Web Courseworks lets high school students try their hand at working in the engineering and transportation field.