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Summer 2010

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Awards honor outstanding students
Three graduate students conducting ITS-related research received awards at the Center for Transportation Studies' annual meeting and awards luncheon April 7 in Minneapolis.

Kids try traffic engineering
Budding transportation engineers squared off against angry drivers at The Works technology museum in Edina February 27 as part of Tech Fest 2010. It was fun with a serious purpose for the pre-teen attendees, who learned about fundamental traffic control issues by playing the online "Gridlock Buster" game developed by the ITS Institute.

Researchers present at ITS Minnesota
Showcasing the diversity of ITS research at the University of Minnesota, a trio of researchers presented new technologies and recent research results at the ITS Minnesota 16th Annual Meeting & Information Exchange on March 9.

Rural intersection field test
A groundbreaking system now being evaluated at an intersection in rural Goodhue County, Minn., could reduce the number of crashes at unsignalized rural through-stop intersections. The system, developed by researchers from the ITS Institute's IV Lab and HumanFIRST Program in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, gives drivers reliable, accurate information about approaching traffic.

Safe Teen Car research
University of Minnesota researchers have begun work on a "Safe Teen Car" project targeting the primary risk factors for crashes and fatalities among teen drivers. The research is part of a project sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and led by Washington, D.C.-based Westat, Inc.

Researchers develop portable, low-cost traffic data collector
Researchers from the University of Minnesota's Department of Civil Engineering and the Minnesota Traffic Observatory have completed a project that focuses on a low-cost, portable traffic data-collection system. Their work included the design, creation, and deployment of a video-based device that can be used for temporary data gathering and video recording of vehicle movements at intersections and arterial roadways. Data collected from this device can help in minimizing delays and congestion levels while improving overall coordination.

ITS America hosts demo of driver-assistive technologies
Researchers from the Intelligent Vehicles Laboratory (IV Lab) traveled to the ITS America Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Houston to demonstrate a transit bus equipped with a suite of driver-assistive technologies for bus rapid transit applications. The event, held May 3-5, gave ITS Institute team members, including IV Lab director Craig Shankwitz, staff members Bryan Newstrom and Erin Kurshoff, and Mike Abegg from the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority, an opportunity to discuss their work with ITS researchers and professionals from around the world.