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Winter 2010

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SMART-Signal targets improved arterial intersection performance
One of the primary obstacles to improving the performance of signalized arterials has been the difficulty of gathering accurate and reliable data to assess arterial traffic conditions. Researchers in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Civil Engineering and Minnesota Traffic Observatory developed a new system that automates data collection and performance assessment in real time.

MTO research explores options for Denali National Park
Since 2005, the Minnesota Traffic Observatory has worked with the National Park Service to understand the effects of park traffic on Denali National Park. Now the team is extending its research by creating tools that will allow Denali officials to evaluate alternative traffic scenarios in terms of their impacts on the park and on the quality of visitors’ experiences.

International visitors tour U of M research labs
The ITS Institute was among several University of Minnesota research laboratories that hosted tours from European transportation organizations in recent months.

Institute at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair
The ITS Institute and CTS showcased a variety of transportation-related attractions at the 2010 Great Minnesota Get-Together. Visitors to the University of Minnesota building chatted with CTS and Institute staff and checked out the latest transportation innovations.

Tech camps bring pre-college students to campus
During the past summer, the ITS Institute participated in a variety of educational camps focused on introducing science and technology to elementary through high school-aged students. Institute staff and graduate students gave tours of University of Minnesota labs and presented transportation-related demonstrations to participating campers.

Study shows relationship between technology, public policy
The impact of ITS technology on driver privacy, how school choice affects the environment, and how the Internet influences shopping travel are several topics explored in a recently released report by the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs’s TechPlan Program.