Current Director's Letter
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Welcome back to the Spring Semester! We are starting off the new year with new projects and great enthusiasm. I am excited to see our partnership with the Department of Energy, Berkeley National Laboratory and several other national labs take shape with the Systems and Modeling for Accelerated Research in Transportation (or SMART) Mobility initiative. We will be focusing on five primary research thrusts, including 1) behavioral and decision science, 2) connectivity and automation, 3) integrated multi-modal transportation systems, 4) urban science, and 5) vehicles and infrastructure. NREL is collaborating with other national labs across the country on this initiative. I look forward to updating you on our progress and projects as they develop!
At the beginning of this month, ITS Berkeley was well represented when several ITS faculty and staff joined now former U.S. Department of Transportation Anthony Foxx in San Francisco to announce federal funding for six innovative projects in San Francisco aimed to reduce traffic congestion and creating a safer and more efficient transportation system as part of the USDOT’s Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment program. Transportation Sustainability Research Center Co-Director Susan Shaheen will lead traffic congestion management research at ITS Berkeley for this project. I look forward to seeing the results of this new project that came from our Smart City Challenge proposal and partnership with the City of San Francisco.
I am also pleased to announce that Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology’s Connected Corridors has been designated as a Beyond Traffic Innovation Center (BTIC). These Centers will be recognized by the DOT as forward-thinking and influential institutions that are capable of driving solutions to the challenges identified in Beyond Traffic by convening decision-makers in their megaregion and coordinating related research, curriculum, outreach, and other activities. Congratulations to Connected Corridors!
And as usual, we started the year off with anothersuccessful Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting! Over 40 faculty, students, and researchers presented or had work in over 70 sessions, in addition to a large number of students and staff who attended sessions. We also had a chance to reconnect with alumni and friends at the our ITS Berkeley reception. We had a tremendous crowd, and it was so good to see everyone! We hope to build better connections in the future and see where our alumni, friends and affiliates are now!
As you can see we have accomplished so much this semester, and I look forward to what’s to come next!
Stayed tuned, and Go Bears!
Professor and Director of ITS Berkeley