I feel privileged for the opportunity to serve as the Director of ITS. I am certain that I speak for many of you as well, in acknowledging my appreciation for the myriad contributions and service by researchers, staff, and former Institute Directors. Thanks to their contributions, combined with the hard work of you all, our organization is both strong and thriving.
In 2023, we will continue our work on many fronts, with a special emphasis on supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in our research and daily activities. We are also developing plans to launch our Urban Air Mobility focus, to continue seeding out Transportation and Health work, and to strengthen our recently initiated Smart Infrastructure initiative that develops and uses remote sensors, data analytics and artificial intelligence tools to better inform decision-making among government agencies.
2023 also marks the second half of our 75th anniversary celebration, giving us the opportunity to reflect on our historic legacy and the many firsts we have accomplished, including the first self-driving car, the first set of platooned vehicles, the first connected corridor, and the first use of cell phones to track vehicles and guide travelers.
While proudly reflecting on our historic legacy and the many firsts we have achieved, I am excited to lead ITS Berkeley into a bright future where we continue our work as a premier transportation research organization. The future of mobility is already here, and ITS Berkeley is lighting the way into the next generation.
Daniel A. Rodriguez
Chancellor’s Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning