ITS @ 75 Kick Off

Adib AwardThe Institute of Transportation Studies Berkeley turns 75!    


In response to the lack of transportation investment during World War II and the surge of Americans on the move and buying cars, the state legislature approved Senate Bill 1423 in 1947 to establish the Institute of Transportation and Traffic Engineering at the University of California, now known as the UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS). UC Berkeley President Robert Sproul asked Harmer E. Davis, a Berkeley professor of civil engineering and well-known transportation policy expert, to establish the new organization, the first of its kind to address the interdisciplinary nature of transportation. This then-novel approach still frames ITS’s philosophy of recognizing the complex interplay of disciplines — including engineering, the physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities — in addressing transportation problems and solutions. Building on the early success of ITS, partner centers were created at UC Davis ITSUC Irvine ITS, and UCLA ITS, who all now make up UC ITS. Read more about our history.

Congratulations to Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Emeritus Adib Kanafani who received the ITS Distinguished Legacy Award

Our celebration

On October 14 and 15, 2022 we came together with our Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni and Friends to celebrate the past and future of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Berkeley!

October 14: New Downtown Residence Inn by Marriott Berkeley


Welcome and keynotes:

Daniel Rodriguez
Director of the University of California, Berkeley,
Institute of Transportation Studies

Carol Christ
Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley

Toks Omishakin
Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency

ITS Berkeley also featured two panel session to highlight where we came from and where we are headed.

Panel: Building a foundation: 75 years of ITS contributions
Current and emeriti faculty reflect on key contributions from ITS faculty and researchers.
Moderator: Elizabeth Deakin
Panelists: Mike Cassidy, Mark Hansen, Robert Cervero, Joan Walker, Adib Kanafani, and Alexandre Bayen

Panel:ITS and the Future: Emerging Opportunities for the Next Decade
Current faculty to discuss current contributions of ITS and speculate about the future of mobility.
Moderator: Daniel Rodriguez
Panelists: Scott Moura, Susan Shaheen, Kenichi Soga, Maria Laura Delle Monache, Raja Sengupta, and Karen Frick

ITS Berkeley was aslo excited to feature 19 student posters featuring exciting research. Attendees were able to browse the posters and interact with students throughout the day during breaks between sessions and during the reception.


A Feedback Control Strategy for Traffic Flow Harmonization in Mixed-Traffic Environments
Zhe Fu

A Metrics-based Method for Evaluating Corridors for Urban Air Mobility Operations
Xuan Jiang

A Systematic Model Reduction Pipeline from Detailed Vehicle Dynamic to Simple Convex Models
Joy Carpio

Assessing Benefits from Shifting Passenger Travel from Air to High-Speed Rail in California
Kaijing Ding

Clean Miles Standard (SB 1014): Advancing Equity in Electric Vehicle and Charging Access for Low to Moderate Income Ridehail Drivers
Mengying Ju

Complimentary In-Flight Emissions: A Market Failure Resulting from Health-Related Externalities at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Rukia Hassoun

Computer Vision Applications in Transportation Planning and Built Environment Research
Meiqing Li

Enhancing Infrastructure Inspection: Scalable Aerial Autonomy Technologies
Xin Peng                                 

Evaluating Safety of Autonomous Vehicles Through Public Datasets
Joyce Chen

Intersense: An XGBoost Model for Traffic Regulator Identification at Intersections through Crowdsourced GPS Data
Dimitris Vlachogiannis

Investigating Transportation Access to California Community Colleges Aqshems Nichols Large-scale Simulation-Based Approach to Understanding Selfishness in Routing
Alben Bagabaldo

Quantification of the Impact of Background Traffic on Wildfire Evacuation
Pengshun Li

Renaming and Removal of Harmful Names and Monuments on State Transportation Right of Way
Daisy Son and Jasmin Munoz

Socially Aware Evaluation Framework for Transportation
Anu Kuncheria

Struggling to Connect: Housing and Transportation Challenges of Low- and Moderate-Income Suburban Residents in the San Francisco Bay Area
Alex Pan

To Pool or Not to Pool?
Jessica Lazarus

Two-Dimensional Diffusive and Advective Traffic Model on Large Networks
Dawson Do

Using Disaggregate Vehicle Data to Investigate How Ride-Hailing Services Influence Personal Vehicle Use Across Levels of Transit Access
Michael Montilla and Matthew Hui

October 15: McLaughlin Hall Terrace, UCB Campus

We held a relaxing brunch, a ping pong tournament, and a relaxing game of cornhole. We are excited to announce Civil and Environemental Engineering Professor Emeritus Carlos Daganzo won the singles tournament play! Zhiyi Tang won second plae. In doubles, students Zhiyi Tang and Xuan Jiang took first and professors Carlos Daganzo and Mike Cassidy took second.