ITS Director's Letter

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Alexandre BayenDear Friends and Colleagues,

Congratulations to all our graduates! This has been a year like no other, and while we are unable to gather in celebration following tradition, know that we are proud of you and wish you the best in the next chapter of your career. As you go out in the world, don’t hesitate to come back and pay us a visit. It is always wonderful to hear about the outstanding contributions, innovations, and impact of our graduates. It makes us proud to learn about your achievements!

At the same time, Faculty, Staff, and current Students have begun preparing to navigate the return to campus. We are looking forward to more information from campus administration on how to safely proceed back to campus and what it will look like this Fall.  A lot of that information is in flux and return appears to be based on department/Center, building, and position requirements. We thank you for your patience as we wait for the campus to release more information. ITS Leadership will be working with Center Leadership, where needed, to help with guidance, resources, and transitioning.

Before we look too far ahead into the Fall, we are pleased with the number of Requests for Proposals coming in for the for FY 2021-22 Statewide Transportation Research Program (STRP) funded by the State of California through the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1) and the Public Transportation Account. We are especially excited to have dedicated funding for Transportation Equity proposals, in addition to other research priorities identified in partnership with the UC ITS’ Board of Advisors: Travel Behavior; Workforce and the Economy; Public Transit and Shared Mobility; Advanced Technologies, Communication Systems, and Data; Freight and Goods Movement; Vehicle Electrification; Transportation Infrastructure and SB-1 Implementation; Safety; and High Speed Rail. We sought nominations for the Transportation Equity Proposal Review Committee and are excited two faculty, one staff, three students from Civil and Environmental Engineering, City and Regional Planning, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and ITS will make up this committee.  Proposals are due Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at 5:00 PM PDT.

On the subject of Transportation Equity, in case you missed the Applications of Data Science and AI to Equity, Race, and Inclusion in Mobility and Transportation Seminar Series presented by ITS Berkeley and co-sponsored by the College of Engineering and The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society and the Banatao Institute, the seminars are available online for viewing. With so many Zoom classes, seminars, and meetings this Spring, I know we all spent a good deal of time in front of our screens. If you have the chance to watch these seminars, I urge you to take advantage of these recordings!

I also would like to remind staff about the upcoming Staff Appreciation Week activities June 6-11, 2021. While the traditional on campus events will not be happening, check out these online events and resources for Professional Development, Appreciation, and Perks. As we get closer to the state opening up on June 15, 2021 and campus opening up on July 12, 2021 for Faculty and Staff, we will continue to inform the community and help shape how ITS Berkeley returns to campus. In the meantime, the most up to date information can be found on the University’s Corona Virus resource page: I am excited that we will be able to see each other safely in the near future! In the meantime, Go Bears!

Alexandre Bayen
Director of Institute of Transportation Studies
Liao-Cho Professor of Engineering