ITS @ 75

September 1, 2022

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Join us in the celebration as the 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 ITS, UC Irvine ITS, and UCLA ITS, who all now make up UC ITS.

Our celebration

Join us Oct. 14 and 15, 2022 to celebrate the past and future of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Berkeley!

October 14: New Downtown Residence Inn by Marriott Berkeley, 2121 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704

  • 11:30 a.m. Registration
  • Noon Lunch
  • 12:30 p.m. 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
  • 1:45 Break
  • 2 p.m. Panel: Building a foundation: 75 years of ITS contributions
    Please join current and emeriti faculty to 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
  • 3:30 p.m. Break and student poster session
  • 4 p.m. Panel:ITS and the Future: Emerging Opportunities for the Next Decade
    Please join 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
  • Reception: 5:45 - 7:30 p.m.

October 15: McLaughlin Hall Terrace, UCB Campus

Join us for a relaxing brunch and tournaments of ping pong and cornhole starting at 10 a.m.


If you are traveling from out of town and would like to stay at the Marriott Residence Inn, Downtown Berkeley
2121 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 (across from the new UC Modern Art Museum), just on the West side of campus), you can

book the corporate rate for University of California (At the moment, the UC  rate is $249 per night, and it looks like there is availability).