Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute

The Intelligent Transportation Systems ( ITS ) Institute is a national University Transportation Center headquartered at the University of Minnesota . [1] The ITS Institute provides information on how to improve the safety and mobility of road-based and transit-based transportation , particularly in rural environments. [2] The ITS Institute focuses on human-centered technology, such as computing, sensing, communications, and control systems. [3]


The ITS Institute was established under section 6024 of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act ( ISTEA ) of 1991. [4] It is currently funded through the federal Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act (SAFETEA-LU ) Transportation bill. [5]

Faculty and staff

Max Donath is the director of the institute. The multi-disciplinary faculty and research staff represent engineering, public affairs, computer science, and the law school.

Research activities

The ITS Institute publishes many research reports each year. Some recent topics were distracted driving , teen drivers, bus rapid transit , and driver assistive technologies. The ITS Institute uses several labs and facilities to conduct research, including the Intelligent Vehicles Laboratory, the Minnesota Traffic Observatory, the Northland Advanced Transportation Systems Research Laboratories, and the HumanFIRST program. Research Associates include the Research and Technology Innovation Administration (RITA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota Local Road Research Board.

Education activities

The ITS Institute organizes the Advanced Transportation Technologies seminar series and co-sponsors an annual Transportation Career Expo, held at the University of Minnesota . It also offers programs, events, and Web-based tools for K-12 students.


  1. Jump up^ “National University Transportation Centers” . Retrieved 9 August 2011 .
  2. Jump up^ “New Technology Could Save Lives and Money at Rural Intersections” . Retrieved 9 August 2011 .
  3. Jump up^ “ITS Institute Strategic Plan” . Retrieved 9 August 2011 .
  4. Jump up^ “Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991” . Retrieved 9 August 2011 .
  5. Jump up^ “SAFETEA-LU – Summary Information” . Retrieved 9 August 2011 .

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