Academic and Research Community

Emerging Challenges

Moving forward, the academic and research community will continue to see challenges in the broader areas of advanced technologies evaluations and measures of performance. These challenges are compounded as technology deployments move through transitory phases; from aging infrastructures to emerging technologies, to testing, deployments, and performance evaluations.

Academic and research institutions must address the ‘technology-tolerance’ of drivers, as they’re confronted with in-vehicle and roadway/roadside transportation operations and communications technologies. Design-driver attributes must be revisited and refined as transportation technologies emerge and as driving populations become increasingly diverse. Driver interaction with in-vehicle, roadway and roadside technologies will require extensive new research and innovation.

The Academic and Research community has long played key roles in the process of researching, testing and measuring advanced transportation technologies. The community includes a diverse set of institutions for higher learning, regional and state-level departments of transportation, and private sector research centers. Within the academic and research community, transportation technologies are typically assessed through the filter of a ‘three-sided prism’, including 1) operations and performance analysis, 2) transportation policy analysis, and 3) technologies applications research. Across the nation, academic and research institutions investigate emerging transportation operations and public safety technologies with questions like:

  • What existing and emerging technologies are useful to addressing the nation’s transportation needs?
  • How will the transportation industry anticipate emerging technologies’ impacts on existing systems?
  • How will public institutions be funded to operate and maintain technology-based infrastructures?
  • How will public safety agencies and first responders interface with advanced technologies in their operating environment?
  • How will travelers and drivers cope with advanced transportation technologies?
  • What curriculums will best serve future workforce demands for technology-centered transportation professionals?

Through its members from the Academic and Research community, TSAG discussions of advanced transportation technologies engages these and related questions and addresses transportation operations research and policy development issues. Within its give-and-take exchange of ideas and practitioner experience, TSAG promotes a dialogue with academia, with researchers, with test-laboratories and with operators of transportation systems. From these discussions TSAG will promote the seeding and cultivation of technology applications that advance transportation safety, efficiency, economy, and environmental harmony.

Academic & Research

Emerging Opportunities

Around the nation, institutions of higher learning, academic researchers, state, regional, and local departments of transportation and private advanced-technology developers explore important transportation operations issues such as:

  • Business Cases for Technology-based Transportation Systems
  • ITS Architectures
  • Staged Transportation Technologies Deployment
  • Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Systems
  • Advanced Traveler Information Systems
  • Performance Measurement
  • Transit Priority Systems
  • Benefits/Cost Analysis
  • First Responder Safety
  • Public Safety Interoperable Communications
  • Inter-tied Computer Aided Dispatch Systems

Transportation research, education, and technology-development are vital components in the rebuilding of the nation’s aging transportation systems. Considering the breadth of our nation’s transportation networks, research and innovation programs must be of the highest quality and rigor. Academic and research institutions will, in many cases, show the way toward advancements that truly serve all users, at all times, on all routes, and in all modes. Similarly, the same researchers and research will help address the safety and security of first responders.