ITS in Academics

ITS University Workshop #4
September 22-23, 2016 | ITS America Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Day 2 Presentation | September 23, 2016

ITS Academic Resources

Presenter: David Jackson
Presenter's Org: U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), Volpe Center

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The slides in this presentation are branded with the U.S. DOT triskelion logo.

Slide 1: ITS Academic Resources (8:45-10:15)

  • ITS PCB Program Background
  • ITS Case Studies
  • T3e Webinars
  • ITS Curriculum Webpage
  • CITE Courses & Products (10:00-10:15)

Possible OPEN DISCUSSION of Academic Resources at end, if time permits

Slide 2: The USDOT Offers Free ITS Training

The USDOT’s Professional Capacity Building (PCB) Program:

  • Established by congressional legislation to build and sustain a capable and technically proficient ITS workforce
  • Provides comprehensive, accessible, flexible ITS learning for the transportation industry
  • Focused on transportation professionals - develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities while furthering career paths
  • Increase your knowledge of ITS technologies
  • Excel at your career
  • Advance the mission of your organization

Achieve your ITS learning goals. Visit:

[This slide contains a photo of a woman wearing a hardhat.]

Slide 3: ITS PCB Program Background

  • Part of U.S. DOT ITS Joint Program Office (ITS JPO)
  • Authorized by Congress in 1996 to develop the workforce competencies to transform the transportation infrastructure through ITS
  • Reauthorized by Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21)
  • In 2010 embarked on new strategic direction:
    • Develop new ITS content and fill gaps in existing content.
    • Build partnerships to direct learning to the right audiences.
    • Move to cost-effective, engaging delivery methods.
  • Ever increasing effort to expand coordination with wider (non-Federal) partners:
    • Academia
    • Professional Associations

[This slide contains a Venn diagram with four circles, clockwise from the top: Professional Development, Leadership Outreach, Knowledge Exchange, and Technology Transfer. The circles overlap in an area labeled Building the ITS Profession. The diagram is surrounded by a ring separated into four parts (Leverage, Accelerate, Deliver, and Evaluate) with arrows pointing clockwise from one to the other.]

Slide 4:  ITS PCB Partners

Future Partners

  • SAE International
  • IEEE
  • NACo
  • AMPO
  • Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
  • International Road Federation
  • Transportation Workforce Centers

[This slide contains the logos of the following: University of Maryland, World Road Association/Mondiale de la Route, CITE, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology University Transportation Centers, ITE (Institute of Transportation Engineers), U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA), International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Transportation Safety Institute (TSI), National Highway Institute (NHI), American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, ITS America, and the National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE).]

Slide 5: ITS PCB Program Content

Targeted delivery, through strategic use of partners:

Tier 1: Emerging Technologies
  • Connected Vehicle:
    • Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V)
    • Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I)
    • DSRC (for Transportation)
    • Technology
    • Policy
  • Automated Vehicles
  • Smart Cities
  • T3 Webinars
  • CITE Courses
  • ITS America State Chapter Workshops
Tier 2: Current Research
  • Short-term Intermodal Research
  • Research Initiatives
    • ICM
    • MSAA
    • Clarus
    • IVBSS
    • EFM
    • Smart Roadside
    • AERIS
  • T3 Webinars
  • P2P
  • ePrimer
  • CITE Courses
  • ITS Video Library
  • ITS Knowledge Resources
Tier 3: Existing Technologies
  • Adaptive Signal Control
  • Arterial Management
  • Freeway Management
  • Crash Prevention & Safety
  • Road Weather Management
  • Driver Assistance
  • And more…
  • T3 Webinars
  • P2P
  • ePrimer
  • CITE Courses
  • ITS Video Library
  • ITS Knowledge Resources
Tier 4: Foundational/Cross-Cutting Topics
  • Standards
  • ITS Architecture
  • Systems Engineering
  • Telecommunications
  • DSRC
  • Data Collection & Mgmt.
  • Security
  • Data Communications
  • Procurement
  • CITE Courses
  • Standards Modules
  • NHI Courses

Slide 6: Partnering with Higher Education

The USDOT looks to colleges and universities as partners in educating the next generation of leaders in Connected Vehicles

  • Priority Audiences Over the Next 1 to 3 Years
    • Federal Agencies
    • Transportation Executives and General Managers
    • Transportation Practitioners (including Engineers and Planners)
    • Manufacturing/Industry
    • IT/Communications
    • Data Aggregators
    • Automobile Manufacturers
  • Anticipated Audiences Over the Next 3 to 5 Years
    • Insurance and Privacy Audiences
    • Public Safety/Law Enforcement
    • Freight/Commercial Vehicle Owners and Operators
    • Media
    • Advocacy Organizations

Slide 7: ITS Case Studies

  • Case Study developed from input from 1st & 2nd University Workshops
  • 6 Case Studies
    • Adaptive Signal Control
    • National ITS Architecture
    • ITS Concept of Operations
    • Civil Design Considerations for ITS Implementation
    • Travel Time Based Performance Measures
    • Transit Service and ITS
  • All 6 Case Study to be available online early 2017

[This slide contains a screenshot of the ITS in Academics page on the ITS Professional Capacity Building Program website.]

Slide 8: ITS Case Studies - 2016 Pilots

  • Civil Design Considerations for ITS Implementation
    • Gonzaga University (Undergraduate)
    • Florida International University (Undergraduate & Graduate)
  • ITS Concept of Operations at University of Massachusetts (Undergraduate)
  • Transit Service and ITS by TSI at Oklahoma University

[This slide contains four photos and two logos. The photos are (1) School of Engineering and Applied Science buildings at Gonzaga University, (2) a Florida International University Engineering Center sign, (3) an instructor teaching a roomful of students, and (4) another classroom with an instructor teaching a roomful of students. The logos are (1) the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and (2) Oklahoma University.]

Slide 9: T3e (education) Webinars

T3es are envisioned as a forum to bridge academic research with the larger transportation community. The goals are multifaceted and aim to:

  • Allow transportation professionals to learn about emerging trends and interact with academia.
  • Provide students an opportunity to present their work to the professional community and perfect their presentation skills.
  • Offer an opportunity for academic institutions to showcase their programs and labs to a national audience.
  • Provide those in all sectors with an opportunity to network and find synergy, potentially forming partnerships for deployment, operations, or new research topics.

[This slide contains a diagram consisting of six circles layered on top of each other, with the largest in the background and the smallest in the foreground. From the foreground to the background, they’re labeled T3 Education (T3es), T3 Webinars, ITS PCB Program, ITS Joint Program Office, Office of the Ass’t Secy for Research & Technology (OST-R), and US DOT.]

Slide 10: T3e (education) Webinars


  • Focus on a specific ITS topic, theme, or subject area
  • Up to 60-minutes in length—the first 25-40 minutes is devoted to presentations on relevant research, while the remaining 20-30 minutes are set aside for an interactive question and answer discussion.
  • Presenters may be university students, staff members, researchers, or professors but usually includes multiple presenters.
  • T3es present a unique forum for exchange between academia, government, and industry.

[This slide contains a screenshot of the ITS Courses and Training page on the ITS PCB website.]

Slide 11: T3e (education) Webinars


  • Because the T3es are focused on academic research, unlike other T3 webinars, T3e presenters come exclusively from academia.
  • In contrast to traditional T3s, which are hosted by a federal DOT staff member, a professor will serve as the host on a T3e webinar.
  • The T3e Webinar content is developed by the professor and presenters, who determine the topic(s) and learning objectives.
  • All T3es are produced by the Volpe Center T3 team who works with professors and students throughout.
  • All T3e webinars are archived and available for viewing on the T3 website which presenters and can access and share freely.

Spaces are available on the calendar for 2016-2017!
Please speak to Jaime if you are interested.

Slide 12: T3e (education) Webinars

Past T3es

  • Network-Wide Impacts of Connected Vehicles on Mobility: An Agent-Based Modeling Approach
    Oregon State University
    Dr. Haizhong Wang, Alireza Mostafizi and Shangjia Dong
  • Sustainable Urban Traffic Management Using Advanced Technologies
    University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Dr. Eleni Christofa, Yashar Farid and Farnoush Khaligi
  • Transportation Characterizing Bikeshare Usage with Network Modeling Techniques & GTFS-Enabled Spatiotemporal Analysis of Transit Services
    University of Utah
    Dr. Cathy Liu, Jeffrey Taylor and Kiavash Fayyaz
  • Connected Vehicles and Rural Road Weather Management
    University of Wyoming
    Dr. Rhonda Young and Britton Hammit

Slide 13: ITS Curriculum Webpage


To publish information about ITS courses in order to provide:

  • Prospective graduate & undergraduate students interested in ITS with a “one-stop-shop” resource with information on university ITS programs & courses; and
  • Educators with a platform to feature their ITS courses and an opportunity to informally network with other educators, exchanging lesson plans and best practices.

You can help develop this into a meaningful resource by providing us with:

  • A list of your ITS courses, along with one or two web links to course descriptions/information
  • A two-to-three sentence description that sums up ITS-related initiatives at your institution
  • A university point of contact, and
  • A university logo that we can publish on our website.

Slide 14: ITS Curriculum Webpage

Found at:
Within ITS in Academics:

The webpage will ultimately feature a comprehensive list of educational institutions that offer coursework in ITS, connected vehicles, automated vehicles, smart cities, or other innovative transportation research, and provide links to curriculum information and ITS-centric programs.

[This slide contains a screenshot of the ITS in Academics Curriculum page on the ITS PCB website.]

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For more information, contact:

Michelle Noch
ITS Professional Capacity Building Program Manager
ITS Joint Program Office
U.S. Department of Transportation



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