USDOT Region V Regional University Transportation Center

Purdue University (Lead Institution and Anchor Partner)

Purdue's Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (TIS) program, centered primarily in the School of Civil Engineering, is one of the nation’s largest. Research activities include the active participation by faculty in computer science, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, management, agricultural economics, statistics, liberal arts and education, and economics. TIS offers a broad-based transportation program in traffic engineering, traffic safety, traffic flow theory, geometric design, transportation systems analysis, transportation planning, infrastructure management, network modeling, demand forecasting, econometrics, logistics, intelligent transportation systems, air transportation operations, financing, and sensory instrumentation.

Purdue's Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP) represents an innovative and exemplary partnership of more than 70 years with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to address Indiana transportation needs through research, education, and outreach activities. JTRP’s advisory board of university faculty, INDOT, FHWA and the transportation industry selects research projects for funding, offers workshops and seminars, and disseminates research outcomes. The Institute for Safe, Quiet, and Durable Highways (SQDH) focuses on quiet, safe, durable, and economical highways for automobiles, trucks, and highway-based transit. The Center for Road Safety (CRS) conducts research and develops engineering tools in the area of road safety including those relating to the driver, vehicle, and roadway characteristics. The North Central Superpave Center (NCSC) designs asphalt pavements through technology transfer in partnership with the DOTs and industry in nine states and two Canadian provinces. The Harold Michael Traffic Laboratory operates remote surveillance equipment and a comprehensive communication laboratory that evaluates and tests emerging traffic signal systems standards. The Geographic Information Systems Laboratory provides digital transportation information in multimedia forms and acquires transportation information from GPS receivers in static and real-time modes from satellite, aerial, and ground photographs through photogrammetric workstations. The Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) provides technical assistance and training to the highway, road and street departments of all 92 counties, 117 cities, and over 456 towns in Indiana.

Purdue’s 40-acre Discovery Park (DP) complex provides the NEXTRANS Center interdisciplinary synergy through collaboration with DP units such as the Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) and the Discovery Learning Center (DLC). Research examining the role of transportation in economic development is performed at the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD), and the implications of transportation infrastructure and operational systems for national security are studied at the Purdue Homeland Security Institute (PHSI).

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