Transportation and Infrastructure Systems Engineering
The Harold Michael Traffic Operations Laboratory provides students with state of the art traffic signal controllers and equipment for conducting probe vehicle data collection, aircraft operations counts, and time lapse photography. The laboratory also has real-time traffic feeds from the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Purdue Airport that are used for "big data" analysis research. Students using the laboratory work closely with state and local transportation colleagues on solving applied traffic engineering problems.
The Purdue Driving Simulator Laboratory at NEXTRANS, the USDOT Region V Regional University Transportation Center is a quasi-living laboratory for mobility and safety research, interactive learning, and outreach. The DSL will develop behavioral and operational models and assess impacts to address current and emerging needs of the USDOT, state and local DOTs, and private sector firms in the information and locational services domains.
The traffic mobile laboratory at the Center for Road Safety includes an instrumented van that provides the capability to measure traffic, to test nonintrusive sensing technologies, and to evaluate innovative data collection techniques for traffic and safety analysis.
The Interdisciplinary Transportation Analytics Laboratory focuses on developing novel integrative approaches to complex transportation issues in connected and autonomous vehicular environments, sustainability related transportation issues, data driven mobility solutions from social media, GPS-equipped vehicles and cell phone data, ride/vehicle sharing systems, freight transportation and logistics challenges and disaster management issues. These problems are solved by collaborations with various scholars in engineering, social science and computational sciences.
The Sustainable Transportation Systems Research (STSR) group aims to achieve green, safe, efficient, and equitable transportation systems by studying and modeling transportation externalities, using state of the art statistical, econometric, economic analysis and geographic information tools. STSRG conducts research on advancing the understanding of the triple bottom line (economic, environmental and social) for sustainable transportation and develops empirical models and practical tools to assist transportation decision-making.