UCF Transportation Experts Receive USDOT Grant

UCF’s transportation experts are part of a team that has been awarded $3.5 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to establish a Southeast-based university research center to study the nation’s transportation needs and provide hard data to improve transportation systems across the country.

The Southeast regional center is one of 22 such hubs funded for a total of $77 million by the DOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA.) The centers are poised to address critical transportation challenges and educate the next generation of transportation professionals.

Led by Georgia Tech, the Southeast hub will also include Florida International University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham and will focus on transportation systems performance and management, specifically dealing with safety, transportation infrastructure and services and economic competitiveness.

The UCF team, led by Essam Radwan and researchers at the Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation (CATSS), is expected to compete for up to $800,000, to be equally matched by non-federal sources, for contributing research and education expertise in selected areas. These areas include distracted drivers, the effects of drowsiness and fatigue on drivers, intelligent and safe construction work zones, pedestrian safety, infrastructure integrity, economic development in core metropolitan regions, surrounding rural areas and the mega-region, and efficient movement of freight.  A group from UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training that uses a driving simulator to study the impact of multiple distractions behind the wheel is part of the team.

Each center will work with regional, state and local transportation agencies to help find solutions to challenges that directly impact their communities and affect the efficiency of the nation's transportation system.

The grant is expected to continue for a second year at $3.5 million and will also include dollar for dollar matching funds from non-federal sources.

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Sponsored research at UCF is growing exponentially. In 2011 the university surpassed the $100 million dollar mark in external funding for the seventh straight year with $106.6 million. And UCF's pioneering efforts to commercialize technology continued to stimulate local economies throughout the state. The UCF Business Incubation program expanded to nine locations and multiple governments and communities served with the opening of a center in Volusia County, its ninth location. As a 2011 Carnegie Foundation "very high research activity" university, UCF is committed to the pursuit of excellence and intellectual growth and seeks to excel at moving ideas to innovation and realization.


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