Given the complexity of future transportation systems, the data rich environment they currently operate in, and the pervasiveness of computing and cyber technologies in transportation and in everyday life, it is imperative that future transportation professionals be educated and trained in a way that equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to effectively function in that environment. Specifically, they need to know how to make the best use of the available data resources in their mission to improve the efficiency, safety, sustainability and resiliency of our nation’s transportation system. It is toward achieving this goal that TransInfo educational activities will be directed.
At UB (the lead institution), five different departments from three different schools have either a transportation track or transportation components, and will be part of this grant.
At the three other participating universities (RPI, GMU and UPR-M), the main department participating in TransInfo activities will be the Civil Engineering department in the respective school. Nevertheless, faculty members there plan to collaborate on research with their colleagues in other departments particularly from Computer Science and Industrial & Systems Engineering. Table 4 lists the number of degrees conferred annually during the past five years, and the number of full-time faculty, for each participating department. It is to be noted that the numbers reported are at the department-level, and that not all of those students specialize in transportation.