The New England University Transportation Center leverages the region’s unique richness in both high-technology innovation and transportation expertise to conduct research activities under three integrated technology themes — ubiquitous intelligence, big data, and user performance—and their application to the advancement of USDOT’s strategic goals and research priorities with a focus on safety and economically competitive, yet livable communities.
We conduct research to further advances in transportation, leveraging the growing intelligence of everything everywhere —not just on vehicles and infrastructure but on mobile devices, wearable computing and nearly everything around them. Ubiquitous intelligence combines technologies and systems that enable identification, sensing and communications. Ubiquitous intelligence effectively applied to transportation promises to improve safety and improve the real-time efficiency system performance as well as measure the impacts of transportation activity on livability and the global environment.
Ubiquitous intelligence presents a new strategic challenge to transportation planners, operators, managers and individual users: to make sense and translate data from an infinite number of systems and sensors into usable information to enable better planning, investments, operations and decisions.
The transportation system reflects the decisions of individual users— from people choosing which mode to make a trip, to freight operators planning shipment routes. Creative application of new technologies can improve individual mobility while advancing system safety, efficiency and the livability of communities. While new technology provides opportunities to improve decision-making and safety, it also presents new safety and human factors issues as well as policy questions. Ubiquitous intelligence enables the collection, monitoring and storage of information about more than the transportation system’s performance; it is potentially a repository of individual behavior as well.
The New England Center’s research takes a look at these issues, and more. Our goals are to increase awareness of today’s transportation issues, in order to develop tomorrow’s transportation leaders and foster positive dialogue that will lead to solutions for the nation’s transportation goals.