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Research Project

IGERT Program on Computational Transportation Science

The main components of the Ph.D. program are course-work, research projects, and the Intelligent Traveler Assistant (ITA) experimental prototype that demonstrates the research results. Some of the research projects and the prototype will be done in collaboration with our partners through internships.

Principal Investigator
Thakuriah, Piyushimita (Vonu)
Research Area(s)
Policy Analysis
Funding Source
National Science Foundation


CTS (Computational Transportation Science) is a new multidisciplinary doctoral training program at the University of Illinois at Chicago aimed to educate specialists in the Information Technology aspects of Transportation Science.  The CTS fellows will develop technologies in which sensors, travelers computers (e.g., PDAs), in-vehicle computers, and computers in the static infrastructure are integrated into a collaborative environment. They will also investigate how these technologies are adopted, and the implications of such adoption. The envisioned environment will enable solutions to transportation problems ranging from dynamic ride-sharing, real-time multi-modal routing and navigation, to autonomous/assisted driving, to inferring travel patterns via data mining. CTS is funded by the National Science Foundation via an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant. The grant provides two-year IGERT fellowships to 25-30 Ph.D. candidates students over a five-year period, as well as supporting a new curriculum and internship training for students. The proposed program will educate IGERT fellows, each of whom will be a Ph.D. student in one of five core departments: Computer Science, Urban Planning and Policy, Civil and Materials Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Information and Decision Sciences. Please visit the IGERT website for details.