University of Vermont


Transportation Systems

Faculty and students involved in the Transportation Systems application area work in close collaboration with the UVM Transportation Center and interact actively with regional companies and state transportation departments.

Example Projects

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Complex Systems Model for Alternative Transportation Energy

The project is studying these questions: What will power the transportation system of the future? What infrastructure is needed for next generation transport systems? Find out more...
Contacts: Margaret Eppstein (CS), Jeff Marshall, Donna Rizzo

Smart car Emissions and Performance of Alternative Vehicles in Northern Climates

UVM's unique focus in this project is on particle number emissions, on-board sensors, low-cost sensors and public communication.
Contacts: Britt Holmén, Jeff Frolik, Dryver Huston, Bob Jenkins

Implementing the TRANSIMS Model in Chittenden County

The Transportation Analysis and Simulation System (TRANSIMS) is an agent-based model capable of tracking travel on a person-by-person, and second-by-second basis. This increased complexity, however, presents real challenges in terms of model development and calibration. In this study, funded by the U.S. DOT, we are investigating some of those challenges and devising methods to overcome them, by considering a deployment case study in Chittenden County, Vermont.
Contact: Adel Sadek

Integrated Transportation and Land Use Models: Complex Systems Approaches and Advanced Policy Applications

What will the transportation and land use system look like in 20 years? Find out more...
Contacts: Bob Jenkins, Peter Dodds (Math), Chris Danforth (Math)

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Spatial Analysis of Transportation Networks

Graduate student Jim Sullivan is working under the direction of Dr. Lisa Aultman-Hall, founding director of the UVM Transportation Center (UTC), and Dr. David Novak, School of Business, to study transportation network robustness. In this project, the overall cost of losing a link due to structural failure (a bridge), natural disaster (a flood), or human factors (construction or a traffic crash) is estimated based on the necessary re-routing. This model, which points to the most critical and important links in our national transportation network, has applications for national security.

The Aultman-Hall research group is currently funded by the National Science Foundation, the Connecticut Department of Transportation, and the New England University Transportation Center. Funded graduate assistantships are available — find out more...
Contact: Lisa Aultman-Hall