Fully self-supported leveraging funds from local, state, and federal agencies, ACME focuses on the evaluation of novel and disrupting technologies. ACME researchers are skilled in advanced econometric methods, data mining, machine learning, and artificial intelligence applications. ACME actively pursues innovative projects and collaborates with clients and peers to and apply new concepts and technologies to solve real-world transportation problems by pioneering advanced data-driven solutions. The program’s partnerships include Brand Motion, Honda, Hyundai, Siemens, Toyota, Yunex, and HNTB.
A world where people and goods move safely, efficiently, equitably, and with the least impact on our environment. ACME contributes to this vision by promoting high-impact, objective, data-driven research answers to transportation practitioners and policymakers.
ACME’s projects cover these main areas of research:
Infrastructure Investment and Economic Development – ACME bring more than 20 years of experience in conducting economic impact analyses and performance assessments of public transportation, airport and roadway projects. The group’s analytical expertise helps organizations assess the economic impacts and effectiveness of policy, planning, and investment decision making.
The Economic and Social Consequences of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles – ACME evaluates the evaluation and performance assessment of connected and autonomous vehicles in terms of safety, mobility, economic productivity, energy and environmental benefits. ACME is currently leading the performance evaluation and assessment the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program – Tampa Pilot.
Travel Behavior, Land Use and Urban Form – ACME researchers focus on theoretical modeling of the relationship between urban form, residential location and travel patterns. By formulating implementable models that define how household travel behavior responds to changes in transportation infrastructure.
Transportation Demand Management Evaluation (TDM) – ACME specializes on the development and implementation of practitioner-oriented applications to quantify the societal costs and benefits of congestion-reduction strategies with a focus on energy conservation.
The underlying interest in these areas is in providing scientific investigation to evaluate mechanisms supporting livable and sustainable communities.