Program Overview

This program actively pursues innovative projects and collaborates with peers to develop and apply new concepts and technologies to solve real-world transportation problems. The expertise of its faculty and staff covers Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Connected Autonomous Vehicle (CAV), traffic operations, transportation safety, public education and outreach, and technical training and assistance.

Specialties on ITS and CAV include 1) development and application of ITS technologies to transportation systems, 2) automated shuttle demonstrations, 3) connected vehicle (CV) project evaluations 4) evaluation of smart work zone applications, 5) assessment of automated pedestrian detection systems, 6) public safety awareness technology evaluations,  7) cybersecurity for CV infrastructure, and 8) development of mobile lighting level measurement devices and automated diagnosis tools.

Traffic operations research focuses on 1) transportation systems management and operations (TSMO), 2) applications of traffic signal operations to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, 3) demand management to reduce recurring traffic congestion, 4) optimization of freeway patrol to reduce non-recurring traffic congestion, 5) research on backup power systems to extend traffic signal operations, 6) traffic simulation, 7) traffic system modeling, and (8) advanced data collection and analysis techniques.

Safety research areas include 1) traffic safety, 2) pedestrian and bicycle safety, 3) transit safety, 4) truck safety, 5) rail safety, 6) mitigation for railroad trespasser and suicide fatalities and injuries, 7) wrong-way driving prevention, 8) incident management, and 9) behavioral research and human factor analysis.

Additionally, researchers and staff specialize in public education and outreach, public opinion surveys and analysis, graphic design and production, and development of effective paid media campaigns.  The ITS program also manages and operates the prestigious Florida Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Center to serve and provide technical training and assistance to Florida local and tribal agencies.

 

Research Focus:
Smart work zone applications and work zone safety
Automated shuttle demonstration
Connected vehicle project evaluation
Assessment of automated pedestrian detections
Public safety awareness technology evaluation
Cybersecurity for connected vehicle infrastructures
Advanced lighting measurement systems and automated diagnosis tools
Transportation systems management and operations
Freeway management and operations
Management of recurring and non-recurring traffic congestion
Research on backup power systems to extend traffic signal operations
Pedestrian and bicycle safety research
Traffic, transit, truck, and rail safety
Mitigation for railroad trespasser and suicide fatalities and injuries
Wrong-way driving research
Behavioral research and human factor analysis

 

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Safety by Design Florida is an effort to promote and encourage traffic safety in Florida. By working to provide a collection of engineering resources for safety transportation design, and educational material, we intend this site to be a “one-stop-shop” for all transportation safety efforts.

WalkWise Florida

WalkWise Florida is a grassroots initiative that provides innovative pedestrian safety education to citizens. Pedestrian safety is an issue that affects everyone. We are all pedestrians at some point during our day.

 

Florida LTAP Center

The vision of the Florida LTAP Center is to be recognized as a premier resource in providing training and technical assistance to local agencies and transferring innovative technologies, proven solutions, and reliable service to successfully address and meet the needs of local transportation communities in Florida.

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Achilleas Kourtellis Ph.D.

Assistant Program Director
Phone: (813) 974-5320
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Biography

Profile:

Dr. Achilleas Kourtellis, has worked with the ITS program at CUTR since 2006. He has served as PI and co-PI for several projects including crash avoidance technologies for large trucks, transit vehicles, pedestrian and bicycle safety and several transit related projects. He has performed numerous driving controlled tests to evaluate technologies in vehicles, driver acceptance of technology tests, pedestrian and bicycle safety research as well as research on automated and connected vehicles. He also serves as an instructor for the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at USF.

Education:

Ph.D., Transportation, University of South Florida, 2009

M.S., Civil Engineering(Transportation), University of South Florida, 2006

B.S., Civil Engineering, University of South Florida, 2004


Specialties:

Behavioral Research and Analysis

Controlled Driving Test

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

Technology Performance Evaluation

Traffic/Survey Data Collection

Traffic Engineering

Traffic Safety Analysis

Transit Safety

 


Representative Experience:

  • Conducted travel behavior analysis
  • Conducted driver behavior analysis
  • Conducted pedestrian and bicycle safety analysis
  • Conducted controlled driving tests for systems evaluation
  • Conducted safety campaigns for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Conducted behavioral analysis for pedestrian and bicycle safety
  • Evaluated advanced technologies for buses and heavy trucks
  • Co-Managed the Naturalistic Bicycle Pilot Study (FDOT)
  • Co-Managed the Naturalistic Driving Study Tampa Site (SHRP2)

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