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

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.


Monis Wazir

OPS Assistant
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I grew up in Indian Administered Kashmir; a place sandwiched between India and Pakistan, known for its pristine beauty and history of conflict. I completed my undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from SRM University Chennai in 2015. I am currently pursuing my Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a concentration in Transportation Engineering. I am fascinated by the opportunity the CUTR has given me, to work with ITS, Traffic Operations and Safety program under the supervision of Dr. Zhenyu Wang and Dr. Pei-Sung Lin who have been absolute pillars to my efforts.

In my current role as a Research Assistant at CUTR (Center of Urban Transportation Research), I have had the opportunity to conduct studies that seek to promote pedestrian and motorcyclist safety. Among other projects, I conducted a Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS) in which I examined the behavior dynamics between drivers and pedestrians at signalized intersections and performed statistical analyses on the collected data to understand the pattern of the interactions. I also performed a study to investigate the effectiveness of DSFS (Dynamic Feedback Sign) to improve motorcyclist safety-related behaviors on rural two-lane curves. My work experience with CUTR has helped me better understand the wide-ranging and multi-dimensional nature of transportation design. I also have prior experience working as a field and design engineer for construction companies. I believe with my work experience in the industry, and a background in transportation research, I have the skill set necessary to succeed in this field.