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.


Pei-Sung Lin Ph.D., PE, PTOE, FITE

Program Director
Phone: (813) 974-4910
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Dr. Lin the program director of ITS, Traffic Operations and Safety within CUTR. He leads a very energetic and innovative group of faculty, staff and students to conduct objective research projects and grants for our sponsors to develop technologies and improve our transportation safety and mobility.



Ph. D., Civil Engineering (Transportation), University of Florida, 1995

M.S., Civil Engineering(Transportation), University of Texas, 1991

B.S., Civil Engineering, National Chung-Hsing University, 1986


Projects and Publications:

  • Pei-Sung Lin, Achilleas Kourtellis, Chanyoung Lee, and Peter Hsu, “Evaluation of Rear-View Video Systems to Reduce Truck Backing Crashes”, ITE 2011 Annual Meeting and Exhibit, Compendium of Technical Papers, ITE, Washington D.C., August 2011
  • Pei-Sung Lin g and K. G. Courage, “Phase Time Prediction for Traffic-Actuated Intersections”, Transportation Research Record 1555, TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 1996, pp. 17-22
  • Pei-Sung Lin, Aldo Fabregas, Hongyun Chen and Sachin Rai, “Impact of Detection and Communication Degradation on Traffic Signal Operations”, ITE 2010 Annual Meeting and Exhibit, Compendium of Technical Papers, ITE, Washington D.C., August 2010


Representative Experience:

Director, ITS, Traffic Operations & Safety Program                            Oct 2006 – Present

Center for Urban Transportation Research, College of Engineering, University of South Florida

  • Develop the ITS, Traffic Operations and Safety program, and supervise faculty and staff
  • Seek for research funding and collaboration opportunities
  • Develop, direct, and manage research projects as PI or Co-PI

Senior Research Associate, ITS, Traffic Operations & Safety Program           Oct 2004 – Oct 2006

Center for Urban Transportation Research, College of Engineering, University of South Florida

  • Develop research proposals and conduct research projects as PI, Co-PI, or researcher

Traffic Engineer, Traffic Engineering and Operations Division               Feb 1996 – Oct 2004

Sarasota County Public Works, Florida

  • Manage traffic control center, operate traffic signal systems, and develop ITS project
  • Improve mobility and safety of county roadways, review plans, and resolve citizens’ complaints


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