Research Areas

C2SMART’s main research priority is improving mobility of people and goods, with a focus on smart cities. The center's research activities are divided into three areas, which together embody 9 of the 12 vision elements identified by USDOT as the major defining features of a smart city.

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Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Connected and autonomous vehicles will bring revolutionary changes to the way our transportation systems work, but many questions about how these systems will work in a real city remain unanswered. C2SMART researchers are involved in several projects related to deployment of connected vehicles and integration of connected technology throughout urban networks, helping pave the way for widespread real-world implementation.

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Shared Mobility

Shared mobility systems, from taxis to bikes to cars, are driving the evolution of smart cities. C2SMART’s research includes investigating how these shared mobility systems can work more efficiently and analyzing how they impact a city’s transportation system as a whole.

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Pedestrians

Despite the many changes technology is bringing to urban transportation systems, walking remains just as important to getting around many cities as cars, trains or buses. Analyzing pedestrian behavior and finding ways to improve the safety of those on foot is an important part of the center’s research agenda.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure Management

Currently, most repair, maintenance, and replacement decisions for urban infrastructure are made in the absence of reliable structural health data. These data can be collected by relatively inexpensive and non-destructive sensing technologies. C2SMART’s team has a wealth of expertise on different aspects of infrastructure management and is applying that knowledge to finding ways to better maintain and manage critical transportation links in high-volume urban networks.

Safety

Safety

As technology revolutionizes all aspects of transportation, ensuring safety of drivers, pedestrians, and riders remains a top concern. C2SMART’s research both analyzes the safety of existing transportation modes and pursues strategies for safe implementation of emerging technologies.

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Big Data

Part of C2SMART’s mission is to use big data generated by emerging field implementations and non-traditional sensing technologies to develop secure and interoperable data sharing platforms and system-oriented solutions. The center takes advantage of these new and emerging data sources in its research to address a wide range of urban mobility problems involving people and goods to achieve efficiency, resiliency, accessibility, and sustainability for a range of cities.

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Congestion

Congestion is a significant and worsening problem for many crowded urban networks, with negative spillover affecting not only other parts of the transportation system, but the city’s functioning as a whole. C2SMART’s research looks at emerging technologies and policies that seek to alleviate overcrowding and maximize mobility in all aspects of transportation.

Resiliency

In the face of worsening natural disasters, man-made threats, and ever-growing urban populations, the resilience of multi-modal transportation assets and infrastructure in cities is critical. C2SMART’s research addresses a pressing need to assess the vulnerabilities of urban infrastructure and work towards resilient systems that continue to function when strained by difficult conditions.