With a $2.4M grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the University of Michigan, along with its partners, has created the Center for Connected and Automated Transportation (CCAT). CCAT aims to advance research in the field of transportation safety, mobility, and sustainability via connected vehicles, connected infrastructure, and autonomous vehicles.

Located at the focal point of the U.S. auto industry, CCAT will play a unique regional role in promoting connected and automated transportation research, education, workforce development, and technology transfer activities, which are of critical importance to the future of the region’s economy. The CCAT team’s extensive and substantive collaborations with stakeholders such as the region’s state DOTs, local governments, and the CAV industry will ensure that our research translates to practical outcomes through prototypes, field tests, technology transfer, implementation, and policies.

U-M’s partners include: Washtenaw Community College, Purdue University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Akron, and Central State University.

The U.S. DOT invests in the future of transportation through its University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program. The UTC Program advances the state-of-the-art in transportation research and technology and develops the next generation of transportation professionals. UTC awards and administers grants to consortia of colleges and universities across the United States.

CCAT Directory of Key Personnel

Alan Lecz • WCC
Advanced Transportation Center Director

4800 E. Huron River Dr.
Occupational Education Bldg.
Room 160-F
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Ph: (734) 677-5472
Fax: (734) 677-5482

Ping Yi • University of Akron
Professor of Civil Engineering

ASEC 213
302 E. Buchtel Ave.
Akron, OH 44325
Ph: (330) 972-7294
Fax: (330) 972-6020

Krishna Kumar Nedunuri • Central State University
Professor of Civil and Chemical Engineering

105 C.J. McLin Center #111
1400 Brush Row Road
Wilberforce, OH 45384
Ph: (937) 376-6455
Fax: (937)-376-6257

Headshot of CCAT Director, Henry Liu

Henry Liu

Director, CCAT

Headshot of CCAT Managing Director, Debby Bezzina

Debby Bezzina

Managing Director, CCAT