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

Headshot of Henry Liu. The link directs to their bio page.

Henry Liu • University of Michigan
CCAT Director

2901 Baxter Road – Room 103
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Ph: (734) 763-6076

Debby Bezzina Headshot. The link directs to their bio page.

Debby Bezzina • University of Michigan
CCAT Managing Director

2901 Baxter Road – Room 105
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Ph: (734) 763-2498

Samuel Labi Headshot. The link directs to their bio page.

Samuel Labi • Purdue University
CCAT Associate Director

550 Stadium Mall Drive – Room G175A
West Lafayette, IN 47907


Ph: (765) 494-5926

Headshot of Imad Al-Qadi. The link directs to their bio page.

Imad Al-Qadi • UIUC
Illinois Center for Transportation Director

1207 Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg – 205 N Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801


Ph: (217) 265-0427

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Alan Lecz • Washtenaw Community College
Advanced Transportation Center Director

4800 E Huron River Drive – OE 160 F
Ann Arbor, MI 48105


Ph: (734) 677-5472

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Ping Yi • University of Akron
Professor of Civil Engineering

302 Buchtel Common – ASEC 213
Akron, OH 44325


Ph: (330) 972-7294

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Krishnakumar Nedunuri • Central State University
Professor of Environmental Engineering

105 C.J. McLin Center – 111
Wilberforce, OH 45384


Ph: (937) 376-6455