Letter from the Director

CCAT Director, Henry Liu, at the Michigan Traffic LabWelcome to the Center for Connected and Automated Transportation (CCAT), USDOT’s Region 5 University Transportation Center (UTC). CCAT is a partnership between the University of Michigan, Washtenaw Community College, Purdue University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Akron, and Central State University. CCAT has been named the UTC for focused research on connected and automated transportation, as designated by USDOT’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology. Being located in southeast Michigan gives CCAT the ability to collaborate with leaders in transportation and mobility research. Our position also gives us access to some of the best facilities and resources in the world including The Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Test Environment, Mcity, and the American Center for Mobility, among others.

CCAT hosts a variety of events to engage the public and private sectors in discussions. Our annual Global Symposium hosts leaders from around the world to discuss topics including DSRC versus CV2X, accessibility requirements in autonomous vehicles, and Smart Cities. Our Distinguished Speaker Series curates thought leaders from government and universities to present on topics including ridesharing, the future of public transit, and more. Our Research Review gives us an opportunity to highlight exceptional research projects funded by CCAT.

Our researchers’ projects focus on six main thrusts including Modeling and Implementation, Enabling Technology, Policy and Planning, Control and Operations, Infrastructure Design and Management, and Human Factors. Through these, CCAT hopes to achieve our mission of significantly impacting the evolution of the United States next-generation transportation systems with emerging technologies on safety, mobility, and sustainability. In addition, we aim to provide national and regional leadership for connected and automated transportation research, science, education, training, and deployment.

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