CTS and Joint CTS Programs

Accessibility Observatory

Focuses on the research and application of accessibility-based transportation system evaluation.

Airport Technical Assistance Program (AirTAP)

Similar in mission to LTAP, AirTAP provides training and technical assistance to Minnesota airport operators and aviation personnel.

Context Sensitive Solutions

Context sensitive solutions (CSS) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that involves all stakeholders in providing a transportation facility that fits its setting. This website provides a CSS toolbox, information on upcoming events, and other resources.

Global Transit Innovations (GTI) Program

Connects leading researchers and educators in the field of transit planning across the globe.

HumanFIRST Laboratory (Human Factors Interdisciplinary Research in Simulation and Transportation)

Focuses on innovative interventions to improve transportation safety based on a scientific understanding of driver performance and cognitive functions.

Intelligent Vehicles Program

The IV Program's engineering and computer science professionals work closely with an interdisciplinary team of specialists, including cognitive psychologists specializing in human factors and experts in visibility, geospatial databases, road-weather and other traveler information systems, virtual environments, image processing, and traffic-signal operations.

Initiative on the Sharing Economy

Sheds light on the growing trend away from the exclusive ownership and consumption of resources to one of shared use and consumption. Peer-to-peer shared mobility is a particular focus.

Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)

Provides critical training, information, and technical assistance for Minnesota's local transportation agencies.

Minnesota Traffic Observatory

The University’s next-generation traffic laboratory.

Roadway Safety Institute

A regional University Transportation Center; conducts research focused on user-centered transportation safety systems.

Transitway Impacts Research Program

Answers questions about the economic, travel, and community impacts of transitway corridors in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Transportation Policy and Economic Competitiveness (TPEC) Program

Investigates the links between transportation and economic competitiveness, with a focus on three topics: finance, industry clusters, and technology.

VPRO: Vehicle Powertrain and Routing Co-Optimization

Investigates ways vehicle powertrain electrification and routing co-optimization can lead to significant improvements in vehicle fuel economy.

CTS Affiliated Programs

State and Local Policy Program

A highly visible regional policy resource drawing on University faculty from a variety of specialties, with a major focus on transportation policy. Housed within the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs, SLPP works with individuals and institutions from government, business, academia, labor, and nonprofits to develop improved public policy, particularly in the Upper Midwest.

Northland Advanced Transportation Systems Research Laboratories (NATSRL)

Located on the University's Duluth campus and funded in part by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute, NATSRL collaborates with Mn/DOT District 1 to carry out research on a wide range of topics including transportation for small urban centers, winter transportation issues, visual and electronic sensors, transportation data management, and inventory management of transportation infrastructure.

Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA)

An applied research and technology center that connects faculty and students with nonprofit organizations, ethnic and racial minority groups, businesses, rural towns, inner-city neighborhoods, suburban communities, local governments, and public agencies in Minnesota.

Multi-Axial Subassemblage Testing System (MAST) Lab

Created by the Civil Engineering department through a National Science Foundation grant, the MAST Lab is a next-generation structural testing facility designed to test large structures such as bridge components under static load conditions. Operational in October 2004.

Institute for Urban and Regional Infrastructure Finance

Founded in 2017, Institute for Urban & Regional Infrastructure Finance (IURIF) aims to advance research and engagement on strategic issues of infrastructure investment across urban and rural areas. It promotes and amplifies the scholarship in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in multiple areas of expertise. This includes state and local public finance, infrastructure sustainability, and urban and regional affairs.

Thomas E Murphy Engine Research Laboratory

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Minnesota remains at the forefront for developing technology needed for the next generation of clean and efficient engines, addressing the need for pollutant emissions reduction, mitigation of carbon emissions, and the implementation of renewable fuels.

Minnesota Design Center

An endowed center within the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture that investigates how design can be used to make the metropolitan landscape more livable and sustainable.

Center for Distributed Robotics

Operating within the Computer Science, the CDR's work with CTS focuses on distributed sensor systems and small autonomous vehicles for traffic system monitoring.

Center for Supply Chain Research

A collaborative effort by faculty from Industrial Engineering, Operations Management, Economics, Computer Science, and Mathematics. Research focuses on modeling, design and optimization of the processes through which goods and services are created and distributed.

Safety Security and Rescue Research Center

This NSF I/UCRC is focused on the emerging field of Safety, Security, and Rescue Research, which includes a variety of topics in homeland security and emergency preparedness and response. As a true cooperative venture, university researchers, member company executives, and invited public safety officials play a role in the selection of research projects the Center pursues. In fact, it is the Industrial Advisory Board that allocates funding for specific projects.

Erosion/Sediment Management and Control Program

The Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota in partnership with MnDOT offers this program to ensure compliance with erosion and sediment control provisions on Mn/DOT projects and to provide comprehensive training of inspectors, project managers, contractors, and designers.

Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power

The vision of the NSF Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power is to create new fluid power technology that is compact and efficient, leading to major fuel savings and new technology applications. The University of Minnesota is the program's headquarters. The other core universities participating in the center include the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Purdue University of West Lafayette, Indiana, and Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. Outreach universities and organizations are the Milwaukee School of Engineering, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, the National Fluid Power Association, Science Museum of Minnesota, and Project Lead the Way.