TSAP partners have incorporated research-related learning opportunities into each project to extend student engagement beyond the classroom and into the field. They also frequently organize and participate in activities intended to increase the existing pipeline of transportation professionals. Below are upcoming and recent examples of TSAP workforce development activities.
- October 13-14, 2020: Graduate students presented TSAP research at the 2020 NCDOT Research & Innovation Summit. This event brought together peers in the public, private, and academic sectors to collaborate and discuss innovative transportation technologies and research.
- July 13-31, 2020: Two TSAP researchers shared their research with students during the 29th North Carolina A&T State University’s Summer High School Transportation Institute (STI). The primary goal of STI is to generate awareness among minority high school students of the various educational paths and attractive career opportunities associated with the transportation industry. Dr. Sean Tikkun, assistant professor in the Department of Education at NCCU, gave a presentation on GPS and GIS for the visually impaired. Dr. Srinivas Pulugurtha, professor and research director of the IDEAS Center at UNC-Charlotte, discussed an array of careers in Civil Engineering.
Stay tuned for more information about our ongoing workforce development efforts.
TSAP partners draw upon extensive national transportation experience to be leveraged to benefit North Carolina, including extensive professional networks established through three University Transportation Centers. Here, we spotlight key synergistic research projects.
CSCRS has several research projects relevant to TSAP currently underway, including projects exploring: advanced analytics applications to frame vulnerable user and AV interactions; how pedestrians will interact with AVs; a concept for an AV dispatch center; and how machine learning techniques can inform road safety countermeasures. CSCRS has already offered a lecture series focused on safety considerations for AVs, such as AV proving grounds, environmental concerns, public health implications, options for mobility, and more. CSCRS also leads research related to Vision Zero, data linkage, micromobility, and other topics pertaining to automation and vulnerable road user safety in North Carolina.
TSAP benefits from its synergies with NC A&T’s other dynamic navigation projects: pedestrian multimodal trip planner (USDOT funded), bounded rational choice (USDOT funded), drone-traffic incident management (VDOT funded), drone-emergency vehicle cooperation (USDOT funded), and pedestrian evacuation (USDOT funded).
TSAP benefits from related work ongoing at MCTM.