The UC Berkeley Center for Future Urban Transport was established in 2004 after the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations designated it as a Volvo Center of Excellence in a competition involving a large field of international candidates. It is housed at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and its director is Carlos Daganzo, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
The Center's mission is to study the mutual interdependence of urban transportation policy and technology and use the understanding of that concept to devise sustainable transportation strategies for the world's cities.
It addresses this undertaking on three levels:
- strategic, so that the research is guided by a city's vision of its own future;
- tactical, where policies are tailored for specific environments; and
- operational, where technologies are developed and the results fed back into tactical-level decisions.
The Center's research is divided into five research areas:
- Mobility & Accessibility
- Adapting to Urban Form
- Telework Solutions
- Congestion Mitigation
- Wireless Infrastructure