The Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Irvine (ITS Irvine) specializes in the application of advanced analytical techniques and technologies to contemporary transportation problems. Established in 1974, ITS Irvine's programs currently involve nearly 75 faculty members, professional researchers and graduate students from a variety of disciplines.
Research at ITS Irvine covers a broad spectrum of transportation issues including:
- energy and the environment
- alternative-fueled vehicles
- transportation pricing and demand management
- transportation/land use relationships
- transportation safety
- freight and logistics
- advanced transportation management systems
- advanced traveler information systems
- transportation network optimization
- real-time simulation of intelligent transportation systems
- microsimulation models for transportation planning
- activity-based approaches to travel behavior
- GPS/GIS for transportation data collection and analysis
ITS Irvine is part of a University of California (UC) multicampus organized research unit with branches on the Berkeley, Davis, Irvine and Los Angeles campuses, and the University of California Transportation Center (UCTC), a federally-designated center for research on transportation systems and policy. The Institute also plays a major role in the intelligent transportation and telematics research component of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Cal IT2) and in the ZEVNET hybrid-vehicle station car demonstration program of UCI's National Fuel Cell Research Center.