Research Topics

Transportation research at the U of M encompasses many disciplines and subjects. You can view our research within the broad topic areas below.

You can also find research by keyword.

Planning
Effective planning of transportation networks and the relationships between transportation and land use.

Environment
The impacts of transportation on the natural environment and human health.

Traffic Operations
Efficient real-time management of complex transportation systems.

Safety
Preventing vehicle crashes and other traffic-related incidents that claim thousands of lives every year.

Traffic Modeling and Data
Advanced simulation technologies that let researchers and professionals develop better solutions to traffic-related problems.

Security
Protecting the transportation system and its users from crime, terrorist activity, natural disasters, and other threats and disruptions and developing transportation strategies for evacuation and mitigation.

Intelligent Vehicles
Systems and technologies that help drivers operate their vehicles safely and efficiently under a variety of conditions, ranging from normal driving to hazardous situations.

Economics
Economic impacts of transportation systems and projects, pricing of transportation facilities, and transportation financing strategies.

Freight
The movement of goods via all modes of transportation.

Pavements
Materials and techniques to produce safe, economical roadways and airport runways.

Bridges & Structures
The use of steel, concrete, and other building materials for bridges and other transportation structures.

Maintenance
Repair and upkeep of roads and other transportation facilities.

Construction
Effective management of complex construction projects and development of innovative construction technologies.


Mode

Research spanning the spectrum of transportation modes, including: