Research Areas

C2SMARTER’s main research priority is improving mobility of people and goods, with a focus on smart cities. The Center’s research activities are divided into three areas, which together embody 9 of the 12 vision elements identified by USDOT as the major defining features of a smart city.

Connected and autonomous vehicles will bring revolutionary changes to the way our transportation systems work, but many questions about how these systems will work in a real city remain unanswered. C2SMARTER researchers are involved in several projects related to deployment of connected vehicles and integration of connected technology throughout urban networks, helping pave the way for widespread real-world implementation.

Shared mobility systems, from taxis to bikes to cars, are driving the evolution of smart cities. C2SMARTER’s research includes investigating how these shared mobility systems can work more efficiently and analyzing how they impact a city’s transportation system as a whole.

In the face of worsening natural disasters, man-made threats, and ever-growing urban populations, the resilience of multi-modal transportation assets and infrastructure in cities is critical. C2SMARTER’s research addresses a pressing need to assess the vulnerabilities of urban infrastructure and work towards resilient systems that continue to function when strained by difficult conditions.

As technology revolutionizes all aspects of transportation, ensuring safety of drivers, pedestrians, and riders remains a top concern. C2SMARTER’s research both analyzes the safety of existing transportation modes and pursues strategies for safe implementation of emerging technologies.

Congestion is a significant and worsening problem for many crowded urban networks, with negative spillover affecting not only other parts of the transportation system, but the city’s functioning as a whole. C2SMARTER’s research looks at emerging technologies and policies that seek to alleviate overcrowding and maximize mobility in all aspects of transportation.

Despite the growing variety of transportation options available in cities, many residents find themselves limited in their choices due to physical accessibility limitations, safety concerns, or other impediments to safe and efficient travel, restricting their ability to move freely about their cities. Transportation accessibility remains a problem for certain groups of travelers who are often underrepresented or overlooked in transportation policy development and research.