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Welcome

Welcome to the virtual presentation of Pittsburgh Intelligent Transportation Systems (PITTS) Lab – a research and teaching facility within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of the Swanson School of Engineering, at University of Pittsburgh. PITTS Lab is located in the region with vigorous transportation activity in the most populous metropolitan area in Western Pennsylvania. Over the recent years Pittsburgh was transformed from an iconic steel town to an urban innovation hub hosting some of the major Connected-Automated Vehicle companies. With its historically important role as a Western Pennsylvania’s railway hub, at the confluence of Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, and with its variety of urban transportation modes (the city has a funicular system too!!) Pittsburgh represents a living lab and diverse environment for researching transportation problems and improving transportation system while preserving city’s livability.

Swanson Building-1

PITTS Lab’s research interests include various modes (private vehicles, public transportation, pedestrians, etc.) and various aspects of transportation (mobility, accessibility, safety, environment, etc.). Special emphasis is given to transportation efficiency at the times when application of advanced technologies (e.g. Intelligent Transportation Systems) has priority in the national transportation policies over expansion of the existing infrastructure. In terms of the transportation sub-disciplines PITTS researchers address traffic operations and management, intelligent transportation systems, traffic simulation, transportation planning, urban air transportation and management, and others. The major PITTS’ research emphasis is on Adaptive Traffic Operations and Management with particular interest in Adaptive Traffic Signal Control (ATSC) systems. While ATSC systems have been core of the research interests of the lab’s leadership, the PITTS Lab is interested in a variety of others traffic operations and management studies. Ability to adapt to changes is a life-story of the entire human civilization. Transportation, as one of the primary human activities, whose goal is to move people, goods and information in space and time, has adapted along with our society. PITTS Lab, in a multitude of similar labs and facilities, takes an angle where adaptiveness of the transportation system (as an ability to adapt to exogenous and endogenous factors that are function of time) is given primary emphasis when considering transportation’s past, present, and future.

The core of the PITTS Lab is a Traffic-Management-Center-like facility that is used both for research and instructional activities. Equipped with the state-of-the-art software, hardware, and communications the lab serves local, regional, and international partners in developing new methods and tools in controlling, managing, and monitoring transportation infrastructure. Some of those partners are: City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County (Local); Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Philadelphia, New Jersey Department of Transportation, (regional); National Academy of Sciences, National Science Foundation, Federal Highway Administration (national); European Cooperation in Science and Technology, Roads and Maritime Services (Australia), (international). A long list of PITTS' university partners include University of Utah, University of Virginia, Northwestern University, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, University of Belgrade, Aalto University, North Carolina State University, University of Florida, Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University, University of Maryland, University of Nevada Reno, University of Minnesota, University of Washington, University of Delaware, New Mexico State University, University of Idaho, Technical University Munich, Graz University of Technology, etc.

 

A. Stevanovic
PITTS Lab Director

PITTS Lab News

Feb
18
2020
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Graduate Seminar- Carnegie Mellon University


Professor Stevanovic presented the critical concepts of Traffic Control systems at the Carnegie Mellon University. Stevanovic, A.Z. “Traffic Control – Definition, Classification, and Outlook.” Carnegie Mellon University, Civil and Environmental Engineering CEE Graduate Seminar Series, February 14, 2020, Pittsburgh, PA.

Jan
24
2020
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Graduate Seminar- Swanson School of Engineering


Professor Stevanovic presented the critical concepts of Traffic Control systems at the University of Pittsburgh. Stevanovic, A.Z. “Traffic Control – Definition, Classification, and Outlook.” University of Pittsburgh, Swanson School of Engineering, CEE Graduate Seminar Series, January 24, 2020, Pittsburgh, PA.

Jan
12
2020
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More than seven poster and lecture presentations at TRB-2020 by PITTS LAB


PITTS Lab presented more than seven posters and lectures at Transportation Research Board -TRB 2020,January 12–16, Benefits of Adaptive Traffic Control Deployments – A Review of Evaluation Studies Nemanja Dobrota, University of PittsburghAleksandar Stevanovic, University of Pittsburgh Identifying Time-of-Day breakpoints based on Clustering Techniques and Visual Analytics Nemanja Dobrota, University of PittsburghRodolfo Alfaro-Carcoba, University of Nevada, RenoNikola Mitrovic, Siemens MobilityAleksandar Stevanovic, University of Pittsburgh Adaptive Traffic Control Deployments in the United States: Insight from a New Database and filtering tool Nemanja Dobrota, University of PittsburghAleksandar Stevanovic, University of PittsburghNikola Mitrovic, Siemens Mobility Integrated Intersection Control for Connected, Automated Vehicles, and Pedestrians: A Simulation-Based Evaluation Tanja Niels, Bundeswehr University, MunichNikola Mitrovic, Siemens MobilityNemanja Dobrota, University of PittsburghKlaus Bogenberger, Technical University of MunichAleksandar Stevanovic, University of PittsburghRobert Bertini, USF Center for Urban Transportation Research Impact of Accurate Detection of Freeway Traffic Conditions on the Dynamic Pricing of I-95 Express Lanes Suhaib shayeb, University of PittsburghAleksandar Stevanovic, University of PittsburghNikola Mitrovic, Siemens MobilityBranislav Dimitrijevic,, New Jersey Institute of Technology Unified Traffic Management for Urban Surface and Air Mobility Nikola Mitrovic, Siemens MobilityAleksandar Stevanovic, University of PittsburghFedja Netjasov, Univerzitet u Beogradu Work Zone Activity Real-Time Data Collection: Mobile Application Development and Testing Farzaneh Azadi, University of Pittsburgh

Dec
18
2019
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Adaptive Traffic Control Workshop


Prof. Stevanovic presented a half-day Adaptive Traffic Control Workshop , which took place on December 18,2019, at at the University of Pittsburgh. The city of Pittsburgh and Penn DOT staffs, multiple consultants, and Pitt's faculty members and graduate researchers attended this workshop. He covered a variety subjects and key information related to "Network Prioritization for Adaptive Traffic Control Deployment" and "Technology Selection" and gave attendees an opportunity for some hands-on experiences.

Dec
13
2019
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Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference-2019


Prof. Stevanovic had a presentation at Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference-PennState-2019 Stevanovic, A.Z. “Traffic Control – Definition, Classification, and Outlook.” Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference, Session 8c “Research UTC Projects”, December 13, 2019, State College, PA.

Nov
19
2019
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Internet of Traffic Expo – 2019


Prof. Stevanovic presented at Internet of Traffic (IoT) Expo-2019 Effinger., J., and Stevanovic, A.Z. “Advanced Traffic Signal Optimization Concepts” 2019 TCC Expo – Internet of Traffic (IoT), November 19, 2019, Addison, IL.

Oct
14
2019
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PTV User Group Meeting 2019


Dr. Stevanovic from PITTS Lab presented at the 20th Annual North America PTV Vision Traffic User Group Meeting that took place on October 9-10 in New Orleans. Dr. Stevanovic was invited as a speaker with a presentation on “Retiming signals with Vissim: Unleashing the Power of Sophisticated Modeling and Cloud Computing”.

Sep
27
2019
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PITTS Lab signs a data-sharing agreement with Lake County, IL


PITTS lab has signed an agreement with the Lake County, IL to get access to the VIDEO and traffic signal data in order to monitor traffic signal operations through the use of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connected to the Lake County PASSAGE traffic signal and video system servers. This agreement will enable PITTS Lab to include data from Lake County, IL within its research in the field of traffic analysis and engineering.