UMTC Research

The UMTC has several research funding organizations.



Five leading universities joined together form the New England University Transportation Center, located in Federal Region 1.

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (lead institution), Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
  • University of Maine, Orono, Maine
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts

Each of the New England University Transportation Center consortium universities has a long and established history working with the UTC program since its inception. Leveraging private, state and local government funds, university institutional funds, and foundation resources, the New England Center eagerly looks forward to leveraging the UTC funds combined with non-Federal matching funds to produce impactful research, education, and technology transfer programs affecting the future and practice of transportation.

The University of Massachusetts has a well-developed network of research sponsors that include state and local government as well as industry. For example, regionally headquartered insurers such as Liberty Mutual, as well as local governments, have sponsored the University of Massachusetts safety research. Faculty and students also work with several of the state government transportation authorities in New England including Vermont, New Hampshire and Connecticut. In addition, faculty salaries, student support and dedicated transportation research facilities provide significant sources of UTC match.

Active Research Projects:
(Coming Soon)


Safer-SIM is a collaborative research center to support advancements in the application of simulation to transportation research in the areas of safety, operations, and roadway design led by

  • The University of Iowa
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Massachusetts – Amherst
  • University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison

These five universities are leaders in the evaluation of the impacts of the infrastructure on the safety of the transportation system and have a long history of using and developing cutting-edge simulation tools to aid this research. Each of the consortium members is home to one or more interactive driving simulators used by faculty, students, and staff from civil engineering, industrial and systems engineering, psychology, and computer science. Our research, technology transfer, and educational efforts are directed toward rapidly advancing and expanding the use of driving simulation to include:

  1. performance of model roadway engineering safety evaluations as example case studies of how to evaluate the safety of advances in infrastructure and reduce the time it takes to move a concept from the drawing board to the road;
  2. integration with microscopic traffic simulation to determine the impact on safety of advances in technologies which allow vehicles and the infrastructure to communicate with each other;
  3. incorporation of 3D roadway design tools that greatly reduce the time that it takes to build exact replicas of roadway hot spots and identify infrastructure contributions to crashes; and
  4. use of visualization in transportation planning and public outreach as a tool to put users on new road before they are built and as a way to bring safety into the very start of the planning process.

Active Research Projects:
(Coming Soon)


The CrIS vision and research activities directly address key MAP-21 research and technology objectives. In particular, MAP-21 safety objectives include the following 3: “Reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries on public roads”, “Fill knowledge gaps that limit the effectiveness of research”, “Advance improvements in, and use of, performance prediction analysis for decision making”, “Expand technology transfer to partners and stakeholders.” In addition, MAP-21 objectives for reducing traffic congestion include: “Acceleration of the implementation of Intelligent Transportation Systems technology.”

We are excited to be involved with four of the five proposed research thrusts:

  1. Development of a Networked Driving Simulator Facility for Near-Crash Multi-Vehicle Scenarios;
  2. Driver Models for both Human and Autonomous Vehicles with different Sensing Technologies and near-crash activity;
  3. A General Model for Safety including The Re-Engagement Challenge; and
  4. Pedestrians and Cyclists and their interaction with Intelligent Vehicles.

Active Research Projects:

(Coming Soon)