The primary objective of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) program is to integrate advanced technologies into the current system for greater efficiency and improved safety.  Its investigators determine possible uses for a broad range of technologies, including wireless and wire line communications, information technologies and various other electronic applications and equipment.  ITS is involved in the planning, implementation, management and evaluation of various types of ITS-related projects.

The program has enjoyed national prominence for more than 20 years and began with a substantial role in Commercial Vehicle Operations (CVO) projects, particularly the Advantage I-75 Mainline Automated Clearance System.  In addition to CVO projects, they have conducted a variety of research projects for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and various state and federal transportation agencies as well as private companies.  ITS research ranges from studies of virtual weigh station technology to traffic control procedures for emergency responders. Currently, researchers are helping stakeholders modernize the International Registration Plan (IRP) clearinghouse.

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Featured Project: Optimizing Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Investments and Activities to Improve Safety and Increase Revenue Collections

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet owns and maintains 14 commercial vehicle enforcement facilities. As in many states, Kentucky has experienced a decline of personnel trained to operate weigh stations which adversely impacts safety enforcement and revenue collection.  Due to the construction of new routes three CVE facilities would be impacted. ITS researchers evaluated the three facilities taking into account the level of compliance with tax related and safety regulations. The guidance developed in this study can be applied to all weigh station facilities to make decisions about whether a facility should be closed, replaced, or transitioned to remote monitoring. Click here to read the full report.

Research In Progress

  • Maintenance of Roadside Screening Systems
  • Kentucky CDL Adjudication Project
  • Hosting, Maintenance and Enhancements to Kentucky’s mCDL Software (Collaboration with KY State Police)
  • CDL Information Technology Enhancements (OIT/COT Project)

Completed Projects

  • Commercial Vehicle Parking Monitoring
  • mCDL Evaluation
  • In-Cab Alert System for CMVs
  • Replacement of Roadside Screening Equipment
  • Roadside Screening Maintenance
  • ITD Data Quality Initiative
  • Administrative & Technical Support for Kentucky’s ITD and PRISM Programs

Intelligent Transportation Systems Faculty & Staff

Jennifer Walton

Associate Director


Brian Beaven

Research Associate


cell:(502) 220-8911

Joe Crabtree

Research Engineer


Brian Howell

Research Engineer


Jeeyen Koo

Senior Research Scientist


cell:(315) 466-4717

David Leddy

Research Associate

Andrew Martin

Senior Research Scientist


Matt Miles

Research Associate


cell:(315) 466-4717

Mei Chen

Associated Faculty

CE Professor