The Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) program leverages strategic planning and novel communication technologies to improve highway safety and efficiency. Researchers evaluate ITS and Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) technologies and help plan, implement, and manage related projects. The program promotes widespread adoption of safety best practices, evaluates information technologies for work zones and traffic incident management (TIM), and delivers TIM training to first responders.  


Research in Progress

  • Evaluation of KYTC’s Portable Queue Warning Alert System (PQWAS)
  • Enhancement of Kentucky’s Truck Parking Information Management Systems
  • Support for IRP, Inc. Data Repository Implementation
  • Online Instructional Tools for Motor Carriers
  • 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)

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. 


Intelligent transportation systems Faculty & Staff

Jennifer Walton

Associate Director/Program Manager


Brian Howell

Research Engineer


Andrew Martin

Program Manager


Mei Chen

Associated Faculty

CE Professor


Xiaobing Li

Associated Faculty

Senior Research Scientist