The Old Dominion University Transportation Research Institute and Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center (TRI-VMASC) are participating in TranLIVE, a Tier 1 University Transportation Centers (UTC) program. The education and outreach efforts undertaken by ODU are described in detail below. TranLIVE stands for "Transportation for Livability by Integrating Vehicles and the Environment." The main mission of the center is to help the nation achieve the goals of a cleaner environment and greater energy independence through development and implementation of new transportation technologies and decision support tools. (Note that some of the educational and outreach activities discussed below are contingent on the commitment of TranLIVE partner institutions, e.g., the planned conference/workshop. In such cases, Old Dominion University will be fully contributing to the effort.)
1 - ODU TRI-VMASC will support 4 graduate student fellowships/scholarships and 3 undergraduate internships (summer institute) to attract talented students into transportation research and for workforce development.
Competitive graduate fellowships/scholarships will be awarded to 4 graduate students. These students are linked with one the six TranLIVE research projects that are currently underway at ODU. For example, one graduate scholarship was assigned to a project titled "Develop vision-based systems to track and classify vehicles at high fidelity to enable estimation of emissions." ODU will provide one fellowship to a graduate student as part of the matching funds, and the 3 scholarships will come from the requested USDOT funds.
Undergraduate research internships
During summer 2013, ODU will financially support 3 undergraduate students to participate in a summer institute sponsored at partner institutions (Note: This is a contingent activity-ODU will be getting confirmation from a TranLIVE partners for this activity). The students will be selected competitively.
Internship program with project collaborators
The ODU research team will participate in the internship program to support other TranLIVE UTC partners.
2 -The ODU/VMASC Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization Annual Capstone conference has a transportation track. In 2013, we will advertise the new TranLIVE theme to attract a substantial number of student papers. The best papers submitted to the conference and related to the TranLIVE UTC theme will be selected by expert judges and receive cash prizes.
3 - ODU TRI-VMASC team will participate in developing transportation curriculum related to the TranLIVE theme of livable and sustainable communities and testing it in the classroom.
TranLIVE sponsored seminars
During Fall 2012 - ODU will participate in the joint offering of a TranLIVE seminar course on eco-traffic signal systems and in Spring 2013 the joint offering of seminar course on eco-connected vehicles. Specifically, ODU will participate in preparing course material for these seminars. ODU students will be encouraged to participate in the course, and students working as part of the UTC will be required to participate in the course.
Incorporating TranLIVE theme in graduate and undergraduate courses
During the coming year, ODU faculty will incorporate the livability and sustainability theme in their courses. For example, the Intelligent Transportation Systems course at ODU will cover topics that deal with eco-signals, eco-information, and eco-routing.