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Transportation research collaborations funded

New awards have been announced to support collaborations between the U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and researchers from other campus units.

The Doctoral Studies Program (DSP) at UMTRI, organized by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the institute, supports doctoral students who conduct dissertation research at UMTRI in a transportation-related discipline involving collaboration of school/college and institute faculty. Total funding for the program is $1 million over three years. Several awards averaging about $50,000 per year are expected to be made each year through 2009.

Three doctoral students will receive $358,000 in the first funding round. They are Xiaoguang Wang, architecture and urban planning; Hsin-Shang Yang, mechanical engineering; and Changxu Wu industrial and operations engineering.

Wang's project will receive $135,000 over three years to measure changes in travel behavior among drivers who experience distinctly different signals from land use and road design by building an innovative database. Joe Grengs is his faculty adviser and Lidia Kostyniuk is the project's UMTRI collaborator.

Yang will receive $113,000 over two years to develop an integrated decision-control model to represent the human driving process, which will be used to build a "humanized active safety system." Huei Peng, professor of mechanical engineering, is his faculty adviser; Timothy Gordon and David LeBlanc are the project's institute collaborators.

Wu's project will receive $110,000 over two years. It will focus on developing a computational driver performance model, which will cover the major aspects of driver performance and mental workload. Wu's faculty advisers are Yili Luiand and Jun Zhang. Omer Tsimhoni is the project's institute collaborator.

The purpose of the DSP is to increase the opportunity for students to perform their dissertation research in the institute's diverse and dynamic research environment, as well as to increase collaborations between institute and school/college faculty throughout the University, and to stimulate new research and funding initiatives.

Proposals for the next round of funding are due by Feb. 15, 2007.

Details about proposal submission can be found at or by calling 763-2466 or 764-6505.

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