The Bridge Engineering Software &Technology (BEST) Center of the University of Maryland was established in 1986 to develop bridge related technology and provide a mechanism whereby the bridge oriented software which was developed for the Maryland State Highway Administration is made available on a commercial basis to other state design agencies and private consultants. The BEST Center has been in operation for over ten years and has established a premiere quality development team and user base. Through bridge related projects, including laboratory and on-site testing, the BEST Center has accumulated years of experience and knowledge related to bridges.
The vision of the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology (CATT) is the creation of a self supporting facility to address the application of information and systems science to the Transportation Engineering discipline. The Center builds on the capabilities of the University's Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Departments and their associated centers and institutes. It draws on the significant resources of the State of Maryland and the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.
The Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory at the University of Maryland was originally established in 2002 as an academic applied research and development lab to support national, state, and local efforts to solve important transportation, safety, and security problems. The CATT Lab accomplishes this mission through innovative technology deployments and user-centered design of software and information visualization systems. Our work spans many disciplines including Intelligent Transportation Systems, law enforcement, network security, private business, defense and homeland security.
The Center for Disaster Resilience serves to assist individuals, communities and governments in understanding and reducing the catastrophic effects of natural hazards, especially coastal and riverine flood hazards. A team of risk and resilience experts and their partners in government, private practice and academia, provide risk assessment, risk communication and risk reduction capabilities to help decision-makers in building community resilience.
The primary focus areas of the CNIS are to:
- Conduct research and development in the networking of infrastructure sensors
- Provide a testbed for high data rate infrastructure sensing using hybrid free space optical/RF wireless communication links with connectivity to next generation backbones (e.g., Internet II; ATDnet).
Existing research includes:
- Scalable networks for military C4 ISR systems
- Optical Wireless Sensor Networks For Critical Infrastructure Surveillance
- Agile transceivers for optical wireless communications
- Video surveillance testbed
- Topology control, autonomous reconfiguration and pointing, acquisition and tracking
Founded in 1996, the Center for Technology and Systems Management leverages the expertise of both in-house experts and external associates to offer the following capabilities to its clients:
- Systems engineering that encompasses functional modeling, technology forecasting and assessment, human and organizational factors, and expert opinion elicitation; *Reliability, risk, statistical and decision studies that include risk analysis and management, risk-based regulation development, risk profiling, modeling and analysis, risk-based decision making, multi-criteria ranking and decision making, as well as failure, crash and accident investigation including forensic engineering; Information technology that includes web-based computing, databases, visualization, and simulation.
- Project management that includes scheduling with network optimization and equilibrium problems.
- Robotics, automation, control and intelligent systems.
The CTSM's strength stems from its ability to develop technologies and creatively utilize sophisticated analytical tools to meet a set of objectives for decision situations relating to various systems, such as defense, homeland security, maritime, infrastructure, facility, health, intelligent and equipment systems. The technologies and systems are further defined in the context of many industries. Using a matrix structure of technologies and systems, several primary thrust areas were identified to constitute primary interests and the scope for the center by capitalizing on existing resources, including the University of Maryland at-large. The products of the CTSM increase efficiency and effectiveness, enhance reliability, reduce failure rates, and support rational decision making for a cost-effective management of risk.
In 1982, Congress authorized the establishment of the Rural Technical Assistance Program (RTAP). The goal of the RTAP was to provide for transfer of technology to local transportation agencies such as counties and small municipalities under 50,000 population. The 1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act broadened the responsibilities to include all areas under one million population and the name was changed to the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). The program is administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). To accomplish the goal, FHWA has established, in cooperation with state highway agencies, "Technology Transfer (T2) Centers". The Maryland Transportation Technology Transfer (T2) Center was one of the earliest T2 centers organized, starting in 1984.
The Maryland Water Resources Research Center was established in 1965 to develop new technology and more efficient methods for resolving local, state and national water resources problems. In addition to supporting research, its mission includes training water scientists and engineers and disseminating information to the public.
The National Transportation Center at the University of Maryland (NTC@Maryland) is one of the five National Centers that were selected in a nationwide competition and the only one with a focus on the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) strategic goal of “Economic Competitiveness”. NTC@Maryland aims to promote strategic transportation policies, investment, and decisions that bring lasting and equitable economic benefits to the U.S. and its citizens. The Center is concerned with the integrated operations and planning of all modes serving the nation’s passenger and freight transportation system, including the institutional issues associated with their management and investments. A balanced multi-modal approach will be used that considers freight and passenger travel mobility, reliability, and sustainability, as well as system operations during periods of both recurring and non-recurring incidents, including response to major emergencies.