Traffic signal systems technology has changed dramatically over the past ten years. One of the major drivers of this change is the Intelligent Transportation Systems program, in which computing, communications, electronics, and other advanced technologies are applied to improving the capacity and safety of the nation’s transportation systems. To implement these technologies, new generation transportation engineers need a set of multidisciplinary engineering skills not typically included in a civil engineering-based education program.
Traffic Signal Summer Camp will provides 12 transportation engineering students an opportunity to learn about the latest traffic signal systems hardware and software. The camp consists of a set of hands-on laboratory exercises conducted under the guidance of industry practitioners and UI faculty. The camp was held on the University of Idaho campus during the week of August 14 to August 18, 2000.
NIATT is in a unique position to offer Traffic Signal Summer Camp. We have three well-equipped laboratories that offer students access to the latest transportation hardware and software:
- The Machine Vision Laboratory includes six video detection workstations each containing a video detection unit, a supervisory computer, a television monitor, and a video tape player.
- The Traffic Controller Laboratory includes three NEMA traffic controllers and is being used to develop NIATT’s new Controller Interface Device. The CID provides real-time hardware-in-the-loop simulation linking the CORSIM simulation model and a NEMA or 170 controller.
- The Highway Design Laboratory includes nine design workstations with transportation design and operations software.
Traffic Signal Summer Camp will include the following activities:
- introduction to traffic signal capacity analysis;
- introduction to traffic signal simulation models;
- development and testing of a signal timing design for a fixed time controller;
- development and testing of a signal timing design for an actuated traffic signal controller using a Controller Interface Device;
- construction and testing of a loop detector; and
- design and testing of a video-based traffic detection plan