Research expenditures are up and sponsored awards have increased by 15 percent, building upon the prior year’s expenditure total of $542 million, despite the impact of COVID-19 felt nationally by higher education institutes, according to preliminary fiscal year-end reports.
A week-long field market research demonstration of unmanned aerial systems, more commonly known as drones, concluded on July 31 at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in support of the United States Army’s unmanned ground vehicle program.
Externally sponsored awards at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) topped $50 million in just over a year, setting a record for the institute. Such awards allow VTTI to lead further advancements in roadway safety and technology research.
A research team led by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute will explore how to configure automated driving systems to address situations involving first responders and construction zones in a safe, reliable manner. The study is funded by a $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
With a $2.3 million award from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, an interdisciplinary team of Virginia Tech researchers led by Masoud Agah are working to revolutionize a testing process for harmful pollutants, in particular, for truck drivers.
What should drivers know about emerging vehicle technologies? Graduate student and VTTI researcher Alexandria Noble is studying driver training methods and received an award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society for her research.