The TRANSPORATION POLICY RESEARCH CENTER will play a central role in the Alabama Transportation Institute, helping to communicate and interpret research findings to the general public and policy-makers. An important first task for the TPRC and ATI will be the production of the Alabama 2040 Report, an independent, authoritative assessment of transportation infrastructure and mobility needs through 2030. The report, which will draw upon the combined expertise of the ATI, will also address investment needs, possible sources and potential returns from a set of alternative investment scenarios. It will serve as the foundation of additional research and implementation studies.
The CENTER FOR ADVANCED PUBLIC SAFETY is an applied research center focused on the integration of technology into real-world problems that impact public safety and well-being. CAPS develops new technology for police officers, emergency management units and for government business units that support transportation, vehicle tax registration, human services, tax collection and a host of transportation-related priorities. With the provision of cutting edge technology that impacts lives in many different ways, CAPS personnel engage in engineering and applied social/behavioral science research made possible by technology-produced substrate data. To support this applied research, researchers in the center also maintain a strong basic research stream in data analytics and the computing technology needed to support big data in society.
The CENTER FOR ADVANCED VEHICLE TECHNOLOGIES is based on a unique educational program geared towards future automotive technologies and interdisciplinary research in modern facilities, it strives to provide the automotive industry with novel ideas, scientific consultation, as well as new generations of engineers and scientists informed in the latest technologies. It capitalizes on the University’s location at the heart of the flourishing automotive industry in the southeastern United States.
The CENTER FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH was created in 1930, and since has engaged in research programs to promote economic development in the state and provide economic and demographic forecasting, data and analysis. Center researchers respond to requests for information from state and local government agencies, chambers of commerce, public and private researchers, industrial organizations, news media along with private citizens. The center’s population and forecasting models can be applied to produce forecasts for specified geographic areas. Staff can customize econometric models to analyze the economic impact of an industry or major economic event on an area, and can also prepare area demographic profiles.
The ALABAMA CENTER FOR INSURANCE INFORMATION AND RESEARCH provides highly credible information and research insight for the benefit of key stakeholders across the state of Alabama, including policymakers, the public, insurance companies, intermediaries, trade groups and other parties who need information concerning the management risk. ACIIR is dedicated to providing facts and truths to parties who directly contribute to the economic development of Alabama. Research areas include catastrophic risk, decision making under risk and uncertainty, insurance regulation, micro-insurance, predictive modeling, insurer capitalization and predictive analytics.
The CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE serves as an innovative technical resource, knowledge center and educational provider addressing critical issues related to sustainable infrastructure, whether at the local, regional, national or global level. The CSI extends its focus to range from materials to full-scale structural systems, including the development of new, novel materials and structural systems as well as the short- and long-term performance of materials and structural systems to service extreme loading conditions and hazards. The CSI utilizes a cradle-to-grave approach to infrastructure, including pre-project planning, design, construction, maintenance, renovation/rehabilitation, decommissioning/ deconstruction and reuse.
The UNIVERSITY TRANSPORTATION CENTER FOR ALABAMA is a three-campus center housed in the UA College of Engineering that collaborates with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Alabama in Huntsville. UTCA’s research theme is management and safety of transportation systems. UTCA is a member of the Region 4 University Transportation Center consortium headed by the University of Tennessee. In addition to federal funding through the consortium, work at the UTCA is also supported by contracts through agencies such as the Alabama DOT, the Wisconsin DOT and the Portland Cement Association Southeast Region. Current UTCA research projects include writing the Strategic Highway Safety Program for the state, evaluating adaptive traffic signal control, developing the ALDOT roundabout design and operations manual, evaluating congestion on interstates using crowd-sourced data, and developing crash modification factors and safety performance factor calibrations for the state.