Welcome to the virtual presentation of Laboratory for Adaptive Traffic Operations and Management (LATOM) – a research and teaching facility within the Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Department of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, at Florida Atlantic University. LATOM/FAU is located in the region with vigorous transportation activity and one of the most populous metropolitan areas (Miami metropolitan area) in the Southeastern United States. With Florida being the third most populous state in the US, the region itself represents a ‘living laboratory’ with diverse transportation issues. Numerous deep-water seaports, commercial airports, public transit systems, and a large network of transportation infrastructure (one of the best maintained in the nation) create a transportation system that is (and will be) facing transformational changes due to contemporary societal issues such as climate change, population growth and aging, globalization, water and food issues, international trades, wireless communications and cloud computing, etc.
LATOM’s history dates back to 2009 when the lab was established physically (facility allocated by the College of Engineering and Computer Science) and institutionally (by performing the first project for the Utah Transit Authority). Since then, the lab has grown both in terms of staff and research funding, recently becoming one of the most active research labs within the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering. Since its inception in 2009 the LATOM has been engaged in about a dozen funded research projects with a total budget over a million US dollars. During the same time LATOM’s researchers published more than 80 scholarly publications (journal articles, conference papers, and project reports). LATOM’s research interests include various modes (private vehicles, public transportation, pedestrians, etc.) and various aspects of transportation (mobility, accessibility, safety, environment, etc.). Special emphasis is given to transportation efficiency at the times when application of advanced technologies (e.g. Intelligent Transportation Systems) has priority in the national transportation policies over expansion of the existing infrastructure. In terms of the transportation sub-disciplines LATOM researchers address traffic operations and management, intelligent transportation systems, traffic simulation, transportation planning, and others. The major LATOM’s research emphasis is on Adaptive Traffic Operations and Management with particular interest in Adaptive Traffic Signal Control (ATSC) systems. While ATSC systems have been core of the research interests of the lab’s leadership, the LATOM has been engaged in a variety of others traffic operations and management studies. Ability to adapt to changes is a life-story of the entire human civilization. Transportation, as one of the primary human activities, whose goal is to move people, goods and information in space and time, has adapted along with our society. LATOM, in a multitude of similar labs and facilities, takes an angle where adaptiveness of the transportation system (as an ability to adapt to exogenous and endogenous factors that are function of time) is given primary emphasis when considering transportation’s past, present, and future.
The core of the LATOM is a Traffic-Operations-Center-like facility that is used both for research and instructional activities. Equipped with the state-of-the-art software, hardware, and communications the lab serves local, regional, and international partners in developing new methods and tools in controlling, managing, and monitoring transportation infrastructure. Some of those partners are: City of Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, Broward County, City of Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County (local); Florida Department of Transportation, City of Naples, City of Gainesville, Pinellas County, Orange County, Utah Department of Transportation, Utah Transit Authority, New Jersey Department of Transportation, (regional); National Academy of Sciences, National Science Foundation, Federal Highway Administration (national); European Cooperation in Science and Technology, Roads and Maritime Services (Australia), (international). A long list of LATOM’s university partners include University of Utah, University of Virginia, Northwestern University, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, University of Belgrade, Aalto University, North Carolina State University, University of Florida, Florida International University, University of Maryland, University of Nevada Reno, University of Minnesota, University of Washington, University of Delaware, New Mexico State University, University of Idaho, Technical University Munich, Graz University of Technology, etc.