Research Labs

Advanced Traffic Safety and Operations Laboratory

The Traffic Safety and Operations Lab is jointly sponsored by the University and Maryland State Highway Administration. The primary focus of this lab is to develop and apply advanced technologies in contending with day-to-day congestion and in improving traffic safety in highway networks. Research projects performed by the lab range from basic human behavior study to deployment of real-time control systems for monitoring and guiding traffic during emergency evacuations. The research products and lab capabilities are used for research, and teaching and training of students.

Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory (CATTLab)

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.

Environmental Engineering Laboratories

The research of the Environmental Engineering Laboratories supports the idea that fundamental environmental research will serve as the basis for solving many of the challenges impacting our planet. Practical engineering research is necessary to solve current environmental problems. The labs function to support analysis of environmental samples which focus on the fate and processes involved in three main areas of research: organic pollutants, inorganic pollutants, and environmental microbiology. 

Traffic Monitoring System for the Ocean City Region

This project is to design and implement a real-time network traffic monitoring system in the Eastern shore region that includes a set of algorithms for traffic monitoring, travel time prediction, and emergency evacuation.

Structural Engineering Lab

The Structural Engineering Laboratory has a large scale structural testing facility with a 1000 sq. ft. strong floor, and a 3-DOF servo-hydraulic controlled test system (three MTS actuators with servo-control (two 55-kips double-rod actuators with 30-GPM servovalve, one 110-kips single-rod actuator with a 15-GPM servovalve), a 60-GPM hydraulic power supply, three 50-GPM Hydraulic service manifolds, a 4-channel servo-control system with FlexTest 60 controller and MTS test software). A 104-channel data acquisition system from Pacific Instruments (model 6005) is available for instrumentation data collection in lab and field test.