University of California-Riverside

Department of Electrical Engineering


Spring 2010


EE-246: Intelligent Transportation Systems



Instructor:† Matthew Barth

Office: EBU-II Room 342† or CE-CERT


Office Hours: TBA

Course URL: TBA


Units:† 4,† 3 hours lecture, 3 hours outside research


Prerequisites:† graduate standing or consent of instructor; recommended: EE115 (Intro to Communications) and EE132 (Automatic Control)


Catalog Course Description:


This course focuses on the control, communications, and computer aspects of intelligent transportation systems. Topics include traffic flow theory fundamentals, ITS user services, travel and traffic management, advanced vehicle safety systems, ITS applications, architectures, standards, strategic needs assessment & deployment, and evaluation.†


Optional Textbook:


Mashrur A. Chowdhury and Adel Sadek, (2003) Fundamentals of Intelligent Transportation Systems, Artech House Inc., Boston, ISBN 1-58053-160-1, 250 pp.




U.S. DOT, The National ITS Architecture, A Framework for Integrated Transportation into the 21st Century, CD-ROM, Version 3.0.


Scott D. Elliott, Daniel J. Dailey (2002) Wireless Communications for Intelligent Transportation Systems, ISBN 0-89006-821-6 315 pp.


Yilin Zhao, (1997) Vehicle Location and Navigation Systems, ISBN 0-89006-861-5, 267 pp.


Joseph Sussman (2002), Introduction to Transportation Systems, ISBN 1-58053-141-5, 471 pp.


Lawrence A. Klein, (2002) Sensor Technologies and Data Requirements for ITS, ISBN 1-58053-077-X, 568 pp.


miscellaneous lecture notes


Grading: Homework (20%) one midterm (20%), one final (30%), research project report (30%).


Homework:† 6 assignments

Justification:††† The field of intelligent transportation systems has become an important electrical engineering research area at several universities, with aspects of control, communications, and computer systems applied to transportation. There are unique methodologies and applications in ITS that are not taught in any other course work at UC Riverside. This course will provide the ITS fundamentals for further research in the electrical engineering departmentís intelligent systems area.



Course Schedule:


1.     Introduction - What is ITS? Where is ITS today? Where is it going? ITS training and education needs. (1 wk)


2.     Fundamentals of Traffic Flow and Control - Traffic flow elements. Traffic flow models. Shock waves in traffic streams. Traffic signalization and control principles. ramp metering, traffic simulation.† (2 wks)


3.     ITS User Services - Travel and traffic management. Public transportation operations. Electronic payment. Commercial vehicle operations. Emergency management. Advanced vehicle safety systems. Information management. (2 wks)


4.     ITS Applications - Freeway and incident management systems. Advanced arterial traffic control systems. Advanced public transportation systems. Multimodal traveler information systems. (2 wks)


5.     Strategic Needs Assessment and Deployment - Planning process for ITS. Case study. Challenges for ITS planning. (1 wk)


6.     ITS Standards - Standards development process. Standards application areas. National Transportation Communications for ITS Protocols (NTCIP). Scope of NTCIP.† NTCIP specifications for system design. Standards testing. Adoption of ITS standards. (1 wk)


7.     ITS Evaluation - Deployment tracking. Impact assessment. Benefits by ITS components. Benefits estimation categories. Evaluation resources. Evaluation support tools. Methodologies. (1 wk)


EE246 detailed lecture list:


1.      ITS landscape

2.      Traffic Flow Fundamentals

3.      Traffic Networks

4.      Sensing

5.      Probe Vehicles

6.      Computer Vision Applications I

7.      Computer Vision Applications II

8.      Control

9.      Communications

10.  Telematics


Additional Subjects:


System Integration, Transit (APTS), Commercial Vehicle Operations (CVO), ITS Implementations (FOTs), Car Sharing, Intersection Control, Incident Management, Detailed Navigation, ITS Evaluation