Research and Innovation
The Transportation Policy and Planning Technical Center helps transportation decision-makers make smart investments in the planning, development, management, operations, and financing of transportation systems and agencies.
The Center for Safety Management Systems is a national resource for safety management expertise, addressing complex transportation safety issues in all modes of transportation.
The Center for Environmental and Energy Systems provides critical data and analyses to support energy independence, innovations in the movement of people and goods, and transportation-related climate-change mitigation and adaptation.
The Center for Transportation Logistics and Security addresses issues including physical and cyber security, logistics management systems, and maritime domain awareness.
The Center for Infrastructure Systems and Engineering applies in-depth technical knowledge of surface, marine, and ground based aviation transportation systems to enhance their safety, operational efficiency, and sustainability.
The Center for Air Traffic Systems and Operations specializes in research and systems development, focusing critical expertise on the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).
The Center for Human Factors Research and System Applications seeks to minimize operator errors by designing and testing technology and procedures for human use and researching and evaluating current and future automation technologies.
The Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies is at the vanguard of research, development, and deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and advanced vehicle and information technologies.
What We Do
The Volpe Center's eight Technical Centers encompass all of the research, innovation, technology, and program analysis functions performed on behalf of our sponsors. Each Technical Center leverages multidisciplinary capabilities to address national transportation goals. The expertise of Volpe Center's staff spans a wide range transportation modes and disciplines—staff include civil, electrical, mechanical aeronautical engineers, physical and social scientists, human factors experts, economists, planners, information technologists, and safety operation specialists to name a few. Managers build project teams drawing across the organization from this broad range of expertise. The result is innovative solutions arising from creative and resourceful collaboration.
|Anne Aylward, Deputy Associate Administrator for Research and Innovation, leads the Volpe Center's Technical Centers. More >>|