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Transportation

Integrative Research

Transportation systems are essential for the efficient movement of people and goods. Interconnected air, land and marine transportation systems play a vital role in ensuring strong economic health and improved quality of life for all of society. Because transportation systems are interrelated with many other activities, the challenges of creating and managing transportation systems must be addressed in an interdisciplinary manner.

Charleston harbor freight area with bridge in background.
Crosswalk with traffic light seen across the street.
Graduate researchers viewing system plan, illuminated by a set of traffic lights.

Research Facilities

The Clemson Civil Engineering Department houses the Transportation Systems Research Laboratory (TSRL). TSRL resources include computer hardware, software, and specialized traffic surveillance devices to support multiple disciplinary Transportation Systems research. The Transportation Systems Mobile Laboratory is a multi-use traffic surveillance van that can collect an array of transportation-related information, including:

  • Traffic volumes
  • Traffic speeds
  • Turning movements
  • Traffic queues
  • Headways
  • Roadside topography
  • Continuous road survey
  • Road inventory
  • Traffic Control Locations
  • Digital video-log
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  • Cross-slope

Transportation Systems

As transportation systems are interrelated with other activities, our group conducts research to meet the challenges of developing and managing the mobility of people and goods with an interdisciplinary approach. We have diverse expertise that facilitates conducting research best addressed through cross-disciplinary collaboration. Research focus includes transportation safety, driver behavior, intelligent vehicle technology, computer-aided design, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning System (GPS), travel demand forecasting, work zone operations, traffic simulation, intelligent transportation systems, risk analysis, multi-objective decision making and fault-tree analysis.

Signs says Self Driving Vehicle Area
Grad students in C2M2 office

Focus Areas

Several high-profile state and national projects have been in the track records of the transportation systems group. The group has been involved in an array of transportation-related research, including instrumented vehicle studies of driving behavior, new sensing equipment for traffic surveillance, crash analysis using event data recorders, applications of advanced technologies in the transportation system, evaluation of methods for controlling speed in work zones, applications of geographic information systems in program management, the design of incident management systems, development of regional and statewide ITS architecture, multi-objective analysis and real-time traffic simulation, wide-area traffic sensor system deployment and evaluation study of traffic operations in short-term work zones, and the development of decision support tools for infrastructure design and operations.

Career Foundations

The transportation graduate program at Clemson focuses on the planning, design, operation and maintenance of transportation systems. The program provides a foundation of knowledge on how transportation systems work and how they are designed and encourages students to add breadth to their education by understanding the environmental, institutional and societal context within which they operate. Solutions to practical problems are emphasized to ensure that students are well prepared for careers in the transportation profession.

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Male and female using remotes to drive drone.
Traffic trailing lights seen going towards downtown Greenville, SC.

Transportation Faculty

Ronnie Chowdhury

Connected Vehicle Systems, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Infrastructure Investment and Policy Analysis, Mathematical Modeling of Traffic Flow, Surface Transportation Safety and Security Infrastructure, Transportation Energy, Transportation Related Environmental Issues, Traffic Engineering


Jennifer Ogle

Transportation Safety, Driver Behavior, Instrumented Vehicle Studies, Safety Conscious Planning and Design, Crash Reconstruction/Causal Analysis, Large Datasets, GPS/GIS Evaluation Tools, Intelligent Vehicle Initiative Systems


Wayne A Sarasua

Geomatics and GIS, Highway Engineering, Sensing Systems, Traffic Safety, Transportation Asset Management


Pamela Murray-Tuite

Evacuation Modeling; Transportation Resilience Analysis; Behavior Modeling; Disaster Recovery; Infrastructure Interdependency Modeling and Analysis; Network Analysis and Design; Transportation Systems Analysis; Risk and Security Analysis; Smart Cities; Connected and Automated Vehicles; Transportation Planning; Traffic Flow Analysis

C2M2 car demo for autonomous system.

Global Influence

The Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility (C²M²) is a United States Department of Transportation Tier 1 University Transportation Center, a consortium of five higher education and research institutions in South Carolina. Clemson University is the lead institution, with Mashrur “Ronnie” Chowdhury as the C²M² Director.

C²M²’s research, education, workforce development, technology transfer, and diversity activities enable students and professionals from diverse socioeconomic groups to develop the skills necessary to solve some of the state’s most pressing mobility problems and will provide a blueprint for addressing similar issues across the US and around the world.