USF CUTR receives $3.5M contract from the U.S. Department of Energy University of South Florida

USF CUTR receives $3.5M contract from the U.S. Department of Energy

The University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) was selected in 2021 by the U.S. Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office to receive a $3.5M award. CUTR joined 23 other organizations in advancing the important R&D necessary to decarbonize the transportation sector. New technologies are now available for license.

The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) was established in 1988 in the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida, in Tampa, Florida. USF’s largest non-health research center, CUTR is an internationally recognized transportation research, education and technology transfer/training/outreach center, with a focus on producing products and people. The team includes Xiaopeng Li, Ph.D. (PI), Dr. Handong Yao Ph.D. (co-PI), Sudeep Sarkar, Ph.D. (USF’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering), Lisa Staes, Pei-Sung Lin, Ph.D., Sisinnio Concas, Ph.D., Jodi Godfrey, Alexander Kolpakov, and Austin Sipiora.

"CUTR’s Omkar Dokur was recently appointed as a member of TRB’s Standing Committee on Visualization in Transportation - AED80." CUTR Director Sisinnio Concas on Omkar, a USF Ph.D. and recent CUTR researcher.

Visible Legacy Comment

With this grant (in 2021) to University of South Florida, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $60 million for 24 research and development projects aimed at reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from passenger cars and light- and heavy-duty trucks. The projects will help decarbonize the transportation sector and enhance the infrastructure needed to support the growing adoption of zero-emission vehicles. There are now several new technologies available now from USF for Industry Technology Licensing Professionals to explore in Visible Legacy Navigator. For example, "Connected Vehicles based on Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC)" or Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technology could be a technology fundamental to improving self-driving automobiles.