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Multidisciplinary research in transportation is an integral component of the Center for Transportation Research. Faculty and students from many schools and colleges throughout the University have participated in multidisciplinary research efforts in recent years through Center for Transportation Research. Additionally, the department also hosts three in-house state of the art labs.

Center for Transportation Research

The Center for Transportation Research (CTR) is a multidisciplinary and multimodal research institute at the University of Texas at Austin. Recognized as one of the leading university-based transportation research centers in the world, our researchers, faculty members, and students work together to promote cutting-edge developments in transportation science and technology.

SPARTA (Simulation, Parking, Autonomous vehicles, Routing, and Traffic Assignment)

Research: The SPARTA lab conducts research on a variety of transportation network and optimization problems, specializing in innovative technologies such as autonomous vehicles and real-time network control. The lab is equipped with computers, printers, transportation software, a large display screen for presentations and visualization, and collaborative workspace.

Primary contact:

Stephen Boyles Assistant Professor


IMPaCT Lab (Infrastructure Materials Performance Characterization and Testing)

The IMPaCT lab at The University of Texas at Austin comprises three units dedicated to pavement materials (binders, mix design, and performance testing).  These three units house all the equipment necessary to conduct routine test procedures as well as to conduct advanced materials testing for research purposes.  Students and researchers working in this lab also utilize additional shared facilities on campus such as the UTCT ( and Texas Materials Institute (

Primary contact:

Amit Bhasin Associate Professor

Distributed Sensor Systems Laboratory

The DSS lab focuses on the development and prototyping of new systems applicable to transportation engineering and environmental sensing. The lab is equipped with state of the art electronics support equipment and a 3D printer for rapid prototyping. We develop systems using mostly off-the shelf electronics components, sometimes augmented with custom-designed circuit boards.

Primary contact:

Christian Claudel Assistant Professor