Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University’s Vanderbilt Center for Transportation Research (VECTOR) emphasizes the integration of transportation engineering, planning, and management, in its research approach. This results in comprehensive research methodology that addresses the complexity of transportation issues in the private sector and at every level of government. VECTOR carries a strong tradition of implementing ground-breaking applications of information technology like ITS, GPS, and GIS into its freight research that covers all modes of transportation. VECTOR has seen these applications integrated into the business operations of their public and private sector clients. Some of these applications include real-time vessel tracking systems, hazardous material spill response software, and barge fleet optimization decision support systems.

VECTOR has produced highly visible research on the impacts of climate change on the transportation system.  However, VECTOR’s research objectives reach beyond environmental considerations and into important issues like transportation systems analysis, risk management methods and practices, use of advanced information technologies, and infrastructure adaptation assessment and evaluation.

VECTOR offers three possible degree options through the transportation engineering program in Civil and Environmental Engineering: a Master of Science, a Master of Engineering, and a Doctorate of Phiolosphy.

Research Initiatives

RI-01 A Multi-Modal Freight Safety, Security, and Environmental Routing Tool
RI-04 Mining Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) Data for Improved Vessel Trip Analysis Capabilities
RI-05 Estimating the Effects of Extreme Weather on Transportation Infrastructure
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