Archived Versions

1.212J / ESD.221J An Introduction to Intelligent Transportation Systems

As taught in: Spring 2005

A black and white photograph of traffic congestion.  A seemingly endless line of cars sit on a highway underneath signs that read 'Drive Safely' and 'Traffic Splits Ahead'.

Traffic congestion. (Image by Prof. Joseph Sussman.)




Prof. Joseph Sussman

Course Features

Course Description

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) represent a major transition in transportation on many dimensions. This course considers ITS as a lens through which one can view many transportation and societal issues. ITS is an international program intended to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of surface transportation systems through advanced technologies in information systems, communications, and sensors. In the United States, ITS represents the major post-Interstate-era program for advancing surface transportation in highways and public transportation, and is potentially comparable to the air traffic control system in impact. The readings for the class come primarily from the instructor's own text: Sussman, Joseph. Perspectives on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). New York, NY: Springer, 2005. ISBN: 0387232575.