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Junior Faculty Research Challenge -- Call for Proposals 


The Leonard Transportation Center Junior Faculty Fellowship program recognizes and supports junior faculty to conduct transportation-related research in the inland empire. The one-year fellowship includes a stipend up to $10,000. The fellowship supports junior faculty as they test new research ideas, pursue unique collaborations and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in improving the transportation systems in our local community. Multidisciplinary research and faculty-student collaboration are encouraged, preference will be given to proposals in the following areas:

  1. Understanding the challenges and finding possible solutions for enhanced transportation mobility in suburban, inland ports
  2. Emerging applications in the transportation systems and transportation cybersecurity

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  • Send out first faculty fellows call - October 30, 2020
  • Send out second call - December 15, 2020
  • Applications are due - February 22, 2021
  • Award decision will be announced - April 5, 2021

2021-22 Student Research Challenge


LTC 2021 Student Research Challenge

Topic: How to improve the IE’s transit system using Big Data and Policy solutions.

Research in Big Data analytics offers tremendous opportunities to improve the transit system. To what extent can the paradigms of Big Data analytic be used in the Inland Empire? The goal of the LTC 2021 Student Research Challenge is to explore these opportunities, from the day-to-day operation of the transit system to the long-term strategic planning of the region’s transportation.

A rich set of data are being collected by the public transit agencies in the Inland Empire. Major data sources available for this project including: 1) automated fare collection system, which provide passenger count and timestamp at bus stops; 2) GPS trace and OBD-II readings, which record bus location, speed and diagnostic readings at second-by-second level; and 3) Battery level and charging schedule, which are available for electric buses.

**A sample dataset from Foothill Transit’s Route 280 - Coming Soon! 

Other available resources at the LTC:

  1. ArcGIS, ESRI
  2. Access to Transportation Secure Data Center, National Renewable Energy Lab
  3. Basemap, TRACC


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Topic set after consultation with LTC Advisory Council and faculty leads -- November 15, 2020

Student application deadline -  April 1, 2021

Students selected - May 1, 2021

Project begins - June 1, 2021