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ITS Berkeley gathered for a Transportation Trivia Winter Event on Dec. 9, 2021. It was so good to see our team for a safe winter event on campus.


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As many of you have already heard, I am stepping down as the ITS Berkeley Director to continue work with the Office of the EVCP, faculty colleagues, and other campus leaders, on the Moffett Field project, aiming to establish a UC Berkeley presence at NASA Ames. I thought very hard about this decision, and it is with great emotion that I step down at this time. It has been an honor to serve as the Director of this Institute, and I am extremely proud of all we have achieved together.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Director at ITS Berkeley. Working with statewide UC ITS branch leaders to come together and form a stronger force in California (and national) transportation research, including the statewide research program, supported by funding received from the Public Transportation Account and the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1) and the recently launched California Resilient and Innovative Mobility Initiative, and increasing funding and footprint was monumental. Seeing ITS Berkeley raise its profile with key state and national policy makers and legislators has been very exciting. During my tenure, I was able to see the Smart Cities Research Center launch, along with various research programs in collaboration with LBNL, including the SMART consortium, our first major project with the US Department of Energy as an institute in years. I am also extremely excited by the launch and growth of the Berkeley DeepDrive by Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH). I was also thrilled to watch and help foster two new programs with TechTransfer and École PolytechniqueLearn2Launch and the Transportation and The Silicon Valley Ecosystem module for the Executive Master Program. It was a pleasure to work in a Director role with my undergrad alma mater. It has also been gratifying to work with my mentors when I first became an affiliate with PATH in my directorship tenure. 

I am truly grateful to all the individuals at ITS who have contributed to our success over the last several years, especially those who have stepped up in various capacities, led us through challenging times, and enabled us to accomplish so many achievements. I have so many good memories from the last seven and a half years, including when we hosted the Northern California FIRST LEGO League Championship on campus, leading to mentorship opportunities in local schools; joint research opportunities with the Oliver Wyman Forum; fostering international opportunities, like working with researchers at PATH and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology on truck platooning technology; bringing together alumni and friends from several universities to study traffic smoothing with the CIRCLES project; and hosting the IEEE ITS conference in Maui Hawaii. I will cherish these memories and more. I hope to continue making more memories with ITS as I am sure the Institute will be a part of this new aerospace initiative.

While I am unable to thank everyone by name for their contributions in this short communication, I am truly grateful that Professor Daniel Rodriguez has accepted to serve as Interim ITS Director, effective Jan. 1, 2022. Daniel has been the Associate Director at ITS for several years and has been an integral part of ITS leadership. I have been very fortunate to work with him, and I am confident the Institute is in fantastic hands. The rest of ITS’ leadership will remain unchanged. I have full confidence in our team to ensure a smooth transition as the VCR office prepares for a new Director search. Working closely with the VCR office, closely, we hope to have a permanent director in place July, 1, 2022.

With my warmest thanks to all, my gratitude, and my admiration.Go Bears!


Alexandre Bayen

Director of Institute of Transportation Studies

Liao-Cho Professor of Engineering


ITS Berkeley Director and Electrical Engineering Professor Alexandre Bayen and Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH) associate Steven Shladover talk about You're Not Imagining It: There Are More Driverless Cars in SF Now at KQED Bay Curious. 


Transportation Sustainability Research Center Co-Director Susan Shaheen presented What Role Can the Built Environment and Incentives Play in Supporting Pooling with Shared Mobility? A Photovoice Study in the San Francisco Bay Area as part of the NICR Webcast Series.

—      HEADLINES & BLOGS     —

Transportation Sustainability Research Center Co-Director Susan Shaheen and Civil and Environmental Engineering doctoral student Jessica Lazarus write about Heavy users of Uber and Lyft could be convinced to pool more. That's a good thing in Transfers Magazine.


PATH's variable Speed Advisory project on SR-99 NB is featured in a news story at FOX 40 Caltrans to test variable speed limits on section of Highway 99.


Ethan Elkind, ITS Berkeley affiliate and Climate Program Director at Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at UC Berkeley comments on Years of Delays, Billions in Overruns: The Dismal History of Big Infrastructure at the New York Times.


Streetsblog Cal takes a look at a study from Professor Emerita Elizabeth Deakin and her colleagues at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and UCLA, who conducted over eighty interviews with current and former elected officials, advocates and academic researchers, staff at state agencies, transit agencies, and local governments in a recent blog discussing: Talk of Climate-Focused Transit Is Empty When CA Still Prioritizes Investment in Automobility.

—                EVENTS              — 


Transportation Research Board 101st Annual Meeting

Conference | Jan. 9-13, 2022 | Washington DC

MONDAY, JAN. 24, 2022

Asphalt Concrete Materials and Mix Design

Course | January 24 | 1-3 p.m. | Online

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26, 2022

Work at Work Wednesdays

Coffee hour | Jan. 2 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. | Fourth Floor McLaughlin/O'Brien Breezeway


Spring 2022 Smart Infrastructure seminar series

—      KUDOS & NEWS BITS      —

If you would like to share a news bit, thank you, or a kudo, email to let everyone know about the good work ITS and Center employees are doing!

  • Congratulations to Berkeley Engineering and College of Environmental Design (CED) alum Eleanor Leshner who was recently named a 2021 40 Under 40 by Mass Transit Magazine.

Job Post: PATH Executive Director


Nine Students Earn Eisenhower Fellowships


ITS Berkeley Sessions TRB 2022


Dai Earn INFORMS Best Student Presentation


Varaiya, Bajcsy, Abbeel Earn Distinguished IEEE Awards


ITS Berkeley at Berkeley Haas Mobility Summit


New Center for Smart Infrastructure


Wong Earns the 2020 Eric Pas Dissertation Award


Stockholm Tops 2021 Urban Mobility Readiness Index


Report: The Role of Uber and Lyft in Sustainable Cities


Mobility on Demand State of the Industry Practitioner Census


The Impact of COVID-19 on the Mobility Needs of an Aging Population in Contra Costa County

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