March 7, 2017: Congratulations to Dean Nelson, John Dillenburg, and UIC AI Lab on new $5.85 million research contract

The UIC Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has received a $5,853,740 research contract from the Illinois Department of Transportation to continue research, development, and operation of the Gateway Traveler Information System (GTIS) and the website. The website provides over 9 terabytes of real-time traffic information to thousands of users each year. The Gateway system collects, analyzes and combines sensor data and anecdotal information from 24 transportation operating agencies including the all nine districts of the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois Tollway, the Chicago Department of Transportation, Lake County, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the Indiana Toll Road, the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Iowa Department of Transportation, the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio Turnpike, and the Michigan Department of Transportation. Data that is not automatically collected is handled by a 24/7 operations staff of University employees co-located with IDOT's ComCenter. The system has coverage in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. Real-time traffic information for Iowa and Ohio, a statewide lane closure system, improved map graphics, and new mobile app features will be added to the GTIS as part of this new 24-month contract.

Title: Gateway Maintenance and Enhancements VII
Amount: $5,853,740
Period: January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018
Agency: Illinois Department of Transportation

PI: Pete Nelson (Professor of Computer Science, Dean of Engineering, AI Laboratory Director)
Co-PI and Project Director: Dr. John Dillenburg (Associate Director of the AI Laboratory)
Senior Personnel: Doug Rorem (Software Engineer) and Caleb Drake (Research Engineer)

This research contract supports 16 full-time staff and over 15 part-time staff and students. The developed systems help reduce congestion throughout the coverage area by gathering and disseminating travel conditions to government agencies and the general public. The Texas Transportation Institute's latest data shows that Chicago is the third worst urban area in the country with $7.2 billion in wasted gasoline, time and pollution due to traffic congestion.

For more information on Gateway and its related systems please see or the Gateway TIS brochure.

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