Transportation is an important infrastructure for our society. It is time to propose a new transportation scheme for resolving the increasing transportation problems. In responding to social needs, MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratories established the Intelligent Transportation Research Center (ITRC) in September 1998 as a contact point of industry, government, and academia for ITS research and development. 

ITRC focuses on the key Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technologies, including an integrated network of transportation information, automatic crash & incident detection, notification and response, advanced crash avoidance technology, advanced transportation monitoring and management, etc., in order to improve the safety, security, efficiency, mobile access, and environment. There are two emphasis for research conduced in the center:

  • The integration of component technology research and system design research. 

  • The integration of technical possibilities and social needs. 

ITRC proposes the incremental conversion and development process from current to near and far future systems and develops enabling key components in collaboration with the government, industries, and other institutions. Other necessary steps are the integration of technical, social, economical, and political aspects. The integration of the Intelligent Transportation Systems in different countries is also essential. The integration of vehicles, roads, and other modes of transportation, such as railways and public buses, are all imperative.

These integrations are fulfilled with the cooperation of researchers in various fields, including the Microsystems Technology Laboratory (MTL), the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (AI), the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS), the Age Laboratory, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Sloan School of Management. The research center has 7 MIT faculties and several visiting professors and scientists. The director of the center is Dr. Ichiro Masaki.


The research in the Intelligent Transportation Research Center (ITRC) is recognized at both the national and international levels for its excellence. MIT ITRC has developed the following important subsystems or component technologies that receive strong positive feedback. Research members have been invited to give many information talks in various circumstances, and have won several important international awards and honors, including the Member of National Academy of Engineering (Details>>>).  

  Universal Village

Universal Village (UV) is a desired future society which provides its residents with sustainable happiness. It is an expanded and advanced version of Smart City.

  • International Conference on Universal Village

    International Conference on Universal Village is organized by MIT Universal Village Program to stimulate collaborations among companies, governments, and universities.

    The conference explores systematic methodologies for improving the quality of life by advancing the technology of the Universal Village and its major subsystems, including intelligent health care, intelligent transportation, intelligent environment, intelligent energy management and protection of the environment. The conference first discusses the system of the Universal Village and how it will be affected by its subsystems, and the interactions among its interrelated and coordinated subsystems, as well as their design, development, implementation and engineering. Furthermore, the conference addresses regional development paths and the key technologies of subsystem integration and system design appropriate for different countries and regions. Besides these technical aspects, the conference covers human and social aspects of the Universal Village, including its impact on life style, economics, and future society. The conference is expected to benefit governments, companies, and universities on specific topics as well as practical solutions related to the Universal Village.

    The first conference was held in Beijing, P.R.China in 2013. We are now calling for papers for UV2014.

》The 1st International Conference on Universal Village (UV2013)  UV2013_cfp.pdf

January 16-17, 2013, Tsinghua University, Beijing, P.R.China

》The 2nd International Conference on Universal Village (UV2014)   UV2014_cfp.pdf

June 16-17, 2014, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA

  ITS System

  Machine Vision
  • Sensor-fusion-based Obstacle Detection   Paper Link (9)
  • General Vision Application in ITS   Paper Link (7)
  • Vision Application in Robotics    Paper Link (11)
  • Vision Papers from Prof. Berthold Horn    Paper Link
  • Other General Vision    Paper Link (4)



From Dr. Ichiro Masaki, the director of ITRC


This work is partly supported by the following institutions:

  • National Science Foundation: Experimental Systems Program (MIP-9423221)
  • Defense Advanced Research Project Agency: MURI Program (MIP-9117724)
  • US Department of Transportation: UTC Program (DTRS95-G-0001)
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Massachusetts Highway Department
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory



    Contact Information

    For more information on Intelligent Transportation Research Center, please contact:

    Dr.Ichiro Masaki
    Room 38-107, 617-253-8532
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

    Margaret Flaherty
    Room 38-107, 617-253-0016
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Cambridge, MA 02139, USA