I-ACT: ILLINOIS AUTONOMOUS AND CONNECTED TRACK
I-ACT will be a multi-platform testing arena focused on continuous and connected autonomous highspeed mobility, including freight transportation and 3D mobility. Spanning more than 400 acres, I-ACT will be built on the former Chanute air force base in Rantoul, Illinois that offers a uniquely advantageous location – nearby I-57 interstate highway, airport, major rail corridor, grid-system village, and agricultural lands. The facility is located in the multimodal transportation hub of the country. We will offer research expertise and deployment in artificial intelligence, computing, control, data science, economic and management, infrastructure, human factors, policy and law, robotics, security, sensing, and workforce training.
Our mission is to improve safety and mobility and reduce energy consumption and emissions for roadway, air, rail, water, and intermodal transportation systems. Illinois sits in a prominent position to lead the development and adoption of connected and automated technologies through the creation of a network of interconnected and highly automated moving vehicles and infrastructure units.
The Smart Transportation Infrastructure Initiative (STII) is a consortium of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Illinois-Chicago, and Northwestern University, and a team of federal, state, and industry partnering to develop the research infrastructure and capacities needed for the next-generation transportation technologies.
Serving as an umbrella for all transportation activities, STII provides a home for scholarly collaboration, initiatives, and development while maintaining research independence and uniqueness.
STII contributes to the development, research, testing and deployment of technologies with a focus on helping the State of Illinois, private sector, and public transition to a connected and autonomous future in a safe, equitable, and environmentally sustainable way.
Our consortium provides users access to state-of-the-art testing facilities and unprecedented level of expertise and leadership.
It is the goal of the STII to provide high quality education and research and to advance the state-of-knowledge by bringing together experts from academia, industry, and government to develop paths toward innovative, economical, and reliable technologies for highways and other transportation systems.
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Imad L. Al-Qadi
Phone: (217) 265-0427
1207 Newmark Civil205 N. Mathews Urbana Illinois 61801