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Centers & Labs

Here, you will find the various transportation centers and labs located at UW-Madison. Click the links below and learn more about the cutting edge research projects going on in transportation.

Transportation Information Center
The Transportation Information Center offers training, publishes a newsletter and technical bulletins, supports a Wisconsin Pavement Management system for local roads, and gives advice. It collects video tapes and printed materials which it loans or sends to local officials. Every year Wisconsin municipalities spend one billion dollars to repair and replace roads and bridges. There are nearly 100,000 miles of local roads in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Transportation Information Center was created in 1983 to help local highway officials manage their road systems and this huge road budget.

Wisconsin Traffic Operations and Safety (TOPS) Laboratory
The University of Wisconsin - Madison, in close coordination with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), has taken steps to form a laboratory to provide engineering-oriented services related to traffic operations and safety in Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest. The co-managed TOPS Laboratory represents an innovative service partnership that mutually benefits the UW System and WisDOT.

Wisconsin Center for Urban Land Economics Research
The general purpose of the Center is to act as a catalyst to encourage research, education, and service activity relating to the real estate and urban land economics discipline. It brings together both the human, physical, and financial resources necessary to benefit the academic, professional, and governmental communities and the people of the State of Wisconsin. It serves as a conduit between the Department of Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, other departments in the School of Business, other programs on campus, the real estate professional community, governmental agencies, and the public at large.

Midwest Regional University Transportation Center
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has formed a consortium with other leading universities in the region to focus on the Optimization of Transportation Investment and Operations. The Midwest Regional University Transportation Center (MRUTC) focuses on research, outreach, and education in asset optimization and management techniques for transportation facilities.

Deer-Vehicle Crash Information Clearinghouse
This is the on-line home of the Deer-Vehicle Crash Information Clearinghouse (DVCIC) at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in Madison, Wisconsin. The DVCIC is a project funded by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation that cooperatively involves committee members from the natural resources and transportation departments of the five states in the region that includes Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The Clearinghouse is a great resource for practitioners trying to find better ways of dealing with the problem of deer vehicle crashes. It is also a great resource for anyone looking for information relating to deer-vehicle collisions.

Wisconsin Highway Research Program
The Wisconsin Highway Research Program is intended to integrate the highway research efforts of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, academia, and industry representatives to strategically improve Wisconsin's highways and transportation system. The future enhancement of this program will ultimately lead to development of a Wisconsin Transportation Research Center.

Spatial Information and Analysis Consortium (SIAC)
SIAC is a group of faculty, staff, and students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison involved in the field of Geographic Information Science (GIS) and its related disciplines. SIAC serves as the campus forum for communication, collaboration, and information in its role of encouraging research, instruction and outreach in this multi-disciplinary area.

Land Information & Computer Graphics Facility
The overall mission of the Land Information and Computer Graphics Facility (LICGF) is to provide research, training, and outreach in the use of land and geographic information systems (LIS/GIS). Our mission focuses on land records modernization, land and natural resource management applications, and the use of information for land-use decision-making.

Resource Center on Impaired Driving
The Resource Center is designed to provide a wide range of alcohol-related data and legal information on impaired driving issues to judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement agencies, legislators, educators, and citizens.

Wisconsin's Intelligent Transportation Systems
Known nationally as Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), here in Wisconsin we call them SmartWays. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), in partnership with local governments, law enforcement and private partners around the state, is applying modern communications and information technologies to make sure our roads work as hard, and as smart, as you do.

Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment
Rapid human population growth, combined with increasing resource consumption, has resulted in the widespread transformation of the Earth's land cover. SAGE scientists are working to document the patterns of land use and land cover change across the world. We also investigate how these changes modify complex earth processes at local, regional and global scales.

Land Use/Land Cover Maps
The terms "land use" and "land cover" (LULC) are often used simultaneously to describe maps that provide information about the types of features found on the earth's surface (land cover) and the human activity that is associated with them (land use). These maps are produced from remotely sensed data (satellite images and aerial photography) at scales that are amenable to planning, environmental assessment, and development studies.

Wisconsin Land Use Research Program
Click here to find upcoming projects dealing with land use.

Land Tenure Center
The Land Tenure Center serves as a global resource institution on issues relating to land ownership, land rights, land access, and land use. Our focus is on the relationship of land to economic development, socio-political organization, and environmental sustainability.

Landscape Ecology Lab
Landscape ecology emphasizes the interaction between spatial pattern and ecological process -- that is, the causes and consequences of spatial heterogeneity across a range of scales. Landscape ecology offers new concepts, theory and methods that are revealing the importance of spatial patterning on the dynamics of interacting ecosystems.

Wisconsin Structures and Materials Testing Laboratory
We have excellent testing equipment that may assist you in your next project. We also have experienced personnel who get the most out of this equipment. You'll find descriptions of these resources in this site.

Water Science and Engineering Laboratory
The Water Science and Engineering Laboratory (WSEL) is a multi-disciplinary facility devoted to research and graduate training. WSEL is administered by the UW-College of Engineering (COE) in collaboration with other campus colleges. Researchers affiliated with COE, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Letters and Science (LS) conduct research in WSE.

Institute on Aging
Welcome to the Institute on Aging (IOA) Home page! This web site is being brought to you by the staff of the IOA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It provides information about the Institute and its history, about research being conducted by IOA affiliates in aging, geriatrics and lifespan development, and about educational programs offered to UW-Madison students.


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