Research Facilities

The close partnerships between diverse entities on campus allow the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute to serve the transportation field across many areas. Advanced, modern facilities and resources are available through MTTI’s multi-disciplinary researchers.

3DOBS

3D Optical Bridge Evaluation System

3DOBS

3D Optical Bridge Evaluation System

3DOBS is an easily deployable bridge evaluation system used for rapidly assessing surface condition indicators such as the area, volume, and location of deck spalls and scaling.

Overlapping digital imagery enables creation of very high-resolution 3-D models of the bridge deck surface.  A Digital Elevation Model (DEM) is then created after adding reference points and setting up a coordinate system. A merged DEM for the entire bridge is created using GIS software.
After a merged high-resolution DEM is generated, it is then analyzed with GIS to map the volume, location, and area of spalls across the bridge deck surface.

3DOBS is available for immediate deployment by transportation agencies to assess the surface conditions of their bridges, in collaboration with MTRI. 3DOBS is a low-cost system for 3-D data collection compared to alternatives such as LiDAR.

ACMAL

ACMAL

Applied Chemical and Morphological Analysis Laboratory

ACMAL

ACMAL

Applied Chemical and Morphological Analysis Laboratory

The Applied Chemical and Morphological Analysis Laboratory (ACMAL) is a University Core Facility which is part of the Materials Characterization & Fabrication Facilities. ACMAL houses an extensive array of electron microanalytical and X-ray instruments. ACMAL is managed by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

906-369-1875
6th Floor, Minerals and Materials Building
Aggregate and Geotechnical Research

Aggregate

Aggregate and Geotechnical Research

Aggregate and Geotechnical Research

Aggregate

Aggregate and Geotechnical Research

The aggregate and geotechnical research area conducts research and testing in soils, aggregates and rock

Asphalt Discs

Asphalt

Asphalt Binder Rheology Research and Testing Facilities

Asphalt Discs

Asphalt

Asphalt Binder Rheology Research and Testing Facilities

The Asphalt Binder Rheology Research and Testing Facilities consists of 900 ft2 of laboratory space with capabilities for Hot Mix Asphalt and Testing and Aggregate Materials Characterization Facilities.

Concrete

Benedict Lab

Cement and Concrete

Concrete

Benedict Lab

Cement and Concrete

The Benedict Lab provides 15,000 ft² of space for cement and concrete research.  The lab incorporates three floors of workspace.  The lower floor provides area for mixing of fresh concrete samples, including a room specifically for the mixing of Ultra High Performance Concrete. The main floor provides space for large scale testing. This space is serviced by a 5-ton overhead crane. The upper floor provides location for the preparation of concrete samples and houses the Split-Hopkins bar for dynamic material.

906-487-1474
Minerals and Materials Engineering Building

Communication Systems and Vehicular Network Technologies Lab

Communication Systems and Vehicular Network Technologies Lab

Communication Systems and Vehicular Network Technologies Lab

Communication Systems and Vehicular Network Technologies Lab

There are many opportunities for research and development in the area of Vehicular Communications and Networking. The DSRC stack of protocols includes three main categories of standards: IEEE 802.11p, IEEE 1609 series, and SAE J2735/J2945.1. The IEEE 802.11p is also known as Wireless Access in Vehicular Environment (WAVE), and is a MAC and PHY level standard. The IEEE 1609 standards are for security, network services, and Multi-channel operation. The third standard, developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), SAE J2735 is a message set dictionary. Our research focused primarily on the Network and Transport Layers (IEEE1609.3) and the Physical Layer (IEEE 802.11p).

906-487-2494
Electrical Engineering Research Center
Driving Simulator

HCML

Human Centered Monitoring Lab

Driving Simulator

HCML

Human Centered Monitoring Lab

The primary focus of the Human Centered Monitoring Laboratory is on human-centered smart monitoring technologies that integrate advanced technology, human factors, and decision support to improve human-centered healthcare and transportation safety.

Industrial Archaeology Research Laboratory and MTU Curation Facility

Industrial Archaeology Research Laboratory and MTU Curation Facility

Industrial Archaeology Research Laboratory and MTU Curation Facility

Industrial Archaeology Research Laboratory and MTU Curation Facility

The Industrial Archaeology Research Laboratory and MTU Curation Facility supports the documentation, analysis, conservation, and cataloging of artifacts and data recovered during fieldwork. The facility includes a full complement of field equipment, including a Topcon Total Station and Digital Data Collector, multiple handheld Trimble GeoExplorer and Archer GPS units, and multiple digital and film photographic cameras. The lab shares a suite of geophysical, remote sensing, and survey equipment with other campus units, including Ground Penetrating Radar, Magnetometry, Resistivity, drone-aerial and terrestrial LiDAR drone-aerial infrared and gigapan visual spectrum photographic systems. Lab equipment includes a full array of photographic, drafting, and digital visualization gear, as well as equipment supporting experimental archaeology and the conservation of industrial heritage artifacts.

906-487-2359

Lab for Innovative Characterization of Porous Materials

Lab for Innovative Characterization of Porous Materials

Lab for Innovative Characterization of Porous Materials

Lab for Innovative Characterization of Porous Materials

The Lab for Innovative Characterization of Porous Materials has various sensors for innovative characterization of porous materials available in LICOP such as the soil suction, water content, ultrasonic system, accelerometers, and temperatures, relative humidity, heat capacity and thermal conductivity, etc. Available data loggers include Pico TC-08, Picoscope 4424, Campbell Scientific X9000, Decagon Em50, among other oscilloscopes, The facility houses a freeze/cold room and has capabilities for geotechnical testing.

Mind Music Machine Laboratory

MindMusicMachine Lab

Mind Music Machine Laboratory

MindMusicMachine Lab

The Mind Music Machine Laboratory is used to understand the mechanisms of the human mind and designing better interactions between people and technologies. To this end, we use various instruments: computer vision technologies, display wall, digital audio workstation, driving simulators, neurophysiological equipment, robots and toys. In addition to the traditional collision warning sounds and voice and beeps for personal navigation devices, we have devised more dynamic in-vehicle sonification systems including software that can extract all the driving performance data (speed, lane deviation, torque, steering wheel angle, pedal pressure, crash, etc.) from our simulator which can then be mapped onto sound parameters. This can also be extended to a higher level of nearby traffic sonification system based on collective big traffic data.

906.487.3273
Meese G02, G04, G07, G09, & EERC 510 for research
PRIME Robotics

PRIME

Pattern Recognition & Intelligent Machine Engineering Lab (PRIME)

PRIME Robotics

PRIME

Pattern Recognition & Intelligent Machine Engineering Lab (PRIME)

P.R.I.M.E. stands for Pattern Recognition and Intelligent Machines Engineering. Here in the PRIME lab, we solve problems in machine learning, robotics, computer vision, evolutionary algorithms, and various applications of computational intelligence.

906.487.3115
Electrical & Computer Engineering Building
SITS Lab

SITS Lab

Sustainable and Intelligent Transportation Systems

SITS Lab

SITS Lab

Sustainable and Intelligent Transportation Systems

The High-Performance Computing Laboratory for Sustainable and Intelligent Transportation Systems (SITS Lab) is developing models and algorithms for dynamic network modeling and optimization, traffic flow theory and traffic simulation, travel behavior and travel demand analysis, intelligent transportation systems, logistics and supply chain systems, cyber-physical systems, connected and automated vehicles, plug-in electric vehicles, data-driven analytics, and high-performance computing.