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Robert Lawrence Bertini

University of South Florida



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Robert L. Bertini, Ph.D., P.E. is the Director of the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida. He is also Professor (courtesy appointment) in the Patel College of Global Sustainability at USF.

Dr. Bertini’s primary research interests are in sustainable transportation solutions, traffic flow theory informed by empirical and experimental measurements, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), multimodal transportation “big data” for improving performance measurement, planning and operations, and proactive traffic management and operations.

Dr. Bertini is currently the chair of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Transportation Research Board (TRB) Operations Section (AHB00), overseeing 13 committees and one task force. He serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society and of the national Vehicle to Infrastructure Deployment Coalition. Dr. Bertini received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, where he developed an online multimodal transportation data repository that is a platform for performance measurement, modeling and prediction. The recipient of many awards, he received the DeFazio Transportation Hall of Fame Award and was invited to deliver the Melvin Webber Lecture at the University of California Transportation Center, and the Ogden Lecture at Monash University in Australia. He has been named Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for the TUMCREATE program “Toward the Ultimate Public Transport System,” by the Technical University of Munich and National Research Foundation of Singapore.

Bertini was the founding director of the Portland State University Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory and of the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC), a statewide, university transportation center focused on sustainable transportation solutions. He also served in the Obama Administration as Deputy Administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation (now known as OST-R) where he also led the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office and chaired the Department’s Innovation Council. He was also on the faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at his alma mater, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he developed the Transportation Engineering Student Project Area (TESPA) and co-led the award-winning Institute of Transportation Engineers student chapter.

Bertini earned his B.S. (cum laude) in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from San Jose State University, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Bertini is a licensed professional engineer in Florida, California and Oregon and has been recognized as a Fellow with the American Society of Civil Engineers and with the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and as a Senior Member with IEEE.

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