Research Initiatives

ITS-Davis also participates in research centers led by other universities and institutions. They are:

UC ITS Senate Bill 1 Research Program

The University of California Institute of Transportation Studies (UC ITS) is dedicated to advancing the state of the art in transportation engineering, planning, and policy. Established by the California Legislature in 1947, the UC ITS has branches at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, and UCLA. Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 provides the UC ITS an annual allocation of $5 million dollars to address questions and needs of local, regional and state governments in California. Visit

Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center

The Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR) is the Regional university center for U.S. Region 9 (California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands), funded by the US Department of Transportation, with matching funding from the California Department of Transportation and others. The METRANS Transportation Center at the University of Southern California leads the PSR in partnership with UC Davis; California State University, Long Beach; the University of California, Irvine; the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Hawaii, Northern Arizona University, and Pima Community College. The PSR conducts an integrated, multidisciplinary program of research, education and technology transfer aimed at improving the mobility of people and goods throughout the region. Visit

Consumer Energy Interfaces (cEnergi) Lab

cEnergi studies the potential for eco-feedback—information about resources and impacts of consumption relayed back to the consumer—to increase consumer awareness, the ability to make informed decisions, and motivation to use resources more responsibly. cEnergi designs and evaluates eco-feedback interfaces in a wide variety of applications, including in-vehicle displays to encourage fuel-efficient driving, smart home technologies that offer feedback and enable demand response, and web tools that promote electric vehicle adoption and lower emissions air travel choices. Visit