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Chaouki Regoui (Associate Research Officer Digital Technologies - NRC), Mario Pinto (Vice President Research and International - UM), Marcia Friesen (Dean - Price Faculty of Engineering), Babak Menran (Co-Director UMTIG/Associate Professor Dept. of Civil Engineering), Jonathan Regehr (Co-Director UMTIG/Associate Professor Dept. of Civil Engineering)

UMTIG recognized as research group

July 6, 2023 — 

Urban Mobility and Transportation Informatics Group (UMTIG) is a group focused on excellence in the areas of urban mobility and transportation informatics and bringing high quality results to their partners and clients. Although UMTIG has been an institution on campus since the 1990’s they were recently recognized as a research group by the University of Manitoba. 

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Road Weather Information System (RWIS) showcased at the event, purchased as part of the funding from the NRC project.


According to University policy: “A research group is an association of university scholars who share research interests and who engage in collaborative or closely related research activities. The purpose of a research group is to promote and facilitate communication and collaboration among its members, and to establish the legitimacy of the group both inside and outside the University. The approval of the establishment of a research group is delegated to the Vice-President (Research and International).” 

UMTIG recently held an event to celebrate their formal recognition, hosting representatives from transportation departments, consulting engineers, industry partners, former and current students, and professors. The event heard from various speakers, including UMTIG co-director Jonathan Regehr who stated, “since its inception UMTIG has forged strong collaborations with government, industry and other researchers, while providing students with a unique, experiential learning environment.”

A main showcase of the event was a project with the National Research Council (NRC) titled “Applying Artificial Intelligence to improve the Resilience, Fluidity and Safety of Road Freight Transport in the Canadian Prairie and Northern Region”. The project outcomes will support applications in the planning design, operation and management of the regions road freight transport system. AI tools and methods will be developed and applied to assess regional network resilience, fluidity and safety impacts of four types of risks and hazards. Pictured is a Road Weather Information System (RWIS) showcased at the event, purchased as part of the funding from the NRC project.  

The UMTIG team clearly has a bright future at UM and the Price Faculty of Engineering congratulates them on the achievement of officially being recognized as a research group! 


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