Road Transport & Highways

Road Transport & Highways Thrust Area Coordinator (TAC) – Dr. Ankit Gupta (email:

Dr. Ankit Gupta (Road Transport and Highways)
Associate Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
IIT (BHU), Varanasi

ransportation plays a vital role in transporting goods and services from one location to another. The growing levels of road congestion and air pollution has led to the development of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) that uses sensor data and communication technology to aid drivers, shippers and highway agencies to make fast, accurate and optimal decisions that reduce carbon footprints, minimize time lost due to congestion, while increasing safety, reliability and efficiency. Sensors are becoming cheaper while the software that runs them as well as technology for collecting and managing data is ever improving.

There is an extensive opportunity for India to become a pioneer in applying ITS technologies and set an example especially for developing countries where ITS applications are still beginning to appear. The vast amount of data already collected through GPS (smart phones), weigh-in-motion (toll plazas) and other sensors needs to be standardized for efficient fusion of data from multitude of sensors. IIT (BHU) aims to be the center of excellence that would develop, facilitate and implement ITS in developing Indian cities into smart communities while at the same time preparing human resources equipped with interdisciplinary tools and techniques to understand, implement and evaluate ITS in modern India

List of Concepts and Technologies to be Developed under IDAPT on Road Transport and Highways

  1. Road Safety Interventions for High Speed Facilities – Data Based Approach.
  2. Socio-Economic Impacts of Highway Development.
  3. Connected Vehicle Technology under Heterogeneous Traffic.
  4. Intelligent Decision Support Systems for Pavement Management and Maintenance.
  5. Sustainable Road Infrastructures – Performance Based Design of Flexible Pavements.
  6. Capacity Augmentation of Urban Traffic – Modeling and Simulation Approaches.
  7. Smart and Energy Efficient Pavement Infrastructure Systems and Materials
  8. Urban Traffic Management and Control
  9. Freight Planning and Demand Modeling – Data Analytics
  10. Real Time Vehicular Emissions and Modeling
  11. Smart Parking Solutions
  12. Smart Pedestrian Navigation and Mapping System
  13. Real Time Indoor Mobility Mapping System
  14. Driver Behavior Detection Systems for Crash Alert
  15. Sustainable Mobility Solutions