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The Center for Surface Mobility Applications & Real-Time Simulation environments (SMARTSeSM) delivers research and educational products that focus on technology innovations in autonomous performance assessments of the multimodal transportation infrastructure (roadways, railways, pipelines) to reduce cost and enhance safety, security, and efficiency. Principal investigators combine both basic and applied research to incubate and demonstrate new technologies and applications that leverage rapid innovations in wireless communications, sensing, the internet-of-things (IoT), big data analytics, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity. The center collaborates with a wide variety of internal and external organizations to advance the state-of-the-art in Smart Cities, shared mobility services, unmanned aircraft systems, connected and autonomous vehicles.


  • Develop new technologies, signal processing, and information processing methods
  • Evaluate existing and emerging technologies
  • Demonstrate innovative applications in transportation
  • Promote knowledge dissemination and technology transfer
  • Train professionals on new methods

Potential Benefits

Staff will have a highly instrumented and software development environment for training the next generation of professionals and researchers and for developing projects that will attract research grants.

Government agencies will work with world-class experts and resources to enhance community livability, transportation sustainability, and energy independence. Collaborations will lead to greater impacts and efficiencies from tax dollar investments.

Technology providers will gain a realistic proving ground for product reliability testing and data analytics. They will be able to demonstrate their products for customers and test their products for customer's applications.

NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050