The Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment (CITE) was established by Rensselaer as a collaborative environment in which interdisciplinary transportation and infrastructure-related research could be conducted. The center is known more generally for research in sustainable freight system, and freight transportation planning; transportation planning, design and operations; modeling, and simulation; disaster response logistics; traffic signal system control; and behavior research.
The mission of CITE is to investigate complex transportation, infrastructure, and environmental problems and to assist in developing solutions or approaches for dealing with these problems. The Center either directly provides solutions to the owners, operators, or users of civil infrastructure systems or delivers educational technologies that allow the owners, operators, or users to develop and implement their own solutions. CITE focuses on the following roles:
- Providing a forum for complex transportation issues, identifying the parameters of the issues, and cooperatively developing solutions or approaches for dealing with the issues
- Developing advanced educational technologies
- Conducting studies in systems operation and facilities management, including incident management
- Developing methodologies focused on goods movement and logistics
- Developing analytical techniques that help prioritize investments in infrastructure