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Transportation agencies are in increasing need of additional tools to expand capacity utilization of the highways, roadways and public transport under their management. ITS offers the promise of this increased capacity with compelling benefit/cost ratios, and demonstrated contributions to sustainable development objectives.

In order to fully achieve these benefits and leverage ITS investments, and prepare for the rapid shifts in the vehicle fleet, it is critical for managers and planners to have a firm grasp of standards, systems architecture, lifecycle management (“designing for maintenance”), as well as best practices in the field of fully adaptive traffic management & control systems (“cooperative ITS”).

The lectures will be taught over a two-week period with live 2-hour on-line sessions held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Upon completion of the training program, the IRF will administer an on-line knowledge test. Participants with a score of 80% of the exam will be awarded with a certificate verifying their successful completion of the course.

Why Online?

  • Earn 16 Professional Development Hours
  • Expert training by professionals for Professionals: access IRF’s unique curriculum and lectures developed by world-class specialists
  • Accelerated learning processes: get up to speed and gain new insights in less time and with no travel constraints
  • Full access to learning materials and session recordings
  • Small classrooms & scheduled One-on-One sessions with instructors
  • Self-paced options available
  • Interactive group projects and case studies
  • Receive IRF Certification

Learning Objectives

    • This course designed by the International Road Federation covers the main principles, concepts, elements, technologies and full range of benefits arising from the successful deployment of ITS & Cooperative-ITS. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Identify and understand the fundamentals of ITS
  • Recognize how ITS can enhance and improve overall transport infrastructure projects in urban settings
  • Visualize how the framework and principles of ITS relate and fit into their agency’s projects and objectives
  • Visualize the framework and principles of effective traffic management
  • Understand the basics of the systems engineering & integration processes
  • Understand the importance and benefits of real-time traffic information
  • Recognize the role and importance of ITS standards and their impact on interoperability
  • Measure and benchmark Key Performance Indicators
  • Assess the value of utilizing big data to establish accurate traffic predictions
  • Anticipate emerging opportunities to deploy Cooperative ITS

Target Audience

The course materials are designed for both professionals who intend to pursue specializations in the area, and other civil and transport engineers whose responsibilities and tasks would be enhanced by fundamental knowledge of ITS.

The lectures will be taught over a two-week period with live 2-hour on-line sessions held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Upon completion of the training program, the IRF will administer an on-line knowledge test. Participants with a score of 80% of the exam will be awarded with a certificate verifying their successful completion of the course.

Week 1 Lead Instructor
Richard Harris

Richard Harris is an experienced, highly motivated and results-orientated project director, project manager, thought leader and business builder in the Intelligent Transport Systems industry with a proven record of delivery. Extensive UK and international experience including European Commission supported research and development, implementation, policy and best practice projects.

Used to working independently with stakeholders ranging from C Level executives and Government Ministers to “the man in the street”. Recognized as someone able to make things happen and take ownership of events and who finds opportunities and solutions rather than difficulties or problems. A bright, creative and insightful thinker who brings understanding and vision to transportation issues. An adaptable and capable multitasker with sound business knowledge, good written, oral communication and people skills and a strong level of personal and business integrity.

Robert Rausch

Robert Rausch is a Vice President and Chief ITS Systems Engineer with TransCore. His expertise includes more than 45 years in the design and implementation of Integrated Transportation Management Systems, Freeway Surveillance and Management Systems, Tunnel Control Systems, Centralized Traffic Control Systems, Traffic Management Centers, Communications Systems and Equipment [for traffic control], Traffic Controllers and related street level systems, Changeable Message Signs and Systems, and Video Surveillance Systems. In his position he provides technical oversight to several projects and has been participating in the “Connected Vehicle” (CV) program through JHK’s role with DSRC, ISO’s cooperative ITS Working Group (18) and active participation in the USDOT sponsored workshops and development efforts. He was the Concept Development Lead for New York City’s Connected Vehicle Deployment Project and is now the Program Deployment Lead as the City moves forward with deployment. He has been a frequent speaker for CV technology at ITS and ITE events and an instructor in CV and ITS technology and standards internationally for the IRF.

Robert Jaffe

Dr. Jaffe has over 35 years of experience designing, specifying, testing, analyzing and managing the development of complex commercial and public systems using the principles of modern systems engineering. Since 1993 Dr. Jaffe has applied his systems engineering expertise to The USDOT National ITS Architecture Program, where he was Program Manager for the IBM Team from the program inception through 1996. Since forming ConSysTec in 1996, Dr. Jaffe has continued to work on the National ITS Architecture Team as a Senior Systems Engineering Analyst involved in ITS architecture development, architecture maintenance, architecture training, and in support to ITS standards development efforts. He is one of the foremost experts on the subject of ITS Architecture Development and application. At ConSysTec Dr. Jaffe has led the development of over 70 regional and statewide ITS architectures as well as national and regional ITS architectures overseas (Chile; Colombia; Israel; Qatar; and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia). Dr. Jaffe is an NHI (US DOT National Highway Institute) certified instructor, teaching and developing courses in National ITS Architecture, Turbo Architecture, Improving Highway Safety with ITS, and Systems Engineering; and is an instructor for the Rutgers University National Transit Institute developing and instructing the course “Project Management for Transit Professionals”. Dr. Jaffe is currently on the Board of Directors (BOD) and Executive Committee of the International Road Federation, as well as the BOD of ITS New York. In the past he has chaired the ITS America Research, Integration, Training and Education (RITE) Forum as well as the ITS America Systems Architecture Committee.

Week 2 Lead Instructor
Vincent Blervaque

Vincent Blervaque has an extensive 20 years’ experience in ITS. He worked at ERTICO ITS Europe from 2001 to 2014 as Director of Development and Deployment where he was responsible for European research and innovation projects and ITS deployment initiatives. He was the Chairman of the European Program Committee for ITS Congresses worldwide. From 2014 to 2018 he worked as independent consultant based in Brussels. He was member of the C-ITS Platform led by the European Commission and the coordinator of the C-The Difference large scale C-ITS urban pilot. His expertise include also international cooperation on connected and automated driving, especially with US and Japan. He is currently running consultancy activities in ITS including research, innovation, piloting and deployment activities, business and strategy development, international cooperation, and training.

Dr. Bill Sowell

Dr. Bill Sowell has been involved worldwide with Intelligent Transportation Systems and the development of ITS standards for more than 30 years. He has managed ITS-related firms, large and small, both publicly traded and privately held in the United States, United Kingdom, Latin America and Asia. He holds three Doctoral degrees and two Master’s degrees from the US. He played a key role in the early development of the Saudi ATVAM project, and the Mohd. Bin Zayed City Project in Abu Dhabi, and the adoption of the NTCIP systems open communications protocol.

Brian Hoeft

As the Director of Nevada’s Freeway and Arterial Systems of Transportation (FAST) Center, Brian Hoeft is leading efforts with private-sector partners including Aptiv, Audi, Trafficware, and Waycare. Hoeft has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from Brigham Young University. He also has taught a graduate-level Intelligent Transportation System course at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 2014, under Hoeft’s direction, FAST was recognized by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx as a winner in the Data Innovation Challenge for the FAST Dashboard, a performance measurement and reporting tool, that has recently been expanded to assist the Federal Highway Administration in its industry-leading traffic signal performance measures.

Paul Kompfner

Paul Kompfner has a BA Physics (and Philosophy), University of California, San Diego, USA and undertook post-graduate research in Astrophysics, University of Oxford, UK. He is a Fellow at The Institution of Highways and Transportation.

Computer Requirements

Operating System
Windows 7 - Windows 10, Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), macOS Catalina (10.15), Linux, Google Chrome OS, Android OS 5 (Lollipop) - Android 9 (Pie), iOS 10 - iOS 12, Windows Phone 8+, Windows 8RT+

Web browser
Google Chrome (most recent 2 versions)
Mozilla Firefox (most recent 2 versions)
Internet Explorer v11 (with Adobe Flash if running Windows 7)
Apple Safari (most recent 2 versions)
Microsoft Edge (most recent 2 versions)

Internet connection
1 Mbps or better (broadband recommended)

2GB of RAM (minimum), 4GB or more of RAM (recommended)
Microphone and speakers (USB headset recommended)


July 6, 2020
July 16, 2020
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$1,400 ((Groups of 3 or more)

IFIs, US State DOTs & City Officials

16 Professional Development Hours

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