Putting the pedal to the metal, the city is teaming up with the University of Calgary to accelerate research on urban transportation issues.


Urban Alliance is the partnership formed by the U of C and the City of Calgary designed to optimize the city’s transportation system and research solutions for obstacles facing the city.


Dr. Lina Kattan, the new Urban Alliance professor in Transportation Systems Optimization, will collaborate with the city transportation department to enhance mobility.


“I will be taking a new direction that looks at the way artificial intelligence can be used to develop modern controls and techniques — ‘smart’ traffic systems that work in real time,” Kattan said.

Troy McLeod, manager of the city’s Transportation Optimization department, said the city is excited to be partnering with the university.

The $625,000, five-year program is funded as part of the Urban Alliance and more research partnerships will be announced in the coming months.