Welcome to the NJ Transportation Research Ideas Portal

The New Jersey Department of Transportation's Bureau of Research is interested in soliciting ideas from its research customers and other transportation stakeholders for the NJDOT Research Program.   We are interested in your research ideas – particularly, ideas that can turn problems into solutions that can be implemented.  We use this website to gather and share ideas as a first step in the development of fundable research proposals. 

Register to Participate. Registered participants can log in to submit a new idea, comment on submitted ideas, or vote on the ideas to show your support.  You may submit ideas at any time. Click on the Submit New Idea” button on the top right-hand corner.

Deadline. The deadline date is December 31, 2021 for submission of new research ideas for next round of RFPs

Who Can Submit a Research Idea?  NJDOT’s research customers and other interested transportation practitioners (e.g., MPOs, county and local governments, and other transportation subject matter experts from trade, universities and NGOs) can submit a research idea.  We are particularly interested in research ideas focused on addressing critical existing and emerging transportation needs in New Jersey.

Who Are NJDOT’s Research Customers?  Subject matter experts from NJDOT, NJ TRANSIT, and the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission are most often our research customers. Research ideas typically must have a "champion" among our research customers. Ideally, a "champion" is an individual holding a responsible position within a division, bureau, section or unit who is prepared to sponsor or advance a research idea from its inception to study completion. 

How Do Ideas Inform Research Needs Statement Development?  Ideas are not research needs statements or proposals. After the deadline date of a research idea solicitation round, research ideas are prioritized by the Research Oversight Committee and high priority research needs are posted as proposals. Submission of a research idea does not preclude individuals or groups from Institutes of Higher Learning or other eligible research organizations from subsequently bidding on a Request for Proposal prepared and issued by the Bureau of Research. RFPs will be posted on our research RFP web site: https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/research/requestsforproposal.shtm

How Do I Submit an Idea?  Registered participants may submit an idea by clicking on the Submit New Idea” button on the top right-hand corner.

What Happened to My Idea? Ideas submitted before the year 2021 have been archived.  Several of these ideas have contributed to the development of RFPs, or are in the pipeline for the issuance of an RFP, or have been distributed to the appropriate research customer (i.e., agency, division, or unit) for consideration through other means. Other ideas may not have found their champion, or were not prioritized for funding. Previously submitted ideas can be posted again.  We continue to encourage submission of new ideas.

Questions about How to Register?  Please email our site administrator: ideas@njdottechtransfer.net

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The New Jersey Department of Transportation's (NJDOT) Bureau of Research staff works directly with university and other research professionals to find solutions to improve the safety, mobility and accessibility of New Jersey’s residents, workers, visitors and businesses. Our goal is to enhance the quality and cost effectiveness of the policies, practices, standards and specifications that are used in planning, building and maintaining New Jersey's transportation infrastructure.

For more information about NJDOT Bureau of Research, visit our website: https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/research/

Questions about this NJ Transportation Research Ideas website?   Email us: Bureau.Research@dot.nj.gov or call us: (609) 963-2242

Capital Improvement & Infrastructure

Portable Laser Ablation Sampling Device

During my time in Materials inspection and testing with NJDOT, one thing hampered our ability to ensure the adherence to material specifications. That was the ability to track the samples obtained and definitively connect them to what went into structures and roadways. The most accurate way was to cut samples from what was delivered to the site. However, this caused a number of issues between the Resident Engineer and... more »

Idea Submitted by Gary Vetro

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

The quality of the materials going into roads and bridges is the chief indicator of the lifespan and overall strength of what was built. Current sampling methods can cause contractors to purchase extra materials, which increases costs. Any onsite sampling can cause a delay in construction. Being able to adequately test materials without creating these issues is a benefit to all involved.

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2 votes
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Mobility and Operations

Innovative Video Analytics & Edge Computing Systems for Traffic Volume and Incidents Detection trending idea

For the past five years, we have been working on video analytics R&D projects sponsored by NJDOT and NSF for traffic incident detection, traffic volume counting, traffic congestion management, and pedestrian detection. 

Since 2021, we have been exploring the possibility of field deployment of our smart traffic video analytics systems for NJDOT, and demonstration projects for pedestrian and vehicle detection, counting,... more »

Idea Submitted by Chengjun (CJ) Liu, Professor of Computer Science

List your Agency /Division / Bureau, County, City Univ. or Other New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ 07102

Idea Champion - Who at NJDOT, NJ Transit or NJ Motor Vehicle? (if known) Wasif Mirza, Amanda Gendek

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

The proposed innovative idea and advanced video analytics/edge computing technologies will revolutionize the current state of practice by applying innovative Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Computer Vision (CV), Pattern Recognition (PR), Edge Computing (EC) to most efficiently analyze the real-time video data provided by the current available infrastructure such as video cameras. Such precious real-time data will be processed and analyzed in real-time and the results will be provided to authorities for real-time decision making in order to prevent crimes or tragedies before they happen. Thus property costs and even human lives may be saved.

Our innovative technologies achieve state-of-the-art performance, and improves upon traditional techniques such as Radar by nearly an order of magnitude improvement for traffic volume counting. Our advanced video analytics technologies, which tackles numerous challenging factors, such as low quality video, low bit rate video, adverse illumination and weather conditions, improve upon other methods by large margins.

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2 votes
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Mobility and Operations

Unprecedented Computer Involvement trending idea

In today's world, where computers have an unprecedented involvement in our society's evolution, we should prepare to use that to its fullest extent possible without delegating matters to a private company who may or may not be in business when a problem arises. Computers are no longer just tools to evaluate data. They now create algorithms in math and science that out perform any created by humans, but are completely... more »

Idea Submitted by Gary Vetro

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

When not only are the traffic and pedestrian volumes exceeding our capacities, but the tools needed to break new ground in mitigation are also outpacing our ability to understand and utilize, it is imperative that a successful government embrace and utilize these new technologies in a way that does not have to rely on private industry in an emerging and volatile market.

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1 vote
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Planning & Environment

Quality vs. Quantity Study

The currently accepted practice is to try and put out as much work as possible for a given amount of available funding.  However, in the last few cycles of projects, the number of needed projects keeps growing.  This leads to an ever increasing need for additional funding.  I think it is time to consider a different, more long term goal oriented policy.

Early in my career, I asked questions and made suggestions related... more »

Idea Submitted by Gary Vetro

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

The cost of maintaining our infrastructure is continuing to increase.  Since the amount of funding is not increasing as fast as the need,  we are at a crossroads.  Our government is being put in the position to decide between the negative impacts of dramatically increasing taxes, and the danger of a continually deteriorating infrastructure.  I think that this study will give our government the tools to increase the quality of our infrastructure while not needing to dramatically increase taxes.  

This is the perfect time to implement such a change.  It is so much easier to reach the public now that we would be able to bring them on board and have this viewed largely in a positive light.

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1 vote
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Safety Management

Addressing climate change impacts - Coupling flash flood occurrences to traffic data trending idea

Flash floods warnings have become almost routine to the storm events and is often attributed to climate change. What used to be considered as storms with 10 years recurrence (2-year storms) have probably become two-year storms. The drainage from the roads were not designed for the intense back-to-back storms which have become common. I personally was involved in such a condition where the car I was driving got totaled... more »

Idea Submitted by Biswarup Guha

List your Agency /Division / Bureau, County, City Univ. or Other NJDEP

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

By feeding the flash floods to the traffic information which the GPS receives would allow the driver to get opportunity to reroute and prevent a catastrophe. 

The insurance companies and drivers would save thousands of dollars as cost to repair, car replacement, salvage, insurance payout. This would also save lives, and make New Jersey climate change resilient.

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1 vote
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Safety Management

Ped Path Edited

Due to the inadequate alternate Pedestrian Paths placed (if at all) during construction detours there is a need for clearly marked, brightly colored and easily identifiable Ped Paths, 

 To be constructed of a durable material, preferably a recycled rubber from tires, yellow base color, in a Detectable Warning Surface fashion with raised ridges and bumps, sockets (holes) for inserting rods with extendable interlocking... more »

Idea Submitted by Paul Yennior

List your Agency /Division / Bureau, County, City Univ. or Other NJDOT North Region Construction

Idea Champion - Who at NJDOT, NJ Transit or NJ Motor Vehicle? (if known) Paul Yennior C&M Tech 1

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

Safety of Pedestrian Traffic and Reduced Labor Costs.

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1 vote
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