The research projects that IRISE undertakes in each annual program are generated through a process that involves substantial input from its member organizations. Member ideas are solicited and discussed at an annual brainstorming session held each fall and project priorities identified. Pitt faculty prepare draft scopes of work for these priority projects and IRISE member organizations are provided an opportunity to review and comment. The IRISE Steering Committee then approves the annual program, including the final project scopes of work.
The diagram below depicts a transportation infrastructure systems cycle, including the general areas of research that IRISE projects address. Each selected project helps contribute in some way to achieving IRISE’s mission to develop resilient, sustainable infrastructure solutions that are cost effective, limit disruptions to users, achieve design and/or construction efficiencies and result in improved user and worker safety.