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Congresswoman Lori Trahan Announces $181,804 in Federal Grant Funding for UMass Lowell

Lowell, MA – Today, Congresswoman Lori Trahan (D-MA-03) announced $181,804 in federal grant funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The funding will support a project entitled "Collaborative Research: Understanding the Impacts of Automated Vehicles on Traffic Flow Using Empirical Data.”


“I am thrilled that UMass Lowell was named as a recipient of this NSF grant funding. The project aims to explore the impact of automated vehicles on traffic flows, and helps put UMass Lowell at the center of one of the most consequential advancements in technology of our generation: automation. I am proud of all those involved in securing this important funding, and will continue to support federal agencies and programs like the NSF that make these critical investments possible,” said Rep. Lori Trahan.


“This National Science Foundation grant investigating how autonomous vehicles and human-controlled cars interact, will lead to safer and more efficient traffic flow, and is precisely the type of research with profound societal impact where UMass Lowell excels,” said Jacquie Moloney, the university’s chancellor. “Congratulations to Prof. Danjue Chen and Prof. Yuanchang Xie for this award, and thank you to Congresswoman Lori Trahan for her ongoing support and advocacy for UMass Lowell.”

The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports research, innovation, and discovery that provides the foundation for economic growth in this country. By advancing the frontiers of science and engineering, our nation can develop the knowledge and cutting edge technologies needed to address the challenges we face today and will face in the future.