ITSMR was established in 1978 as a partnership between the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the University and is funded completely with grants. It is a true partnership with the New York Governor's Commission on Traffic Safety. The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC), which is part of DMV, originally funded Section 402 funds to receive highway safety funding from the federal government.
The mission of AVAIL is to use the latest technology to solve modern transportation problems. Using a modern, web-based and extensible visualization platform, AVAIL seeks to explore the interaction of current planning and research procedures through the use of visual analytics and informatics.