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NOCoE News: Winner of the Transportation Technology Tournament

Teams competed earlier this week in Portland, OR at ITE Annual Meeting
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August 18, 2023

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Featured Resources
Industry News
Crash Responder Safety Week
The Workforce Portal
New Knowledge Center Resources
Upcoming Webinars

Featured Resources

And The Winner Is...

2023 Transportation Technology Tournament Winner
Florida International University

Florida International University & Florida Atlantic University – the “Intelligent Transportation Titans”

The winner of the 2023 Transportation Technology Tournament (TTT) is the team from Florida International University (FIU) and Florida Atlantic University (FAU), the "Intelligent Transportation Titans."

Their winning solution is to create a proactive tool to analyze traffic patterns using clustering analysis to optimize signal timing plans for both recurring and non-recurring congestion in Boca Raton, Florida.
2023 TTT Winner Presentation
The three finalist teams competed at the ITE Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, on Monday, August 14. The teams, from FIU and FAU, University of Michigan, and a team from University of Massachusetts - Amherst and Smith College, had 10 minutes to present their solutions to real-world transportation challenges. The teams then faced questions from a panel of judges from the ITS and TSMO industry, who ultimately chose FIU and FAU as the winners in a very close contest.

The finalists were flown to Portland to compete after being chosen from among the 13 teams who joined the tournament back in March of 2023. Ultimately, FIU and FAU won the prize for not just the solution itself, but their ability to effectively communicate the solution to the audience and demonstrate a very innovative idea to improve transportation in Boca Rotan, Florida. Information on all participating teams, including solutions, can be found at

The Transportation Technology Tournament is hosted jointly by the National Operations Center of Excellence and the ITS Joint Program Office's Professional Capacity Building program. The 2023 edition, the tournament's sixth year, featured a record number of teams participating to learn about ITS and TSMO and improve their problem solving, teamwork, and communications skills. The tournament will continue in 2024 and anyone interested in participating, both students and agencies, should contact Adam Hopps
2023 TTT Winner

Industry News

Utah DOT Webinar

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is hosting the “Utah Connected Webinar Series” to foster collaboration and promote information sharing among its partners. The webinar series will highlight six successful deployments across Utah, including significant deployments with connected vehicles that have helped to improve mobility, safety, and quality of life. 

UDOT is a national leader in pioneering innovative technologies. The Utah Connected program has established a statewide transportation system equipped with real-time situational awareness. Funded by a United States Department of Transportation Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) program, the program is bringing full-time situational awareness to Utah’s transportation system. Built on an extensive fiber-optic network, the system includes a robust data ecosystem, transit signal prioritization with connected vehicle technology, automated weather and speed warnings for drivers, and automated vehicles.

Following the webinar timeline, the third webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, August 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. MST. It will highlight the deployment process and lessons learned from deploying V2X systems along roadways and in vehicles. In this webinar, speakers will discuss planning, installation, and testing of the roadside and on-board systems and the approach to system maintenance. In addition, speakers will discuss the generation of intersection MAP messages and the use of security certificates on the devices to protect the transmission of data over the V2X system. All webinars are free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required.


AASHTO PUBLICATIONS | Transportation Operations Manual First Edition

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials released a video showcasing the first edition of its “Transportation Operations Manual” – a new guidebook for transportation systems management and operations or TSMO efforts approved for publication by the AASHTO board of directors in October 2022.
2023 CTSO Annual Meeting

Registration is open for the 2023 CTSO Annual Meeting


Crash Responder Safety Week

Crash Responder Safety Week Portal

Crash Responder Safety Week 2023: November 13-17

The Crash Responder Safety Week portal has been updated with upcoming all states planning calls and previous planning efforts and resources.

Crash Responder Safety Week: All States Planning Call - July 2023

Crash Responder Safety Week: All States Planning Call - Governor's Proclamation


The Workforce Portal

TSMO Workforce Pipeline Expanding Opportunities

Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Workforce Pipeline - Expanding Opportunities

In this white paper you will learn:

  1. About existing programs that could be leveraged to bring different sources of workers to support TSMO activities.
  2. About a range of potential opportunities to establish workforce pipelines beyond traditional sources.
  3. About ideas for tapping into non-traditional workers.

  • Filling Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) professional and para-professional position will continue to challenge state DOTs and other transportation agencies.
  • Building on a previous Technical Memorandum by NOCoE related to establishing a pipeline of workers from the military, this white paper takes the initial step in describing additional, future workforce pipelines for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HSBCs, technical colleges, jobs corps, retiring emergency responders, and non-traditional workers.
  • Technical staff need to work closely with human resources staff to shift recruiting and hiring methods and practices to realize the benefits associated with potential pipeline communities.

More White Paper Resources

Potential Federal Funding Sources for Advancing Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Workforce Development Activities
Attracting and Retaining Younger Workers in Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO)
Innovative Practices in Transportation Organizations to Support Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Workforce Development
Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Training Best Practices

New Knowledge
Center Resources

Talking TIM: July 2023

Upcoming Webinars

Talking TIM August 2023
Crash Responder Safety Week All States Planning Call

About the National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE)

NOCoE provides services to the transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) community to saves lives, improve travel times, and enhance economic vitality. With an emphasis on workforce development, NOCoE aims to assist in the deployment of technologies and the mainstreaming of TSMO solutions by fostering education, networking, communication, and knowledge transfer.

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