2018 Transportation Technology Tournament

Winner: Joint team of the University of Texas, University of Wyoming, and University of Kansas who worked with District DOT to address non-recurrent congestion by developing traveler information systems around work zones and in identifying potential data and modeling needs required to manage special events.

Overview

Commencing in February of 2018, the Transportation Technology Tournament was a joint effort of the ITS JPO Professional Capacity Building program and the National Operations Center of Excellence to help push the future workforce to understand the communications, teamwork, planning, and interdisciplinary skills required to work in the transportation industry. Nine participant teams were asked to work with a local or state DOT to identify a real-world challenge that DOT is facing and to use ITS technologies and transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) strategies to develop a solution or set of solutions to address that challenge. Teams presenting were:

  • Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo working on Pedestrian Safety with the City of Detroit and Michigan DOT
  • A joint team of University of Texas, University of Wyoming, and the University of Kansas working on Using Third-Party Navigation Applications to Improve Transportation Operations Planning for Special Events with District DOT
  • North Dakota State University working on Enhancing Traffic Operation and Safety by Providing Train Information Near Highway-Rail Grade Crossings working with the City of Moorhead, Minnesota
  • Florida International University working on Pedestrian Safety with City of Gainesville

The judges for the event were:

  • Egan Smith, Managing Director, ITS Joint Program Office, US DOT
  • Arlene Kocher, Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, US DOT
  • Tony Kratofil, Metro Region Engineer, Michigan DOT and Chair of the NOCoE Technical Advisory Committee
  • Kris Milster, Director of Government Accounts, Traffic Technology Services and Chair of the ITE TSMO Council
  • Laurie, Matkowski, Director of Connected and Automated Vehicle Services, Gannett Fleming

After deliberation, the judges chose the joint team of the University of Texas, University of Wyoming, and University of Kansas as the winners and designated the Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo team as the runner-up. The winner's solution, in working with District DOT, addressed the non-recurrent congestion challenges facing Washington, DC by developing traveler information systems around work zones and in identifying potential data and modeling needs required to manage special events.

College/University Problem Statement Participating Agency Materials
University of Texas (Winner) Using Third-Party Navigation Applications to Improve Transportation Operations Planning for Special Events District DOT

Final Event Presentation Video

Final Event Presentation

Solution Document

Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo (Runner Up) Pedestrian Safety City of Detroit and Michigan DOT

Final Event Presentation Video

Final Event Presentation

Solution Document

Florida International University (Finalist) Pedestrian Safety in South Florida City of Gainesville

Final Event Presentation Video

Final Event Presentation

Solution Outline

North Dakota State University (Finalist) Enhancing Traffic Operation and Safety by Providing Train Information Near Highway Rail Grade Crossings City of Moorhead, Minnesota

Final Event Presentation Video

Final Event Presentation

Solution Document

University of South Florida Pedestrian Safety Along Arterials Florida DOT Solution Document
Texas A&M University, Team #1 Using Third-Party Navigation Applications to Improve Transportation Operations Planning for Special Events District DOT Solution Document
Texas A&M University, Team #2 Reversible and Restricted Lane Operations on Arterial Streets District DOT Solution Document
Oregon State University Pedestrian Safety in Portland City of Portland Solution Document
University of Nevada - Reno Updating Safety Service Patrol Routes Using Historical Data to Optimize Response Times

District DOT

Solution Document

 Below is an outline of the steps and process of the 2018 Transportation Technology Tournament

Late February 28, 2018: Kick-off Webinar Informational Session

The Kick-off Webinar took place on  February 28, 2018. You can view the entirety of the webinar here.

March 31, 2018: Interim Check-In #1: Training, Part 1

Teams submitted a packet, demonstrating their completion of the following ITS PCB courses (submission - course certificates):

April 30, 2018: Interim Check-In #2: Training, Part 2

Academic or industry advisors were also responsible for teaching students Con-Ops and ITS Civil Engineering Design. Advisors led the team through the following ITS Case Study Courses, found on the ITS JPO Professional Capacity Building Program:

  • ITS Case Study Course: Con-Ops (submission – course deliverable)

  • ITS Case Study Course: Civil Engineering Design (submission – course deliverable)

Teams submitted a packet, demonstrating their completion of the above ITS Case Study Courses.

May 31, 2018: Interim Check-In #3: Solution Definition and High-Level Con-Op

Teams submitted a 10-page packet describing their solution. The packet will included:

  • Description of problem
    • Scoping the dynamics of the site and the problem, identifying requirements for solution, identifying stakeholders, etc.
  • Description of solution
    • How this could address the problem
    • Who the players are within that solution
  • Con-ops for solution, including:
    • High-level functional architecture
    • High-level physical architecture
    • High-level enterprise architecture
  • An estimate for the work needed to develop and implement the solution including:
    • Cost breakdown
    • Timeline
  • Anticipated impacts
    • Operational benefits
    • Safety benefits
    • Mobility benefits
    • Environmental benefits
    • Other benefits and risks

Judges panel reviewed the submissions and select four finalists to go to ITE 2018 to present in person:

  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • North Dakota State University
  • University of Texas
  • Florida International University

June 28: Interim Check-In #4: Finalist Presentations

The four finalists presented a six-minute pitch on their solutions and received feedback from judges. A full recording of the event is available here.

August 2018: Live Competition at ITE Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN

Finalist teams attended Live Competition at the ITE Annual Meeting. Students had 10 minutess to present to a panel of judges and a live audience, and faced a question and answer session from the judges.

After deliberation, the judges chose the University of Texas team as the winner and the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo team as the runner up.