Source: Civ­il and Envi­ron­men­tal Engineering

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the UM-CEE Michi­gan Trans­porta­tion Stu­dent Orga­ni­za­tion (MiT­SO) on tak­ing the gold and earn­ing the title of 2022 Trans­porta­tion Tech­nol­o­gy Tour­na­ment win­ner! Their cre­ative safe­ty solu­tions lever­aged the Con­nect­ed Auto­mat­ed Vehi­cle (CAV) Cor­ri­dor envi­ron­ment in Detroit’s Cork­town neighborhood.

2022 Trans­porta­tion Tech­nol­o­gy Tour­na­ment Win­ning Team

“We worked with MDOT (Michi­gan Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion) to address pedes­tri­an safe­ty con­cerns asso­ci­at­ed with the Con­nect­ed and Auto­mat­ed Vehi­cle (CAV) cor­ri­dor project con­nect­ing Ann Arbor and Detroit, focus­ing our solu­tion to address pedes­tri­an safe­ty con­cerns in the Cork­town neigh­bor­hood,” said team lead Zhichen Liu. ”We pro­posed a two-part solu­tion that aims at enhanc­ing safe­ty equi­ty and build­ing trust and accep­tance with the local com­mu­ni­ty with respect to the CAV corridor.”

It fea­tured:

1. “Infra­struc­ture-focused solu­tions” that intro­duce a nov­el Sig­nal­ing Sys­tem to enable CAV-pedes­tri­an inter­ac­tions and reuse CAV sen­sors to assist vul­ner­a­ble pedestrians.

2. “Man­age­ment-focused solu­tions” that involve cyber­se­cu­ri­ty and pub­lic engagement.

Tour­na­ment judges not­ed that the project “touch­es on sub­stan­tial emerg­ing chal­lenges, such as pedes­tri­an secu­ri­ty, equi­ty, and CAV trust, and offers nov­el and prac­ti­cal solu­tions to these chal­lenges.” Judges also cited:

1. Great col­lab­o­ra­tion with all stake­hold­ers and agen­cies involved.

2. Great teamwork.

Con­grat­u­la­tions again to the team– Zhichen Liu, Lily Craig­head, Akshay Jal­luri, and Ting Fong Chen–and fac­ul­ty advi­sor, Prof. Neda Masoud!

The tour­na­ment was host­ed by the Nation­al Oper­a­tions Cen­ter of Excel­lence and the U.S. Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion Intel­li­gent Trans­porta­tion Sys­tems, and held at this year’s ITE annu­al meet­ing in New Orleans. It is a com­pe­ti­tion for stu­dents to work direct­ly with pub­lic agen­cies to solve real-world trans­porta­tion prob­lems uti­liz­ing ITS and Trans­porta­tion Sys­tems Man­age­ment and Oper­a­tions solutions.