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    Irene Martinez Josemaria received the second place award on "road" category in TRA VISIONS 2018
    The EU-funded competition TRA VISIONS 2018 has just awarded prizes to its young researcher winners at the end of the Opening Ceremony on Monday 16th April (12-12:30pm) of the 2018 Transport Research Arena (TRA 2018). Young researchers from all over Europe submitted innovative concepts in order to enhance smart, sustainable and integrated transport and mobility of people and goods.
    Prof. Amelia Regan's Ph.D. students, Arash Nabili and Amari Lewis, received NSF graduate research fellowships
    These are the 3 year fellowships for PhD students. Arash Nabili works on automated vehicle control systems and Amari Lewis works on technologies for paratransit operations.
    Southern California ITE's Annual Student Traffic Bowl was held at University of California Irvine on February 10th, 2018 By Sowmya Chandrasekhar

    There was friendly but fierce competition between the six student chapters in attendance: USC, UCLA, UC Irvine, CSU Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona and CSU Fullerton. The teams gave it their all but CSU Long Beach was the victor after a tense final jeopardy round against the host chapter UC Irvine. Thank you to all the students who participated and their enthusiastic cheering squads, to the host chapter UC Irvine for showing SoCal ITE that famous anteater hospitality, and to our judges Neelam Dorman, Josh McNeill, and Giancarlo Ganddini. We look forward to a rematch for the “traffic bowl” next year
    Koti Reddy Allu received The Student of the Year reward from Engineering Student Council for the CEE121 TA work
    Youngeun Bae and Monicahas Ramirez-lbarra have been selected to receive WTS-OC graduate scholarship
  • The awards will be presented to them at the WTS-OC Annual Anniversary Awards Gala at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel on December 7, 2017
    Karina Hermawan has been selected to receive Eno Fellowship
  • Each year, the Eno Future Leaders Development Conference (LDC) gives 20 of the nation’s top graduate students in transportation a first-hand look at how national transportation policies are developed. Students apply to the program early in the year, and those selected as “Eno Fellows” come to Washington, DC for a week in the spring of meetings with federal officials and leaders of business and non-profit organizations.
    Karina Hermawan has been selected to receive Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship
  • The Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship provides funding for the pursuit of Masters or Doctorate Degrees in transportation related discipline.
    Could technology have prevented the bus crash in Palm Springs?
  • Sarah Catz, research associate at the UC-Irvine Institute of Transportation Studies, says technology already on roads might have helped if only it were integrated into most buses. The news can be viewed here.
    Jiangbo (Gabriel) Yu has been selected to receive 2016 Railway Association of Southern California (RASC) scholarship
  • Since 1996, the Railway Association of Southern California (RASC) has been dedicated to promoting the diverse professions within the railroad industry and sponsoring fellowship among railroad professionals in the Southern California area.
    Jiangbo (Gabriel) Yu and Roger Lloret-Batlle have been awarded 2016 ITS-California scholarship
  • The Intelligent Transportation Systems of California (ITS-CA) sponsors two scholarships for advancing studies in Intelligent Transporations Systems (ITS). Both scholarships are awarded to applicants that are studying in any ITS-related field.
    ITS-Irvine helps UCI shatter research and philanthropic funding records.

    "UCI experienced record funding in fiscal 2015-16. The California Energy Commission, for example, awarded UCI's Institute of Transportation Studies and its director, Stephen Ritchie (pictured), up to $24 million to develop and administer a natural gas vehicle incentive program." The news can be viewed here.

    Kate Hyun has been selected as one of the 2015 KSEA-KUSCO Graduate Scholarship recipients.
  • The KSEA-KUSCO (Korean American Scientists and Engineers Association) scholarships recognize outstanding students who are excellent in academics as well as in service to the community, and have potential to become future leaders of society.
    Suman Mitra has been awarded 2016 UCI AGS Symposium Judges Winner.
  • The Symposium provides a venue for UCI to showcase outstanding graduate and professional student research. Students are challenged to take the results of thousands of hours of academic research and discovery and present it in 7 minutes in terms that a general audience can understand and appreciate. Suman presented the following paper: Suman Mitra and Jean-Daniel Saphores (2016), “Exploring the Unnoticed: An Analysis of Carless Households in California”. Suman was also a campus finalist in UCI’s 2016 Grad Slam competition.
    ITS-Irvine Students Receive Awards at 2016 UCCONNECT Conference

    The 2016 UCCONNECT Student Conference was held at the University of California, Riverside on February 11-12, 2016. This conference showcases cutting-edge transportation research from throughout California. A total of 16 ITS-Irvine students and two faculty participated, discussing topics such as emerging intelligent vehicle technologies, urban mobility case studies, and traffic simulation, during podium and poster sessions.
    In addition, the program included a faculty panel featuring UCCONNECT executive committee members, where ITS-Irvine Director Dr. Stephen Ritchie gave an overview of various research projects ongoing at UCI and offered his perspectives on how intelligent vehicles might change the future of transportation.
    Congratulations are extended to three students from ITS-Irvine who received awards for their presentations during the conference:
    ● 2nd place poster: Anupam Srivastava, “A lane changing Cell Transmission Model for modeling capacity drop at lane drop bottlenecks”
    ● 2nd place podium: Roger Lloret-Battle, “Envy-free intersection control with value of time heterogeneity”
    ● 3rd place podium: Neda Masoud, “Autonomous or Driver-less Vehicles: Implementation Strategies and Operational Concerns”
    Additional details about the conference can be found on UCCONNECT’s website

    ITS-Irvine Researchers Converge on Washington, DC for the 2016 TRB Meeting
  • The 96th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) was held at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., on January 10–14, 2016. This year 22 students and three faculty members from ITS-Irvine attended TRB to give 14 paper and poster presentations, in addition to participating in various TRB committee meetings. TRB is the biggest transportation conference in the world, with more than 12,000 transportation professionals attending each year. On the evening of January 11th, ITS-Irvine hosted a reception at a local restaurant for more than 50 alumni, students, researchers, and faculty, and a great time was shared by all. Participation by ITS-Irvine researchers at TRB can be viewed here: "University of California, Irvine." The 2016 general TRB program can be viewed here
    ITS-Irvine and Hyundai Motor America Launch New Seminar Series
  • Ongoing collaboration between ITS-Irvine and Hyundai Motor America has led to an exciting, major new Seminar Series in 2015-16 on Technology Innovations and the Future of Transportation. This new initiative is described here. “This new relationship allows Hyundai to both share its industry knowledge and help inspire the future leaders of the transportation industry,” said Dr. Mircea Gradu, Director, Engineering and Quality, Hyundai Motor America. Seminar descriptions can be found here.
    Kyungsoo Jeong has been selected to receive a scholarship from KASCE. The awards dinner is on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.
  • KASCE scholarships encourage bright new professionals to undertake careers in the area of transportation.
    Suman Kumar Mitra has been selected to receive a 2015-2016 Public Impact Fellowship for his research on carless households. Suman is doing research under the supervision of Professor Jean-Daniel Saphores.
  • Public Impact Fellowship is intended to support and highlight academically excellent students whose research demonstrates the potential to significantly improve or enrich the lives of people in California and beyond.
    Suman Kumar Mitra has been selected to receive a 2015-2016 Chancellor's Club Fund for Excellence Fellowship.
  • Chancellor’s club for excellence fellowship is intended to recognize and award UCI’s most academically superior graduate students who exhibit outstanding promise as scholars, researchers, and public leaders. For more information please Click here

    Sarah Hernandez has been nominated to be a member of the TRB Committee on Freight Transportation Data (ABJ90) for the term 2015–2018.

    Eric Shen, former graduate of UCI and current Director of Transportation Planning, Port of Long Beach, has won the Orange County Engineering Council's Outstanding Engineering Educator Award. Please click here

    Scott Samuelsen most influential of 2014 by the Orange County Register Please click here

    Zhe (Jared) Sun has won the honorable mention award in the TRB Data Contest Safety Area
    "Quantifying Impacts of Narrow Lane Widths on Arterials Roads" authored by Zhe Sun, Zhe Yu, and Hernando Ombao, University of California Irvine

Scott Samuelsen interviewed in the New York Times. A Road Test of Alternative Fuel Visions.

    Neda Masoud has been selected to receive a scholarship from the Orange County Chapter of WTS. An award will be presented to Neda at the 25th Year Anniversary Awards Gala on December 4, 2014.

    Sarah Hernandez has been nominated to be a Member of the TRB Committee on Transportation Education and Training (ABG20) for the term 4/15/2014 – 4/14/2016

    Suman Mitra was awarded the 2014 Phi Beta Kappa International Scholarship
  • Phi Beta Kappa International Scholarship is awarded to foreign students who are conducting graduate studies in academic institutions in Southern California with Phi Beta Kappa Chapters. The awards are given to students who are counterparts of Phi Beta Kappa scholars in the American system, that is, foreign students of academic excellence.

    UCTC 2014 Student Conference posters awarded to the following:
  • Best Overall Poster Award, Kate Hyun , Sarah Hernandez, Andre Tok, and Stephen G. Ritchie, "Estimating Truck Volumes by Body Configuration using Weigh-in-Motion Data"
  • Best Poster Design, 2nd Place, Alma Carrillo and Sarah Hernandez, “Severity of Accidents Based on Truck Body Classification"

    Jean-Daniel Saphores has been nominated to be a Member of the TRB Committee on Transportation Energy (ADC70) for the term 4/15/2014 to 4/14/2017

    Neda Masoud was awarded the Railway Association of Southern California 2013 scholarship Since 1996, the Railway Association of Southern California (RASC) has been dedicated to promoting the diverse professions within the railroad industry and sponsoring fellowship among railroad professionals in the Southern California area.

    First Publication of the Expo Line Study by Doug Houston, Marlon Boarnet and Steven Spears". For more information, click here.
    Steven Spears winner of the 2013-2014 UCTC Student of the Year Award. For more information, click here.

    Kyung (Kate)Hyun has been selected to receive a scholarship from the Orange County Chapter of WTS.
    An award will be presented to Kate at the 25th Year Anniversary Awards Gala on December 3, 2013. Kate will also represent the Orange County Chapter to compete for the international level scholarship, the Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship.