2021 Essay Contest Award Winners

ITS Canada is pleased to announce the 2 winners of the 2021 ITS Essay Competition. 2021 marks the 4th year of the Essay Competition. This competition promotes the ITS expertise, experience and interests of young researchers from Canadian Universities. This year’s competition highlighted students’ research, development, and knowledge, pertaining to the themes of the ITS Canada 2021 June Conference “Creating Connections That Matter” and to the Winter Conference “Challenges and Innovation in a Changing World". Congratulations Lina and Maged.

First Place Winner - $2000

Lina Elmorshedy, University of Toronto
Essay titleEvaluating the Impacts of Adaptive Cruise Control Systems on Congested Urban Freeways and Emphasizing the Need for New Traffic Control Strategies. 

This essay discusses the impacts of ADAS in conjunction with Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communication capabilities representing Connected and Automated Vehicular Systems (CAVS) which would undertake vehicle functions and ease the driving task further. The introduction of CAVS will transform the future of transportation, and there is a need to quantify the effect of such technologies on congested urban transportation systems and potentially steer their effect in a positive direction by implementing appropriate traffic control strategies. Read full essay.


Second Place Winner - $1000

Maged Gouda, University of Alberta
Essay title: Emerging Trends in Infrastructure Digitization and High-Definition Mapping

Despite the recent advances in automotive research, a fully autonomous system operating in general road environments has not been realized due to several limitations, such as data perturbations, sensing limitations, occlusion, and computational constraints. The development of a smart infrastructure to support autonomous vehicle (AV) systems is inevitable. This essay discusses the emerging trends in the infrastructure market to resolve AVs limitations and allow high levels of autonomy. Read full abstract


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