Transportation Technology Tournament

Overview

The National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE) and the U.S. DOT ITS JPO PCB program are hosting a competition for students to work directly with state and local DOTs to solve real-world transportation problems utilizing ITS and TSMO solutions.

Student teams will assemble to work with a local or state agency to define a problem or challenge in their region. After submitting an initial contest application identify the team and the problem or challenge, students will work with academic advisors to learn about potential ITS and TSMO solutions via online training programs outlined below. Teams will then utilize their experience, education, and new coursework to develop a solution or suite of solutions to directly address the originally defined problem. Students will submit their solutions via a proposal. Finalist teams will develop a presentation and then will be flown to participate in a live event at ITE 2019 in Austin, TX where they will give a presentation in front of a panel of judges made up of leaders in the ITS and TSMO community. A team will then be selected as the 2019 Transportation Technology Tournament Winner.

The 2018 Tournament featured nine teams, four of whom were chosen as finalists to compete in the live event at ITE 2018 Annual Meeting. More information on that event, the teams, and their materials is available here.

Entering the Tournament

Teams will submit an initial application which includes:

  • List of team members, including age and degree being pursued.
  • For each team member: One-page resume (like a private consulting firm would do when they submit a bid for a project – to show they have qualified staff) and headshot photo.
  • Formal selection of the problem. (Note: teams can submit a problem statement from their own state DOT or other public agency, and receive input and/or approval by the competition organizers.)
  • Signed waivers that allow the USDOT, NOCoE, and ITS America to use/reuse/publish photos, images, presentations, etc. in printed materials and on websites.
  • A statement of team dynamics and methodologies: how frequently they intend to meet, how they intend to take trainings, what the roles & responsibilities of each team member are, etc.

Applications to join the tournament must be submitted via the online form no later than Friday, February 1 at 11:59 ET.

Challenge Problems

Teams have two choices in identifying a challenge problem:

  • Work with their state, regional or local agency to identify a transportation problem requiring an ITS or TSMO solution
  • Select a a list of challenge problems provided by specific agencies for this tournament

Throughout the Fall of 2018, we will work with state and local agencies to identify specific challenge problems available for teams to choose. These challenge problems will be catered towards ITS and TSMO solutions and each problem will be associated with a specific agency. Check back as we update this page with those challenge problems.

If you're an agency who'd like to provide a challenge problem and work with students, please contact Adam Hopps at ahopps@transportationops.org.

Timeline and Instructions (Click headline to open)

February 1, 2019: Submit Application

Teams will submit an initial application, which included:

  • List of team members, including age and degree being pursued.
  • For each team member: One-page resume (like a private consulting firm would do when they submit a bid for a project – to show they have qualified staff) and headshot photo.
  • Formal selection of the problem. (Note: teams can submit a problem statement from their own state DOT or other public agency, and receive input and/or approval by the competition organizers.)
  • Signed waivers that allow the USDOT, NOCoE, and ITS America to use/reuse/publish photos, images, presentations, etc. in printed materials and on websites.
  • A statement of team dynamics and methodologies: how frequently they intend to meet, how they intend to take trainings, what the roles & responsibilities of each team member are, etc.

February 7, 2019: Kick-off Webinar Informational Session

The Kick-off Webinar is an opportunity for your entire team to say hello to tournament organizers, meet fellow competitors, and get more detailed information on the coming months ahead.

The 2018 Tournament webinar here.

February 28, 2019: Interim Check-In #1: Training, Part 1

Teams will submit a packet, demonstrating their completion of the following ITS PCB courses:

The packet shall included certificates of completion for each course (if applicable) and a response form that will be provided.

March 29, 2019: Interim Check-In #2: Training, Part 2

Academic or industry advisors are also responsible for teaching students Con-Ops and ITS Civil Engineering Design. Advisors will lead 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)

The packet shall included certificates of completion for each course (if applicable) and a provided response form.

April 30, 2019: Submission of Solution Definition and High-Level Con-Op

Teams submit a 10-page packet describing their solution. Packet will be a template, created by the competition organizers. Packet will include:

  • 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 will review the submissions and select finalists to go to present no later than Friday, May 31, 2019. Feedback will be given to finalists in order to strengthen their pitch at the final event.

June 2019: Online Presentations from Finalist Teams

Teams chosen as finalists will be asks to make a six-minute pitch on their solutions via webinar and receive feedback from judges. This date will be set in 2019. A full recording of the four finalists presentations from 2018  is available here.

July 21 - 24, 2019: Live Competition

Finalist teams will be provided travel funds to attend a Live Competition at ITE 2019 in Austin, TX.  Students will present to judges and a live audience (ten minutes per team to include four minutes for a question and answer period. Presentations will be recorded. Judges will deliberate and hold an “Awards Ceremony” where the finalists will be recognized.

CONTACT

Please feel free to contact Adam Hopps via email or phone (202-680-0091) with any questions.