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2021 TCD Challenge Announced

2021 TCD Challenge Announced

The 2021 theme is Innovative Traffic Control Device Strategies for Speed Management on Limited Access Freeways.  The TCD Student Challenge is open to individuals or teams of high school, junior college, student college, or university (graduate or undergraduate) students with an interest in transportation and an understanding of traffic control devices.  Submissions are due October 1, 2020.

See ATTSA Blog Article here on the 2021 challenge:  https://www.atssa.com/Tech-Innovation/Innovation/Meetings-Events/TCD-Challenge

For more information see flyer

2020 TCD Challenge Winners

2020 TCD Challenge Winners

TCD Challenge Winners and Committee at the 2020 TRB Annual Meeting

AHB50 is proud to announce the winners of this year’s TCD Challenge with a theme of “Connected and Autonomous Innovations for Improving Work Zone Safety”.The three finalists were selected during the TRB Annual Meeting in early January in Washington, D.C. and traveled to ATSSA’s 50th Annual Convention & Traffic Expo, held Jan. 24-28, 2020 in New Orleans, to present their concepts during a Traffic Talk. Read more here.

Three Winners at ATSSA 50th Annual Convention  in New Orleans

1st Place ($1,500)

Title: “Connected’ Temporary Traffic Control Devices”

Student: Travis Larson

School: Oregon State University

 

2nd Place ($1,000)

Title: “Active Connected Work Zone Variable Speed Limit Warning System”

Student: Nusayba Megat-Johari

School: Michigan State University

3rd Place ($500)

Title: “Crash Preventive Cell Phone Holder”

Student: Ellie Lee

School: University of Minnesota

 

2020 TCD Challenge Finalists

 2020 Theme – “Connected and Autonomous Innovations for Improving Work Zone Safety”

  •  Event 1252 – 4th Annual TCD Student Challenge, Salon B Convention Center, Mon 1:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Finalists:

  • An Integrated Work Zone Safety System for Connected and Automated Vehicles – Florida International University (Cecilia Kadeha, Angela Kitali)
  •  “Connected” Temporary Traffic Control Devices – Oregon State University (Travis Larson, Cameron Bennett, Dylan Horne, Joe Neils, Amy Wyman)
  • Active Connected Work Zone Variable Speed Limit Warning System – Michigan State University (Nusayba Megat-Johari)
  • §  Smart Speed Limiter (SSL) for Improved Safety in Work Zone Areas – Michigan State University (Nischal Gupta)
  • 3D Work Zone Safety System – Deter, Detect, and Defense – Auburn University (Chennan Xue)
  • Crash Preventive Cell Phone Holder – University of Minnesota (Meekyung Lee)
  • Application of Auditory Signals to Improve Work Zone Safety – Auburn High School (Nikitha Sridhar, Michael Zhou)

2020 TCD Challenge

The 2020 Traffic Control Device Challenge will focus upon Connected and Autonomous Innovations for Improving Work Zone Safety

Submission deadline: October 1st, 2019

Email for submission: TCDChallenge@gmail.com

For more information, please visit ATSSA’s announcement regarding the TCD Challenge.

2019 TCD Challenge

Finalists from across the United States were evaluated for the awards during the January TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Following a second round of selections, the first, second, and third place winners were announced. Read more here.

Vision-Based Pedestrian Indicator Light for Signalized Intersections – 1st Place ($1,500)

Student team: Jacob Kaltenbronn and Zhu Qing

School: University of Missouri

Flashing Yellow Arrows – 2nd Place ($1,000)

Student team: Cadell Chand, Zach Barlow, Hisham Jashami, and Dylan Horne

School: Oregon State University

Application of RFID at Signalized Intersections in School Zones – 3rd Place ($500)

Student team: Michael Zhou, Nikitha Sridhar, Joy Zou, and Eric Mao

School: Auburn High School and Newport High School

2018 TCD Challenge at TRB

The objective of the Traffic Control Device Challenge (TCDC) is to promote innovation and stimulate ideas in the traffic control devices area with a goal to improve operations and safety. The challenge is sponsored by and conducted cooperatively by the Transportation Research Board Standing Committee on Traffic Control Devices (AHB50) and the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA).

The second annual TCDC was held at the 97th Annual Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington DC. Members and friends of the committee judged the presentations. The top 3 teams received travel accommodations to present their idea at the ATSSA Annual Convention & Traffic Expo. This year’s challenge was centered around the development of an innovative strategy to combat the problem of Wrong Way Driving.

First Place: Comprehensive System of Pavement Markings and Signage to Deter Wrong-Way Drivers ($1,500)

Authors: Danielle Berman, Owen Hitchcock, Kristin Kersavage, Lingyu Li, Kan Wu

Pennsylvania State University

Second Place: In-Roadway Warning Lights for Wrong-Way Detection and Prevention ($1,000)

Authors: Hisham Jashami, Zachary Barlow, Ellen Simpson, Logan Scott-Deeter

Oregon State University

Third Place: Audible Warning Device for Wrong Way Drivers ($500)

Authors: Elizabeth Farr, Robert Gallup, Katy Harlan, Jacob Kaltenbronn, Kaitlin Windsor

University of Missouri

 

2nd Annual TCD Challenge Announced – Accepting Submissions

The inaugural TCD Challenge in 2017 was a great success with 12 teams presenting original ideas at TRB on innovative solutions to prepare for autonomous and connected vehicles. Three finalists were awarded travel stipends to attend the ATSSA Annual Convention in Phoenix, AZ where 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners were determined.

The TCD Challenge is back again for the 2018 TRB Annual Meeting with the theme of preventing wrong-way driving with the overall goal of improving safety. The announcement from TRB can be found here. Submissions are due October 1st, 2017. Please check out the full participation guidelines before beginning to formulate your idea.

TCD Challenge Winners at ATSSA’s Annual Convention

TCD Winners Presser – ATSSA

1st Place ($1,500) 
Title: Electronic Beacon to Guide Autonomous Vehicles through Work Zones
Student team: Owen Hitchcock, Kristin Kersavage, Lingyu Li, Xiao Liang, Xu Lin
Penn State University

2nd Place ($1,000)
Title: The New Generation Steering Wheel Cover
Student: Jelena Karapetrovic
New Mexico State University

3rd Place ($500)
Title: The Pima County Split-Face Marker
Student team: Garrett Anderson, Vincent Morello, Lindsey Willman
University of Arizona

2017 TCD Challenge at TRB

The objective of the Traffic Control Device Challenge (TCDC) is to promote innovation and stimulate ideas in the traffic control devices area with a goal to improve operations and safety. The challenge is sponsored by and conducted cooperatively by the Transportation Research Board Standing Committee on Traffic Control Devices (AHB50) and the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA).

The first annual TCDC was held at the 96th Annual Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington DC. The committee received 12 submissions and selected 8 teams to present their ideas during a poster sessions. Members and friends of the committee judged the presentations. The top 3 teams received travel accommodations to present their idea at the ATSSA Annual Convention & Traffic Expo.

Electronic Beacon to Guide Autonomous Vehicles through Work Zones – 1st Place ($1,500) 

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Student authors: Owen Hitchcock, Kristin Kersavage, Lingyu Li, Xiao Liang and Xu Lin

School: Penn State University

The New Generation Steering Wheel Cover – 2nd Place ($1,000)

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Student author: Jelena Karapetrovic

School: New Mexico State University

The Pima County Split-Face Marker (“County Marker”), An Alternative to a Double-Yellow Marker – 3rd Place ($500)

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Student authors: Garrett Anderson, Vince Morello, Lindsay Wellman

School: Pima County DOT / University of Arizona

Other Participants

V2Me Messenger System – Zhu Qing, James Hopfenblatt, Ehsan Naderi – University of Missouri-Columbia

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Design of Directional Rumble Strips for Deterring Wrong-way Freeway Entries – Chennan Xue, Dan Xu, Raghu Baireddy, Lingling Yang – Auburn University

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Improving Right-of-Way Negotiation between Pedestrians and Autonomous Vehicles – Masoud Ghodrat Abadi, David Covey, Cadell Chand – Oregon State University

2017-01-10 14.19.07

Supplemental Warning Traffic Signal to Improve Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety – Ibrahim Alsghan – University of Wisconsin – Madison

2017-01-10 14.26.33

Mobile Distraction Mitigation System – Aleksander Venturino – Purdue University

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