SwRI Sponsors ITS World Congress Student Essay

SAN ANTONIO – March 29, 2022 – The Southwest Research Institute invites students to share their visions of transportation transformation for a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize and a paid trip to Los Angeles to attend the ITS World Congress from September 18 to 22.

The ITS World Congress 2022 Student Competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students from accredited colleges and universities who submit a written essay or video essay relating to this year’s topic. Students must explain how disruptive technologies could transform transportation and outcomes for generations, leading to greener communities and more resilient systems, increased access and equity, and safer and smarter roads for all.

“We predict that today’s advancements will change the future of mobility and transportation. Not only will transportation be more efficient and safer, but it will also be more accessible and have a reduced environmental impact,” said Josh Johnson, director of SwRI’s Critical Systems Department. “These trials should consider how transportation systems will adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by the next wave of electric and automated vehicles and smart road infrastructure.”

New for this year, an essay or video can be submitted to the competition. Submissions can be sent to [email protected] by June 1, 2022. See specific guidelines for submissions at: https://www.itsamericaevents.com/world-congress/en-us/programs/student-essay-and-video-competition.html.

“We want to encourage transportation, engineering and public policy students to apply their knowledge in thought-provoking ways,” Johnson said.

The winning entry, chosen from submissions from students across the United States, will be announced publicly at the 2022 ITS World Congress. Winners will learn ahead of the event. Judges will select the winner based on ideas expressed about future advancements in the smart transportation industry.

SwRI, a leading intelligent transportation system innovator, has sponsored the competition for 11 years. ITS World Congress is the largest and most important event in the world focused on smart mobility and digitization of transport. In partnership with ITS America, ERTICO and ITS Asia-Pacific, ITS America Events is organizing the 2022 conference.

For more information, visit www.swri.org/industries/intelligent-transportation-systems.

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