ITS MN Awards for Undergraduate and Graduate-Level Students

At the annual Fall Forum event on Nov. 5th, 2015, ITS Minnesota was excited to hand out a total of four $1,000 scholarship awards to two undergraduate and two graduate-level students to assist them in their education. 

Indrajit Chatterjee was selected for his paper titled “A Supervised Learning Approach for Improving Sensor Calibration for Weigh-In-Motion Systems.” The objective of this research was to characterize the Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) sensor measurements and develop probability models to effectively detect sensor bias and reliably identify when sensor calibration is needed.  The proposed methodology could benefit state agencies such as MnDOT by identifying when calibration was lost and subsequently a proper modification factor could be applied to the out-of-calibration data to adjust for the bias. Indrajit also served as an author on a research paper accepted by MnDOT in May 2015.

Zhejun Liu was selected for his paper titled “A Rule-Based Signal Compensation Strategy for the Non-Bus-Priority Approaches at an Intersection”.  The purpose of the research is to provide proper conditional signal priorities, which will increase the efficiency of traffic signal control in the event of transit signal priority requests.  Through the use of VISSIM modeling, the proposed methodology reduced the average vehicle delays, the average queue lengths, and the average stop delays, which might in turn improve the overall performance of a signalized intersection.

Eric Francen was selected based on his background as an undergraduate student majoring in civil engineering with a minor in construction management at the University of Minnesota.  Eric noted in his submission that he is heavily interested in advancing his career in transportation engineering, with a career goal of becoming a practicing civil engineer in the state of Minnesota by obtaining a PE license.  Eric also discussed how important ITS is to the transportation field because of the potential to both greatly improve travel situations and solve problems that traditional transportation methods would not be able to.

Kristin Carlson was selected based on her background as an undergraduate student majoring in civil engineering.  Kristin noted in her application that she plans to continue her education as a graduate student at the University and then pursue a career in the consulting industry where she can exercise her knowledge of experimental design and validation to create innovative solutions for the ITS sector.

From L to R: 2015 ITS MN President Tom Jensen, Undergraduate Award winners Eric Francen and Kristin Carlson, Scholarship Committee Members Jim McCarthy and Jake Folkeringa.

From L to R: 2015 ITS MN President Tom Jensen, Undergraduate Award winners Eric Francen and Kristin Carlson, Scholarship Committee Members Jim McCarthy and Jake Folkeringa.

ITS Minnesota is proud to have awarded the scholarships to all of these students and looks forward to their continued contributions to the transportation and ITS industry in the years ahead.