Each year, ITS California offers 2 scholarships to students pursuing an education in a field that will have a future impact on intelligent transportation systems in our state. The scholarships, in the amount of $2,500.00, are offered to one post graduate student pursuing a masters or doctorate degree and to one veteran from our military services pursuing an ITS related education.
This year we did not have any applications for the veterans scholarship so ITS California elected to provide a second scholarship to a post grad student. The selections are based upon many factors:

1) The applicability of the student’s post graduate degree to Intelligent Transportation Systems in California
2) An essay by the applicant that includes ITS career objectives and particular interests in ITS
3) Transcripts of marks received in courses and a list of courses to be taken during the academic year.
4) Letters of reference from professors, mentors, managers, etc.
This year 2 students stood out from the many applications received.

Roger Lloret-Batlle, a PhD candidate at UC Irvine received the first scholarship. Roger’s area of research and interests are in building and applying telecommunication and information technologies to aid in developing ITS strategies. Roger’s focus is on the potential for V2V and V2I communications to evolve the way that traffic management systems (e.g., traffic signals) may operate.  Specifically, his dissertation research is focused on auction-based traffic signal control—a topic that is both as visionary in its scope as it is in pushing the limits of ITS evolution.

Gabriel Yu, also a PhD candidate at UCI received the second scholarship. Gabriel’s research is focused on intelligent transportation systems, specifically modeling travelers and shippers’ behavior under partial information, the framework for quantifying traveler’s information, multi-criteria dynamic traffic assignment and ITS project investment decisions under uncertainty. Gabriel has worked with Caltrans, LADOT, LA Metro, Lyft and Uber in furthering the practical application of his research. 

 

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