UW Student Wins National Rural Intelligent Transportation System Contest

October 15, 2010

Vijay Kumar Sabawat Krishna of India, a University of Wyoming civil engineering student, placed first in the 2010 National Rural Intelligent Transportation System (NRITS) Conference written paper contest.

Undergraduate and graduate students were invited to submit an original written paper on rural intelligent transportation systems.

Sabawat evaluated the effectiveness of a recently implemented Variable Speed Limit system in the Elk Mountain corridor between Laramie and Rawlins in southeastern Wyoming. The data collected from different Intelligent Transportation System components (speed sensors, road and weather information and other factors) were analyzed to evaluate the effectiveness of posted speed limits on reducing speeds in the corridor during hazardous weather events. The speed observations were categorized by vehicle type and average speed.

"Findings suggest the necessity of an automatic control strategy system to replace the current system," says Sabawat.

Papers were reviewed and scored by transportation industry leaders. Each winner received a plaque, registration, per diem and transportation to attend the conference in Huntington, W. Va.

Winning papers were posted to the NRITS Web site and can be viewed at http://www.nritsconference.org.

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