Jelena Karapetrovic Rises to the Challenge with her Research

Ms. Jelena Karapetrovic (PhD Candidate, Transportation) won second place in the Traffic Control Device Challenge (TCDC) sponsored by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee of Traffic Control Devices and American Traffic Safety Association (ATSSA). ย This was the first Traffic Control Device Challenge, organized by Dr. Paul Carlson, Texas A&M. The objective of the challenge is to promote innovation and stimulate ideas with the goal of improving safety and operations.

Jelena’s research project, entitled “The New Generation Steering Wheel Cover”, presents in-vehicle indication of traffic signals. Jelena’s theory is that “the visibility of traffic signals would improve if presented in front of the driver’s eyes”, such as a steering wheel cover. The cover would also warn the driver if a red light is overseen by vibrating and making an alarm.

Finalists were invited to present a poster during the 2017 TRB Annual Meeting. ย Almost 20 judges (with diverse backgrounds including representation from FHWA, AASHTO, academia, and industry) evaluated the posters within 90 minutes and decided on 3 winners.

As one of the 3 winners, Jelena also presented her poster at the Annual Convention and Traffic Expo in Phoenix, Arizona in February 2017.ย  This event is the largest roadway safety/traffic control product exposition in North America.ย  In addition, ATSSA also included an article in their industry magazine, The Signal, and a press release.ย  Jelenaโ€™s advisor is Dr. Peter Martin.

Jelena with her poster at the TRB Conference in Washington

Jelena (middle) pictured with other finalists, and supportersย at Phoenix Traffic Expo


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