Transportation Technology Tournament


The National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE) and the U.S. DOT ITS JPO PCB program are hosting a competition for students to work directly with public agencies to solve real-world transportation problems utilizing ITS and TSMO solutions.

Student teams will assemble to work with a State or local DOT, MPO, or transit agency to define a transportation problem. After submitting an initial contest application identifying the team and the problem, students will work with academic advisors to learn about potential ITS and TSMO solutions via online training programs outlined below. Teams will then utilize their experience, education, and new coursework to develop a solution or suite of solutions to directly address the originally defined problem. Students will submit their solutions via a proposal. Finalist teams will develop a presentation and then participate in a live event at ITE 2020 in New Orleans, LA. For those teams selected to the final event, travel, lodging, and registration fees for three team members. At ITE, teams will give a presentation in front of a panel of judges made up of leaders in the ITS and TSMO community. One team will then be selected as the 2020 Transportation Technology Tournament Winner.

The 2018 and 2019 tournaments featured extremely competitive teams with innovative solutions. More information on previous years is available via the menu on your left.

2020 Tournament Teams

School Problem Statement Final Presentations (coming soon)
Auburn University A new method to detect and estimate the potential risk for wrong-way driving incident based on Yolo V3  Full video
Florida International University Automation of traffic signal plan modification decision in response to non-recurrent congestion Full video
Iowa State University Improving the communication of work zone data Full video
University of Michigan Curb space management for multi-modal transportation in downtown areas Full video
University of South Florida Mitigating work zone incidents and improving work zone safety through ITS technologies Full video
University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Rural ITS solutions for I-40 at Rockwood Mountain and i-75 at Jelilico Mountain in Tennessee

Full video


2020 Timeline

Below is an outline of the steps and process of the 2020 Transportation Technology Tournament

Friday February 14, 2020: Deadline for TTT Applications

Submit your team information via the online form to join the Transportation Technology Tournament.

Friday, February 21, 2020 at 2pm ET: Kick-off Webinar Informational Session

The Kick-off Webinar will take place on February 21, 2020 at 2pm ET. At least one member from each team needs to attend this webinar live. A recording will be available for sharing with the rest of the participants. The webinar will cover guidance for the overall tournament, submission processes for each check-in and deadline, and overall advice on how to win the tournament. Webinar information will be posted here and sent to all teams ahead of time.

Friday, March 13, 2020: Interim Check-In #1: Training, Part 1

Teams will submit a packet demonstrating their completion of the following ITS PCB courses (submission - course certificates):

The packet will include proof of completion for each course from each team member. Submission instructions will be provided during the kick-off webinar.

Friday, April 3, 2020: Interim Check-In #2: Training, Part 2

Academic or industry advisors were also responsible for teaching students Con-Ops and ITS Civil Engineering Design. Advisors led the team through the following ITS Case Study Courses, found on the ITS JPO Professional Capacity Building Program:

  • ITS Case Study Course: Con-Ops (submission – course deliverable)

  • ITS Case Study Course: Civil Engineering Design (submission – course deliverable)

Teams will submit a packet demonstrating their completion of the above ITS Case Study Courses.

Friday, May 15, 2020: Solution Definition and High-Level Con-Op

Teams will submit a 10-page packet describing their solution. The packet will include:

  • Description of problem
    • Scoping the dynamics of the site and the problem, identifying requirements for solution, identifying stakeholders, etc.
  • Description of solution
    • How this could address the problem
    • Who the players are within that solution
  • Con-ops for solution, including:
    • High-level functional architecture
    • High-level physical architecture
    • High-level enterprise architecture
  • An estimate for the work needed to develop and implement the solution including:
    • Cost breakdown
    • Timeline
  • Anticipated impacts
    • Operational benefits
    • Safety benefits
    • Mobility benefits
    • Environmental benefits
    • Other benefits and risks

Judges panel will review the submissions and select  finalists to go to ITE 2020 to present in person.

End of June 2020: Finalist Presentation Practice Runs

Finalists will be asked to give at least two practice presentations ahead of the live competition and receive feedback from the organizing committee.

August 2020: Live Competition at ITE Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA

Finalist teams will attend the Live Competition at the ITE Annual Meeting. Students will have 10 minutes to present to a panel of judges and a live audience and face a question and answer session from the judges.


If you have any questions, please contact Adam Hopps with the National Operations Center of Excellence.