- Urban and rural roads
- Passenger and freight transport
The TRA VISIONS 2018 YOUNG RESEARCHER COMPETITION (previously called ACADEMIC STUDENT COMPETITION) is aimed at university and technical institute students pursuing bachelor, master and PhD degrees. This competition represents an opportunity for young researchers to showcase their work on an international stage at the 2018 Transport Research Arena (TRA 2018) event in Vienna, Austria, on 16th-19th April 2018.
Initially, participants will be invited to submit an abstract under one of the following TRA 2018 topics (Call for Ideas) which cover the general areas of:
RA1 Environment and Energy Efficiency
RA2 Vehicles & Vessels – Design, Development
RA3 Advanced Propulsion Systems
RA4 Smart Urban Mobility & Logistics
RA5 People Mobility – Systems and Services
RA6 Freight Transport and Logistics
RA7 Transport Infrastructure
RA8 Connected and Automated Transport
RA9 Digital Technologies for Transport
RA10 Safe, Secure and Resilient Transport Systems
RA11 Human Dimension in Transport
RA12 Socio-Economics, Innovation and Policy
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 30/06/2017 23:59 CET. Participants will then have a four-month period (until 31/10/2017 23:59 CET) to further develop their proposal into a final project.
The Submission should be a report based on the Final Project Template, a short presentation and a project poster accompanied by an optional short video (mandatory for all shortlisted). This will be followed by an Evaluation of Ideas period that is divided into two steps: a remote online evaluation in which two evaluators assess each eligible project and give a ranking, and a second evaluation phase in which the top 10 shortlisted ideas for each mode are evaluated by a judging panel during a Shortlisting Workshop which determines the three top ideas per mode (road, rail, waterborne and cross-modality).
Both the winning certificates and prizes will be awarded at TRA 2018 (Award Ceremony).
Register now and share your visionary ideas and get the chance to receive in return the TRA VISIONS Award for the best idea.
Participation is limited to young researchers who are registered in a college, university or technical institute from across the European Union, EU Candidate countries, potential EU candidate countries and European Economic Area. A young researcher is defined as a university and technical institute student pursuing a BSc, MSc, PhD or comparable degree. Those young researchers who have graduated earlier than 01/01/2016 are not eligible to apply. However, those who have already graduated from a PhD degree are welcome to participate in the senior researcher competition. Eligibility will be checked before full access to the TRA VISIONS YOUNG RESEARCHER COMPETITION is granted (a process that usually takes 2 to 7 days).
For more information regarding the Young Researcher Competition, download the “YOUNG RESEARCHER COMPETITION GUIDELINES 2018” or write an email to email@example.com.
1 Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, FYRO Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom
Projects may cover design, construction, research, equipment, training or operations of new and innovative concept ideas and products. Existing products, devices, services or procedures will not be considered.
Output: The participants should engage in further research and use their creativity, knowledge and personal effort in order to produce an innovative concept idea of high quality standards. The “concept idea” is not required to be a completely engineered “ready to build” product. The idea may also contain new (“quantum leap”) technical solutions, based on solid engineering judgment and feasibility estimation. All submissions should include evidence of originality identifying any similar work and, if so, what distinguishes the submission from this other work.
Upon registration participants should register their personal details (username, password, name, surname, organisation, supervising professor etc). After an eligibility check, participants will then have to submit an abstract and a title describing their idea by 30/06/2017 23:59 CET using the Abstract submission form available from the TRA VISIONS website.
Final project submissions should be submitted in electronic format, using the “Final Project” template, the “Poster” template and the “Presentation” template (available for download). The Final Project can be submitted at any time repeatedly (only the latest version uploaded will be considered) up until the 31/10/2017 23:59 CET.
The Final report should include the following:
The main text should be in electronic format and neatly presented in an academic format. The final submissions must be more than 2 pages but must not to exceed 20 pages.
It should comprise of a description of the methodical approach, the concept, its basic principles, the assumptions made and an indication of how the concept contributes to the state of the art.
It must show how the concept meets the future market and society needs and address potential technology gaps.
A comprehensive literature survey to demonstrate knowledge on the field should be included. The report should include clear references.
It should address issues such as safety, environment, production, logistics, etc. where necessary and provide some evidence, in the form of calculation or engineering judgment and feasibility. The above requirements should be presented according to the following table of contents:
Selection of transport mode / pillar and related research topics: describe the selected transport mode and research topic that the concept idea fits into.
Literature survey: describe existing published concept ideas fitting to selected research topics.
Description of Idea - Proposed solution: describe the proposed solution including advantages as compared with existing concepts. Address how “Contest Targets” are met considering the specific research topics.
Potential technological gaps and issues in research topics: describe the identified technology gaps and themes for further development in the areas of technical feasibility, safety, environment, production, logistics etc. For example for a project within waterborne:
Detailed design description covering the following (where applicable):
- sizing and principal dimensions including approach for sizing
- weight estimation
- load capacity
- stability analysis
- sea keeping analysis
- general arrangement plans
- cost analysis (investment costs)
- cargo rate analysis
Appendices, if necessary, should provide additional details to support the concept.
Drawings, illustrations, calculations and data listings should only appear in the appendices where necessary and should all be submitted in electronic format.
The Presentation should include the following:
Title slide containing: Project title, key specifications, team members, contact data, supervising professor.
Motivation and objectives of project.
Summary of key results, added value to state of the art should be highlighted
Conclusion and further research demand
Illustrations should be used throughout the presentation describing the concept idea. All illustrations need to have a high resolution.
Quantity of max.10 slides
A short supportive Video is optional and should be uploaded separately. Ideas which are shortlisted are obliged to submit a video.
Videos can show a real moving picture, interviews with team members and/or commented slides
The Poster should include the following:
Key Characteristics (a few bullet points highlighting the most distinct characteristics of the project)
Motivation and objectives of your project
Methodology (as illustration / figure)
Further steps/ Research demand and outlook
Team/ Project Partners
Submissions should be submitted to TRA VISIONS in electronic format via the registration website.
This is the registration period where all the participants are invited to register their ideas and submit a title and a short abstract of their ideas for the academic contest.
Deliverable: Registration & Abstract
Register online as a team leader or as a member of an existing team. Required information include Supervisor, young researcher profile etc.- Name, Organization, Team,
The final project has to be submitted no later than the 31st October 2017
Deliverable: Final Deliverable
Final Project Report: Upload final project template containing anonymous final document containing the final project contribution from the team.
Final Project Presentation: Upload Presentation template containing final project presentation from the team.
Final Project Poster: Upload Poster template containing final project poster from the team.
Attachments & others: Upload any attachments related to the final project (supporting video, excel spreadsheets, CAD files etc.)
During this period the ideas will be evaluated and the judging panel will determine the top three ideas per mode. A short video will also be developed for every winning idea and all the ideas will be published in a book.
Upload video containing description of the idea/project.
The IP rights of any project submitted will be according to each University’s procedures and policies.
For more information about the competition download
the "Young Researcher Competition Guidelines 2018"
(Size: 186 kByte)
The top three winners for each mode (road, rail and waterborne) have been announced during the TRAVISIONS 2016 award ceremony at TRA 2016 in Warsaw on 18th April 2016. These winners had the chance to meet the EU Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, after the ceremony to discuss their ideas and future. TRAVISIONS 2016 awarded prize money sponsored by industry (DAMEN, ERTRAC, UNIFE, UIC, NEWRAIL, Techflow Technology) to the winners.