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The competition

The TRA VISIONS 2020 YOUNG RESEARCHER COMPETITION is aimed at University and Technical Institutes young researchers pursuing bachelor degrees and higher. The competition presents an opportunity for young researchers to showcase their work on an international stage at the Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2020 Conference between the 27th and 30th of April 2020 in Helsinki.

Initially, participants will be invited to submit an abstract under one of the following TRA 2020 topics (Call for Ideas) which cover the general areas of:

RA1 Climate Change, Mitigation and Resilience

RA2 Digitalisation, Digital Safety and Security

RA3 Automation and Robotisation

RA4 Electrification, Energy and Power Alternatives

RA5 User-focused Mobility services, Servitisation

RA6 Social Change and Quality of Life

RA7 Technology and Engineering

RA8 Planning, Modelling and System Design

RA9 Policy and Regulation, Market Efficiency, Competitiveness

RA10 Transport Safety and Security

RA11 Investments, Finance and Public-Private Partnerships

RA12 Innovation and Human Capital

The registration period will be open until 30/06/2019, where all the participants are invited to register their ideas and submit a title and a short abstract of their ideas for the Young Researcher Competition. Participants will then have a four-month period (until 31/10/2019) to further develop their proposal into a final project.

The Submission should be a report based on the Final Project Template (available for download from the TRA VISIONS website), a short presentation and a project poster accompanied by an optional short video (mandatory for all shortlisted).

The submission phase will be followed by an Evaluation of Ideas period during which a judging panel will determine which are the top 3 ideas per mode (road, rail, waterborne, airborne and cross-modality).

Both the winning certificates and prizes will be awarded at TRA 2020 (Award Ceremony).

Registration

Join the TRA VISIONS Young Researcher Competition

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 01/01/2018 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 2020” or write an email to info@travisions.eu.

Pillars / transport modes

  • Highways
  • Urban and rural roads
  • Passenger and freight transport
  • Cycling
  • Pedestrian
  • High-speed
  • Passenger and freight railways
  • Urban and light rail systems
  • Maritime
  • In-land waterborne
  • Short sea shipping
  • Deep sea shipping
  • Passenger transport and cruises
  • Floating infrastructures and support vessels
  • Aquaculture
  • Dredging
  • ATM and UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management)
  • Drones, automation and autonomy concepts
  • Aerodynamics, acoustic and aero elasticity
  • Aircraft avionics and systems
  • Cabin design and passengers comfort
  • Future aviation systems: Commercial supersonic flight, Sub-orbital spaceflight, Hypersonic flight
  • Emerging aviation risks, including new business models, new technologies and digitisation
  • Material research
  • Co-modality, Inter-modality
  • Intelligent Transport System (ITS)
  • Logistics
  • Combined transport
  • Interfaces
  • Intermodal terminals
  • Integrated infrastructures
  • Public transport
  • Airports, Ports

Research topics / Areas

RA 1

Climate Change, Mitigation and Resilience

RA 2

Digitalisation, Digital Safety and Security

RA 3

Automation and Robotisation

RA 4

Electrification, Energy and Power Alternatives

RA 5

User-focused Mobility services, Servitisation

RA 6

Social Change and Quality of Life

RA 7

Technology and Engineering

RA 8

Planning, Modelling and System Design

RA 9

Policy and Regulation, Market Efficiency, Competitiveness

RA 10

Transport Safety and Security

RA 11

Investments, Finance and Public-Private Partnerships

RA 12

Innovation and Human Capital

More information

For more information about the competition download
the "Young Researcher Competition Guidelines 2020"
(Size: 264 kByte)

Award - TRA VISIONS 2018

The top three winners for each mode (road, rail, waterborne and cross-modality) have been announced during the TRA VISIONS 2018 award ceremony at TRA 2018 in Vienna on 16th April 2018. TRA VISIONS 2018 awarded prize money sponsored by industry (ERTRAC, Shift2Rail, Meyer Werft, alice, UITP) to the winners.

RA 1 - Climate change, mitigation and resilience
  • Climate change
  • Mitigation
  • Adaptation
  • Global warming
  • Sustainability
  • Resilience
  • Environment
  • Waste
  • Recycling
  • Extreme weather
  • Disaster resilience
  • Emissions
  • Critical infrastructure
  • Disruption management
  • Impact assessment
RA 2 - Digitalisation, digital safety and security
  • Digitalisation
  • Digital economy
  • E-commerce
  • Digital technologies
  • Visualisation
  • Mobile technologies
  • Big data
  • Blockchains
  • 5G, 6G
  • IoT
  • Digital infrastructure
  • OGD
  • MyData
  • GDPR
  • Privacy
  • Digital platforms
  • Intelligent systems
  • ITS
  • ICT
  • Information society
  • Cyber-security
RA 3 - Automation and robotization
  • Automation
  • Sensors
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Robotisation
  • Autonomous driving
  • Autonomous vessels
  • Platooning
  • Driver-assisting systems
  • Human-machine interface (HMI)
  • Human factors
  • Liability and ethical issues
  • M2M models
  • Robotised/automated terminals
RA 4 - Electrification, energy and power alternatives
  • Electrification
  • Batteries
  • Alternative fuels
  • Biofuels
  • Hybrid technologies
  • Emissions
  • Fuel cells
  • Hydrogen
  • Solar energy
  • Emission reduction
  • Energy storaging
RA 5 - User-focused mobility services, servitisation
  • User needs
  • Servitisation
  • Consumerisation
  • Mobility-as-a-Service
  • Car-as-a-Service
  • Product-service combinations
  • Sharing economy
  • Shared assets
  • New services
  • Prosumerism
  • User behaviour
  • User-centricity
RA 6 - Social change and quality of life
  • Urban planning
  • Urban mobility
  • Urban environment
  • Habitat
  • Public transport
  • Urban logistics
  • Rural mobility
  • Ageing
  • Children
  • Impaired
  • Special groups
  • Disabled
  • Cultural diversity
  • Societal impacts
  • Equity
  • Gender issues
  • Transport poverty
  • Affordability
  • Externalties
  • Social issues
  • Environment
  • Emissions
  • Noise
  • Air quality
  • Conservation
  • Green zones
  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Non-motorised mobility
  • Active modes
  • Quality of life
  • Health
  • EIA
RA 7 - Technology and engineering
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Product design
  • Material’s engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Transport equipment and vehicle industry
  • Ship building
  • Logistics
  • Supply chains
  • Recycling
  • Circular economy
  • Infrastructure
  • Construction technology
  • Terminals
  • Hubs
  • Nodes
  • Ports
  • Inland waterways
  • Railway yards
  • Airports
  • Asset management
  • Road engineering
  • Railway engineering
  • Waterways and ports engineering
RA 8 - Planning, modelling and system design
  • Transport planning
  • Transport engineering
  • Traffic modelling
  • Transport modelling
  • 3-D modelling
  • Simulation
  • Algorithms
  • Building information modelling (BIM)
  • Land use planning
  • Regional planning
  • Urban planning
RA 9 - Policy and regulation, market efficiency, competitiveness
  • Regulation
  • Policy
  • Market efficiency
  • Consumer benefit
  • Competition
  • Externalities
  • Taxation
  • Pricing
  • Transport economics
  • Industrial relations
RA 10 - Transport safety and security
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Incidents
  • Injuries
  • Fatalities
  • Impact assessments
  • Emergency management
  • Risk management
  • Illegal transports
  • Policing
  • Customs operations
  • Industrial relations
RA 11 - Investments, finance and Public-Private Partnerships
  • Financing
  • Funding
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Procurement
  • Asset management
  • Value
  • Infrastructure
  • Investments
  • Regional economics
  • Employment
  • Growth
  • Contract management
  • Trans-European networks
RA 12 - Innovation and human capital
  • Education
  • Training
  • Human capital
  • Education policy
  • Capacity building
  • Workforce
  • Innovation
  • Pre-commerce procurement
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation ecosystems