The IEEE ITS Best Dissertation Award is given annually for the best dissertation in any ITS area that is innovative and relevant to practice. This award is established to encourage doctoral research that combines theory and practice, makes in-depth technical contributions, or is interdisciplinary in nature, having the potential to contribute to the ITSS and broaden the ITS topic areas from either the methodological or application perspectives.

Past Awardees



2020 First Prize: Negar Mehr, University of California, Berkeley
Title: EffiSmart Traffic Operation: from Human-DrivenCars to Mixed Vehicle Autonomy

Second Prize: Shuo Feng, Tsinghua University
Title: Testing Scenario Library Generation forConnected and Automated Vehicles

Third Prize: Holger Banzhaf, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Title: Nonholonomic Motion Planning forAutomated Vehicles in Dense Scenarios

2019 First Prize: Cathy Wu, University of California, Berkeley
Title: Learning and Optimization for Mixed Autonomy Systems – A Mobility Context

Second Prize: Woongsun Jeon, University of Minnesota
Title: Active Sensing and Estimation for Nonlinear Systems with Applications to Car-Bicycle Collision Prevention

Third Prize: Yihang Zhang, University of Southern California
Title: Integrated Control of Traffic Flow

2018 First Prize: Anahita Jamshidnejad, Delft Center for Systems and Control, Delft University of Technology
Title: Efficient Predictive Model-Basd and Fuzzy Control for Green Urban Mobility
Advisor: Bart De Schutter​

Second Prize: Maria Kontorinaki
Title: Advanced Nonlinear Control concepts for Freeway Traffic Network

Third Prize: Nikola Bešinović
Title: Integrated Capacity Assessment and Timetabling Models for Dense Railway Networks

2017 First Prize: Eshed Ohn-Bar, University of California, San Diego
Title: Contextual Visual Object Recognition and Behavior Modeling for Human-Robot Interactivity
Advisor: Mohan Trivedi

Second Prize: Kun Xie, New York University
Title: New Opportunities in Urban Safety Analytics Using Advanced Quantitative Methods and Big Data
Advisor: Kaan Ozbay​

Third Prize: S. AliReza Fayazi, Clemson University
Title: Connected Vehicles at SignalizedI Intersections: Trafficsignal Timing Estimation and Optimization
Advisor: Ardalan Vahidi


First Prize:  José Ramón D. Frejo, University of Seville
Title: Model Predictive Control for Freeway Traffic Networks
Advisor: Eduardo F. Camacho

Second Prize:  Matthias Schreier, Technical University of Darmstadt
Title: Bayesian Environment Representation, Prediction, and Criticality Assessment for Driver Assistance Systems
Advisor: Jürgen Adamy

Second Prize:  Mohammad Shokrolah Shirazi, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Title: Vision-Based Intersection Monitoring: Behavior Analysis & Safety Issues
Advisor: Brendan Morris

2015 First Prize: Mohsen Ramezani Ghalenoei, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Title: Traffic Modeling Estimation and Control for Large-Scale Congested Urban Networks
Advisor: Nikolas Geroliminis

Second Prize: Meng Wang, Delft University of Technology
Title: Generic Model Predictive Control Framework for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
Advisor: Serge Hoogendoorn, Bart van Arem and Winnie Daamen

Third Prize: Nanxiang Li, University of Texas, Dallas
Title: Modeling of Driver Behavior in Real World Scenarios Using Multiple Noninvasive Sensors
Advisor: Carlos Busso

2014 First Prize: Rahul Kala, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, India
Title: Motion Planning for Multiple Autonomous Vehicles
Advisor: Prof. Kevin Warwick, University of Reading, UK

Second Prize: Mehdi Keyvan-Ekbatani, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Title: Real-Time Urban Traffic Control under Saturated Traffic Conditions
Advisor: Markos Papageorgiou, Technical University of Crete, Greece

Third Prize: Prashanth L.A., SEQUEL project, INRIA Lille – Nord Europe, France
Title: Resource Allocation for Sequential Decision Making under Uncertainty: Studies in Vehicular Traffic Control, Service Systems, Sensor Networks and Mechanism Design
Advisor: Shalabh Bhatnagar, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

2013 First Prize: Samah El-Tantawy, University of Toronto, Canada
Title: Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning for Integrated Network of Adaptive Traffic Signal Controllers
Advisor: Prof. Baher Abduulhai

Second Prize: Xiqun Chen, Tsinghua University, China
Title: Stochastic Evolutions of Dynamic Traffic Flow: Modeling and Application
Advisor: Prof. Qixin Shi/Li Li

Second Prize: Manuel Fogue, University of Zaragoza, Spain
Title: Design and Evaluation of a Traffic Safety System based on Vehicular Networks for the Next Generation of Intelligent Vehicles
Advisor: Prof. Francisco J. Martinez/Piedad Garrido,

2012 First Prize: Markus Enzweiler, University of of Heidelberg
Title: Compound Models for Vision-Based Pedestrian Recognition
Advisor: Prof. Christoph Schnorr, Univ. of Heidelberg, and Prof. Dr. Dariu Gavrila, Universitat von Amsterdam

Second Prize: Anna Petrovskaya, Stanford University, USA
Title: Towards Dependable Robotic Perception
Advisor: Prof. Oussama Khatib

Second Prize: Anastasios Kouvelas, Technical University of Crete, Greece
Title: Adaptive Fine-Tuning for Large-Scale Nonlinear Traffic Control Systems
Advisor: Prof. Markos Papageorgiou

2011 First Prize: Dr. Daniel B. Work, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Title: Real-time estimation of distributed parameters systems: Application to traffic monitoring
Advisor: Alexandre M. Bayen

Second Prize: Dr. Vicente Milanés, University of Alcalá, Madrid, Spain
Title: Traffic management system based on V2X communication using automated vehicles
Advisors: Carlos González, Miguel Ángel Sotelo

2010 First Prize: Dr. Brendan Morris, Computer Vision and Robotics Research Laboratory, University of California, San Diego, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Second Prize: Dr. Thomas Paul Michalke, Institut für Regelungstheorie und Robotik, TU Darmstadt

2009 First Prize: Dr. Arne Kesting, TU Dresden
Title: Microscopic Modeling of Human and Automated Driving: Towards Traffic-Adaptive Cruise Control

Second Prize: Dr. Verena Schmid, Vienna University
Title: Trucks in Movement: Hybridization of Exact Approaches and Variable Neighborhood Search for the Delivery of Ready-Mixed Concrete

Second Prize: Dr. Andrea D’Ariano, TU Delft
Title: Improving Real-Time Train Dispatching: Models, Algorithms and Applications

2008 First Prize: Dr. Shinko Y. Cheng, University of California, San Diego
Title: A Multilevel Framework for Human Body Structure and Pose Estimation and Human Gesture Analysis Using Volumetric Scene Reconstructions with Applications in Driver Assistance Systems

Second Prize: Dr. Caspar Chorus, TU Delft
Title: Traveler Response to Information

2007 First Prize: Dr. Thao Dang, Karlsruhe University
Title: Continuous Self-Calibration of Stereo Cameras

Second Prize: Dr. Yiting Liu, Ohio State University
Title: Applications of Wireless Communication in Traffic Networks Using a Hierarchical Hybrid System Model

2006 First Prize: Dr. Shuming Tang, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Title: A Preliminary Study for Basic Approaches in Artificial Transportation Systems

Second Prize: Dr. Jianlong Zhang, University of Southern California
Title: Practical Adaptive Control: Theory and Applications