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Connected-Vehicles Visionary Wins Grad Slam

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Grad Slam finalists present their projects during an event held at the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre. (Photo: Stephanie Adamson/UA Graduate College)

Connected-Vehicles Visionary Wins Grad Slam

April 7, 2016
Three UA doctoral students collected $6,000 in prize money during the second annual Grad Slam competition, hosted by the UA's Graduate College, Graduate Center and Graduate and Professional Student Council.

Shayan Khoshmagham is among the scientists and entrepreneurs who envision a future where all vehicles on the road -- emergency cars and trucks, commercial trucks, passenger vehicles -- will no longer collide, thanks to the implementation of smart technology.

Khoshmagham is working under the direction of professor Larry Head of the Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering to further the development of multimodal intelligent traffic signals.

"The whole story starts from the point where vehicles start talking to one another and to the infrastructure, saying exactly where they are and what priority they are requesting ... imagine a smart city, 10 years from now, where cars don't run into one another anymore."