International Transport Forum - 2014 annual summit Transport for a Changing World | 21-23 may 2014 - Leipsig, Germany | France presidency

Young Researcher Award: Shortlist Announced

The following are the authors of the shortlisted papers. The winner will be presented with their Award in the presence of Ministers from the ITF's 54 member countries at an official ceremony on the 21 May in Leipzig.


Hugo Badia Rodríguez is currently on a scholarship programme of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture allowing him to work on completion of his doctoral thesis in the field of public transport at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain, where he earned his Masters of Sciences Degree in Civil Engineering. He joined the Centre for Innovation in Transport (CENIT) as a researcher in 2009 and has worked on projects related to public transport like reconfiguration of the Barcelona (Spain) bus network. Badia Rodríguez's submitted article's title is "Competitive transit network design in cities with radial street patterns". 
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Zhenhua Chen received a Doctoral Degree in Public Policy at George Mason University, Fairfax, USA. His is currently a research associate at the Center for Public-Private Partnership in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. His research interest includes economic geography, regional science, transportation planning and policy, and public finance. Chen's article for consideration is entitled "Multilevel Assessment of Public Transportation Infrastructure: A Spatial Econometric Computable General Equilibrium Approach". 
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Francesc Soriguera received a Masters in Science and Doctoral Degrees in Civil Engineering from BarcelonaTech-UPC, Spain, in 2004 and 2010 respectively. He was a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, USA, in 2007 and 2012, and researcher with the Center for Innovation in Transport (CENIT) in between. Currently, he is Assistant Professor with the Department of Transport and Regional Planning, BarcelonaTech-UPC. His research interests include traffic management and operations, and urban mobility. Submitted research title: "On the Value of Highway Travel Time Information Systems".
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Shanjiang Zhu is an Assistant Professor of Transportation Planning and Engineering at George Mason University (GMU), USA. He graduated from Tsinghua University with a Masters in Science Degree in 2005. During 2001-2003, he studied at the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France, as a dual-degree student. He obtained his Doctoral Degree at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA, in 2010 and worked two years as a Research Scientist at the University of Maryland before joining GMU. Zhu is part of of the newly founded TransInfo at GMU that focuses on Big Data studies in transportation. Zhu's submitted research title is "Rationing and pricing strategies for congestion mitigation: Behavioral theory, econometric model, and application in Beijing". 
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The Young Researcher of the Year Award aims to highlight the importance of transport research for sound transport policy formulation and implementation and to foster closer links between transport policy and research. 

This award is open to young researchers under 35 years of age who have undertaken their research in an institution, university or consultancy firm located in a member country of the International Transport Forum.

The award carries a prize of 5 000 euros.

For more information, please contact Michel Violland

See information on the 2013 award, and read the winning paper.