Md Atiquzzaman (middle) poses with his adviser Dr. Yan Qi (left) and Dr. Ryan Fries, associate professor of civil engineering at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville graduate student Md Atiquzzaman has achieved the best student paper award, valued at $600, from the Midwestern Institute of Transportation Engineers for his research aimed at reducing traffic crashes that result from distracted driving.
Atiquzzaman is pursuing a master’s in transportation engineering from the SIUE Graduate School. He is a research assistant in the Department of Civil Engineering in the School of Engineering.
His research, entitled Developing Algorithms to Detect Driver Distraction Using a Driving Simulator Study, was conducted in the School of Engineering’s driving simulator lab under the advisement of Yan Qi, assistant professor of civil engineering. It was funded by a 2016 STEP grant through the SIUE Graduate School.
The research attempted to develop distracted driver detection algorithms implementable to traffic monitoring operations and adaptive in-vehicle systems capable of assisting drivers to diminish distraction.
Atiquzzaman will be recognized with the award on Tuesday, June 28, at the Midwestern District Annual Meeting in Chicago. His research paper will be considered at the national level for the Daniel B. Fambro Student Paper award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
The graduate student also received the Graduate School Dean Rosemarie Archangel Symposium Poster award at the SIUE Graduate Research Symposium. Additionally, he received second place in the 2016 Thomas Seburn student paper award in the Missouri Valley Section Institute of Transportation Engineers student paper competition.