Congratulations to Denissa Purba for being recognized for her work on evacuation route planning for alternative fuel vehicles! Her poster was among the 9 finalists out of a pool of more than 200 posters!
Shanshan (Shirley) Liu, PhD student of the Kontou Research Group, is awarded a Midwest Big Data Hub Learning Innovation Fellowship in Fall 2021. She will develop a data analytics module for a learning case study on alternative transportation fuels and energy use. Congrats, Shirley! More information can be found here: https://midwestbigdatahub.org/mbdh-lif-program-second-cohort/.
A team of Kontou research group graduate students, Shanshan (Shirley) Liu (team leader) and Xi Cheng, won the Vehicle-to-Grid University Challenge, run by Pecan Street. Congrats! This competition served as a great opportunity for our graduate students to use empirical data and deploy their state-of-the-art mathematical models to solve the problem of battery electric vehicle-to-grid services management. Their recognition exemplifies the broader impacts of our research that can provide answers to real-world industry challenges.
The department of Civil and Environmental Engineering covered their win here: https://cee.illinois.edu/news/cee-graduate-students-win-vehicle-to-grid-university-challenge. More info provided by Pecan Street on their solution here: https://www.pecanstreet.org/2021/04/v2gwinner/
Denissa Purba, a first-year PhD student of the Kontou research group, won one of the WTS Greater Chicago Chapter Executive Partners Scholarship. Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) promotes, encourages, and supports women in the transportation profession. The announcement can be found here. Congratulations, Denissa!
PhD students of the Kontou research group received 2 out of the 3 awards of the INFORMS OR/MS Tomorrow PhD-level mini poster competition! Denissa Purba received the 1st place award by presenting her UIUC research on alternative fuel vehicles evacuation planning and Xi Cheng received the honorable mention recognition for his research work conducted as a MSc student at UC Berkeley. Find out more here: https://www.informs.org/Publications/OR-MS-Tomorrow/OR-MS-Tomorrow-Mini-Poster-Competition-Winners