Abertis Chair awards the 3rd International Abertis Prize in Infrastructure Research

photo-5The 3rd International Abertis Prize in Transport Infrastructure Management, the ceremony for which was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been awarded to Dr Aida Calviño Martínez, in the doctoral thesis category, for her work titled “Some statistical and mathematical tools for modelling traffic” (Algunas herramientas estadísticas y matemáticas para la modelización del tráfico). Pierre-Antoine Laharotte received the prize in the best graduate dissertation, final degree project or master’s dissertation category, for “Use of Bluetooth data for traffic characterization. Case study of Brisbane’s semi-urban network” (Analyse de l’apport des donées Bluetooth pour la caractérisation du trafic. Traitement du reseau semi-urbain de Brisbane). Both were the winners of the national prizes awarded by Abertis Chair in Spain and France respectively.

The International Prize is awarded annually by the Abertis Chair network and honours the best pieces of work selected from the finalists of the prize’s local editions in Puerto Rico, Chile, Spain, Brazil and France.

The CEO of Abertis, Francisco Reynés; the director of the Abertis Chair in Puerto Rico, Dr. Benjamín Colucci; the President of the University of Puerto Rico, Dr. Uroyoán Walker; and Francesc Robusté, director of the Abertis Chair in Spain all participated in the international awards ceremony, which was held at the University of Puerto Rico.

In its national editions, the Abertis Prize is worth 10,000 euros (USD $13,578) in the thesis category and 4,000 euros (USD $5,431) in the dissertation category. The winners are chosen by a panel of experts from the different areas of the field of engineering and transport infrastructure.

This is the first year that students from Puerto Rico have competed for the prize. The winners of the first edition were Dr Luis E. Zapata Orduz, in the doctoral thesis category for his work titled “Rheological and Mechanical Characterization of Portland Cement Mixes Containing Micro and Nano Amorphous Silica Particles” and Yeritza Pérez Pérez, for her master’s dissertation titled “Development of a Support Application for Decision-making in Value for Money Analyses of Motorway Projects en Puerto Rico” (Desarrollo de una Aplicación de Apoyo para Toma de Decisiones en el Análisis de ‘Value for Money’ para Proyectos de Autopistas en Puerto Rico).

International Abertis Chair Network

The Abertis Chair network, created in 2003, has an increasing international presence, which is proof of the company’s commitment to the academic world, contributing to research into the impact of major works on areas, thus improving the quality of life for their inhabitants.

The International Abertis Chair Network is present in Spain, France, Puerto Rico, Chile and Brazil, in partnership with the following universities: The BarcelonaTech (Barcelona, Spain); IFSTTAR, École des Ponts–ParisTech, Fondation des Ponts, (Paris, France); the University of Puerto Rico (San Juan, Puerto Rico); the University of Chile (Santiago, Chile); and the University of São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil).

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