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JRC 2021 Grand Challenge

Purpose: To spark new ideas, innovations, and approaches to solving a relevant issue affecting the railroad industry.

Award Amount: $500. The competition winner will also be recognized at the conference keynote speaker session on April 21, 2021.

Open to: All Registered Participants

Registration Form

How to Attend: Register using the link above by March 26, 2021, and submit your presentation to the JRC Organizing Committee by April 2, 2021.

Registration Deadline: March 26, 2021

Submission Deadline: April 2, 2021

Presentations: April 21, 12 PM – 1:00 PM

This year the JRC will host the 4th Annual JRC Grand Challenge Competition open to all conference attendees. We invite registered participants to propose an idea to the below Grand Challenge Question and present that idea to a panel of industry experts using a 10-minute presentation.

There are multiple pillars of science and technology that run the railroads. They include, but not limit to, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Computer Science. This year, the JRC grand challenge is looking for novel ideas that cross boundaries between one or multiple areas. Examples are Mechatronics, Robotics, Automation, Drones, Data Science, and Artificial Intelligence. These innovative ideas are the cutting edge of changing the status quo in safety, business intelligence, resiliency, green energy, operations, efficiency, and ride quality. The JRC 2021 Grand Challenge asks all researchers and attendees to submit their idea around the topic below.

We have been witnessing increasingly rapid advances in the rail industry during the past 100 years. What would you expect railroading to look like in order to remain competitive and economically, socially, and environmentally relevant in light of the rapid technological evolutions, social and economic changes, and even pandemics such as COVID-19?

The forum is open to ideas that the presenter is working on or believes has enough relevance to the current and future state of railroads. However, attendees should be mindful of the limitations of these technologies within the railroads. For example, implementing a reliable and accurate AI model to provide tangible results for improving PTC requires a significant amount of data. Without access to useful data, the AI model would suffer from poor performance and generality. One should first propose a platform for gathering the required data to train the models.

The winner of the JRC 2021 grad challenge will be selected by the public vote of the audience as well as three industry expert judges. Each of the three judges gets 100 dollars of investment, and the audience will get an overall 200-dollar investment. Whoever receives the highest investment dollar receives the $500 award.