UVA students Austin Angulo, Xiaoxiao Zhang, Mahmoud Elnaggar and Wesley Daugherty won first place at VDOT’s SmarterRoads Hackathon in Arlington in July. Photo courtesy of VDOT)

FlexiRoute App Gives Commuters Customized Options When Choosing Best Route

When department chair, Brian Smith, put out the call for teams to represent UVA at VDOT’s SmarterRoads Hackathon, he knew there were students with promising ideas just waiting for the right opportunity. With the help of Simona Babiceanu, a CTS software engineer, and Krista Rand, a UVA systems engineering PhD student, a team of students with coding and transportation backgrounds came together around an idea to make commuting more flexible – more customizable – depending on the user’s preferences for cost, time-savings, exercise levels, bike share services, and other considerations.


Read the UVA Today story to learn how Austin Angulo and Xiaoxiao Zhang, PhD students in civil engineering; Mahmound Elnaggar, PhD student in computer engineering; and Wesley Daugherty, a civil engineering undergraduate student, took first place and earned VDOT’s “Idea Jam: Resiliency” award for technical achievement, originality, impact, approach and polish.