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I Thought Essay Competition

Past Winners

2016 Winners

First place: Daniel. J. Fagnant, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Texas at Austin
Paper title: “Environmental Implications for Autonomous Shared Vehicles Using Agent-based Model Simulation”

Second place: Sayanan Sivaraman, University of California
Paper title: “Cooperative Intelligent Vehicles: Are we there yet?”

Third place: Edward Offei, University of Wyoming
Paper title: “ITS Technology to Reduce Truck Overturn Crashes Due to High Winds at Bordeaux, Wyoming”

2015 Winners

First place: Chris Fitzpatrick, University of Missouri-Columbia
Paper title: “Enhancing Commercial Vehicle Safety and Emissions Reduction by the use of Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication in Tractor-Trailer Platoons

Second place: Hyoshin Park, University of Maryland College Park
Paper title: “Innovative Applications of Bluetooth Technology on Arterial Roads”

Third place: Fakharian Qom, Florida International University
Paper title: “Assessing the Impact of Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC) Technology in Managed Lanes Using Dynamic Traffic Assignment

2014 Winners

First place: Mizanur Rahman, Clemson University
Paper title: “A Dynamic Routing Strategy in a Cooperative Vehicle Environment”

Second place: Billy Kihei, Georgia Institute of Technology
Paper title: “Sustaining V2V with Software Defined Radio & Modular Computing Architecture”

Third place: Lacey Kaare, Michigan Technological University
Paper title: “Attitudes and the American Way: Barriers to Fully Automated Vehicles”

2013 Winners

First place: Daniel. J. Fagnant, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Texas at Austin
Paper title: “Environmental Implications for Autonomous Shared Vehicles Using Agent-based Model Simulation”

Second place: Sayanan Sivaraman, University of California
Paper title: “Cooperative Intelligent Vehicles: Are we there yet?”

Third place: Edward Offei, University of Wyoming
Paper title: “ITS Technology to Reduce Truck Overturn Crashes Due to High Winds at Bordeaux, Wyoming”

2012 Winners

First place: James Wong, EIT, Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Paper title:  Facing the Barriers to Real-time Integrated Multimodal Traveler Information in American Metropolitan Areas

Second place: Kshitij Jerath,  Penn State University, Department of Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering – Larson Transportation Institute
Paper title: Cooperative Intelligent Vehicles:  Are we there yet?

Third place: Laura Black, University of Delaware, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering – Center for Transportation
Paper title: Towards Social Media & Web 2.0

About

Independent Thought [iThought] is a National Human Rights organization working towards equity, justice and mutual respect.

We work on human right and law through direct Intervention, Advocacy and Judicial actions and provide technical and hand-holding support to non government, government and multilateral Funding, Policy, Research and Grassroots organizations in several states of India.

We take this opportunity to inform about Independent Thought National Legal Essay Competition. Independent

Thought organizes an annual Essay Competition for law and human rights students across the country. We take up the relevant debates around law and children every year.

During the years the topics of essay were:

Mental Health – Locating Rights of Children (2016); Does Child Labour in homes dilute a child right to education (2015); Sexual offences within prohibited child marriages (2014); Age of Criminal Responsibility (2013) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (2012).

We have published the first three years best essays as annual law digests (ISBN publications).

Topic for the 6th National Legal Essay Competition 2017:

Pornography, Children and Law.

We take up pro-bono Social Action Litigations for the rights of children and also provide support to other organizations.

o   Ongoing PIL – Independent Thought vs. Union of India [W.P. (C) 4678 of 2016 in Hon’ble High Court of Delhi] seeking for the issuance of necessary and appropriate guidelines for performance of Caesarian section operations to safeguard the reproductive health rights of women and children in India.

This PIL pertains to the fundamental right to health of women and children in India and that absence of such guidelines is leading to violation of reproductive health rights. Click HERE.

o   Ongoing PIL – Independent Thought vs. Union of India (W.P. Civil 382 of 2013) before Supreme Court of India; for declaration of Exception 2 to Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, allowing martial rape within child marriages as unconstitutional. Click HERE.

o   Ongoing PIL, Independent Thought vs. Union of India [WP Civil 8763 of 2015] before Delhi High Court; for declaration that exclusion of Government Schools under Section 18(1), Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (RTE Act) exempting adherence of norms and standards and obtain a certificate of recognition asUnconstitutional. Click HERE.

o   Ongoing PIL, NGO Matri Sudha has approached the Honorable High Court of Delhi by way of Writ Petition under Article 226 of the Constitution through Advocate Vikram Srivastava for Constitution of State Food Commission as required under the National Food Security Act, 2013 and effective implementation of the National Food Security Act, 2013, to secure the well-being, good health and safety of children attending Anganwadi Centers and Schools of Delhi, by ensuring access to adequate food and nutritional security. Click HERE.

Submission Procedure

Email: essay.ithought@gmail.com

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