We are very happy to bring you the experience of Alireza who last January 17th graduated in Transport Systems Engineering at La Sapienza University of Rome with a grade of 110 cum laude. Alireza participated in one of the PC Cube Coding Camps, developing his degree thesis followed by two of our speakers, Pietro Nicolaus Roselli Lorenzini and Francesco di Cataldo. Alireza’s choice to combine an engineering course of study with a purely IT experience is interesting, a combination that proved to be a winning one.
Entering the world of Information technology as a career after leaving engineering behind has been an exciting new chapter in my professional life. My desire for change was driven by a persistent passion for exploring new technologies, even though my background was in engineering. I took the initiative to learn about data analysis before enrolling in PCCUBE coding camp, which helped to lay the foundation for my technical journey.
In addition to honing my analytical abilities, this self-directed investigation of data analysis gave me a strong platform for the difficulties that lay ahead. The turning point came when I took advantage of the chance to attend a coding camp run by PCCUBE, a cutting-edge startup.
Not only did this immersive experience helped me to improve my developing skills, but it also helped me to land my dream job as a developer. The dynamic atmosphere at PCCUBE gave me the ideal setting for growth and success.
There are many applications capable of combining information technology and transport engineering, one of these is the optimization of traffic lights: improving the efficiency of intersections means improving people’s lives from many points of view, it allows us not to waste time, to consume less and, consequently, pollute less.
I also had the opportunity to work on my thesis with the company, focusing on a novel methodology to control the flow of traffic at intersections.
Controlling the flow of traffic at intersections is always a topic that is interesting to study in transportation. Historically, the traffic police managed the control of traffic lights. The semaphore traffic signal was introduced in the 20th century to control the traffic at intersections in a more modern approach. So far, many methods have been introduced to reduce the average delay of vehicles at junctions, using different combinations of cycle, green, and red time of the signal.
However, within the semaphore traffic signal system, the lack of intelligent transport systems causes vehicles to experience unnecessary waiting at intersections, more fuel consumption, and air pollution. In order to find a possible solution to overcome these issues, this thesis explores the concept of virtual traffic light systems (VTLS) that replace physical traditional traffic lights.
I have developed an application programming interface (API) to analyze this concept in depth, followed by a simulation to compare it with the conventional traffic control methods.
In addition to being a noteworthy academic accomplishment with the vote 110 cum laude, the thesis provided an invaluable practical experience.
It is a source of satisfaction for us to note that Coding Camps for developers are appreciated by kids, but above all that they represent a moment of intellectual stimulation and professional growth.
Working with subject-matter specialists, I ventured into unknown waters and helped to develop creative solutions with the support of the company.
This journey, which was sparked by the coding camp experience, has confirmed my passion for the rapidly changing field of technology while also expanding my skill set.
I am appreciative of the opportunities that led to this pivotal change in my career and have helped me on a rewarding and significant path.