DKE student wins Q-Park Student Award

Dutch parking multinational Q-Park announced the winners of its annual Student Awards this week. Mateusz Wiza, a recent graduate of the bachelor’s programme in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, was one of the winners to receive a €1.500 cash prize for his thesis.

The Q-Park Student Award is a yearly recurring prize for college and university students in Europe. These students can submit parking and mobility-related theses, research projects and assignments for consideration by an expert jury.

Mateusz Wiza, who completed his bachelor’s thesis at Q-Park as part of the KE@Work honours programme, was one of the 50 students who submitted their work.

Accurate predictions

Mateusz’ thesis work predicts with confidence how well potential parking facilities will perform. It for instance takes into account nearby museums, amusement parks, hotels and similar facilities. The tool also estimates the duration of people’s parking visits, the number of cars per hour, day, week and so forth.

Mateusz’ predictions turned out to be of great value: unleashing the prediction tool on existing parking facilities, which were not used to develop the tool’s models, yielded very accurate results.

First bachelor's winner

With his thesis – fully titled Parking Facility Performance Prediction using Multi-Target Conformal Regression – Mateusz became the first ever bachelor’s student to win the Q-Park Student Award. This year's other two winners are Edward Heath and Marlou Tiesinga (both TU Delft).

Congratulations, all!