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2018 International Geographical Union Regional Conference

The Transport and Geography Commission of IGU is organizing four themes of special sessions in the IGU 2018 Regional Conference, 6-10 August in Quebec City :

  • Big data for mobilities studies: Applications and critical perspectives
  • Relationships between airline networks, distance and technological change
  • Effects of transport investment on regeneration and social inclusion
  • Impacts of High Speed Rail

The Early Bird (cheapest rate Conference Fee) has been extended to 28th February.

** Submission Procedure:

Please send your abstract (max 250 words, including the object of study, research problem, methods, and conclusions), authors’ affiliation and contact details to the targeted session’s convener(s) as soon as possible (and in any case by 8 March).

Accepted contributors will then need to submit their abstract to the conference by 15 March 2018 at 11:59 pm EST through http://igu2018.ulaval.ca/registration-submission/how-to-submit/ .

This last step involves to first pay conference fees (see pricelist at http://igu2018.ulaval.ca/registration-submission/fees/).

Please see below details of our four special sessions.


Call for Papers: The evolving impact of ICT on activities and travel behavior

Submissions are invited for an edited volume on “The evolving impact of ICT on activities and travel behavior”, which will be part of the Elsevier book series Advances in Transport Policy and Planning”. The call can be found here.

Tentative book chapter titles and 500 word abstracts can be submitted until April 1, 2018. Please contact Eran Ben-Elia for further information.

Mobile Tartu 2018

International Conference on 27-29th of June 2018 in Tartu, Estonia


The aim of the event is to discuss theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects of research using mobility data – derived from mobile phone or crowd-sourced social media – and explore practical applications of this data in scientific research, planning, governance and location based services.

In addition, Mobile Tartu 2018 proposes special events:

1) PhD course “Mobile phone based data collection field experiment” on 27th of June

2) “Mobile phones, travel and transportation” organised by NECTAR (http://www.nectar-eu.eu/).

3) “Sensor Data for Smart City” organized by SmartEnCity project of EU H2020 (http://smartencity.eu/)

4) BIG mobile data in official statistics


Key dates

1 December 2017 Registration and abstract submission opens
31 January 2018 Deadline of abstract (max 200 words) submission
15 February 2018 Notification of abstract acceptance
31 March 2018 Early Bird registration deadline
13 June 2018 Late registration deadline
20 June 2018 Deadline for submitting a full paper


Special Session “Big data for mobilities studies: Applications and critical perspectives”

Special session at 2018 International Geographical Union Regional Conference

Quebec City 6-10 August

The quantity and variety of Big Data have been increasing in recent years due to a network of sensors and portables, but also due to the use of Internet and social networks. This information is generated at great velocity which enables the study of dynamic processes in almost “real time”. In the technological era, human activity leaves a digital trace and frequently this trace is geolocalized. Some examples are the use of GPS for navigation, the activity/signal registered by our smartphones, the use of transport intelligent cards, bike renting systems, the use of credit cards or social networks.

These new sources of data are very useful for studying mobility patterns and improving transport planning. Therefore, we can estimate transit travel times using the API of Google Maps or TomTom data, or we can calculate origin and destination matrices using the activity recorded by our smartphones or transport intelligent cards. Traffic flows can be estimated using mobile phone data or using the video cameras to count cars or citizens in a street. Furthermore, public bicycle parking spots can be used to study their origin and destination flows and car parking data is useful to observe the number of cars parked in different locations. On the other hand, social networks are a valuable source of data for mobility pattern analysis, but also, we can look into qualitative aspects related with mobility by using semantic intelligence techniques.​

Big Data also raises the issue of both its technical and scientific limits. There is a big challenge in knowing the biases’ magnitude associated with Big Data. Knowing what or who is covered depends on the source of data and whether it is representative of different social groups and different kinds of mobilities.​ Therefore within this session there will be room to also debate about data quality, potential biases (e.g., related to the use of data obtained from a single phone provider, use of social networks etc.) and various data restrictions.

If you are interested to participate in this special session, please send an abstract of your presentation (max 250 words, including the object of study, research problem, methods, and conclusions), authors’ affiliation and contact details to  Ana Condeço – Melhorado (acondeco@ucm.es ) by 15 February 2018. We will notify contributors of acceptance as they went along and by 22 February 2018 for last submissions.

Accepted contributors will then need to submit their abstract to the conference by 15 March 2018 at 11:59 pm EST through http://igu2018.ulaval.ca/registration-submission/how-to-submit/. This step involves to first pay conference fees (see pricelist at http://igu2018.ulaval.ca/registration-submission/fees/).


Special NECTAR session at the Regional Science Association Conference 2018

It is our pleasure to invite you to a Special Session promoted by NECTAR Cluster 5 (Leisure, Recreation and Tourism) during the 12th World Congress of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI), to be held in Goa (India), between May 29 and June 1, 2018. A broad range of topics related to regional science will be discussed, including a special session about “The future of tourism” (see call for papers here). All the information about the Congress (including a large group of notorious keynote speakers) can be found here: http://regionalscience.org/2018worldcongress/

The call for papers is open until November 30.


Smart Cities and Value of Time: Transport Planning for the ‘On Move’ Society

International Symposium: Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (INTEC), Dom. Rep., 18-19 January 2018

Travel time and activity time have been treated as separate notions, albeit with some assumed interdependencies. But, literature show that people accept noticeable higher travel time ratios when travelling by public transport compared with travelling by car. The cost of travel time is reduced as travel time is converted as activity time (towards the productive use).  Furthermore, the impact of a high quality journey is an important issue in lifestyle and distribution of activities. The efficiency, safety and productivity of the journey can be expected to impact the value of time. And, the proportion of travel time saved, which can be used for other activities might have positive effects on the quality of life.

In recent years some significant ICT-related innovations have been introduced to large shares of society, but research on the current relation between characteristics of ICT-use and its impact on mobility is limited. Development of smart cities and urban living labs is strongly affected by the ICT use and mobility patterns. As urban living labs co-create new products from collaboration between public, private and civic partnerships. At the same time, in certain self-constrained environments, activity duration has many effects in travel patterns for out-of-home activities. The duration of the main activity may have an effect on the propensity to undertake a secondary tour.

This symposium aims to contribute to the debate on planning transport system and urban development according to the needs and activities undertaken by citizens of the modern ‘on  move’ society. The symposium is organized in collaboration with the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (INTEC) and the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

If you are interested to participate in this workshop, please send an abstract of your presentation (about 500 words) including author names and affiliations and keywords, and your CV (2-4 pages) in PDF format to l.c.lapaixpuello@utwente.nl  and pamela.sanchez@intec.edu.do before November 1, 2017.

More information can be found here: https://smartcitiesdr.com/

New edited book

Please find a call for a new edited book on “Preparing for the New Era of Transport Policies – Learning form Experiencehere. The editors are Yoram Shiftan (Technion, Israel Institute of Technology) and Maria Kamargianni (MaaSLab, Energy Institute, University College London).

Deadline extended till Aug 15!

Call for papers

The journal “Research in Transportation Business & Management) has issued a call for papers for a special issue on “New developments in the global transport of Agricultural Products, Energy and Natural Resources” (guest Edited By: Christopher Clott and Albert Veenstra). More info can be found here: