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Cluster 5 Workshop: Smart Transport for Sustainable Tourism

It is our pleasure to invite you to join the workshop of NECTAR Cluster 5 (Leisure, Recreation and Tourism) which will be held at the University of Salento, Italy, on May 24-25, 2018. 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 luca.zamparini@unisalento it before January 31, 2018. More information can be found here.

Special NECTAR session at Mobile Tartu Conference 2018

Call for papers

We are pleased to invite you for a special session Mobile Phones, Travel and Transportation organised by Cluster 8 (ICT) of NECTAR at the Mobile Tartu international conference, Estonia, June 27-29th, 2018.

Main topic

The use of mobile phone data within the field of transportation is increasing. GSM and GPS data generated by phones are used for analysis varying from determining the average speed at certain road sections to gathering revealed preference data of travellers regarding their travel behaviour (e.g. mode and route choice). As a result mobile phone data is increasingly used to better understand the daily urban system providing decision information for road authorities as well as road users and private companies.

Topics of interest

We seek to attract papers which will provide insights both from a conceptual and an empirical perspective, on the use of mobile phone data or smart phone apps within the field of transportation.

Important dates

Abstract submissions: 31 January 2018

Abstract acceptance: 15 February 2018

Paper deadline: 20 June 2016

Detailed information can be found here.

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.

 

7th International Symposium on Dynamic Traffic Assignment, Hong Kong

The 7th International Symposium on Dynamic Traffic Assignment (DTA): Smart Transportation takes place in Hong Kong 6-8 June, 2018. This Symposium aims to foster excellence in dynamic traffic assignment (DTA) research and practice, and provide a forum for exchanging innovative ideas and challenges on DTA and related transportation science research problems. The theme of this Symposium is smart transportation. It is jointly organized by the Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong (HKU), the Institute of Transport Studies, The University of Hong Kong (HKU), the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), and the The Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies (HKSTS).

Practitioners and academics are cordially invited to share their knowledge, experience and insights on the design, analytics, investigations, analysis, planning, operation, engineering, co-ordination and management of smart transport systems, taking into account the time-varying characteristics of travel demand and supply and the interdisciplinary nature of the subject. The Symposium will last three full days (from Wednesday to Friday). The technical program may include plenary sessions, paper presentations, and interactive sessions. Deadline for submission of extended abstracts is 30 November 2017.

For details, please visit the conference website at:  http://www.hksts.org/dta2018/


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/

Tenure-track transportation engineering position at the University of New Mexico

The Department of Civil Engineering at the University of New Mexico is soliciting applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Transportation Engineering to begin August 2018. The appointment will be filled at the probationary level and will lead to a tenure decision. Areas of research interest include, but are not limited to, emerging challenges in smart cities, including autonomous and connected vehicles. More detailed information can be found here.

PhD position in automated public transport system, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

The Department of Transport Science, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, is inviting applications for a full-time PhD position in the field of automated public transport systems. The focus of the position is the development of simulation methodologies for analyzing the performance of autonomous bus systems in urban areas, as well as quantitative methods for optimizing such systems in terms of vehicle types, network design, operational strategies, etc. We are looking for candidates with a background in optimization, control theory, computer science or similar with a strong interest in urban transport applications, or a background in transport science such as modelling and simulation, with strong skills in optimization, control theory or computer science. Object-oriented programming skills in C++ or similar are highly desired. The successful candidate will be involved in the project iQMobility in collaboration with Scania, INIT and Örebro University. The position is intended for graduate studies and research leading to a licentiate degree. The salary covers research on 100% during two years’ time, with a possible extension of up to 20% departmental duties.

Full details of the position and the link to the application system are available at https://www.kth.se/en/om/work-at-kth/lediga-jobb/what:job/jobID:166106/where:4/

For further information, please contact Assistant Professor Erik Jenelius: jenelius@kth.se, +4687908032.

Assistant Professor Data Science in Transport Engineering – University of Twente (NL)

The Department of Civil Engineering, of the Faculty of Engineering Technology at the University of Twente invites candidates to apply for an assistant professorship position in the area of Data Science in Transport Engineering. We look for an independent researcher who is able to identify the academic questions in practical applications related to Data Science in Transport Engineering and to translate academic research results into engineering practice. He/she is expected work on transport research projects with multiple-source (big) data, to publish research results in high quality international refereed journals, and to attract external funding (national science foundation, EU, government and industry) for junior researchers (PhD and PDeng positions), of whom he/she will become the daily supervisor.

Start: asap after November 1st 2017

See https://www.utwente.nl/en/organization/careers/vacancies/!/vacature/1084735 for more information