2015 NECTAR Conference

Smart Transport—Smart Planning

It is our pleasure to announce that the XIII NECTAR International Conference will be held at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (United States of America), from 14 to 16 June 2015. For the general call of papers go here:

The transportation field is undergoing a technological revolution in information and communication technologies including “big” data, connected vehicles, modeling techniques, and—just over the horizon—self-driving cars. For these smart transport developments to fulfil their promise, they need to be guided by and deployed in service of smart planning: a planning that improves the fairness of transportation’s distribution and lessens its environmental impact and societal costs. Technological innovations must be implemented in a way that applies the lessons of history on the relationship of transportation and urban form to forestall unwanted outcomes. Fundamentally, these advances must be part of a shift that values accessibility over simple movement as the overarching purpose of transportation. The conference will facilitate interaction between North American and European transport and communications researchers on all these topics.

Thematic Sessions

Besides the general call for papers, each cluster organizes a special thematic session. Please find the calls from the clusters below:


In addition, a NECTAR PhD Award will be awarded for the best recent PhD thesis work in the NECTAR field. The award is established in memory of Professor Piet Rietveld, who chaired NECTAR in the years 2002-2007 and who with his exceptional academic abilities inspired and stimulated many young researchers, PhD students and the NECTAR community in general. See here for more information about the NECTAR PhD award.

Deadline for abstract submission: 5 January 2015. Abstracts should be submitted electronically, using the form available on the Conference website:


Further details

Criteria for acceptance: the scientific quality of the abstract and NECTAR membership. The number of participants will be limited to 90.

Notification of acceptance: 2 February 2015.

Venue: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Registration, meals and accommodation for two nights (14-15 June 2015) will be offered to NECTAR members, for only one author per paper. All practical details will be communicated through the conference website. In order to participate in the Conference, a consecutive and current two-year NECTAR membership is necessary. Non-members can find details of how to join the association on the “Membership” page of NECTAR’s website:www.nectar-eu.eu

Looking forward to meeting you in the spring of 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan!

Karst Geurs

Jonathan Levine
Local Organizer
Conference sponsors:

University Michigan Mobility Transformation Center