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2017 Events

Click here  12th ITS European Congress - June 19 2017 - June 22 2017 - Strasbourg, France

The 12th ITS European Congress will take place on June 19-22, 2017, at the Strasbourg Convention Centre in France. Under the theme ‘ITS Beyond Borders’, the Congress will focus on the people, the intelligent mobility users, as hundreds of thousands of them every day cross the French-German border to live their daily lives.

Strasbourg can be considered one of the few European cities providing an environment where cross-border issues and challenges – such as technology compatibility and interoperability, or legislation evolution and application – can be experienced. The intersection of multiple transport and communication networks makes the city a wonderful living lab for mobility.

Strasbourg is also a pioneer in sustainable mobility. By improving walkability, building an extensive network of cycle tracks, and introducing car sharing schemes and a new road code, the city clearly indicates its strategy for sharing public space and delivering an excellent quality of life for its inhabitants.

During the Congress, the City and the Eurometropolis of Strasbourg and ERTICO – ITS Europe will host the second edition of the Mayors’ Summit. City mayors and leaders from Europe will gather again to explore opportunities, experiences and strategies related to present and future contributions of ITS to seamless travel and sustainable, efficient and innovative mobility.

The 12th European ITS Congress 2017 is organised by ERTICO – ITS Europe in partnership with the European Commission and hosted by the City and Eurometropolis of Strasbourg.


Click here  Autonomous Vehicle Test & Development Symposium 2017 - June 21 2017 - June 22 2017 - Stuttgart, Germany

Autonomous Vehicle Test & Development Symposium 2017 will bring together the world’s leading engineers in the field of autonomous vehicle research, testing, validation and development. The conference will be held in Stuttgart alongside Automotive Testing Expo 2017, the world’s largest exhibition dedicated to new vehicle development and testing, and in conjunction with Traffic Technology International magazine, the world’s leading magazine for advanced highway and traffic management technologies. It will boast over 60 of the world’s leading experts in driverless vehicle testing.

Advanced driver assistance systems giving rise to fully automated driving vehicle technology is nothing new. Since the final meeting of the Eureka PROMETHEUS Project in Paris in 1994, it’s been clear that fully autonomous self-driving vehicles are set to become a reality, yet 20 years later the final stages of testing, validation and fail-safing pose a huge challenge to the automotive industry.

The rigorousness and thoroughness of the testing processes need to be conducted at an altogether higher level of fidelity than anything that has gone before, if the final reality is to be achieved with complete safety and integrity guaranteed.

Topics under discussion:

  • Public road testing
  • Virtual testing
  • Simulation
  • Traffic scenario testing
  • Embedded software testing
  • Reliability testing of software and hardware systems
  • Safety and crash testing
  • Fail-safe testing
  • Cyber threat testing
  • Validation and verification
  • Autonomy software
  • VeHIL
  • V2V and V2X testing
  • Robotics
  • Testing legislation
  • Safety standards and legislation
  • Human factors and HMI testing
  • Case studies
  • Possibilities
  • Best practices

For more information and to book a delegate pass, visit


Click here  Highways UK 'Transport for the North' - June 21 2017 - Harrogate, UK

The 2016 Highways UK event - only its second edition - had an attendance of more than 2,500 visitors – this was a 55% increase on a strong 2015 launch year, and 90% of the 2016 visitors rated the event 'excellent' or 'good'.

The first invitation-only Highways UK Regional Event with England's Economic Heartland at Silverstone has been launched. Highways UK’s regional event series will continue on June 21, 2017, in Harrogate, UK, with Transport for the North. This event will demonstrate the progress being made in the region, seek feedback from key stakeholders and explore the opportunities ahead.

Highways UK will return to the NEC on November 8 & 9 this year with more great content, more innovations, more exhibitors and more delegates.

Visit for more information and how to get involved.


Click here  15th ITS Asia Pacific Forum 2017, Hong Kong - June 27 2017 - June 29 2017 - Hong Kong Science Park, Shatin, Hong Kong SAR, China

Theme: Metropolitan Transportation Infrastructure in Smart Cities

Call for papers: deadline extended to February 28, 2017.

Billions of dollars continue to be invested in new and enhanced transportation infrastructure to make our urban environment smarter, liveable and more sustainable in response to the pressures of growing urbanization, regional development and drivers of national competitiveness. The Hong Kong SAR government has long demonstrated its commitment through investments in mega transport infrastructure projects to enable closer integration within the Pearl River Delta region.

This event provides a unique platform to share application experience, get to grips with the latest innovations in the policies and technologies that underpin urban mobility, and to explore collaboration opportunities.

We invite you to participate in this extraordinary event and to join ITS Asia Pacific in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day on July 1, 2017.


Click here  15th Annual Transport Practitioners' Meeting - June 28 2017 - June 29 2017 - Nottingham, UK

The 15th Annual Transport Practitioners’ Meeting (TPM) will be held on June 28 & 29, 2017, in Nottingham, UK. Organized by PTRC Education and Research Services, TPM is the annual meeting place for all transport planners, highway engineers and urban transport designers to share knowledge, engage in constructive debates and disseminate the latest thinking across the profession. 

A Call for Papers has been issued encouraging practitioners to submit abstracts that share knowledge and fresh ideas on a wide range of transport topics and issues.

A few ‘hot topics’ have been identified as a guide for those who are considering submitting an abstract, including innovation and new technology in transport, latest developments in modeling techniques and applications, catering for and sustaining growth in walking and cycling, new models of government, opportunities to enhance behavioural changes, and challenges of providing for a growing elderly population. This list is not exclusive, as abstracts covering the latest developments in road safety, smarter choices, bus and rail, transport assessment, transport and health, non-motorised transport, better streets and urban design, freight and data are also welcome.

The deadline for submitting an abstract is noon on Thursday, January 19, 2017. The TPM Committee will consider all submitted abstracts and debate which ones should be presented at the conference. Authors will be notified whether their abstract has been selected by Thursday February 23, 2017.

Further details about the Call for Papers can be found on the TPM website


Click here  The Future of Transportation World Conference - July 05 2017 - July 06 2017 - Cologne, Germany

With the current focus on electric vehicles, autonomously assisted vehicles and eventually self-driving vehicles, it would be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture for transportation. Much of what we rely on today was invented 100 years ago. Indeed, remarkably, the first passenger fare-paying railway started in 1807, albeit horse drawn, and the first steam engine locomotive line is generally accepted to have opened in 1860. So we could say that what we have today is both new and fabulously antiquated in terms of its origin.

The Future of Transportation is a study and conference on the subject of What Next. One of our core themes is ‘Getting Transport Off the Ground’, where we will examine how quickly personal airborne transportation systems will become viable mass transportation. The futuristic vision of skyscrapers surrounded by airborne transport for mass commuting could be just a few years away, but are the world’s governments and existing transport providers and operators sizing themselves up for the change? Will today’s automotive companies with brands that rank continuously among the world’s leading names be lost in history or will they – as, for example, Mercedes has long stated – be part of the new transport solution?

The Future of Transportation World Conference will bring together world transportation leaders from automotive manufacturers and their suppliers, transportation authorities and city planners, rail and public transportation technology firms and operators, technology and software giants, drone and personal air transportation solution companies, freight and logistics companies, mass-transit solution providers, business consultants, inventors of new and disruptive global mobility solutions, all with the common goal of devising better solutions for the increasingly demanding challenge of providing safe, efficient, sustainable transportation for the world in 2030 and beyond.


Click here  ITS World Congress 2017 - Montreal - October 29 2017 - November 02 2017 - Montreal, Canada

The Montréal World Congress 2017 will be held at the Palais des congrès Convention Center in Montréal, Québec, Canada, in November next year. It will be the event where policy, real world deployment and future ideas come together to advance integrated mobility, smart cities and the next generation of transportation through intelligent transportation systems. Autonomy and connectivity, artificial intelligence, infrastructure developments, cloud technologies, data, privacy, cyber issues, traffic management, smart city deployment efforts, research and academic initiatives, and a look at the world’s view of public policy around the next generation of transportation will all feature at the event.

The conference organizers are planning to feature live demonstrations of ITS technologies. The City of Montréal will create a virtual testbed on the streets adjacent to the Palais des congrès Convention Center, which will include an arterial loop circling the Palais des congrès and a section of a nearby limited access highway that will be equipped with DSRC roadside units integrated with local signal controllers to support demonstrations of connected vehicle technologies.

A highlight of the event will be the Smart Cities Pavilion. As a designated section of the Exhibit Hall, the Pavilion will highlight Smart Cities from around the world, continuing the discussion and debate around how policy can advance the future of integrated mobility, how transportation is moving to the center of the Internet of Things and how technological solutions and the IoT are changing cities. It will serve as a learning laboratory and feature information about leading international smart cities including Columbus, Ohio (US); Copenhagen, Denmark; Montréal, Canada; and Singapore.


Click here  18th IRF World Road Meeting 2017 - November 14 2017 - November 17 2017 - Dehli, India

The International Road Federation (IRF), together with IRF India, is putting out a Call for Papers to invite authors to submit abstracts for presentation at the World Road Meeting (WRM) in November 2017.

This call for papers is for the conference that is being organized as part of the WRM 2017, whose "Safe Roads and Smart Mobility: The Engines of Economic Growth."

For the last 60 years, the IRF has organized the prestigious World Road Meeting (WRM) once every four years in different cities across the world. The World Road Meeting includes a Conference and an Exhibition, and provides an outlet for sharing cutting-edge research, best practices, and experiences, from across the world, and is intended to be a premier knowledge event for discussing important issues facing the road, transport and mobility sectors.



Click here  Cross Roads World Road Meeting 2017 (WRM) - November 14 2017 - November 17 2017 - Delhi, India

Cross Roads WRM 2017 is being held for the first time in India, in Delhi, on 14-17 November 2017.

The issues we all face with regards to transport and mobility are too complex to be tackled alone. Great challenges require greater collaborations. We do not have the answers to everything yet - but we do have the platform: Cross Roads.

The International Road Federation’s (IRF) Cross Roads is the global platform to facilitate the cross-pollination of ideas among pioneers, businesses and organizations. By connecting high-tech companies, leading experts in the field and governments, we can make mobility a positive reality for everyone.

The theme for the Cross Roads WRM 2017 is Safe Roads and Smart Mobility: Engines of Economic Growth. Cross Roads WRM 2017 is held once every four years, in different cities across the world, and includes an exhibition, a conference, a Young Professional Lab and an Innovation Cafe.

The conference will cover a wide range of topics that are important for the transport and mobility sectors. The conference will include four keynote plenary sessions with eminent and well known speakers, 44 parallel sessions with papers from academics and practitioners from across the world, and four sessions with papers from the IRF Young Professionals.

Further details can be found at and you may also download the brochure.

April 13, 2017


2018 Events

Click here  Transport Research Arena TRA 2018 - April 16 2018 - April 19 2018 - Vienna, Austria

Call for Abstracts open now. 

A Digital Era for Transport - Solutions for Society, Economy and Environment.

The Transport Research Arena TRA is the European research and technology biennial conference on transport and mobility. After a decade of successful editions around Europe the seventh TRA will take place in Vienna, Austria, on April 16-19, 2018. The Call for Papers is open now until March 21, 2017. Scientists, researchers and engineers are invited to submit their abstracts online.

Dr Christian Chimani, head of center for low-emission transport at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, and chair of program committee at TRA 2018, said of the two types of papers, which are welcome to be submitted, “On the one hand, authors can submit scientific papers, which will undergo a scientifically-oriented review process. On the other they can submit technical papers, which are reviewed based on the quality of technology, relevance for implementation and case studies.”

A selection of the best scientific papers will be invited for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. “Scientists who submit papers presenting results from EU-funded projects are additionally invited to take part in the TRA Visions 2018 competition ( for senior researchers in the field of innovative surface transport”, emphasised Manfred Haider, vice chair of program committee. After successfully passing the abstract review, authors will be invited to submit full papers which – if finally selected – will be presented in oral or poster format at the conference.

Topics of TRA 2018 scientific and technical sessions:
1. Environment and Energy Efficiency.
2. Vehicles and Vessels – Design, Development and Production.
3. Advanced Propulsion Systems.
4. Smart Urban Mobility and Logistics.
5. People Mobility – Systems and Services.
6. Freight Transport and Logistics.
7. Transport Infrastructure.
8. Connected and Automated Transport.
9. Digital Technologies for Transport.
10. Safe, Secure and Resilient Transport Systems.
11. Human Dimension in Transport.
12. Socio-Economics, Innovation and Policy.

For more information about the TRA 2018 Call for Papers please see the TRA 2018 website


Click here  Transport Research Arena TRAVISIONS 2018 (TRA 2018) - April 16 2018 - April 19 2018 - Vienna, Austria

TRA Visions 2018 invites young and senior researchers from all over Europe to submit innovative transport concepts to, which was launched on December 20, 2016.

The two European-funded TRA Visions 2018 competitions – one for young researchers, the second for senior researchers – have started their ideation phase. Young and senior researchers throughout Europe are invited to submit innovative concepts on future transport matters to enhance efficient and sustainable transport and mobility of people and goods.

Ever more people and goods are moving around the world in constantly shorter timeframes. This makes innovative transport solutions an important necessity. What could future transport look like? How can existing infrastructure cope with the rising strain, be it road, rail, waterborne or cross-modal transport systems? Which are efficient and sustainable solutions to the arising questions on mobility issues?

The European project TRA Visions 2018 invites young and senior researchers from all over Europe to enter their ideas of all kind concerning these and other questions to the competitions.

For the young researcher competition the deadline for a first short abstract is June 30, 2017. Following this, participants are requested to develop and submit their full idea by October 30, 2017, where they need to provide a report, a short presentation, and a project poster accompanied by an optional short video.

Senior researchers can enter their competition either by submission of a technical paper/abstract to the TRA 2018 conference website ( or by direct submission of a recently published technical paper to the TRA Visions 2018 website ( To be eligible, a paper must be technical in nature and relate to EU-funded transport research.

The submission phase will be followed by an Evaluation of Ideas period during which a judging panel comprising experts from universities, research institutes and industry will determine which are the top three ideas per transport mode (road, rail, waterborne and cross-modality). The final winners of the competitions will be announced during a prestigious award ceremony at the Transport Research Arena (TRA) Conference 2018 in Vienna, Austria, on April 16-19, 2018.

The concepts must be submitted under one of the TRA2018 Conference topics, which cover the general areas of:
1. Environment and Energy Efficiency.
2. Vehicles & Vessels – Design, Development and Production.
3. Advanced Propulsion Systems.
4. Smart Urban Mobility and Logistics.
5. People Mobility – Systems and Services.
6. Freight Transport and Logistics.
7. Transport Infrastructure.
8. Connected and Automated Transport.
9. Digital Technologies for Transport.
10. Safe, Secure and Resilient Transport Systems.
11. Human Dimension in Transport.
12. Socio-Economics, Innovation and Policy.

TRA Visions is an initiative funded by the European Commission and takes place every two years. It awards a prize for innovative concepts for transport solutions to both young and senior researchers in European-funded projects throughout Europe. The project consortium members responsible for organizing the competition are: the Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) of RWTH Aachen University; the Foundation WEGEMT - A European Association of Universities in Marine Technology and Related Sciences (WEGEMT); BALance Technology Consulting GmbH; Politecnico di Torino (POLITO); Newcastle University (UNEW); FEHRL; the Austria Institute of Technology (AIT) and University College London (UCL).

The award ceremony takes place during the TRA conference, which is held every two years and aims at getting science, research and industry closer together and pointing out challenges and opportunities they can efficiently face together in order to create an efficient and sustainable mobility of people and goods.

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