04th - 06th November, 2022 Kochi, Kerala
Call for Abstracts for Research Symposium on Urban Transport
1. Introduction
The thirteenth Research Symposium with focus on “Azadi@75 Sustainable AtmaNirbhar Urban Mobility will be held as part of the 15th Urban Mobility India Conference cum Exhibition 2022 scheduled from 4th - 6th November 2022 in Kochi, Kerala, India. The event would be held under the aegis of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India and, like 2021 version,it will be coordinated this year also by IISc Sustainable Transportation Lab. (IST Lab.), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore in association with Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT). The symposium is a platform to highlight the current research activities in urban transport carried out by academic and research institutes, especially by young researchers.
The purpose of the research symposium is to:

(i) Encourage the idea of developing solutions for Indian conditions indigenously.

(ii) Encourage young researchers working in various facets of urban transport to present their research work and provide them an opportunity for networking with fellow researchers and professionals.

(iii) Carryout capacity building of young researchers in the field of urban transport, and

(iv) Contribute towards building up of research data base, its dissemination and identification of research thrust in the country.

2. Who can participate?
Young researchers - Existing students of PG/PhD Program who have appeared in the final year exam this year or recently passed out students (Not earlier than May, 2021) - willing to contribute a paper (with or without any co-authors) on any of the themes mentioned below are invited to submit an extended abstract of maximum 500 words.

3. Themes

The theme of UMI conference is on "Azadi@75 Sustainable AtmaNirbhar Urban Mobility”. As part of the research symposium, abstracts of research papers are invited on the following broad themes.

(i) Smart City & Smart Mobility

  • Smart city planning
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Big data analytics
  • Smart data collection and management
  • Micro-mobility – integration, policies, and impacts (bike and scooter sharing, e-rickshaws)
  • Smart Buildings, Campuses & townships planning for sustainable mobility
  • 5G enabled transportation solutions
  • AI solutions for better quality of life
  • AI based transportation modelling
  • Green technologies for reduced emissions
  • Transportation Digital twins and Simulation modelling, and impacts
  • Eco friendly mobility - Zero carbon transition
  • Intelligent fleet management, etc.
  • Mobility as a Service
  • Flexible transit modelling
  • Integrating travel needs for elderly and differently abled
  • Multi-modal integration modelling (scheduling, price optimization, revenue maximization)
  • Public and private modes integration, policies and impacts, etc.

(ii) Sustainable Transportation Planning & Policy

  • Linkages of Transportation with Sustainability
  • Sustainable Mobility and Quality of Life
  • Transport Policy for Liveable Cities
  • Climate Change and Vulnerability of Transportation Assets
  • Transport as a driver to achieve SDGs
  • Travel behaviour of commuters
  • Travel choice modelling
  • Use of smart data for travel behaviour analysis and modelling
  • Impact of Pandemic on choice of sustainable modes
  • Pandemic effect on travel behaviour, patterns and choice making
  • Effect of qualitative factors like attitude and perception on mode choice and travel behaviour
  • Evolution of sustainable transportation planning and policy in independent India

(iii) Public Transport& Non- Motorized Transport (NMT)

  • Public transport planning, operation and management
  • Transit demand estimation, capacity and level of service
  • Impact assessment of transit and policy issues
  • Transit scheduling and network modelling
  • Flexible and demand responsive transit systems, etc.
  • NMT for last mile connectivity
  • Infrastructure requirements and planning for NMT
  • Enabling policies
  • Health and economic benefits of NMT, etc.
  • Evolution of public transport and non-motorized transport in independent India

(iv) Road Safety for Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs), and Urban Transport Infrastructure Design for All

  • Identification and safety issues of VRUs
  • Analysis of transportation policy and planning for safety of VRUs
  • Pedestrian and bicycle flows, planning and design to their improved safety
  • ITS for improving safety of VRUs
  • Accessible public transport and NMT for specially-abled and disadvantaged groups
  • Multi-Modal Transportation Accessibility
  • Inclusive and Integrated Public Transport Networks
  • Accessibility and Safety evaluation of urban infrastructure design for all, etc.
  • Evolution of road safety scenario for vulnerable road users and urban transport infrastructure in independent India

(v) Sustainable Mobility & Land Use (LU)

  • Integrated LU and Transport Strategic Plans
  • Transit Oriented Development (TOD)
  • Economic processes involved in Integrated LU Transportation Planning
  • Technological advancements in LU assessment due to transportation
  • Land value evaluation due to changes in transportation networks
  • Changes in LU patterns due to pandemic, etc.
  • Evolution of sustainable urban mobility and urban land use in independent India

(vi) Sustainable Urban Freight

  • Freight demand modelling
  • Last mile problem for freight movements
  • Incident management and safety in freight movements
  • City logistics systems and spatial patterns
  • Urban freight policy assessment (pricing policies, demand management policies, infrastructure policies)
  • Intermodal freight transport
  • Application of technologies in freight transportation
  • Intelligent transportation in urban logistic management
  • New freight modes (e.g., E-commerce, drones, cargo bikes), etc.
  • Evolution of sustainable urban freight scenario in independent India

(vii) Electric and Clean Urban Mobility

  • Electric mobility initiatives and technologies
  • Hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs)
  • Charging infrastructure
  • Consumer behavior towards EVs
  • Electric mobility in public transportation
  • Opportunities in electric vehicle industries
  • Enabling policies and programmes
  • Electric mobility in urban freight system
  • Electric Micro-mobility modes
  • Potential of cleaner fuels, like, green hydrogen, etc. in urban mobility
  • Evolution of electric and clean urban mobility in independent India

(viii) Urban Transport Governance

  • Urban transport governance reforms in smart city
  • Innovative ways to Finance Transport Infrastructure
  • Institutional integration of urban transport related agencies
  • Public Policy and sustainable urban mobility
  • Regulations on transportation modes during pandemics
  • Regulatory Mechanisms for Urban Transportation
  • Sustainable Urban Transport Governance Indicators
  • Rationalization of taxation policies for public transport modes, etc.
  • Evolution of urban transport governance in independent India

The final sessions will be based on the number of papers received and shortlisted for the presentation during the symposium. Abstracts not falling under the above themes are also encouraged to be submitted and can be considered if substantial number of papers are received to conduct a session.

4. Important Dates
Intimation of call for abstracts - 30th May, 2022
Deadline for submission of abstracts - 30th June, 2022
Date of intimation to authors about abstract review results - 7th July, 2022
Deadline for submission of full papers - 1st August, 2022
Intimation for review comments on full paper - 1stSeptember, 2022
Deadline for submission of revised Paper - 15th September, 2022
Intimation of final decision (acceptance or rejection) of full paper - 1st October, 2022
Submission of Presentation - 25thOctober, 2022
Presentation in the UMI Conference - 5th - 6th November, 2022

5. Guidelines

All papers must be original and must not be submitted simultaneously to another Journal or Conference.Submission should be made online on EasyChair at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=umirs2022. The abstract submission in EasyChair will open from 5th June, 2022. . Please provide complete information of all the authors. In case of incomplete information, the entry shall not be accepted.

6. Submission of abstract

Abstract to be submitted in maximum 500 words It should start with the title, using Times New Roman font, size 12 pt, bold first letter, centre aligned. The body of the abstract should also be in Times New Roman font, size 11 pt, fully justified, single spacing, no spacing between paragraphs, starting with the word ABSTRACT (bold). The abstract should be submitted in pdf format.

Note: The abstract / full paper should not contain the name of the author(s) or the institute. They are only to be filled online in EasyChair during registration. Abstracts/papers containing the name(s) of the author(s) and/or institute shall be disqualified.

Note: The abstract submissions not following the above guidelines shall be disqualified.

The abstract must be submitted online for the peer review at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=umirs2022 by 30thJune, 2022. The abstract submission in EasyChair will open from 5th June 2022

Intimation about the selection or otherwise of the abstract shall be communicated by email by 7th July, 2022 after which they would need to submit the full paper by 1st August, 2022. The guidelines for the submission of full paper will be communicated along with information about the selection or otherwise of the abstracts. Intimation of the acceptance (tentative) or rejection of the papers along with the review comments will be communicated by email by 1st September, 2022. Thereafter, the authors need to submit the revised papers addressing the review comments by 15th September, 2022. Intimation of final acceptance or rejectionof the full papers [along with mode of presentation (oral or poster) for the accepted full papers] for the UMI conference will be communicated by email by 1stOctober, 2022. The selected authors will have to submit the full presentationof papers shortlisted for oral mode (as per the UMI format) by 25thOctober, 2022. Please note that the full paper for oral or poster presentation will not be distinguished based on the quality of papers (from review results) but would be decided purely based on logistical considerations at the conference venue. The authors for full papers (in poster mode) will have to bring the hard copy of their posters (as per the UMI format) to the conference venue. However, they will be required to submit the soft copy of theirposter by 25thOctober, 2022.

7. Research and Innovation Poster Show

Considering the focus of UMI-2022 on “Azadi@75 Sustainable AtmaNirbhar Urban Mobility” , there will also be a Poster session during The Research Symposium dedicated to start-ups, led by young researchers (as defined above),focussed on innovative and indigenous solutions for Urban Mobility in India, developed by them. Researchers will also be given an opportunity to demonstrate their prototypes. Detailed submission and review guidelines regarding this will be announced in due course.

8. General Information

Young researchers whose papers are selected for presentation in the research symposium shall be reimbursed the following costs for any one young researchauthor against production of valid tickets:

• Travel by rail limited to AC- III tier / State Roadways bus fare by the shortest route

• Out of pocket expense of Rs 2,000/- each

Participants shall have to make their own arrangements for boarding, lodging and local travel in Kochi.

NB 1: All queries regarding submission of Abstract/Paper, etc. should be emailed to Prof. (Dr.) Ashish Verma, Professor & Convenor, IISc Sustainable Transportation Lab. (IST Lab.), Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore at ashishv@iisc.ac.in (M): +91-9845375724, with a copy to Mr. Furqan Bhat, Research Scholar, IST Lab. at furqanbhatofficial@gmail.com (M): +91-7006049502




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