29th - 31st October, 2021 Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty, Kerala, India
Call for Abstracts for Research Symposium on Urban Transport
1. Introduction
The twelth Research Symposium on Urban Transport will be held as part of the 14th Urban Mobility India Conference cum Exhibition 2021 scheduled from 29th - 31st October, 2021 at Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty, Kerala, India. The event would be held under the aegis of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India and is being coordinated this year by IISc Sustainable Transportation Lab. (IST Lab.), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore. 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 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.

(ii) Enhance capacity building of young researchers in the field of urban transport, and

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

2. Who can participate?
Existing or recently passed out (Not earlier than May, 2020) students of PG/PhD Programme 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 Mobility for All”. As part of the research symposium, abstracts of research papers are invited on the following broad themes. Any urban mobility research related to COVID-19 impacts are welcomed in all the listed 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 modeling
  • 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

(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.

(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.

(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.

(vi) Sustainable Urban Freight

  • Freight demand modeling
  • Last mile problem
  • 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.

(vii) Electric 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

(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.

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
Call for paper - 21st June, 2021
Abstract submission - 15th July, 2021
Abstract acceptance - 31st July, 2021
Full paper submission - 31st August, 2021
Intimation for review comments on full Paper - 27thSeptember, 2021
Submission of Revised Paper - 10th October, 2021
Intimation of final decision (acceptance or rejection) of full paper - 17th October 2021
Submission of Presentation - 23rdOctober, 2021
Presentation in the Conference - 29th - 31st October, 2021

5. Guidelines
- All papers must be original and must not be submitted simultaneously to another Journal or Conference.
- Submission should be made online. Young researchers need to on register www.urbanmobilityindia.in under the section research symposium to submit their abstracts. The following details need to be provided for registration and submission of abstract:

• Name of First Author

• Name of Second Author, if any

• Name(s) of other Author, if any

- Information of the first author is to be provided in the following format.

• Institute/Organization of the First Author:

• Department:

• Head of Department:

• E Mail:

• Mobile No:

• Theme Selected:

• Title of the Abstract:

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 14 pts, bold first letter, centre aligned. The body of the abstract should also be in Times New Roman font, size 12 pt, fully justified, single spacing, no spacing between paragraphs, starting with the word ABSTRACT (bold). The abstract should be submitted in MS-Word.

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

The abstract must be submitted online for the peer review at www.urbanmobilityindia.in by 15th July, 2021.

- Intimation about the selection or otherwise of the abstract shall be communicated by email by 31st July, 2021 after which they would need to submit the full paper by 31st August, 2021. The guidelines for the submission of full paper will be communicated along with information about the selection or otherwise of the abstracts. Intimation of selection for presentation at the UMI conference will be communicated by email by 27th September, 2021. The selected authors will have to submit the full paper with revision if any and presentation (as per the UMI format) for review by 10th October, 2021. Some papers may be selected for poster presentation. The posters are also to be submitted by the same date.

7. General Information

Research Scholars whose papers are selected for presentation in the research symposium shall be reimbursed the following costs for any one author 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

Selected research scholars 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, Associate 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 Ms. Almas Siddiqui, Research Scholar, IST Lab. at almass@iisc.ac.in (M): +91-7621862633

NB 2: Any query or issue regarding uploading of paper on website should be emailed to Ms. Reena Arora Srivastava, Manager (UMI) at umi@iutindia.org / reena@iutindia.org (M) : (+91) 78382 17719.




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