27th - 29th October, 2023 Delhi
Call for Abstracts for Research Symposium on Urban Transport
1. Introduction
The fourteenth Research Symposium with focus on “Integrated and Resilient Urban Transport” will be held as part of the 16th Urban Mobility India Conference cum Exhibition 2023 scheduled from 28th - 29th October, 2023 in New Delhi, India. The event would be held under the aegis of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India and, it will be coordinated this year by Dr. Manoj M., Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. 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) Carryout capacity building of young researchers in the field of urban transport, and

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

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

2. Who can participate?
Young researchers - Existing students of PG/Ph.D. Program who have appeared in the final year exam this year or recently passed out students (Not earlier than May, 2022) - 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 “Integrated and Resilient Urban Transport”.As part of the research symposium, abstracts of research papers are invited on the following broad themes.

(i) Integrated and resilient urban transport

  • Urban transport resilience
  • Design of resilient urban transport network
  • Integration of different transport modes
  • Design of integrated transportation systems
  • Policy for urban transport integration
  • Economics of transport integration

(ii) Sustainable Transportation Planning & Policy

  • Transportation and sustainability
  • Sustainable mobility and quality of life
  • Transport policy for liveable cities
  • Climate change and transportation
  • Transport as a driver to achieve SDGs
  • Travel behaviour analysis and modelling
  • Use of emerging data for travel demand analysis
  • Pandemic effect on travel behaviour, and travel choices
  • Economics of sustainable transportation

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

  • Public transport planning, operation and management
  • Transit demand estimation, capacity and level of service
  • Impact assessment of transit and transit policy
  • Transit scheduling and network design
  • Flexible and demand responsive transit systems
  • NMT for last mile connectivity
  • Infrastructure requirements and planning for NMT
  • NMT policies
  • Health and economic benefits of PT and NMT

(iv) Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) and Inclusive mobility

  • Identification and safety issues of VRUs
  • Analysis of transportation policy and planning for safety of VRUs
  • 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
  • Gender issues in urban transport

(v) Land Use (LU) and transportation

  • 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

(vi) Urban Freight

  • Urban freight demand analysis and modelling
  • Last mile problem for freight movements
  • Incident management and safety in freight movements
  • City logistics systems and spatial patterns
  • Urban freight policy assessment
  • Intermodal freight transport
  • Application of technologies in freight transportation
  • Intelligent transportation in urban logistic management
  • Emerging freight modes (e.g., E-commerce, drones, cargo bikes), etc.
  • Sustainable urban freight

(vii) Electric, Emerging and Smart Mobility

  • Emerging and alternative fuel vehicles (electric, hybrid electric, hydrogen fuel, etc.)
  • Charging infrastructure design
  • Consumer behaviour towards alternative fuel vehicles
  • Electrified public, private and para-transit modes
  • Planning for alternative fuel vehicles
  • Enabling policies and programmes
  • Electric micro-mobility
  • Economics of alternative fuel vehicles
  • Shared mobility
  • Ride hailing and ride sourcing
  • Smart city planning
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Big data analytics

(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
  • 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 - 27th May, 2023
Deadline for submission of abstracts - 24th June, 2023
Date of intimation to authors about abstract review results - 8th July, 2023
Deadline for submission of full papers - 13th August, 2023
Intimation for review comments on full paper - 22nd September, 2023
Deadline for submission of revised Paper - 2nd October, 2023
Intimation of final decision (acceptance or rejection) of full paper - 12th October, 2023
Submission of presentation - 20th October, 2023
Presentation in the UMI Conference - 28th & 29th, October, 2023

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=umirs23 Please provide complete information of all the authors. In case of incomplete information, the entry shall not be accepted.

Full paper submission guidelines are available at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Cq7as5jbpMHHLQtN792NsbjwPXcgRM0X?usp=drive_link

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=umirs23 by 24thJune, 2023.

Intimation about the selection or otherwise of the abstract shall be communicated by email by 8th July, 2023 after which the authors would need to submit the full paper by 13th August, 2023. 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 22nd September, 2023. Thereafter, the authors need to submit the revised papers addressing the review comments by 2nd October, 2023. Intimation of final acceptance or rejection of 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 12thOctober, 2023. The selected authors will have to submit the full presentation of papers shortlisted for oral mode (as per the UMI format) by 20thOctober, 2023. 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 of 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 their poster by 20thOctober, 2023.

7. General Information

Young researchers whose papers are selected for presentation in the research symposium shall be reimbursed the following costs for any one young research 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/- presenter

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

NB 1: All queries regarding submission of Abstract/Paper, etc., should be emailed to Dr. Manoj M., Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi at the conference email id umi2023.iitd@gmail.com (or over phone, (Office): 011-26591219), with a copy to Mr. Mustansir Farooq, Research Scholar, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Delhi. at mustansir99@gmail.com.




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