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13th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems

Madeira Island, Portugal, 19 – 22 September 2010

On the Way to Intelligent Sustainable Mobility

Organised/Special Sessions

Special Session Organization is encouraged. The goal of these special sessions is to provide a forum for focused discussions on new topics or innovative applications of established approaches. A special session consists of four to six papers, which for example could all address a particular theme or consist of work done in some particular international project.

Prospective organizers are invited to submit their proposals to the Special Session Chair Dr. Hans van Lint at by February 15, 2010.

Each proposal should include the session title, statement of importance and novelty, a list of the contributing authors and their contributions, a brief biography of the session organizer(s). Special session papers will undergo the same intense review process as regular papers do and submission is not a guarantee for acceptance. In case less than four papers submitted to a special session are finally accepted based on the review, the program chair and the special session committee reserve the right to re-assign these accepted papers into regular sessions.

Call for Papers to Organised/Special Sessions

Papers are solicited for the following Organised/Special Sessions. Any author who wishes to contribute to a Special Session should contact the corresponding Special Session organiser(s).

1. Special Session on "Advances in Positioning and Map-Matching and Applications"
Organizer: Rafael Toledo Moreo (, University of Murcia, Spain

This special session is soliciting papers that focus on novel theoretical approaches or practical applications of advanced navigation systems, with an emphasis on advances in GNSS-based navigation, filtering techniques for positioning and map-matching and applications of navigation systems for road safety and road user charging. In-depth analyses of the state of the art are also encouraged for submission.

Any paper related to advanced navigation systems is welcome, but papers with the following emphases are particularly welcome:
(1) Multi-sensor data fusion filtering techniques for navigation;
(2) Combinations of filtering techniques aiming at more robust positioning determination;
(3) Advanced map-matching techniques;
(4) Digital maps for lane level navigation;
(5) GNSS multipath mitigation;
(6) Navigation integrity;
(7) Applications of advanced navigation systems;
(8) GNSS-based road user charging.

2. Special Session on "Advances in Traffic State Estimation and Prediction"
Organizer: Hans van Lint (, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

This special session is soliciting papers that focus on novel theoretical approaches or practical applications of advanced real-time traffic state estimation and prediction approaches, that is, approaches which estimate and predict prevailing traffic conditions (densities / speeds / flows) from limited, noisy and heterogeneous sensor data. Any paper presenting new approaches and ideas related to traffic state estimation and prediction is welcome, and papers with the following emphases are particularly welcome:
(1) Centralized and decentralized approaches to traffic state estimation and prediction;
(2) Approached that involve measurements from fixed sensors (e.g. loops, cameras, radar detectors) or mobile devices (e.g. floating cars, in-vehicle cell phones, in-vehicle GPS devices, inter-vehicle communication devices), and both;
(3) Combinations of traffic flow models and filtering approaches of various types (EKF, PF, UKF, EnKF. etc.);
(4) Approaches which use Lagrangian formulations (in terms of models, filters, or both);
(5) Comparison / benchmarking of different approaches in terms of accuracy, computational efficiency, robustness, stability, under various circumstances (in relation to e.g. congestions, incidents, spatial and/or temporal data availability.);
(6) Successful field trials and applications of traffic state estimators and predictors.

3. Special Session on "Ramp metering"
Organizers: Ioannis Papamichail ( and Markos Papageorgiou (, Technical University of Crete, Greece

Freeways had been originally conceived to provide virtually unlimited mobility to road users. However, the continuous increase of car ownership and demand has led to the daily appearance and continuous increase (in space and time) of recurrent and non-recurrent congestion, particularly within and around metropolitan areas. Ramp metering aims at improving traffic conditions by appropriately regulating inflow from on-ramps to the freeway mainstream.

Currently there are some 3000 metered ramps worldwide, with the vast majority located in North America, but the number is rapidly increasing in Europe, Australia and elsewhere. Despite significant research advances and the expectation of high benefits from ubiquitous application of advanced ramp metering strategies, the current state of practice needs to be improved.

This session is soliciting papers on all aspects of ramp metering. Papers with the following emphases are particularly welcome:
(1) Field applications and case studies;
(2) Advanced network-wide ramp metering strategy design;
(3) Local or network-wide ramp metering strategy design with consideration of ramp queue management so as to avoid interference with the adjacent street traffic;
(4) Ramp queue balancing in space to avoid asymmetric disbenefits of users at different on-ramps.

4. Special session on "Coordinated/Integrated Road Traffic Control"
Organizers: Andreas Hegyi (, Serge P. Hoogendoorn (, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

In this special session the focus is on innovative road traffic control approaches that coordinate or integrate multiple dynamic traffic control measures. Papers presenting developments in the application or inclusion of new traffic control measures, and papers presenting developments regarding (control) theoretic concepts are welcome. The topics of the submitted papers may include:
(1) Scalable approaches to road network control;
(2) Real-world applications of road network control;
(3) Innovative concepts in road network control;
(4) Systematic evaluation of ITS/control approaches for large road networks;
(5) Integration of the control urban and freeway networks.

5. Special session on "Modeling Traffic Flow Operations in V2V and V2I Controlled Traffic"
Organizer: Bart van Arem (, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Vehicle 2 vehicle (V2V) and vehicle 2 infrastructure (V2I) communication systems are enabling new ways to inform drivers and to control road traffic. V2V and V2I systems play a central role in many international projects such as SAFESPOT, CVIS, COOPERS, PREDRIVE C2X, Smartway, Intellidrive as well as national projects such as Connect & Drive, Connected Cruise Control, the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge, the Strategic Platform for Intelligent Transport Systems (The Netherlands) and Invent, Aktiv, React, Com2React (Germany). Traffic flow models are needed to provide the theoretical underpinning and the development of new applications such as cooperative driving, interactive navigation, hazard warning, congestion mitigation etc. However, in order to (ex ante) assess such systems, traffic flow models and theories do need to be updated and extended in many different ways in order to properly assess and generalize the impact of V2V and V2I.

This special session is soliciting papers that focus on novel theoretical approaches or practical applications in the area of modeling V2V and V2I systems. Topics relevant for this session include (but are not limited to)
(1) Models for the data and information communication between vehicles and infrastructures;
(2) Models for the behavioral response to these systems by drivers;
(3) V2V and V2I control / information dissemination mechanisms;
(4) Recent results of field trials / experiments conducted in any of the above-mentioned (or other) projects.

6. Special Session on "Variable Speed Limits for Freeway Management and Control"
Organizers: Ioannis Papamichail (, Technical University of Crete, Greece; Andreas Hegyi (, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Recently there is an increased interest in variable speed limit systems for freeway management and control. There are various theoretical and some practical developments that indicate that variable speed limits are effective traffic control measures, comparable to the more conventional ramp metering and route guidance.

Currently there are many variable speed limit systems operational in several countries (in fact in some countries it is the most densely applied traffic management measure on freeways). However the main application of these systems is to increase safety. Although various research results indicate that in addition to safety, variable speed limit systems can be used to improve efficiency in freeway operations, there are still many open questions regarding the modeling, control approach, and the practical application of variable speed limit systems.

This special session is soliciting papers that focus on novel theoretical approaches or practical applications on the use of variable speed limits. Of special interest are papers targeting efficiency improvement in freeway operations by the use of variable speed limits, integrated or not with other control measures, and papers that focus on modeling of variable speed limits for control purposes.

The topics relevant for this special session include:
(1) Theoretical investigations of various control approaches (simple feedback control, model-based predictive control, heuristic control, domain-specific approaches, etc.);
(2) Simulation studies of variable speed limit approaches (micro-, and macrosimulations);
(3) Successful trials and field applications;
(4) Modeling of variable speed limits for control purposes, empirical investigations of traffic flow behavior under variable speed limit systems targeting efficiency.

7. Special session on "Traffic and Mobility Management for Rare Events and Emergencies"
Organizers: Serge Hoogendoorn (, and Adam Pel (, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Non-recurrent events, such as large incidents, exceptional weather conditions, or hazards, often have a huge impacts on network traffic flow conditions. In particular in these situations, there is a strong need for managing both the travel demand and the network traffic flows.

This special session is hosting contributions that focus on novel theoretical approaches or practical applications of travel and traffic management for exceptional situations, such as emergencies. Any contribution presenting new models, methods or approaches that are related to the management of network-wide impacts of exceptional events are welcome. In particular, contributions focussing on the following topics are of particular interest to the special session:
(1) Optimization of evacuation strategies;
(2) Real-time prediction of network flow conditions for rare events;
(3) Control methods for incident and emergency management;
(4) Decision support systems;
(5) Impacts of traffic management in case of incidents and emergencies;
(6) Integrated mobility and traffic management approaches.

8. Special session on "Traffic Modeling and Simulation for ITS"
Organizers: Serge Hoogendoorn (, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, and Hani Mahmassani (, Northwestern University Transportation Center, Chicago, USA

Traffic simulation models are important tools in the design, testing and assessment of ITS measures. This special session consist of contributions dealing with new theories, innovative flow modeling and traffic simulation techniques, and applications of models, for the design or assessment of ITS applications. In particular, contributions focussing on the following topics are warmly invited:
(1) Model assessment of the impacts of ITS;
(2) Model calibration and validation;
(3) Post-assessment of mode evaluation studies for ITS measures;
(4) Model assessment guidelines;
(5) Modeling impacts of Traffic Management, Traffic Information and Cooperative Systems;
(6) Application of models in controller design and operation.

9. Special Session on "INTERSAFE2 - Cooperative Intersection Safety"
Organiser: Bernd Roessler (, SICK AG (INTERSAFE-2 project coordinator), Germany
More details can be found here.

The special session on the ITSC 2010 will focus on the methodology, concept, approaches and intermediate results of the INTERSAFE-2 project (first European STReP project dealing solely with the topic of Intersection Safety) and the impact potentials on traffic safety. The aim is to address experts and stakeholders which are interested in or dealing with the topic of Intersection Safety. It should not only be limited to presentations from the project consortium to the audience but rather act as one of the first open European forum on Cooperative Intersection Safety with discussions between experts and stakeholders in this field and the ITS sector. The first part will be an introductory part with presentation of the INTERSAFE-2 consortium in order to introduce the topic of Cooperative Intersection Safety and open the room for following discussions. The second part will be an open discussion/forum in order to get feedback on the INTERSAFE-2 activities and also to get insight into the different requirements and expectations of various stakeholders which are interested in or dealing with the topic of Intersection Safety. The overall aim of this special session is on the one hand to introduce the ideas and intermediate results of the INTERSAFE-2 project and on the other hand to work out strategies together with all the different experts that are present at the ITSC 2010 on future joint activities and possible deployment of such Cooperative Intersection Safety Systems. The different views of the experts and stakeholders are of high interest and importance to the INTERSAFE-2 consortium as well as to the European Commission in order to gain future ideas on the introduction of such Intersection Safety Systems into the market.

10. Special session on "Personal Navigation"

Organisers: Michael G.H. Bell (; Achille Fonzone (; Ioannis Kaparia (, Imperial College London, UK

A growing travellers' value of time and the concern for environment deterioration, together with the congestion of transport networks and the constraints of budgets for investments in transport infrastructure and services require a more intelligent mobility. Navigation assistance can provide a crucial contribution, improving quality and efficiency of travelling by decreasing the overall time lost in the network, by reducing pollution and by increasing safety.

Information availability and technological advance are swiftly modifying not only the performance but also the concept of navigation assistance. A shift from vehicle to personal navigation is brought about by the development of navigation applications for GPS- and internet-enabled mobile phones. Non-vehicle-based navigation assistants extend the scope of route guidance beyond cars onto public transport, cycling and walking. Multimodality can be given a substantial boost by the diffusion of user-friendly and reliable navigation assistants considering also public transport services.

Personal navigation presents new challenges to scientific and technological research, which this session aims to identify and answer. Papers on all aspects related to personal navigation are welcome. Submissions are expressly encouraged concerning:
(1) Users expectations;
(2) Users route choice process and compliance with trip;
(3) Collective route guidance strategies;
(4) Technological architecture of personal navigation systems;
(5) Demand, availability and use of real-time information on transport networks;
(6) Multi-modal routing in stochastic time-dependent networks;
(7) Intelligent interfaces for personal navigation assistants and journey planners;
(8) Results from trials and field experiments;
(9) Social and economic impacts of personal navigation.

11. Special session on "Exploiting ITS for Urban Mobility"

Organizers: Constantinos Antoniou (, National Technical University of Athens, Greece; Yannis Tyrinopoulos(, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas / Hellenic Institute of Transport (CERTH/HIT), Greece

The goal of this special session is to provide a forum for focused discussions on innovative applications or emerging ideas on urban mobility. The session organizers encourage the authors interested in submitting papers for this special session to present their scientific work addressing the following topics: public transit multi-modal approaches and concepts; research results and applications on environmentally friendly transport modes; novel technological solutions contributing to sustainable urban mobility; and open platforms and standards stimulating intermodal transit solutions.

Any paper related to ITS advances on urban mobility is welcome, while papers with the following emphasis are of particular interest:

(1) Simulation of public transit operations and impacts;
(2) Advanced Traveler Information Systems (ATIS) with a focus on urban environments;
(3) Provision of infomobility services with an emphasis on multimodal systems;
(4) Integrated transport management systems and services;
(5) Benchmarking of mobility management projects and initiatives;
(6) Navigation applications for sustainable transport modes.

12. Special session on "Active Traffic Management"

Organizers: Constantinos Antoniou ( National Technical University of Athens, Greece, Jorge Lopes (, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal, Brisa Innovation and Technology; Rosaldo Rossetti(, Faculty id Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal

According to a recent US Federal Highway Administration report, "active" traffic management reflects the ability to dynamically manage recurrent and non-recurrent congestion based on prevailing traffic conditions. Traffic management and traveler information systems have been playing a key role in the improvement of network efficiency and the reduction of the externalities associated with road traffic for a long time. Recently, Advanced Traffic Management Systems (ATMS) and Advanced Traveler Information Systems (ATIS) have been presented as a novel way to optimize traffic network performance and provide value-added services for drivers. Both ATMS and ATIS utilizes real-time data and appropriate algorithms to develop and deploy strategies to get anticipatory network and traffic conditions in order to implement proactive management strategies to optimize network operations, and to disseminate traveler information.

In this session, the relation and synergies between the two types of systems are considered, and approaches towards further integrating them creatively are discussed in the context of active traffic management.

Papers on all aspects of intelligent traffic management and traveler information systems are suitable for this session, including papers focused on:
(1) Active traffic management examples and applications (e.g. managed lanes, hard-shoulder running, dynamic lane use);
(2) Freeway traffic state prediction;
(3) Assessment of the effectiveness of different active traffic management strategies;
(4) Combination of multiple information dissemination channels in a motorway environment; traffic management information prioritization in order to avoid overflow.

13. Special Session on "Traffic Data Challenges"
Organizers: Masao Kuwahara (, Marc Miska (, University of Tokyo, Japan

Traffic engineers are involved in transport modeling, traffic simulation, operation optimization and the development of methods to control and analyze traffic itself. Since all models, methods and solutions developed have to represent the real world, and the studied effects are supposed to be found after implementation, all developments are highly depending on data for calibration and validation. With data being such a necessity, it is hard to fathom that the availability and standardization of this data is not in a stage as it should be.

This session is soliciting papers on all aspects of traffic data collection, analysis and provision. Papers with the following emphases are particularly welcome:
(1) New data sources for dynamic traffic management;
(2) Data provision and trading platforms;
(3) Data mining for a better understanding of network dynamics;
(4) ITS measures and their data demand.

14. Special Session on "Mobility Management in Vehicular Communication Networks"
Organizers: Jeremy J. Blum (, Penn State Harrisburg, USA; and Onur Altintas (, Toyota InfoTechnology Center, Co., Ltd., Japan

Managing and tracking user position plays a key role both in the continuity of wireless communication in vehicular networks and in the novel uses of data from these networks. This special session will focus on the challenges that arise from high-velocity displacements in vehicle positions, scalability requirements, and privacy concerns that might hinder efficient operation of mobility management  schemes. Papers related to the topics listed below are particularly welcome:
(1) Media Access Coordination in High-Velocity Networks;
(2) Efficient Network Layer Strategies for Mobility Management in Vehicular Networks;
(3) Position-based vs topology-based mobility management;
(4) User Privacy and Mobility Management (i.e. are these two mutually exclusive?);
(5) Vehicular traffic monitoring using mobility management.

15. Special Session on "Robotics Technologies for Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles"
Organizers: Urbano Nunes ( University of Coimbra, Portugal; Christian Laugier ( INRIA, France; and Philippe Martinet ( Blaise Pascal University, France
Organized in the framework of IEEE RAS TC on Autonomous Ground Vehicles and ITS.

The goal of this special session is to provide a forum for focused discussions on topics related to the challenging problems of autonomous navigation and of driving assistance in open and dynamic environments. Technologies related to application fields such as unmanned outdoor vehicles or intelligent road vehicles will be considered from both the theoretical and technological point of views. Several research questions located on the cutting edge of the state of the art will be addressed. Among the many application areas that robotics is addressing, transportation of people and goods seem to be a domain that will dramatically benefit from intelligent automation. Fully automatic driving is emerging as the approach to dramatically improve efficiency while at the same time leading to the goal of zero fatalities. Theses new technologies can be applied efficiently for other application field like unmanned vehicles, wheelchair or assistance mobile robot.

Papers presenting new approaches and ideas related to intelligent autonomous road vehicles are solicited, and papers with the following emphases are particularly welcome:

(1) Context-based road object classification;
(2) Environment perception, vehicle localization and autonomous navigation;
(3) Pedestrian detection and vehicle detection;
(4) Real-time perception, smart sensors and sensor fusion;
(5) Road scene understanding;
(6) Cooperative unmanned vehicles;
(7) SLAM in dynamic environments;
(8) Real-time motion planning in dynamic environments;
(9) Multi-agent based architectures.

16. Special Session on "Computational Intelligence in ITS"

Organizer: Danil Prokhorov (, Toyota Research Institute NA, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Traditionally, computational intelligence (CI) is known as a collection of methods from the fields of neural networks (NN), fuzzy logic and evolutionary computation, or combinations thereof and a few other popular methods such as Support Vector Machines (SVM).

This session is intended to illustrate the importance and advantages of CI to ITS. Papers are solicited which demonstrate test applications, benchmarking or realistic simulations of CI technologies in ITS areas including but not limited to:

(1) intelligent vehicles (both automotive and non-automotive);
(2) intelligent infrastructure;
(3) cooperative driving;
(4) advanced driver assistance;
(5) advanced driver-vehicle interfaces;
(6) obstacle avoidance;
(7) enhanced perception and reasoning;
(8) driver state estimation;
(9) safety maximization and risk minimization.

This Special Session is envisioned as a bridge between the Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) and the ITS Society, promoting further development of CI in ITS.

17. Special Session on: "Cooperative Vehicles - Operational Results"

Organizer: Javier Ibanez-Guzman ( Renault, France;

Cooperative vehicles represent a new ITS paradigm, they enable the sharing of information between different vehicles and hence the building of an electronic horizon that allows for an extended driver situational awareness. Currently several safety and traffic related applications have been deployed experimentally as part of large international projects in parallel with the development of the related technologies.

The purpose of this special session is to provide a means to convey results from these endeavours centred on the fundamental technologies deployed and insights into the resulting experiences. Of particular interest are: the performance of Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) communications, localisation, dynamic digital maps, data fusion algorithms that enable the sharing of information from multiple asynchronous sources and the targeted applications.

Papers of interest include (but are not restricted to):
(1) Safety and Traffic related Cooperative vehicle Applications, experimental results;
(2) Architectures for cooperative vehicle Applications;
(3) Multi-source data fusion (centralised, decentralised);
(4) Digital dynamic maps for the sharing of information;
(5) Communication networks: topologies and on site performance constraints;
(6) Cooperative Localisation systems;
(7) Validation and Quantitative Performance Evaluation Methods.

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