The transportation field is undergoing a technological revolution in information and communication technologies including “big” data, connected vehicles, modeling techniques, and—just over the horizon—self-driving cars. For these smart transport developments to fulfil their promise, they need to be guided by and deployed in service of smart planning: a planning that improves the fairness of transportation’s distribution and lessens its environmental impact and societal costs. Technological innovations must be implemented in a way that applies the lessons of history on the relationship of transportation and urban form to forestall unwanted outcomes. Fundamentally, these advances must be part of a shift that values accessibility over simple movement as the overarching purpose of transportation.
The conference will facilitate interaction between North American and European transport and communications researchers on all these topics. In addition, the conference will incorporate a specialized subconference for researchers, professionals and decisionmakers from both continents on “Accessibility-Based Evaluation: From Laboratory to Practice.” Researchers have long argued that planning and evaluation of transportation should be on the basis of metrics of accessibility, rather than travel speeds, highway level of service, or vehicular throughput. Yet the progress of this idea into professional practice and decisionmaking has been halting, and nowhere has accessibility evaluation displaced analysis based on the quality or quantity of human or vehicular movement. The specialized subconference will consider obstacles to accessibility-based reform of transportation planning practice, approaches to overcoming those obstacles, and instances of successful implementation of accessibility-based evaluation.
The conference will provide a plenary session for keynote speakers, sessions with presentations of submitted papers, and NECTAR Cluster Meetings/Sessions.
Papers are welcome from the fields of transport, communications and accessibility at large. In addition to the main theme of the conference, themes of specific interest include:
- Policy and Environment
- Logistics and Freight
- Commuting, Migration, and Labor Markets
- Transport Security
Deadline for abstracts: 5 January 2015.
For more information, see https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/nectar.