Call for Papers

The Technical and Scientific Committee of the 18th IRF World Meeting & Exhibition is pleased to invite surface transportation experts across the world to submit abstracts for evaluation. Abstracts should reflect original practical cases studies and research or innovation in technical, institutional, economic, business and policy issues that are relevant, recent and significant.

The abstract should be written in English or Arabic, readily understandable to most readers and may contain a maximum of 250 words. There is no cost to submit an abstract.

Note: Top graded papers will be published with a Google Scholar Listing in a specialty conference publication.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Deadline: December 15, 2020

  • Abstract Acceptance Notification: January 31, 2021

  • Paper Submission Deadline:  May 15, 2021

  • Paper Acceptance Notification: begins June 15, 2021

  • Publication of Scientific Program: July 30, 2021

To submit an abstract

The abstract must refer to one or more of the Scientific Tracks. It should be written in English or Arabic, readily understandable to most readers and may contain a maximum of 250 words.  There is no cost to submit an abstract.

SCIENTIFIC TRACKS

1. ITS & Smart Mobility Technologies
1.1 Data & Information Technology
1.2 Signal and Signal Systems
1.3 Transportation Apps
1.4 Mobility as a Service (MaaS)
1.5 Response Planning
1.6 ITS in Public Transport

2. Equipping Roads for Autonomous Driving
2.1 Deployment scenarios for CAVs
2.2 City Street & Highway Design for CAVs
2.3 Advances in Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) Communications
2.4 CAV Architecture & Standards

3. Highway Engineering & Construction
3.1 Geometrical Design
3.2 Emerging Design & Construction Technologies
3.3 Project Management Methods
3.4 BIM & digitalization applications for Roads
3.5 AI for Highway Design & Management
3.6 Innovation in stakeholder communications
3.7 Value Engineering
3.8 Hydraulics & Hydrology

4. Transportation Planning & Traffic Operations
4.1 Planning & Forecasting
4.2 Transport and land use management
4.3 Advanced Travel Demand Management
4.4 Public Transport Programs
4.5 Freight Planning & Logistics
4.6 Rural road connectivity programs
4.7 Traffic Forecasting
4.8 First and last mile transport

5. Innovations in Road Materials
5.1 Long term Pavement Performance
5.2 Innovations in Concrete Materials
5.3 Innovations in Asphalt concrete
5.4 Fiber-reinforced polymers
5.5 Curing compounds
5.6 Nano-materials in road projects
5.7 Innovations in Quality Control
5.8 Signage & Markings

6. Bridges & Tunnels
6.1 Girder bridges with superior structural performance
6.2 Arch bridges, suspension, and cable-stayed bridges
6.3 New Technologies in Accelerated Bridge Construction
6.4 Advances in tunnelling construction
6.5 Tunnel program delivery
6.6 Safety in road tunnels
6.7 Urban and micro tunnelling

7. Environmental Management & Climate Resilience
7.1 Weather-resilient transport infrastructure
7.2 Natural Disaster Recovery
7.3 GHG reduction strategies in the transport sector
7.4 Energy-efficient Roads
7.5 Circular Economy / Recycled and waste materials
7.6 Noise avoidance & mitigation strategies
7.7 Alternative propulsion energies
7.8 Greening transport national strategies & case studies

8. Safe Roads by Design
8.1 Road Safety Leadership
8.2 Road Risk Diagnosis
8.3 Roadside Safety
8.4 Crash Forecasting & Investigation
8.5 Incident Management & Response Planning
8.6 Safety on Rural / Low-volume roads
8.7 Speed Management & Enforcement
8.8 Vulnerable Road Users
8.9 Vehicle Safety
8.10 Emerging Traffic Safety Issues
8.11 Security measures for the protection of infrastructure
8.12 National & local road safety programs

9. Asset Management & Maintenance
9.1 Pavement & Bridge management systems
9.2 Non-destructive testing
9.3 Life cycle cost analysis
9.4 Total cost of ownership
9.5 Maintenance, repair & replacement
9.6 Seasonal / Winter maintenance
9.7 New approaches to performance delivery
9.8 GIS Solutions for Road Management

10. Road Financing & Procurement
10.1 Road financing policy
10.2 Innovations in transport PPPs
10.3 Road Pricing for freight and passenger transport
10.4 Procurement Strategies
10.5 Electronic Road Tolling Solutions & Case Studies

11. Parking Strategies & Policies
11.1 Parking & Mobility Planning
11.2 E-Charging & Parking
11.3 Role of Parking in MaaS deployment
11.4 New technologies & business models

12. Transportation & Society
12.1 Roads and society
12.2 Quantifying the impacts of infrastructure investment
12.3 Social return on investment
12.4 Transport modes working together
12.5 Best practices in transport governance
12.6 Collaboration across borders
12.7 Gender in Transport
12.8 Accessible Transport (People of Determination)
12.9 Policies supporting non-motorized mobility
12.10 Managing Mobility in Megacities
12.11 Preparing the next generation of transportation engineers