1st Conference of Transportation Research Group of India (CTRG)
7th -10th December, 2011
Bangalore, India

Parallel Workshops during CTRG

Details of Workshops

1. Workshop-A: Transport Modes and Inter-modal issues

Description of theme: Airports and Aviation; Maritime Transport and Ports; Rail Transport; Urban Transport Modes; Inland water transport; Inter-modal Issues; Role of para-transit modes; Infrastructure and Institutional integration; Multi-modal urban transit integration; etc.

2. Workshop-B: Integrated Freight Transport and Logistics Systems

Description of theme : Integrated Supply Chain Management; Integrated Freight and Fleet Management; Inter-modal Freight Transport; Urban Goods Movement; Sustainable Freight Transport and Green Logistics; etc.

3. Workshop-C: Traffic Operations, Management and Control

Description of theme : Traffic Theory and Modelling; Traffic Control and Management; Traffic Network Analysis; Safety Analysis and Policy; Intelligent Transport System; Highway Asset Management; etc.

4. Workshop-D: Pavement Engineering and Management

Description of theme : Recent trends in pavement materials characterization; Analysis and design of highway and airfield pavements; Pavement performance evaluation and prediction; Recent trends in pavement construction, Pavement Maintenance & Rehabilitation; highway Drainage; Recycling technique applications in pavement construction; New materials in highway construction, application of geosynthetics in pavement construction, accelerated pavement testing green highways

5. Workshop-E: Sustainable Transport Planning and Policy

Description of theme : Challenges to sustainable Urban Mobility; Environmentally sustainable transport; NMT role and planning; Inclusion of disabled and poor sections in transport planning; Sustainable highway infrastructure; Integrated Land Use and Transport Planning/ Implementation; Urban and Regional Modelling; Local Environmental Impacts due to Urban Land Use and Transport; Monitoring transport emission and effective measures; Transport and Climate Change; Policy Instruments with focus on Land Use and Environment; Institutional Performance and Strategic Change; Decision-making processes and stakeholder involvement; National and regional policy development; Urban Transport Policy; Social Impacts of Transportation; Transport for Tourism, Mass Events and Special Needs; Emerging Policy Issues: Health, Equity, Aging, Special Needs; Rural Transportation Planning and Policy; etc.

6. Workshop-F: Transport Economics, Finance and Evaluation

Description of theme : Integrated Assessment and macroeconomic Impacts of Transport Policies; Transportation System Performance Measurement; Valuation of Internal and External Benefits and Costs; Transportation Finance; Implementation of Pricing in Transport; Transportation Infrastructure Investment and Economic Development; etc.

7. Workshop-G: Travel Behaviour and Demand Analysis

Description of theme : Travel demand modeling; Activity-based analysis and modeling; Travel behaviour; Data collection methods; GIS/GPS/GSM use in travel demand modeling; Transport and Telecommunications; etc.

Conduct of Workshops

a) All the workshops will be of 3 hours duration (1.5 hours before and after the lunch break) and will be organized in parallel on last day of the conference i.e. 10th Dec. 2011 (after completion of all technical sessions).

b) All the conference delegates will be distributed among the parallel workshops based on their preferences (obtained at the time of registration at conference venue) as well as based on maintaining a good mix of academic, industry, field/government professionals, foreign delegates, and students for each workshop.

c) The parallel workshops will be the most important part of the conference, as they will help build the tangible output of the conference in terms of report of each workshop that will be prepared by Chairman and Rapporteur of each workshop. The draft version of these reports will be presented in the Valedictory Session of the conference by Chairperson/Rapporteur of each workshop.

d) The workshop reports will help build the work agenda for TRG (towards fulfilling its vision, mission and objectives) for the next 2 to 3 years. The idea is that the collective wisdom of many learned delegates attending the conference should set the action plan for TRG to follow instead of just depending on the vision of Executive Board Members.

Workshops Guidelines

a) The following deliverables are expected from each workshop pertaining to its theme:-

a. Research issues/topics that needs to be addressed in immediate future i.e. next 2-3 years.
b. Capacity building/training/education issues/topics that needs to be addressed in immediate future i.e. next 2-3 years.
c. Collaborative opportunities on research/capacity building issues (as identified above) with industry, field/government organizations, and other countries.
d. Any specific major project(s) that needs special attention and TRG’s initiation.

b) The discussion in each workshop should stay absolutely focused on workshop topic and absolutely ON-TIME

a. Some overlap with other workshop may be inevitable, but needs to be minimized.
b. Chairperson/Rapporteur will guide discussion towards meeting deliverable targets
c. The workshop participants should not stray or get caught up discussing a specific localized issue or project

c) The following is the suggested format for the workshop:-

a. First 1.5 hours: Initial deliberation/presentation by Chairperson/Rapporteur to give initial feed for discussion, open discussion and deliberation
b. Next 1.5 hours: Deliberate and suggest recommendations with respect to the theme of the workshop and under each category of expected deliverables.
c. Recommendations - Bullet-wise points giving specific and crisp recommended actions and strategies pertaining to the topic of the workshop.

d) WORKSHOP REPORT (about 5 PAGES) – to be submitted by the Chairperson by 20th Dec. 2011

a. Page 1-3: Summarize workshop discussion, workshop description, issues raised, needs identified, etc.
b. Page 4 & 5: Recommendations pertaining to the theme of the workshop.
c. 5-6 slide presentation in Valedictory Session on the draft recommendations of each workshop by either Chairperson or Rapporteur. (to be prepared during the break after workshop).
d. The final reports will be put-up on the TRG website and will also be sent to all concerned organizations. The same will guide the activities of TRG we well.

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