2nd Conference of Transportation Research Group of India (CTRG)
                                 12-15 December, 2013
                                                 Agra, India

Conference Themes
Based on the response of papers under each track, some tracks may be merged or sub-divided.
Also tracks may have some overlaps, please use your judgment to decide to which track you should submit your extended abstract.

Track - A

Pavement / Railroad Engineering and Materials

Topics include (but are not limited to) characterization and modeling of highway and railway materials; application of new materials; study of pavement and railway track response and prediction; analysis of pavement and railroad structures; pavement design; design of railway track structure; drainage design; construction issues and case studies.

Track - B

Pavement Maintenance

Topics include (but are not limited to) structural and functional health assessment techniques for pavements; pavement instrumentation; performance monitoring and prediction; pavement deterioration modeling; maintenance actions; alternatives and strategies; life cycle cost.

Track - C

Road Traffic Flow Theory and Operations

Traffic Flow theory and operations is concerned with understanding vehicular traffic operations on variety of facilties like the expressway, arterials, etc. as well as designing of these facilities in order to provide mobility in an efficient, reliable and safe manner.
Topics include (but are not limited to) traffic operations; management and control; traffic flow theory and modelling; operational effects of road geometry, signals and signs; traffic simulation; traffic control and management; design of traffic facilities like roadways, intersections, toll-plazas, parking lots, etc.; transportation network analysis.

Track - D

Travel Behaviour and Demand Forecasting

Research on Travel Demand Forecasting and Travel Behaviour aims to obtain a detailed understanding of how much, where, how, when, and why people travel. This research can help transportation planners to more accurately estimate the demand for travel, evaluate infrastructures, and frame policies to encourage sustainable transportation solutions and meet the growing demand for travel.
Topics include (but are not limited to) travel demand management; spatial analysis of travel patterns; determinants of travel behaviour; activity-based travel demand models; tour, stop and trip generation models; destination and mode choice for developing countries; route choice and assignment for heterogeneous traffic networks; valuation of travel time, cost and reliability; role of subjective factors; endogeneity in travel choice dimensions; dynamics in travel decisions;alternatives to utility maximization framework.

Track - E

Pedestrian Flow Theory and Operations

Knowledge about pedestrian flow is necessary for the appropriate design of transport infrastructures (airports, stations, trains, etc), safety at large scale events (Haj in Mecca, Kumbh Mela, etc. ) or the constructions of high occupancy buildings (stadiums, theaters, schools,etc.).
Topics include (but are not limited to) data collection; model development and validation; standards for egress route design; evacuation; disaster analysis; urban development; regional evacuations; transport modeling; public transport transfer terminals; behavioral aspects of pedestrian movements.

Track - F

Intelligent Transportation Systems

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) is an emerging area gaining momentum with widespread development and deployment in many countries. The benefits of ITS include enhancing efficiency of the transportation system, improving mobility for both people and freight, reducing traffic congestion, increasing traffic safety and reducing the environmental impact of vehicles (by reducing fuel consumption and emissions) without resorting to building new roadways, widening existing roads, etc.
Topics include (but are not limited to) ITS planning; automated data collection; communication and archiving; modeling; traffic operations and control; vehicle control; routing algorithms; user response; tools/software for analysis of ITS and implementation and evaluation of ITS applications.

Track - G

Transport Economics/Finance/Policy

Topics include (but are not limited to) congestion and road pricing strategies; innovative practices; public private partnership programs; user impacts of multimodal transport projects; project evaluation; cost-benefit analysis; performance measures and related resource management strategies; policy analysis; interaction with political, socioeconomic and physical environment.

Track - H

Transportation for Sustainable Development and Environment

Transportation that promotes sustainable development and preserves the environment has become increasingly important over the years. Sustainable development should improve our standards of living without compromising the quality of our lives, communities and natural environments.
Topics include (but are not limited to) sustainable transportation and land use, energy, public health, safety, climate change, poverty eradication and economic development; asset management; green design and construction; storm water management; freight, infrastructure resilience; ecosystem and land surface degradation; social equity; sustainability planning and evaluation; green rating systems; case studies of best practices; effective institutions and governance; and education.

Track - I

Urban Transit Systems / Regional Public Transport Systems / Operations

Public transportation systems, especially transit systems play an important role in moving people within cities as well as regionally. Planning, implementation, operation and management of all forms of urban and regional transit systems are important.
Topics include (but are not limited to) travel behavior of commuters; transit demand estimation; transit capacity and level of service; route development; schedule development; fare structure; impact assessment of transit; planning of transfer facility; policy issues.

Track - J

Air/Water/Rail Systems/Operations

Topics include (but are not limited to) airline network design; aircraft routing and scheduling; aircraft maintenance planning; revenue management; crew management; recovery; airport operations; air traffic control operations; river traffic monitoring; harbor and fleeting services; barge logistics; boat operations; vessel itineraries; lock congestion; lock service interruptions and lock control; container terminals; locomotives, passenger coaches and freight cars operations; urban rail transit operations; light rail systems operations; container freight stations; rail yards operations; rail traffic management systems; station control systems; revenue management.

Track - K

Transport Safety

Topics include (but are not limited to) crash data collection and storage; analytical methods; evaluating effectiveness of safety devices; treatments and strategies; incorporating safety into planning process; safety conscious planning; road safety audits.

Track - L

Freight Transportation

Freight transportation forms one of the major pillars on which a countries economy depends. Transportation engineers must work towards providing efficient and reliable transportation of goods.
Topics include (but are not limited to) logistics; freight demand modeling; interactions among production, logistics and traffic; freight traffic management; application of improvement technologies in freight transportation; policy issues.

Track - M

Non-motorized Transport

Topics include(but are not limited to) pedestrian and (bi/tri)cycle activity models; pedestrian, bicyclist and tricyclist safety; facilities that will provide safe, comfortable, and efficient walking and bicycling/tricycling environments; human factors; connecting to other modes of transportation; evaluating transportation system performance from pedestrian and cyclist perspective.

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