The Publications Office of the European Union and the ISA² programme of the European Commission organised with great success the European Data Conference on Reference Data and Semantics (ENDORSE) which was held online on 16-19 March 2021. The Conference created an opportunity to link expertise to tackle current and future issues in the fields of interoperability and knowledge management including aspects of road safety. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation from the The Horizon 2020 project BeOpen (European forum and observatory for open science in transport): FAIR Challenges in Transport Open Science
The Institute of Communication & Computer Systems (ICCS) together with the European Technology Platform ALICE are organising the 8th International Physical Internet Conference (IPIC 2021) which will be held online on 14-16 June 2021. The Conference aims to provide an open forum for researchers, industry representatives, government officials and citizens to explore leading edge freight transport and logistics concepts, methodologies, projects, technological advancements and start-up initiatives for future interconnected logistics and the Physical Internet. Special sessions’ proposals deadline: 15 April.
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) is organising the Road Safety Performance Index Annual Conference and Award Ceremony 2021 (PIN conference)which will be held online, on 16 June 2021, at 10:30-13:00 (CET). In June each year ETSC’s analysis of overall annual progress on tackling road deaths and serious injuries is published in the PIN Annual Report. The PIN conference is also the platform for the presentation of the PIN Award to the best performing country.
IEEE/ITSS – 24th International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Indianapolis, September 2021
The IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS) will organise the 24th IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC) which will be held in Indianapolis, on 19-22 September 2021. ITSC 2021 welcomes articles and presentations in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems, conveying new developments in theory, analytical and numerical simulation and modeling, experimentation, advanced deployment and case studies. Particularly, the Conference invites and encourages prospective authors to share their work, findings, perspectives and developments as related to implementation and deployment of advanced ITS applications.
The Region of Attica within the framework of the research project e-MOPOLI of the Interreg Europe program, organised with great success a Workshop on Εlectromobility which was held online on 23 March 2021. The workshop was hosted by the Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering of the NTUA and included presentations of key stakeholders of electromobility in Greece and a round table of experts. Professor George Yannis opened the workshop with the key outputs of e-MOPOLI project as well as the status and next steps of electromobility in Region of Attica with the following presentation: Interregional Learning Workshop of Region of Attica
The Agência Nacional de Inovação (ANI) together with the European Commisison are organising the Transport Research Arena Conference (TRA2022) which will be held in Lisbon, on 14-17 November 2022. The pillars of the Conference will be the scientific excellence, research and innovation challenges, the latest technological and industrial developments and innovative policies regarding the european transport research and Innovation and the cooperation of Europe with other continents.
The Pioneer Alliance together with the NTUA Department of Transportation Planning are organising the PIONEERing Solutions for the Smart City Challenge, which will be held online on 15 April 2021, at 11.00 CET. Through this Workshop, students will have the opportunity to learn about civil engineering for carbon-neutral urban areas, safety, security and risk management for resilient cities, technology enhanced solutions for smart cities, service design for future sustainable cities, circular economy for urban cities and sustainable urban life and tourism. Registration is open
The European Commission is organising the EU Road Safety Results Conference which will be held online on 20 April 2021. The Conference is an opportunity to engage with EU Member State authorities and all stakeholders on the progress being made with implementing the Safe System approach. In particular, it will allow participants to learn how work towards the Key Performance Indicators set out in the Next Steps Towards Vision Zero policy framework is moving forward. Registration is open
The Horizon 2020 project BeOpen (European forum and observatory for open science in transport), organised with great success the TOPOS Observatory and Forum Webinar which will took place on 26 March. The BeOpen partners presented the functionalities of the Transport fOrum/Observatory for Promoting Open Science (TOPOS), which aims to limit existing barriers in Open Science in Transport Research and align transport research with EOSC by following FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) principles. A short feedback survey on improvement proposals on the current state of TOPOS is now available.
The International Road Federation (IRF) is organising the 18th World Meeting & Exhibition, which will take place in Dubai World Trade Center on 7-10 November 2021, under the theme Roads to Tomorrow: Innovative & Sustainable Solutions. This Meeting aspires to be a global summit & technology showcase that is both uniquely relevant to a wide cross-section of road mobility stakeholders, and focused on delivering solutions to the world’s pressing mobility questions. Registration is open
The 9th International Expert Symposium on Accident Research (ESAR) took place online on 23-24 March 2021. ESAR was organised by the Medical School of Hannover and it was a platform for exchanges of information on accident research issues. The conference focused on accident research general, accident causation, pre-crash analysis, accident reconstruction, new data sources for accident research such as video observation and EDR, injuries, regulation and consumer information.
The European Platform of Transport Sciences (EPTS) is oganising the 19th European Trasnport Conference which will be held in Maribor, Slovenia, on 7-8 October 2021. The main themes of the Conference are smart urban traffic management for sustainable urban mobility and freight, digitalisation and automatization of urban mobility and freight, AI in mobility and logistics in urban areas and new organisational and business models for mobility and logistics. Abstracts submission deadline: 5 April 2021
The International Road Federation (IRF) organised with great success three Webinars which were held online on 4, 9 and 16 March 2021. The topics of the Webinars were: COVID-19 Response and Recovery: The Global Transport Knowledge Partnership (gTKP), Sustainable Mobility: Policymaking for Data Sharing and Road Safety Management – Innovation and delivery in developing countries. Among others, the webinars offered insights on what is the reality of road safety on the ground, how to better engage at the country level and how to mobilise the resources needed to deliver.
The 2nd Newsletter of the Horizon 2020 project Drive2theFuture was recently released highlighting the 2nd Drive2theFuture Workshop, which was held with great success on March 2021, offering the best opportunity to present the so far achievements of the project. The Newsletter also includes an update of the project progress, with results and ongoing research, a survey identifying the current views and acceptance of automation in all modes which has been concluded with the participation of more than 11.500 people from all over Europe and other interesting topics. NTUA actively contributed in the Workshop with the following presentation: From AV Skills Identification to AV training: The Drive2theFuture approach
POLIS, the European Cities Network, is organising the 2021 Annual Polis Conference, which will take place on 1-2 December 2021 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Conference provides an opportunity for cities and regions to showcase their transport achievements to a large audience of mobility experts, practitioners and decision makers. With a focus on innovation, sustainability and co-creation, Gothenburg hosts one of Europe’s most dynamic clusters within the field of mobility and safety. Abstracts submission deadline: 17 May 2021
The International Transport Forum (ITF/OECD) organised with great success on 10-12 February 2021 an online Roundtable on Artificial Intelligence in Road Traffic Crash Prevention, chaired by NTUA Professor George Yannis. This roundtable examined several promising use cases of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the prevention of road crashes and explored the potential of computer vision to acquire relevant information and AI models to identify high risk locations and situations. The Full Report will be available soon. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation:
The European Commission together with ARCADE project organise the third European Conference on Connected and Automated Driving (EUCAD 2021), which will be held virtually on 20-22 April 2021. Participants will enjoy a blend of policy-oriented plenary sessions, as well as thematic breakout sessions to discuss specific R&I challenges. A virtual exhibition of projects will be accessible throughout the three-day event.
The Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP) and La Prévention Routière Internationale (PRI) in partnership with the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) and Desjardins, are organizing the 2020 Joint Conference which will be held online on 22-25 August 2021. The theme of the conference is “Equitability: Road Safety for all through Vision Zero and Sustainable Safety” and it will integrate two events, the 30th CARSP Conference and the 14th PRI World Congress. Equitability was chosen to highlight the need for “road safety for all” across road users, while road safety deficiencies are experienced universally. This year’s conference will offer the Students Paper Competition, the Vehicle Safety Enhancement Special Student Award and the Student Poster Competition whereby students can showcase their work on a road safety topic. Abstracts submission deadline: 1 March 2021.
The Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (HITE) and the Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT/CERTH) co-organize the “10th International Congress on Transportation Research” (ICTR 2021), which will be held on 2-3 Semptember, 2021, in Rhodes, Greece. The spotlight theme of the 2021 Congress is: “Future Mobility and Resilient Transport: Transition to innovation”. Transport research is critical for achieving innovative solutions that will meet future challenges through synergies among the industry and public sector. Abstracts submission deadline: 19 February 2021.
The Department of Civil, Environmental, Architectural Engineering and Mathematics of Universita Degli Studi di Brescia, will organise the 25th Living and Walking in Cities Conference in Brescia, on 9-10 September 2021. The LWC International Conference traditionally deals with the topics of urban mobility and quality of life in urban areas, with a specific focus on vulnerable road users. The main areas and topics of the Conference will be transport system and infrastructure, safe mobility for innovative cities and urban planning.
Rhodes’ Rescuers Association have organised with great success a three-day Webinar titled “Road accidents: Don’t just observe – Act” which was held online on 18-20 December 2020. The Webinar results are expected to bring significant value to road safety efforts at local, regional and national level. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation:
University of Aveiro will organise the 24th Working Group on Transportation Meeting (EWGT 2021) which will be held in Aveiro, Portugal, 8-10 September 2021. The main goal of the Meeting is to share information and experiences of research activities, to encourage joint research and the development of theoretical methods and applications, to promote the cooperation among different institutions and organisations, leaders at national level in the field of traffic, transportation and logistic systems.
The “Hellenic Association for the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems – ITS Hellas, has organised with great success the 6th Intelligent Transport Systems and Developments in Greece Conference which was held online on 14-15 December 2020 with the support of the European Commission Representation in Greece, focusing on issues related to European goals and national aspirations and efforts for the transition to a sustainable and “green” mobility. The recordings of the presentations are now available: NTUA actively contributed with the following presentations:
The European Union Road Federation (ERF) has organised a Roadside Safety Event which was held with great success online on 15 December 2020. The conference was a unique opportunity for road safety experts around the globe to exchange information concerning the latest trends and developments in the area of roadside passive safety and road safety design. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation:
Africa’s Road Safety Data Challenge (ARSO), Asia Pacific Road Safety Observatory (APRSO) and Ibero-American Road Safety Observatory (OISEVI) with the support of international development organizations, co-organised the Global Meeting of Regional Road Safety Observatories which was held online with great success, on 8-9 December 2020. This Global Conference helped in keeping the momentum created at the Third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, and contribute to strengthening collaboration and harmonization across these regional observatories.
POLIS, the European Cities Network, has organised with great success the 2020 Annual Polis Conference which was held online from 30 November to 3 December. Cities and Regions showcased their transport achievements and get connected with up to 600 committed transport innovation professionals who work in local and Regional Governments and related public and private sector Organisations. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation:
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) organising with great success an online PIN Talk titled “How to improve the safety of goods vehicles in the EU?“, which was held on 14 December. The event focused on the safety of goods vehicles in the EU, looking at goods vehicle safety but also the safety of goods vehicle drivers and all other road users.
ERTICO organised with great success the ITS World Congress which took place on 11-15 October 2021, in Hamburg, Germany under the theme “Experience Future Mobility Now“. Every year, ERTICO organises an ITS regional or World Congress in Europe. The Congresses are the yearly celebration of smart mobility: they underline the importance of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), particularly in cities and regions where they are hosted, and are important channels to raise awareness of smart mobility solutions among policy makers, experts and the general public.
The Horizon 2020 research project SHOW (SHared automation Operating models for Worldwide adoption) organised with great success the 1st Ideathon, which was held online on 15 January 2021. Amongst others, the participants had the chance to contribute to the development of automated urban mobility solutions that address end-users’ real needs and get access to advanced knowledge on automated mobility and gain insights in the needs of different user groups.
World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe has announced the first session in a series of webinars on Road Policing for Road Safety, titled: “Traffic Management vs Road Policing“. The session was held on 1 December 2020. As part of a wider series of topics on road policing and enforcement for road safety, Detective Chief Superintendent Andrew Cox, will present on the transition in operational thinking from traffic management to road policing.
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) together with the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport under the auspices of the European Commission – DG Move, organised with great success the online EU Road Safety Exchange National Workshop for Greece on 24 November 2020. ‘EU Road Safety Exchange’ is a three-year twinning project (2019-2021) that supports improved institutional capacity and exchange of knowledge and best practice on road safety topics between EU Member States. Speeding and Powered Two Wheelers’ safety have been selected as priority road safety topics for Greece and best practices from France and Spain respectively on these topics were kindly presented by national experts, followed by thorough discussion.
Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Mr. Ioannis Kefalogiannis stated that: “Serious effort and international cooperation on key road safety problems can bring important reduction of road casualties in Greece”. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation:
The Horizon 2020 project SHOW (SHared automation Operating models for Worldwide adoption) will organise the 1st Concertation Workshop, which was held online on 16 December 2020. The workshop focused on discussions about the planning of demonstrations for fleets of Automated Vehicles around Europe, concerning mainly road transport for both passengers and goods.
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) organised with great success the 100th Annual Meeting, which was held online throughout January 2021. The meeting program covered all transportation modes, addressing topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. A number of sessions and workshops focused on the spotlight theme for the 2021 meeting: Launching a New Century of Mobility and Quality of Life. This year’s meeting also featured dozens of sessions on how COVID-19 has impacted transportation and how transportation professionals and researchers are responding.
The Laboratory of Health and Road Safety (LaHeRS) organised with great success an online Conference titled: “Road Safety Culture, Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow” on 20-21 November. The Conference was addressed to teachers and all kinds of specialists who aim at promoting safe transportations. New developments in the field of road safety culture were discussed followed by a fruitful discussion on innovative methods, modern tools and good practices in the education field. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation:
The Road Traffic Safety Agency of Serbia (RTSA) together with several Serbian and international road safety Governmental, Academic and other organisations will organise the 16th International conference Road Safety in Local Communities, on April 14 – 17, 2021. The first announcement is released and authors are invited to submit their papers.
The UN Road Safety Collaboration is organizing the global campaign for the Sixth UN Global Road Safety Week, 17-23 May 2021. The 6th Global Road Safety Week will have as theme Managing Speeding, with focus on city streets safety and the introduction of 30km/h speed limit in cities. It will be a great opportunity to mobilise the global population (Authorities, stakeholders, citizens) and launch the global plan for the newly proclaimed Second Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030. During this week, several road safety events are expected to be organised worldwide, including the active participation of NTUA.
The European Federation of Road Victims (FEVR) together with the WHO Regional Office for Europe and UNRSC members commemorated the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (#WDoR2020) on 15 November 2020, as an “appropriate acknowledgement for victims of road traffic crashes and their families”. Some of the objectives of WDoR 2020 are to provide a platform for road traffic victims and their families to remember all people killed and seriously injured on the roads, to acknowledge the crucial work of the emergency services and to draw attention to the generally trivial legal response to culpable road deaths and injuries.
In Greece, EFTHITA Rhodes is organising a special event on 15 November 2020, by presenting a poster on the west side of the building of the Greek Parliament, passing the message “Remember-Support-Act”
ETSC: Road Safety and Society: Involving Stakeholders in Road Safety Programmes, online, November 2020.
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and DVR with the support of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, organised an online PIN Talk, which was held on 19 November. National experts from Germany shared their experience with international and private sector experts on how to involve stakeholders in road safety programmes.
The European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC), the European Green Vehicles Initiative Association (EGVIA) and the European Commission organised the 4th European-wide Conference dedicated to the presentation of results from road transport research in H2020 funded projects (H2020RTR), which was held on 30 November & 1 December 2020. The Conference aimed at presenting what the projects have discovered, how they overcame the hurdles and challenges and resolved them, and what were the next research steps in the fields covered by their research.
The International Road Federation (IRF), together with Qatar University, Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center, Khatib and Alami and World Conference on Transport Research Society, organised with great success an Online Technical Workshop on “Role of Road Safety Audits in Improving Traffic Safety”, which was held online on 8-10 November 2020. The Workshop aimed at building the understanding of the importance and benefits of RSAs. Furthermore, it provided basic information on the scope and procedure of RSAs as well as the role and skills of the RSA team.
IRF – Conference: Roads to Recovery: a Sustainable Mobility for a Sustainable Future, online, November 2020
IRF organised with great success an online conference titled “Roads to Recovery: a Sustainable Mobility for a Sustainable Future” which was held on 12 November 2020. The main objective of the conference was to discuss priorities for the road sector going forward. The conference was structured around three main sessions: High-Level Panel debate on Recovery for the Road Sector, Safer roads to save lives, Fostering innovation to accelerate road sector transformation.
Within the 18th European Week of Regions and Cities organised by the European Committee of the Regions, RADAR and SLAIN projects were featured in the session ”Modelling the future of Road Safety using Network-wide Risk Assessment”, which was held with great success on 14 October 2020. Key questions concerned: How do you design a safe road infrastructure? How can you identify risk on roads? How do you propose an economically viable crash countermeasure?
NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Network-wide Road Safety Assessment
POLIS in cooperation with the LEVITATE and CoEXist projects organised with great success a webinar titled “Mobilising Mobility: Impact assessment of automated vehicles” which was held on 15 October 2020. The Webinar provided insights into the methods developed for assessing the impacts of automated vehicles across a range of mobility domains and the findings from their application in real-life scenarios and using policy options such as parking regulation, road pricing and dedicated AV lanes.
European Commission DG Move together with the Transport Area of the Florence School of Regulation organised an important Executive Seminar on “Speed and Speed Management in Road Safety Policy” held online on 8 October 2020, with the active contribution of NTUA. Key Road Safety Experts contributed to a Synthesis Paper intended to guide policies in speeding globally together with the respective Key Conclusions highlighting the need for:
- high quality communication on the centrality of speed and speed management at all levels of government;
- more efficient speeding enforcement, including the use of dynamic speed limits;
- promoting Intelligent Speed Assistance Systems in vehicles (ISA)
- Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) on speeding to support evidence-based road safety policies;
- partnerships between all levels of government and with stakeholders and industry in order to make speed a central road safety issue for all
The Forum of European Road Safety Research Organisations (FERSI) is organising the 2021 Road Safety Conference which will take place on 28-29 October 2021 in Hague, Netherlands. The conference focuses on the exchange of national and regional experiences with implementing evidence-based road safety measures with specific focus on the road to successful implementation, including overcoming barriers and promising ways to facilitate decision making. Extended abstracts submission deadline: 15 February 2021
The International Council for Road Safety International (ICoRSI) organised with great success a series of twelve Global Road Safety Dialogues on current key issues in road safety, which were held online on 20 October – 5 November 2020. Each dialogue features Key International Road Safety Experts on the subject who will be challenged by an Interlocutor on issues dealing with road safety interventions and research around the world. The recordings and the presentations of all the sessions are now available:
The International Cycling Safety Conference (ICSC2020) organised with great success a webinar titled “Single bicycle crashes as a rising problem” which was held online at November 5th 2020. The large majority of serious injuries among cyclists are due to single crashes and in a few countries the same applies to cyclist deaths. This special session highlights the size of the problem, trends, existing data and knowledge and provide a discussion about why so little is known about causes and measures to address single-bicycle crashes.
The International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences (IATSS) organised with great success the 6th Global Interactive Forum on Traffic & Safety which was held online on 26 November 2020. Researchers and practitioners at this symposium clarified the definition and measurement of “traffic culture” and explored its relationship with road user behaviour and traffic safety stakeholders actions. The results of these discussions are expected to pave the way for implementing more effective traffic safety measures in order of importance and urgency. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation:
The European Union Road Federation (ERF) organised with great success a conference titled “Shaping the Future of New Mobility” which was held on 14 October 2020, gathering more than 160 participants.. The purpose of the organisers (ERF, FIEC, the French Road Federation, the FNTP and the CICA) was to present the main findings of the international comparative study dealing with the impact of new mobility uses on road infrastructure and its equipment. The recordings and the presentations of the conference are now available:
The Institute of Communication & Computer Systems within the EU funded Horizon 2020 project L3Pilot organised a Summer School titled “Developing and Testing Automated Driving“, which was held on-line with great success, on 9-10 September 2020. The L3Pilot Summer School 2020 focused on the theory and practice of Automated Driving Implementation and Testing and in particular on the progress of the largest European pilot-testing of SAE Level 3 driving functions implemented by L3Pilot partners.
NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: A methodological framework from data collection to impact assessment of autonomous vehicles
The IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS) organised the 23rd IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC) which was held on-line, on 20-23 September 2020. The conference focused on new developments in theory, analysis, simulation and modeling, experimentation, demonstration, case studies, field operational tests, and deployments.
NTUA actively contributed with the following paper and presentation: Impacts of Autonomous Shuttle Services on Traffic, Safety and Environment for Future Mobility Scenarios
The SHOW (SHared automation Operating models for Worldwide adoption) project organised its 1st Pan-European Workshop, titled «How to make CCAM in Cities a reality» which was held on-line on 18 September 2020. In this workshop, a selection of high-level keynote speakers shared their views and experiences about Connected and Cooperative Automated Mobility, while interactive sessions about Use Cases for CCAV in Urban Mobility and Best Practices for Business and Operating Models in Europe and worldwide took place.
KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence (KIOS CoE) of University of Cyprus organized the 23rd EURO Working Group on Transportation EWGT 2020 which took place with great success in Paphos, Cyprus, on 16-18 September 2020. The sessions focused on various themes including advanced methodologies for road safety analyses. NTUA actively contributed with the following paper and presentation: European Countries’ Road Safety Evaluation by Τaking Ιnto Account Multiple Classes of Fatalities
The International Transport Forum (ITF) is organising three on-line webinars titled ‘Safe system in cities: multi-agency commitment for a Vision Zero agenda in London’, ‘Safe speeds in cities: street design, speed limits and law enforcement’ and ‘Safe streets in cities: identifying dangerous locations before a serious crash happens’ which will take place on 17, 24 September and 1 October 2020, respectively. The webinars will explore the policy toolkit for the elimination of serious and fatal crashes. This includes speed management, street design, predictive analytics, procurement and the engagement of a wide range of stakeholders.
ActTravelWise – Webinar: The Emergency Active Travel Fund: Plans and Implementation at the Local Level, September 2020
ActTravelWise orginised a webinar titled “The Emergency Active Travel Fund: Plans and Implementation at the Local Level” which was held with great success on 14 September 2020. Authorities who received funding under the Emergency Active Travel Fund, shared their plans and how they intend to implement them on the ground to benefit local residents. Athens took the opportunity to introduce a step-change in active travel infrastructure. Lastly, a panel discussion took place, with the opportunity for other local authorities to share their plans and any issues or challenges. Presenters: George Yannis, Laura Wells, Ambrose White, Lynsey McGarvey, and Sian Fox. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Athens Great Walk transformation project
The Slovenian Traffic Safety Agency organized the periodical training course for Road Safety Auditors which took place with great success on September 14-16, 2020 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety organised with great success an online Q&A session with Dr. Etienne Krug, Director of the Department of the Social Determinants of Health, WHO which was held on 22 September 2020. This webinar gave an insight on the new UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/74/299 on improving global road safety answering questions like what the resolution is, why it matters, and how it can help you to advocate for safer roads.
The International Road Federation (IRF) and the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) organised a free webinar which was hosted on 9th September at 14:00 under the frame of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC). The Ten Step Plan for Safer Road infrastructure has been produced by the UNRSC partners to support countries seeking to implement initiatives in relation to the improved safety of road infrastructure and broader transport networks, the UN Convention on Road Traffic and Road Signs and Signals and the achievement of UN Member States Agreed Global Targets 3 and 4 for safer new and existing roads. The webinar provided to the participants the opportunity to learn about the Trust Fund and this new pilot project.
TUM – 7th IEEE International Conference on Models and Technologies for Intelligent Transportation Systems, online, June 2021
The chair of Transportation System Engineering of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is organising the 7th IEEE International Conference on Models and Technologies for Intelligent Transportation Systems (MT-ITS 2021) to be held online on the 16-18 June 2021. Two Special Issues will be organised following the conference in the IEEE Open Journal on Intelligent Transportation Systems, and the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems: Technology, Planning and Operation.
IRF – Webinar: Global Trends on the Status of Traffic Safety under the Covid-19 Pandemic, September 2020
The International Road Federation (IRF), together with Qatar University, Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center, National Traffic Safety Committee of Qatar Government and World Conference on Transport Research Society, organised with great success a Webinar on “Global Trends on the Status of Traffic Safety under the Covid-19 Pandemic”, which was held on 29 September 2020. This webinar aimed to discuss the potential impacts of the current Covid-19 Pandemic and the associated mobility restriction policies on road traffic safety status.
The International Road Federation (IRF) organised with great success the first IRF Executives Talks with Florent Menegaux, CEO, Michelin, which was held online on 11 September 2020. The ‘IRF Executives Talks’ was a series of 30 min talks with high-level executives from the transportation sector highlighting the challenges the sector faces, innovative programmes & ideas and a lot more.
The 7th International HUMANIST Conference will be host on September 2021 in Rhode Island, Greece. The theme of the conference is “Human Perspective in an Evolving Transport Era“. The 2021 conference will bring together researchers, experts and stakeholders from several multidisciplinary communities that are active in the field of human factors in transport. Topics for this year’s symposium include, but are not limited to: C-ITS, driver monitoring, automation, electrification, new vehicle types, smart cities, towards effective MaaS and mobile transport apps, enhanching accessibility and inclusion ensuring the safety of VRUs, ergonomics (passive safety, new vehicles interior).
The 2020 International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury Europe Conference will take place on 8-10 September 2021 in Munich, Germany. The focus of IRCOBI is on the avoidance and reduction of the severity of traffic accidents, with special emphasis on advanced safety technologies and the biomechanics of injury. Instead of the 2020 conference there will be a live session on Wednesday, 9 September 2020.
hEART – 9th Symposium of the European Association for Research in Transportation, Lyon, February 2021
The 9th conference of European Association for Research in Transportation (hEART) took place in Lyon on 3-4 February 2021. The conference was organized with great success by the Transport, Urban Planning and Economics Laboratory (LAET), and covered relevant areas of transportation research with focus on methods, models and planning of transport systems. The aim of the conference was to connect researchers in transport modelling, transport economics, transport engineering and transport policy with advanced practice and state of the art. Bringing together leading experts and promising young researchers, the symposium offered an opportunity for scientific discussion and interaction in relatively small groups.
ESRA2 (E-Survey of Road Users’ Attitudes) project with the active contribution of NTUA is organising six on-line webinars under the theme “Measuring Global Traffic Safety Cultures to Support Effective Road Safety Policy Development” started in September 2020. The Webinar topics concern: Enforcement and traffic violations – Seat belt & Child restraint systems – Senior road users – Support for policy measures – Pedestrians – Cyclists – Moped drivers and Motorcyclists (16 December 2020 by NTUA) – Gender Issues – Young road users – Subjective safety and risk perception – Vehicle automation. Registration is open.
The French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (IFSTTAR) is organising the 7th International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention (DDI2021) under the theme “Disconnected drivers during manual, assisted, and automated driving”, which was going to take place in Lyon, France, on October 12-14, 2020 will be postponed to the second half of October 2021. The conference topics include theory, measurement, effects, crash risks, and prevention/mitigation related to driver distraction and inattention. Moreover, DDI2020 will focus on the driver/occupant status. Participants are invited to present and discuss work covering disconnected drivers in assisted (drowsiness, out-of-the-loop, overreliance), and in autonomous vehicles (sleeping, take overs, etc).
VTI – Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute in collaboration with SAFER Vehicle and Traffic Safety Center at Chalmers are organizing the 7th International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology (ICTTP), which will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 23-25 August 2022. The conference philosophy is Taking the Vision Zero Initiative into a New Decade. The Swedish Vision Zero Initiative on road safety is an ethical standpoint that no-one should die or be seriously injured in traffic. The key focus of this conference will, therefore, be on the role that traffic and transport psychology can play in reaching the ethical standpoint that no-one should die or be seriously injured in traffic by providing a common ground for future interdisciplinary research.
Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center, Qatar University and the National Traffic Safety Office are organising the 2nd International Traffic Safety Conference which will take place in Doha, Qatar, on November 2021. More information on the conference will follow.
Urbanism Next, New Urban Mobility alliance (NUMO), POLIS, TNO, Gemeente Rotterdam, and Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management announced that Urbanism Next Europe will take place online on 9-11 June 2021. The sessions at Urbanism Next Europe will feature in-depth presentations exploring how technological, societal and economic mobility trends will change land use, urban design, transport, real estate, environment, equity, health, economy and governance. The conference will gather 350 decision-makers and urban professionals from Europe and beyond.
The PRAXI Network and the General Secretariat of Research and Technology organised the “Climate-neutral & Smart Cities” webinar within the framework of Horizon Europe, on July 7, 2020. The webinar presented the mission and enrolled in a discussion between stakeholders from academia, research and public authorities. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Sustainable Mobility in Smart Cities
The University of Thessaly, Department of Civil Engineering, Traffic, Transportation and Logistics Laboratory (TTLog), organised on-line the 5th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility (VirtualCSUM2020) on June 17-19, 2020. The theme of this year’s conference was “Advances in Mobility as a Service Systems” and its objective was the dissemination of knowledge and the exchange of good practices among researchers and practitioners in the domain of urban transportation. NTUA contributed actively with several traffic safety papers and presentations:
- A taxonomy of skills and knowledge for efficient autonomous vehicle operation
- Investigating the correlation of mobile phone use with trip characteristics recorded through smartphone sensors
- Benchmarking Analysis of Road Safety Levels for an Extensive and Representative Dataset of European Cities
- A comparative gap analysis for electromobility and alternative fuels
In the framework of the European Mobility Week, it will take place the ROADPOL Safety Days (formerly known as Project EDWARD) on 16-22 September, in Mainz, Germany depending on the development of the COVID-19 situation. The aim of the ROADPOL Safety Days is to reduce the number of traffic fatalities, which is 70 per day across Europe, to zero at least in one day. Schools, road safety organizations and many others support the event with larger and smaller events but everyone else can also participate.
The EU-funded Horizon 2020 project Levitate (Societal Level Impacts of Connected and Automated Vehicles) organised with great success the 2nd Webinar on the impacts of automation in urban transport – featuring local urban strategies on 11 June, 2020. This webinar provided an insight into the challenges that urban mobility is facing due to the COVID-19 crisis and into mid-term local mobility strategies. There were presentations from LEVITATE partners: NTUA, Transport for Greater Manchester, and Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. The full recording of the webinar is available: NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Urban Transport Services
Empa – 9th International Conference on Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Pavements, Zurich, July 2020
The Laboratory for Road Engineering and Sealing Components of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) organised the 9th International Conference on Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Pavements (MAIREPAV9) which took place with great success on 1 – 3 July 2020, in Zurich. The MAIREPAV series aims to promote and discuss the state-of-the-art design, maintenance, rehabilitation and management of pavements. MAIREPAV9 focused on sustainable design, testing and evaluation, and management of pavement infrastructures. The conference aimed to present and discuss current knowledge of the ever-changing challenges to researchers, engineers, managers and professionals from all over the world who are involved in design and management of pavements. NTUA actively contributed with the following paper: Stochastic Prediction of Short-Term Friction Loss of Asphalt Pavements: A Traffic Dependent Approach
The National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), in cooperation with the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (HITE) organises the 8th Road Safety & Simulation International Conference 2022 (RSS2022) which will be held on NEW DATES 08-10 June 2022 in Athens, Greece. The Conference’s theme this year will be: “Road Safety and Digitalisation” aiming to capture all recent trends in road safety emerging technologies, surrogate measures, augmented and virtual reality, big data, modeling and simulation, which are expected to boost global road safety in the coming years. Road safety experts and scientists from all over the world will join forces for a widely open and vivid discussion on both traditional and innovative solutions with high potential for traffic safety improvement.
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UNECE/Serbian RTSA – 15th International Conference Road Safety in Local Communities – Vrnjacka Banja, June 2020
Within the framework of 15th International Conference Road Safety in Local Communities, UNECE together with the Serbian Road Traffic Safety Agency organised with great success an online Workshop on 25 June 2020. The aim of the Workshop was to strengthen knowledge of representatives of the South‐East Europe member States on road safety management, evidence‐based decision making on road safety strategic goals and targets and the role of the Global Framework Plan of Action of Road Safety in development of road safety system. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: EU Strategic Action Plan on Road Safety
European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) published the 14th edition of PIN Annual Report , presented at the 2020 ETSC Road Safety Performance Index Award event which took place on-line with great success on 17 June 2020. Estonia, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia and Portugal have reduced road deaths the most since 2010 while road deaths in Malta, the Netherlands and the UK were higher in 2019 than in 2010. Road safety progress is demonstrated but away from the decade targets. Estonia was awarded with the 2020 European Transport Safety Council Road Safety Performance Index Award.
The 6th Congress of the European Academy of Neurology took place virtually with great success, on 23 – 26 May, 2020. The theme of the congress was “Time for Action: Predict, Prevent, Repair”. The sessions focused on showing the novel therapeutic interventions, designed to predict, protect and repair neurodegenerative diseases. Some sessions concerned cognitive impairment and road safety. NTUA contributed actively with the following presentations:
The Hellenic Association of Driving Instructors together with Key Transportation Organisations in Greece organized an International Multidisciplinary Traffic Safety on-line Conference on 29-30 May 2020. The Conference aims concerned the evaluation of traffic and road safety in Greece, the identification of current and future pedestrians and vehicles traffic problems in Greece related to new technologies, the exchange of experiences from scientific studies, and current traffic safety actions and practices in Greece and internationally. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentations:
- Road users perception of driving fatigue
- The consequences of autonomous buses in traffic, safety and the environment for future mobility scenarios
- Evaluation and improvement of driver behavior and safety through mobile phone application
- International Experience in Environmental Pricing in Transportation
- The COVID-19 crisis as an opportunity for new mobility models: Athens Great Walk
The Traffic Safety Agency of Republic of Srpska in cooperation with the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) organized with great success the 9th International Conference Road Safety in Local Community, in Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska on 29-30 October 2020. The Conference was aiming to strengthen and develop capacities at the local level and create synergies for significant road safety improvements in the country.
NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Road Safety Strategy in Greece
The Transport Research Arena Conference (TRA 2020) organised by the European Commisison and the European transport research platforms (ACARE, ALICE, CEDR, ECTP, ERRAC, ERTRAC, ETRA, Waterborne), was scheduled to take place in Helsinki, Finland from 26-30th April 2020, themed “Rethinking transport – towards clean and inclusive mobility”. The conference was cancelled, though, due to the corona virus crisis. Nevertheless, all scientific papers are scheduled to be published at the Conference Proceedings. NTUA’s TRA conference papers (full paper + presentation) are listed below:
- Investigation of traffic and safety behaviour of pedestrians texting or web-surfing
- Analysis of the impact of nighttime driving to drivers’ behavior in rural roads through a driving simulator experiment
- Investigation of the impact of weather conditions to young drivers’ behaviour and safety in cities
- Spatial analysis of driver safety behaviour using data from smartphones
- Modelling the economic impacts of road crashes in Greece
- Elderly drivers with brain disorders: Is their driving behavior the same before and after an unexpected incident?
- Exploring the Establishment of a European Transport Research Cloud
- Clash of cultures in Greek traffic? What happens when a Southern European road safety culture is mixed with a Northern European road safety culture?
- Road user safety attitudes towards driver fatigue
- Cycling under the influence of alcohol and drugs: current situation and risks
- Identification of Road Safety Risk Factors in Africa
- Road Safety Modelling: Macroscopic and Microscopic Approach
- Development of a Platform for Global Road Safety Data Analysis
- Advanced driver monitoring using smartphone applications: The BeSmart project
- Driver feedback during naturalistic driving experiments: A review of types, methods and future challenges
- Towards behavioral models for autonomous driving acceptance
- i-DREAMS: an Intelligent Driver and Road Environment Assessment and Monitoring System
- State of the art on measuring driver state and technology-based risk prevention and mitigation: Findings from the i-DREAMS project
- Developing a Policy Support Tool for Connected and Automated Transport Systems
- A Review on Societal Impacts of the Future Connected and Automated Transport Systems
The Horizon 2020 project Levitate (Societal Level Impacts of Connected and Automated Vehicles) organised a webinar on the future impacts of automation in freight transport on 23 April 2020, 10:00-11:30 CET. This webinar gave an insight on autonomous solutions in freight, as well as their future impacts and potentials in the transport sector. It was presented an introduction of LEVITATE and its use case on freight transport, the project ALEES from VIL (Platform for the logistics sector in Flanders) and an overview of ALICE on Autonomous Freight Transport Potentials.
International Road Federation (IRF) – Geneva in collaboration with the European Union Road Federation (ERF) and the European Association of Tollway Operators (ASECAP) organised the IRF Virtual Workshop on “Unleashing road infrastructure potential for Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility (CCAM)”, on 23 April 2020. This workshop session provided insights into the role, the vision and challenges of the road infrastructure sector in this transition period towards Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility (CCAM). With an average audience of 200 international participants, 12 speakers from different backgrounds described how road infrastructure stakeholders will contribute to the new mobility ecosystem stressing the importance of mutual understanding and collaboration with other sectors.
UNECE and the Ministry of Communications and Transport of Bosnia and Herzegovina organised the Transport-related SDGs and Road Safety System Workshop which took place with great success in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, on 4-5 March 2020. The aim of the Workshop was to strengthen the knowledge of competent institutions in the field of road safety in Bosnia and Herzegovina and experts on transport‐related SDG and how to define framework road safety strategy and improve road safety situation. NTUA road safety presentations concerned:
The Universities’ Transport Study Group (UTSG) Executive Committee decided that the 52nd Annual UTSG Conference at the Loughborough University on the 6th to 8th July 2020 will not be a face-to-face conference due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, the Smeed competition will still take place with presentations being made in a virtual environment on Monday 6th July 2020 and Annual Business Meeting of UTSG on Tuesday 7th July 2020 between 10am and 12 noon via the virtual conferencing facility webex. One key UTSG activity is an annual conference for staff, research students and other relative newcomers to transport research of member institutions and overseas universities, which is designed to discuss research needs, research in progress, and to give research students the opportunity to present papers on their work.
The Mobility 2020 and Road Safety Conference (MOBILITET) organised by the Institute of Transport Economics (TØI), took place with great success on 4-5 February 2020, in Oslo, Norway. The MOBILITET 2020 gathered Norwegian and international scientists, politicians, key figures from the government and business community to discuss on climate issues, urbanization, innovation, technology, traffic safety and mobility trends. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Skal den enkeltes frihet gå på bekostning av andres ulykke?
The “Innovation, Emerging Mobility Trends, and the Role of the Private Sector in Road Safety” event which was organised by the International transport Forum (ITF), the Volvo Group and the ITF Corporate Partnership Board (CPB), was held with great success on 18 February 2020, in Stockholm, Sweden. The event brought together top road safety experts, policymakers and other stakeholders which highlighted the importance of the ongoing innovative work of key global companies in improving road safety; with new technologies and data being the major catalysts. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: CPB Report: Safer Roads with Automated Vehicles?
The 3rd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety took place with great success on 19–20 February 2020, in Stockholm, Sweden marking the conclusion of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety coordinated by the World Health Organisation (WHO). More than 1,700 participants from around 140 countries discussed extensively how the global targets for road safety can be developed, not the least in relation to the already existing goals for road safety in the 2030 Agenda. During the Conference, the Stockholm Declaration focusing on global road safety efforts up to 2030 was presented, together with the recommendations from the Academic Experts Group.
NTUA contributed actively in various sessions including: The ITF/CPB Report: Safer Roads with Automated Vehicles? and reporting session on Developing New Technologies for Road Safety.
Athenian Brewery organized a Round-table Meeting titled “Responsible Alcohol Consumption and Road Safety”, which was held with great success in Athens, Greece, on 12 February 2020. Participants exchanged ideas and proposals creating opportunities for actions aimed at educating especially young road users and informing about responsible alcohol consumption, driving behaviour and road accident prevention. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Road Safety
The International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS) and Coimbra Higher School of Engineering (ISEC) in close collaboration with World Association for Connecting People (WACP), InOutCister (Lda), Robocorp (I2A-IPC) and Digitware are organizing the 23rd International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS) Conference, which will be held in Coimbra, Portugal, on 21-23 October 2020. Representative members of organizations will work to define prevention strategies, assessment methodologies and implementation of new practices and processes aimed at increasing traffic safety. Speakers are expected to share their experiences to start the new decade with a clear goal: Commit to act for safe mobility.
iRAP in cooperation with ITF and the World Bank organized a workshop entitled: “Achieving the UN Road Safety Targets by 2030” which took place on 17-18 Febuary 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden. The iRAP innovation workshop brought together leaders at the highest level of global and regional impact including government, policy, financing, technology, infrastructure management and data innovation. A number of sessions focused on the global structure needed to deliver the 2030 targets, big data for big life savings, lobal planning and design standards, international case studies of success and the business case for safer roads and investment innovation.
The 27th ITS World Congress in Los Angeles will take place in Los Angeles, CA, on 4-8 October, 2020. The conference will focus on the New Age of Mobility and will cover areas such as: 1) Seamless Mobility and Changing Behavior, 2) Fueling the Future: Alternative Fuels and Emission, 2) The Path to Vision Zerο, 3)Disruption on the Digital Highway: Data, 4)Technology from Entry to the Last Mile, 5)Connectivity or Spectrum / Networks, 6) Intelligent, Connected and Automated Vehicles, 7)Organizing for Success, Governance, Business Models, International Cooperation. It is the intent of this World Congress to focus on these issues through the exchange of information and dialogue among our attendees.
Vlaamse Stichting Verkeerskunde (VSV) in cooperation with Flanders, Road Safety GB, UHasselt, ETSC and Polis are organizing a European Road Safety Summer School which will take place in Mechelen, Belgium, on 24-28 August 2020, targeting road safety professionals. The schedule of the Summer School for these 5 days included key topics on: road safety strategies, strategies in education and awareness raising, infrastructure, technologies, enforcement and technical site visits.
The 6th International Conference on Vehicle Technology and Intelligent Transport Systems (VEHITS) will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, on 2-4 May 2020. The purpose of VEHITS 2020 is to bring together engineers, researchers and practitioners interested in the advances and applications in the field of Vehicle Technology and Intelligent Transport Systems. This conference will cover areas such as Connected Vehicles, Data Analytics, Intelligent Transport Systems and Infrastructure, Intelligent Vehicle Technologies, Smart Mobility and Sustainable Transport Services. Paper Submission Deadline: 5 February 2020
The Greek Ministry of Development and Investment organised with great success the National Conference on Growth for the Partnership Agreement 2021-2027, which was held in Athens on 17 January 2020. The Conference for the upcoming period 2021 – 2027 marks the official launch of the dialogue of all productive forces, social and scientific bodies and policy makers. The aim is to formulate strategic choices at National and Regional level for all the critical development and socio-economic issues of the new period 2021-2027. Transport and road safety were key components of the discussions. NTUA Professor George Yannis contributed actively with the following presentation: Critical challenges for a Sustainable National Transportation System
The Greek Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport in cooperation with the partners of the European program CIVITAS SUMPs-UP organized with great success a two-day event on 16 and 17 January 2020 on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP), in Athens. The purpose of the event was to provide support for the development of sustainable cities and to ensure accessibility for pedestrians, bike users and all citizens. Road safety was a key component of the urban mobility discussions. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: Road Safety Measures for Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 99th Annual Meeting was held with great success in Washington, D.C., on 12–16 January 2020. The meeting program covered all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops, addressing topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. A number of sessions and workshops will focus on the spotlight theme for the 2020 meeting: A Century of Progress: Foundation for the Future. NTUA road safety presentations concerned:
The Horizon 2020 project Drive2theFuture is organising the 1st Drive2theFuture Workshop which will be held in Brussels, Belgium, on 6th March 2020. Drive2theFuture’s mission is to prepare “drivers”, travellers and vehicle operators of the future to accept and use connected, cooperative and automated transport modes and the industry of these technologies to understand and meet their needs and wants. The Workshop will focus on the discussion, exchange of ideas and learning about the future of user-centered automation.
The Association for European Transport will hold the 48th European Transport Conference, which will take place online, on 9-11 September 2020. The European Transport Conference (ETC) is the annual conference of the Association for European Transport. Each year the conference presents the opportunity to interact with a range of speakers across the Transport Industry, including several Road Safety Topics. The range of topics, the multi-seminar approach and the networking environment make ETC unique among transport conferences, making it the established premier event of its type.