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IWCTS 2013 : 6th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science, co-located with ACM SIGSPATIAL 2013


When Nov 5, 2013 - Nov 8, 2013
Where Orlando, Florida, USA
Submission Deadline Sep 10, 2013
Notification Due Sep 23, 2013
Final Version Due Oct 10, 2013
Categories    GIS   database   geospatial   BIGDATA

Call For Papers

6th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science (IWCTS)

November 5, 2013, Orlando, FL, USA

Held in conjunction with the

21st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on
Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2013) November 5-8 2013 - Orlando, FL, USA.

NEWS: Dr. Mubarak Shah and Dr. Paul M. Torrens will be the IWCTS 2013 keynote speakers.


The 6th International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science intends to bring together communities interested in the computation, knowledge discovery and technology policy aspects of surface transportation systems. The organizers of IWCTS welcomes papers from researchers in computer science, transportation science, urban and regional planning, civil engineering, geography, geoinformatics, computer vision and related disciplines to submit papers for consideration for presentation and discussion at the one-day workshop and for publication in the conference proceedings.


In the near future, vehicles, travellers, and the infrastructure will collectively have billions of sensors that can communicate with each other. Transportation systems, due to their distributed/mobile nature, can become the ultimate test-bed for a ubiquitous (i.e., embedded, highly-distributed, and sensor-laden) computing environment of unprecedented scale. This environment will enable numerous novel applications and order of magnitude improvement of the performance of existing applications. Information technology is the foundation for implementing new strategies, particularly if they are to be made available in real-time to wireless devices in vehicles or in the hands of people. Contributing are increasingly more sophisticated geospatial and spatio-temporal information management capabilities. Human factors, technology adoption and use, user feedback and incentives for collaborative behaviour are areas of technology policy central to the success of this ubiquitous computing environment.

The emerging discipline of Computational Transportation Science (the science behind Intelligent Transportation Systems) combines computer science and engineering with the modelling, planning, and economic aspects of transportation planning and engineering to leverage developments in the above domains. By taking advantage of ubiquitous computing, Computational Transportation Science applications can help create more efficient, equitable, liveable and sustainable transportation systems and communities.


The International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science invites submissions of original, previously unpublished papers contributing to Computational Transportation Science. Position papers that report novel research directions or identify challenging problems are also invited. Papers incorporating one or more of the following themes are especially encouraged:

Collaborative transport, including collaborative multi-modal transport
Computational and artificial intelligence aspects of assisted driving, collaborative transport or multi-modal transport
Crowd sourcing and participatory sensing in transport
Cameras as sensors for trajectory acquisition and event recognition
Computer Vision-based information extraction from image sequences
Context aware analysis of movement data
New processing frameworks for handling masses of transport data (e.g. Hadoop)
Uncertain information in collaborative transport and assisted travelling
Mechanism design for collaborative behaviour
Data mining and statistical learning for travel information
Human-computer interfaces in intelligent transportation applications
Privacy, security, and trust in transportation information
Novel applications targeted to health, mobility, liveability and sustainability

Authors should prepare an Adobe Acrobat PDF version of their full paper. Papers must be in English and not exceed 6 pages double column in ACM SIG format (US Letter size, 8.5 x 11 inches, including text, figures and references. Position papers are limited 4 pages. Each submission should start with: the title, abstract, and names, contact information of authors, type of the submission (research paper or position paper). To submit a paper, please visit Accepted papers will be published in the ACM digital library. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their paper will be presented at the workshop.


Paper submissions due: September 10th, 2013
Notification to the authors: September 23, 2013
Camera ready papers due: October 10, 2013
IWCTS Workshop: November 5, 2013
ACM GIS 2013 Conference: November 5-8, 2013

Registration for the IWCTS 2013 will be handled through the ACM GIS conference website. Please visit the conference site to register, and for additional information on nearby accommodation.

One author per accepted workshop paper is required to register for both the main SIGSPATIAL conference and the workshop, to attend the workshop, and to present the accepted paper in the workshop. Otherwise, the accepted paper will not appear in the workshop proceedings or in the ACM Digital Library version of the workshop proceedings.


Dr. Mubarak Shah, Trustee Chair Professor of Computer Science, is the founding director of the Center for Research in Computer Vision at UCF. His research interests include: video surveillance, visual tracking, human activity recognition, visual analysis of crowded scenes, video registration, UAV video analysis, etc. Dr. Shah is a fellow of IEEE, AAAS, IAPR and SPIE. In 2006, he was awarded a Pegasus Professor award, the highest award at UCF. He is ACM distinguished speaker. He was an IEEE Distinguished Visitor speaker for 1997-2000 and received IEEE Outstanding Engineering Educator Award in 1997. He received the Harris Corporation's Engineering Achievement Award in 1999, the TOKTEN awards from UNDP in 1995, 1997, and 2000; Teaching Incentive Program award in 1995 and 2003, Research Incentive Award in 2003 and 2009, Millionaires' Club awards in 2005 and 2006, University Distinguished Researcher award in 2007, honorable mention for the ICCV 2005 Where Am I? Challenge Problem, and was nominated for the best paper award in ACM Multimedia Conference in 2005. He is an editor of international book series on Video Computing; editor in chief of Machine Vision and Applications journal, and an associate editor of ACM Computing Surveys journal. He was an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on PAMI, and a guest editor of the special issue of International Journal of Computer Vision on Video Computing.


Dr. Paul M. Torrens is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park, with a joint appointment to the University of Maryland InstInstitute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS). He is also a Faculty Associate at the Maryland Population Research Center, and a member of the University of Maryland Center for Health-Related Informatics and Bioimaging. In addition, Paul directs the Geosimulation Research Laboratory.

His work is focused on Geographic Information Science and development of geosimulation and geocomputation tools, modeling behavioral geography, modeling complex urban systems, and studying new emerging cyberspaces.

Paul additionally serves as Director of Geosimulation Labs, LLC, a research and development consultancy.

Paul holds a Ph.D. from University College London (2004), Master’s degrees from Trinity College Dublin (1999) and Indiana University (1998), and a Bachelor’s degree from Trinity College Dublin (1996). Paul has been an invited speaker at universities worldwide, from the University of Copenhagen and Trinity College Dublin to MIT, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania. He has given invited lectures and seminars to industry groups as diverse as the Institute for the Future, Microsoft, and France Telecom Orange. Paul has also presented invited talks at major technology conferences, from O'Reilly's Emerging Technology Conference to Where 2.0. His research has been featured in the popular press in 14 countries and his work has been covered in a diverse array of outlets, from Vanity Fair and Il Corriere della Sera to Forbes and Discover Magazine. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Future Internet, Lecture Notes in Mechanics, Geojournal, International Journal of Society Systems Science, the International Journal of Microsimulation, and Wireless Engineering and Technology. He also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for Savannah Simulations in Geneva, Switzerland. His projects have been supported by the U.K. Economic and Social Research Council, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Herberger Foundation, Science Foundation Arizona, the RAND Corporation, Autodesk, Inc., and Alias Research.

His work earned him a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the U.S. National Science Foundation in 2007 and he was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by President George W. Bush in 2008. The Presidential Early Career Award is the highest honor that the U.S. government bestows upon young scientists; Torrens is the first geographer to receive the Award.


Workshop Chairs
Monika Sester, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
John Krumm, Microsoft Research, USA
Clement Mallet, IGN Paris, France
Publicity Chair
Steve Liang, University of Calgary, Canada
Steering Committee
Ouri Wolfson, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Bhaduri Budhendra, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, USA
Program Committee Members
Mathieu Bredif, IGN, France
Maike Buchin, Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany
Thierry Delot, INRIA Lille & University of Valenciennes, France
Somayeh Dodge, The Ohio State University, USA
Glenn Geers, NICTA & University of New South Wales, Australia
Bart Kuijpers, Hasselt University, Belgium
Patrick Laube, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Harvey Miller, University of Utah, USA
Matthias Müller-Hannemann, Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Julien Perret, IGN, France
Anne Ruas, IFSTTAR, France
Shashi Shekhar, University of Minnesota, USA
Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, University of Glasgow
Goce Trajcevski, Northwestern University, USA
Yury Vizilter, GosNIIAS, Russia
Stephan Winter, University of Melbourne, Australia
Alper Yilmaz, The Ohio State University, USA
Michael Ying Yang, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
Xiaoguang Zhou, School of Geosciences and Info-Physics, Hunan, China

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