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The 17th COTA Annual Winter Symposium


January 12, 2014, Sunday, in Washington DC

Call for Abstracts

The scale and speed of urbanization currently occurring in China are unprecedented. In the last few decades, China experienced an average urbanization rate of around 3%. By 2012, 52.6% of the total population in China lives in urban areas and the number is expected to reach 70% by 2035. The dramatic changes in demographics, land use, and infrastructure during the urbanization process require innovative and forward-looking strategies to ensure the sustainability, livability and resiliency of the urbanized areas.

Because of the central role of transportation in economic and social development, it is important for professionals to gain a better understanding on how to effectively plan for, operate, and manage transportation infrastructures in the context of rapid urbanization, which has far-reaching implications on economic development, environment, and social justice. The challenges have motivated policy-makers, planners and engineers to innovate institutional structure, investment priority, planning methods and operational strategies that go beyond traditional practice.

The 17th COTA Annual Winter Symposium will discuss critical issues in technology development and application, research and education that promote safe, sustainable, efficient, and equitable transportation development in response to the rapid urbanization. The Symposium is aimed to provide a forum for transportation professionals from different countries and regions to share their research results, project experiences, and lessons learned. Researchers, educators, practitioners, government officials are encouraged to participate in the Symposium.


The symposium organizers are committed to bringing a high quality program to the symposium attendees. Presentation abstracts on any aspects of transportation research, education, and technology are eligible, and we particularly encourage abstracts that address issues in response to the rapid urbanization. We also welcome session proposals from interested individuals or organizations. Examples include paper sessions, international exchanges, industry forum, and expert panels.

Priority topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Transportation economics
  • Governance and policy
  • Land use & transportation planning
  • Inter-regional transportation
  • Freight transportation and logistics
  • Pricing and congestion management
  • Multimodal transportation investment
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Traffic operations and control
  • Public transportation
  • Non-motorized transportation
  • Transportation safety
  • Energy and environment
  • Emergency response
  • Transportation Technology
  • High-speed and other metro railway
  • Highway construction and materials


Presentation abstracts are limited to one page and must include title and speaker information (name, affiliation, mailing address, email, phone, and fax). Session proposals should be limited to two pages including session themes and speakers. Abstracts and proposals should be written in English.

Direct submissions and questions to:

Deadline: 5 pm, US Eastern Time December 9, 2013, Monday


Dr. Heng Wei (, COTA President, University of Cincinnati


Dr. Xiaokun (Cara) Wang (, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Dr. Yafeng Yin (, University of Florida


Dr. Lei Zhang, University of Maryland
Dr. Haizhong Wang, Oregon State Univ.


Dr. Yu Zhang, University of South Florida
Dr. Yinhai Wang, University of Washington
Dr. Jianming Ma, Texas DOT
Dr. Fang (Clara) Fang, University of Hartford
Dr. Hubo Cai, Purdue University
Mr. Ken (Qingyan) Yang, Iteris Inc.
Dr. Henry Liu, University of Minnesota