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The 18th COTA Annual Winter Symposium


January 11, 2015, Sunday, in Washington DC

Call for Abstracts

Chinese travelers rely more heavily on private vehicles in recent years as the automobile sector booms and the process of urbanization continues. By the end of 2013, registered private vehicles reached 64.1 million in China, representing a 20.8% increase compared to the number of 2012. As a result, Chinese cities are facing increasing challenges related to traffic congestion and urban environmental issues. These problems will become worse as adding capacity becomes increasingly difficulty due to land and fiscal constraints.

To address these challenges, innovative tools and forward-looking strategies are required to ensure the sustainability, livability and resiliency of the urban transportation system. Among the emerging strategies, Big Data is one of the most exciting concepts. For example, recent exploration of mobile phones, smart transit cards, and parking data has greatly advanced our understanding of urban travel demand in a multi-modal context. Other examples include performance-based planning, active traffic management, and more evolutionary concepts such as connected vehicles, vehicle-to-infrastructure system, and autonomous vehicles.

The 18th COTA/WCTA Annual Symposium will discuss critical issues in technology development and application, research and education that promote a safe, sustainable, efficient, and equitable transportation system through innovative use of data. 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 transportation data. 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 8, 2014, Monday


Dr. Yafeng Yin (, University of Florida


Dr. Shanjiang Zhu, (Chair), (, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Dr. Yinhai Wang, University of Washington
Guohui Zhang, University of New Mexico
Dr. Yao-Jan Wu, University of Arizona
Dr. Zhen Qian, Carnegie Mellon University


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


Dr. Yu Zhang, University of South Florida
Dr. Heng Wei, University of Cincinnati
Dr. Jianming Ma, Texas DOT
Dr. Xiaokun (Cara) Wang, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Ms. Yi Liu, University of California, Berkeley
Mr. Ken (Qingyan) Yang, Iteris Inc.
Dr. Henry Liu, University of Michigan