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Join Tamara Djukic for the 3rd Symposium on Management of Future Motorway and Urban Traffic Systems, where representatives of policy, industry and science will discuss the latest advances in the field of traffic management.

MFTS2020 aims to continue the discussion on the following points:

  • How to address challenges of current and future traffic management (urban and motorways)
  • How connectivity and automation can support an enhanced traffic management in the future
  • Options for a future enhanced traffic management: centralized vs. decentralised.
  • In this context, MFTS2020 will provide a remarkable opportunity to share novel ideas and discuss future research directions.

The transportation sector is facing a revolution thanks to the introduction and increased penetration of new vehicle technologies (e.g. electrification), advanced driver assistance and vehicle automation systems, and connectivity between vehicles and infrastructure. These enablers bring many research challenges, in the planning and design of transport and mobility services, as well as in the management of resources.

As Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) are being progressively introduced in our transport and mobility systems, there is indeed a growing need to understand the implications and opportunities for enhanced traffic management as well as to identify innovative ways and tools to optimize traffic efficiency.

In particular the debate on centralized versus decentralized traffic management in the presence of connected and automated vehicles has started attracting the attention of the research community in the last decade. Furthermore, a recently launched H2020 Call highlighted the importance of taking care of the transition towards fully connected and automated mobility systems, and to look at this problem also from a broader multimodal perspective, involving both passengers and freight.

Motivated by this increased attention, in 2016 the symposium on Management of Future Motorway and Urban Traffic Systems was organized in Chania (Greece) by the Technical University of Crete in the frame of an ERC Grant, TRAMAN21. This event was characterized by an impressive list of invited lectures from a number of selected speakers from all over the world. The second edition was then hosted by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra (Italy) in 2018, adopting a more traditional format of an open call for contributions. The main emphasis remains on engaging in open discussions, and creating a community of experts and relevant stakeholders that will collaborate to identify the challenges and propose solutions for managing future transport systems.

As continuation of the first two editions, MFTS2020 will focus on future traffic management systems, covering the subjects of traffic control, estimation, and modelling of motorway and urban networks, with particular emphasis on the presence of advanced vehicle communication and automation technologies.

Learn more here.