Suzanne Meade, Transport Research Institute’s PhD student presents paper at the ISTS and IWTDCS 2018 in Japan.

The 6th International Symposium of Transport Simulation and the 5th International Workshop on Traffic Data Collection and its Standardization was held in Matsuyama, the capital city of Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku in Japan hosted by Ehime University over three days from August 4-6. The conference was previously hosted in South Korea and France.


During the three-day conference the plenary sessions featuring high level speakers and interactive breakout sessions where participants had the opportunity to mingle with those at the forefront of data collection and standardisation, transport simulation thought, practice, and implementation as well as exchange experience and best practices. The event focused on scientific challenges and issues raised by new theoretical development in the transport fields as well as new advances in Mobility Data collection and smart processing tools under four themes, Data Collection & Smart Processing, Transport Modelling, Simulation and Management, Multimodal Transportation Systems, Transport operation and management in the era of autonomous/connected vehicles.


The key note speakers were Prof. Markos Papageorgiou, Technical University of Crete (Greece), Prof. Yafeng Yin, University of Michigan (USA) and finally Dr.Winnie Daamen, Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands) who presented her very excellent work on the modelling of pedestrian flows.


The program included a Gala Dinner held in an old area of Matsuyama city called Dogo Onseno, near the very famous Dogo Onsen Honkan hot springs, where we were treated to the beautiful Japanese culture and traditions. The Kagami-biraki ceremony was preformed to celebrate the opening of the conference at the Gala Dinner and were treated to wonderful traditional Japanese. A Sake Barrel lid (the Kagami) was broken open by committee members using wooden mallets and after served to all the guests.  There was also the opportunity to see one of Japans oldest preforming arts call the ‘Noh’.


Suzanne presented the paper “Modelling Cycling Flow for the estimation of cycling risk at a meso urban spatial level“. This paper describes the use of recently developed open source transport modelling software and an open source bike routing application to assign realistic cycling flows to the network and validation against observed network link flows. The cyclist flows provide the ‘exposure’ variable to examine cyclist safety performance at macro and meso levels. The results highlight the need for a local level mobility-based exposure metric to describe cyclist safety performance and the superior ability of local accident prediction models to describe safety performance of cyclists in urban contexts, where population based, and global models mask urban spatial patterns of safety performance. The paper will be published in the Transportation Research Procedia (TRPRO).


The conference was very informative and provided a great platform to meet and connect with other academics and the Ehime University Conference Committee organised an excellent programme of topics and events and also showed off the very beautiful Japanese culture and traditions.

International Symposium of Transport Simulation & International Workshop on Traffic Data Collection and its Standardization 2018 (ISTS & IWTDCS 2018)


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