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 10th International Conference on Transport Survey Methods

Leura Main Street looking upwardsNovember 16-21, 2014 Leura, Australia

We have great pleasure in inviting you to the 10th International Conference on Transport Survey Methods to be held in Leura, an enchanting 19th century built village located in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia, which is a two hour car or train ride from Sydney.

Tim Raimond and Stephen Greaves
Co-chairs, Local Organising Committee
ISCSTC10

 

 

Important Dates

  1. 1 November 2013: Abstracts due
  2. 23 January 2014: Notification of abstract acceptance
  3. 1 February 2014: Registration Opens
  4. 15 September 2014: Full papers due
  5. 31 July 2014: Close of Early-bird Registration
  6. November 16-21, 2014: ISCTSC 10th International Conference on Transport Survey Methods

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Conference Theme: Embracing technological and behavioral changes

Since 1979, survey experts, transport researchers, and practitioners have been coming together to improve the conduct of surveys that support transport planning, policy, modeling, monitoring, and related issues for urban, regional, intercity, and international person, vehicle, and commodity movements. 

The International Steering Committee for Travel Survey Conferences (ISCTSC) organizes these conferences with the aim of offering transport professionals (researchers, practitioners, modelers, planners, and others) the possibility to present their work, exchange information, network, promote international collaboration, and serve as a forum for the presentation of workshops, papers, and posters. 

Rapidly evolving problems and policy contexts are compelling us to advance the state-of-the-art of survey methods, tools, strategies and protocols, while assuring the stability and coherence of the data from which trends can be tracked and understood. This year’s conference will build on outputs from previous conferences and try to address these emerging research issues. 

It will place particular emphasis on two related elements: 

  1. New technologies: how they challenge traditional survey methods, their potential contributions to transportation planning and policy decision-making and the way they impact upon travel decisions. 

  2. Decision and behavioral processes: use of qualitative and quantitative datasets, behavior changes with regard to understanding new issues and contexts (climate change, ageing population, social wellbeing, socio-technical transitions).

Paper and Poster Submission Process

Submission of abstracts has now closed and authors have been notified about their papers. The Conference will comprise thematic poster sessions, workshops and plenary sessions. You will receive another e-mail identifying to which activity your abstract has been assigned.

Full papers and posters must be received no later than September 15, 2014 for inclusion in the e-proceedings. Instructions on poster and paper preparation are provided here.

Priority topics 

Making the case for travel surveys (implementation, long-term support and usability) 

  • Conceptualization and visualization at all stages 
  • Decision-making processes and governance 
  • Scenario analysis and inputs to models (integrated models) 
  • Data archiving (travel survey, network, land-use and contextual data) 
  • Finding effective ways to communicate results to policy and lay audiences 
  • Travel survey content and analysis 
  • Social context measurement 
  • Survey design for various population segments (aging community, non-native language speakers and other hard-to-reach populations) 
  • Quality versus quantity in samples and surveys 
  • Measuring behavioral processes and changes over time 
  • Impact of privacy and ethical considerations 
  • Decision processes – asking the right questions to provide the right answers (especially with regard to new issues such as climate change, ageing populations, etc.) 
  • Understanding the outcomes of transport rather than just outputs 
  • Measuring and predicting behavior change in relation to new interventions and policies 
  • Ethics/minority representation in sampling 
  • Use of qualitative/soft datasets and challenges of micro (as well as macro) datasets 
  • Retrofitting questionnaires to answer emerging issues 
  • Taking advantage of (almost) real time release of survey results 

Travel survey tools and methods 

  • Coordinated packages of travel surveys and data: how to maintain consistency, how to combine methods and data 
  • Potential of ICT (internet, social networks, smart phones, GPS, etc.)  
  • Potential of passive (non-intrusive) datasets 
  • New methodologies (other than ICT) 
  • Validation of new survey methods or new survey interfaces 
  • Comparative studies of survey methods 
  • Process-based data–retrospective surveys 
  • Incentive, public involvement, recruitment 
  • Sample issues: sample size, sample bias, recruitment methods, sampling frames