7th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science
November 4, 2014, Dallas, TX, USA
Held in conjunction with the
IWCTS 2014 TECHNICAL PROGRAM
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast (provided)
09:00 – 9:45 Welcome and Kick-off Speech (Xin Chen, Chair)
9:45 - 10:30 Session 1 (20 minutes for each presentation)
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:15 Session 2 (20 minutes for each presentation)
12:15 - 13:30 Lunch break (lunch is not provided)
13:30 - 14:15 Keynote Speech (Ouri Wolfson)
14:15 - 15:30 Session 3 (20 minutes for each presentation)
15:30 - 16:00 Afternoon coffee break
16:00 - 17:15 Session 4 (20 minutes for each presentation)
17:15 - 17:30 Closing
Automated Mobility: How Environment Awareness Technologies will “Drive” Intelligent Transportation of the Future
The industry is faced with a unique challenge – creating automated mobility systems that exercise good judgment in complex scenarios. New modes of transportation and interaction capabilities with automated systems will fundamentally change the way people move. However, at the core of these advancements is the importance of environment awareness in and around our mobility systems. The opportunities that environment awareness technologies bring to our industry are in their infancy and major advancements in the field of automation will change the way that we interact with the world around us.
Dr. Xin Chen will present his vision on next generation digital mapping to enable automated driving. Join this talk to gain a behind the scenes insight into the role of environment awareness in developing the future of intelligent transportation and technologies.
IWCTS 2014 Chair: Dr. Xin Chen
Dr. Xin Chen is a Senior Research Scientist and an Engineering Manager at HERE, a Nokia company (formerly NAVTEQ), the world leader in premium global digital map. He leads a team to pioneer HD map creation for highly autonomous driving using computer vision and machine learning technologies. Xin is also the University Cooperation Ambassador for the Patenting, Legal and Intellectual Property team at Nokia.
Xin currently teaches a “Geospatial Vision and Visualization” and a “Biometrics” course at the undergraduate and graduate levels as an adjunct professor in the Computer Science Department of the Illinois Institute of Technology and in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of Northwestern University. He is also a Ph.D. advisor at IIT. Xin has been invited to speak on next generation digital mapping technologies at various top-notch U.S. universities. He has numerous publications and patents in his field. Xin has served as a program chair and on the committee for several premium international conferences and workshops. Xin obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
The Opportunities and Challenges in Temporary Geospatial Information
Digital mapping is currently a battle ground among technology giants including Google, Apple, and Microsoft. The recent Apple mapping flop and its high profile indicate the importance of the field to the smartphone industry. A recent article in the New York Times states “the competition to make the best maps, the thinking goes, is more than a struggle over who dominates the trillion-dollar smartphone market; it’s a contest over the future itself.”
While the battle over static mapping is well under way, in this talk I propose that the next frontier is dynamic mapping, namely mapping of geo-spatial information that is temporary rather than fixed. Uber, Zipcar, and Bike-share are examples of existing transportation services involving dynamic mapping. But these are just first movers forming the tip of the Smart City iceberg. I will describe others, and some Information Technology methods to address the technological challenges. These include crowdsourcing, machine learning, and algorithmic game theory.
Keynote speaker: Dr. Ouri Wolfson
Ouri Wolfson, Ph.D., is the Richard and Loan Hill Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is the founder of Mobitrac, a venture-funded high-tech startup that was acquired in 2006, and of Pirouette Software. Wolfson authored over 200 publications, and holds seven patents. He is a Fellow of the ACM, AAAS, IEEE, and a University of Illinois Scholar. He co-authored four award winning papers. Wolfson’s main research interests are in databases, distributed systems, and mobile/pervasive computing.
CALL FOR PAPERS
The seventh International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science (IWCTS) is particularly timely given the prominence of self-driving technologies in the global auto industry’s near-term growth strategies and Nokia’s announcement of a $100 million investment in connected and intelligent vehicle development. We will build upon the success of previous workshops to continue to focus on computation, knowledge discovery, and technology aspects of transportation systems while welcoming research papers in computer science, transportation science, urban and regional planning, the automotive arena, civil engineering, robotics, geography, geoinformatics, and other related disciplines.
In the near future, vehicles, travellers, and the infrastructure will collectively have billions of sensors that can communicate with each other. Transportation systems, due to their distributed/mobile nature, can become the ultimate test-bed for a ubiquitous (i.e., embedded, highly-distributed, and sensor-laden) computing environment of unprecedented scale. This environment will enable numerous novel applications and order of magnitude improvement of the performance of existing applications. Information technology is the foundation for implementing new strategies, particularly if they are to be made available in real-time to wireless devices in vehicles or in the hands of people. Contributing are increasingly more sophisticated geospatial and spatio-temporal information management capabilities. Human factors, technology adoption and use, user feedback and incentives for collaborative behaviour are areas of technology policy central to the success of this ubiquitous computing environment.
The emerging discipline of Computational Transportation Science (the science behind Intelligent Transportation Systems) combines computer science and engineering with the modelling, planning, and economic aspects of transportation planning and engineering to leverage developments in the above domains. By taking advantage of ubiquitous computing, Computational Transportation Science applications can help create more efficient, equitable, liveable and sustainable transportation systems and communities.
SCOPE OF THE SUBMISSION
The International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science invites submissions of original, previously unpublished papers contributing to Computational Transportation Science. Position papers that report novel research directions or identify challenging problems are also invited. Papers incorporating one or more of the following themes are especially encouraged:
Authors should prepare an Adobe Acrobat PDF version of their full paper. Papers must be in English and 6 to 10 pages double column in ACM SIG format (US Letter size, 8.5 x 11 inches, http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates) including text, figures and references. Position papers are limited 4 pages. Each submission should start with: the title, abstract, and names, contact information of authors, type of the submission (research paper or position paper). To submit a paper, please visit https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iwcts14. Accepted papers will be published in the ACM digital library. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their paper will be presented at the workshop.
Registration for the IWCTS 2014 will be handled through the ACM GIS conference website. Please visit the conference site to register, and for additional information on nearby accommodation.
One author per accepted workshop paper is required to register for both the main SIGSPATIAL conference and the workshop, to attend the workshop, and to present the accepted paper in the workshop. Otherwise, the accepted paper will not appear in the workshop proceedings or in the ACM Digital Library version of the workshop proceedings.