National Taiwan University
Topic Area A covers research issues related to a single mode, and which are not addressed in other topic areas. In particular it provides a focus for the work of the Special Interest Groups on Air, Maritime, Rail, and for Road Transport research work performed. Given the likelihood of overlap with the work of other topic areas, care is needed to avoid duplication of activity. As a general rule, sessions are only included in Topic Area A where the focus is on the characteristics of the mode, or it is clear that they cannot be integrated into other topic areas. In particular, papers on the safety of a given mode may be submitted to this Topic Area A, but will also be copied to Topic Area C, where SIG C4 has the responsibility of convening all safety-related sessions.
This SIG’s principal objective is to facilitate the development, exchange, and dissemination of research ideas and results related to aviation among various constituents, including academics, government officials and industry managers, through various means, such as annual conferences, session tracks at the WCTR, joint meetings with other organisations and through research reports.
This Special Interest Group (SIG) was launched during the 7th WCTR in Sydney, Australia in July, 1995 with strong support from the air transport industry executives and academics doing air transport research. In particular, senior executives of British Airways, Lufthansa, United Airlines, Qantas, and Korean Air participated in this SIG’s inaugural event in Sydney.
SIG A1 organises the aviation-related sessions at the WCTR. In addition, many of its members participate in the Air Transport Research Society (ATRS). The ATRS has organised annual World Conferences since 1997. Recent conferences have been held in Tainan, Taiwan (2012), Bergamo, Italy (2013) Bordeaux, France (2014), Singapore (2015), Rhodes, Greece (2016) and Antwerp, Belgium (2017). Finally, since 2002, the Global Airport Performance Benchmarking Task Force of the ATRS has published its annual benchmarking report.
Membership is open to all academics, researchers, industry managers, executives and policy makers with research interest in the subject area. Anyone interested in joining the ATRS, please do so by visiting the website, www.atrsworld.org.
SIG A1 Chair – Chikage Miyoshi
SIG A1 Co-Chair – Martin Dresner
SIG-A2 is dedicated to create a network of people involved in maritime and port activities, including academic and industry researchers, policy makers and operators. Its targets are the following:
SIG-A2 was established in 1989 at the Yokohama WCTR. Since then, the SIG had a most distinct presence in all WCTRS conferences, and has established a strong brand with a dedicated conference hosted in Antwerp every three years since 2009.
In the Antwerp conference of 1998, SIG-A2 had the largest single presence, with about 60 papers distributed in 14 sessions throughout the week. People joining the SIG-A2 activities of the WCTRS have developed over the years strong research links.
SIGA2 conferences are not just a conference, but have a number of specific features:
Membership is open to any academics, researchers, industry managers, executives and policy makers with research interest in the subject area. Anyone interested in SIG-2 can contact any of the following:
Prof. Enrico Musso
Dipartimento di Economia e Metodi Quantitativi
University of Génova
Prof. Thierry Vanelslander
Department of Transport and Regional Economics
University of Antwerp
The SIG Rail Transport focuses on academic research and education on rail operations, planning, policy and economics. It covers passenger and freight and long distance, regional and urban (including metro and light rail) services. Its objectives are to:
The SIG Rail Transport was launched at WCTR12 in Lisbon (2010) and organized the review of the related abstracts and papers, as well as the Rail sessions at WCTR13 in Rio de Janeiro (2013).
The SIG Rail Transport collaborates with the Board and members of the International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR) and contributes to the bi-annual International Conferences on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis (ICROR). The recent 6th ICROR, RailTokyo March 23-26, 2015, was attended by 175 participants from 20 countries. The 7th ICROR will take place in spring 2017 in Lille, France.
Membership is open to any academic researchers or educator with an interest in rail technologies, operations, planning, policy and economics. The SIG is currently jointly led by Professor John Preston (University of Southampton), who leads the policy and economics aspects and Professor Emeritus Ingo Hansen (Delft University of Technology), who leads the planning and operations aspects. Dr Marin Marinov (Newcastle University) acts as a champion for international railway education and the research–base that underpins this. Contact details are given below.
We particularly exploit synergies with the International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR), of which Professor Hansen is Vice-President and there are Board Members from Australia, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US.
In Asia, we have contacts with the Korean Railroad Research Institute (Yong-Sang Lee), the Japanese Society of Transportation Economists (Fumitoshi Mizutani) and the Railway Technical Research Institute in Japan (C. Hirai).
Industrial contacts will be made via the International Union of Railways (UIC), the International Union of Public Transport (UITP) and the International Transport Forum (ITF), as well as relevant national bodies.
Professor of Rail Transport
Faculty of Engineering and the Environment
University of Southampton
Tel: +44 (0)2380594660
Yung-Cheng (Rex) Lai
Railway Technology Research Center
Department of Civil Engineering
National Taiwan University
Rail Education Group Manager
Tel: +44 (0)1912083976