From July 24 to 26, the delegation led by Prof. Huang Haijun attended the 23rd International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory (ISTTT) in Switzerland and initiated the preparation for the 24th symposium to be held at Beihang University.
The 23rd ISTTT was held at the SwissTech Convention Center in École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Nearly 200 scholars gathered to discuss the frontier knowledge in the field of transportation and traffic together. There was a speech forum and a total of 35 papers selected through two rounds of evaluation were given the opportunity for presentation. The papers were published in both Elsevier and Transportation Research Part B & Part C, a leading journal in transportation. A paper co-authored by Liu Peng, Tian Qiong and Huang Haijun from Beihang together with scholars from Eindhoven University of Technology was selected. Besides, another 15 papers of Beihang were presented in posters.
The past 60 years have witnessed the development of ISTTT. 14 eminent scientists including Herman, one of the scientists who created the Big Bang Theory, Prigogine, the Nobel laureate, Beckmann, an economist and Wardrop, who developed Equilibrium Path Selection Theory, initiated the conference that focused on transportation and traffic theory in Michigan 60 years ago. It mainly approached the issues of traffic flow, network route choice behavior, traffic lights with knowledge of physics, fluid mechanics, economics, operational research and the like. Since 2000, it started to be held every two years rather than every three years. Besides, a maximum of 38 papers are published at each event.
The ISTTT is in the charge of International Advisory Committee (IAC) whose members have the right to vote until they are retired and henceforth become honorary members. Currently, there are a total of 22 members, among which Prof. Huang Haijun is the only member from Chinese Mainland. During the symposium, IAC held two working conferences to discuss development issues.
Prof. Huang Haijun addressed the 24th ISTTT
In the 21st ISTTT, Beihang is elected to host the 24th symposium according to the result of the vote. This is the first time that the highest-level academic conference in the field of transportation and traffic theory has been held in Chinese Mainland, which will significantly enhance the international academic influence of the transportation disciplines of Beihang. At the closing ceremony, Prof. Huang Haijun, on behalf of the organizing committee, took over the bid and officially launched the website for the 24th symposium. Eventually, he warmly welcomed the scholars in transportation and traffic theory to participate in the upcoming event in Beijing.
A group photo of the participants taken at EPFL square
Reported by Tian Qiong
Revised by Tan Hualin
Edited by Jia Aiping
Translated by Lu Baihui