the Special Issue: “Managing Future Motorway and Urban Traffic Systems”

  in Special Issue   Posted on September 28, 2020

Information for the Special Issue

Special Issue Call for Papers:

Call for Papers on the Special Issue: “Managing Future Motorway and Urban Traffic Systems”

to be published in Transportation Research Part C


The transportation sector is facing a revolution thanks to the introduction and increased penetration of new vehicle technologies (e.g. electrification), advanced automation, connectivity between vehicles and the infrastructure, and new types of mobility services (e.g. on-demand). These enablers bring many research challenges, in the planning and design of transport and mobility services, as well as in the management of resources. As Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs) are being progressively introduced in our transport and mobility systems, there is indeed a growing need to understand the implications and opportunities for enhanced traffic management as well as to identify innovative ways and tools to optimize traffic efficiency.

Vehicles will not only be used as means of transport, but will also act as mobile sensors, potentially becoming part of the traffic control system. This will make the management a highly complex task, given the large number of options and variables involved in the problem. It would also call for a further debate on centralized versus decentralized traffic management in the presence of CAVs – a topic that has already been attracting the attention of the research community in the last decade.

Given the above motivations and context, this Special Issue aims to collect contributions addressing in particular these research questions:

  • What are the new opportunities in Traffic Management enabled by automation and connectivity?
  • How can we address different challenges of current and future traffic management (urban and motorways)?
  • How can connectivity and automation support an enhanced traffic management in the future?

Scope of the special issue:

This special issue will particularly welcome studies that shed a light on scenarios where CAVs and automated mobility services will substantially penetrate the market and will be part of the traffic flow. Topics included in this issue will consider, but are not strictly limited to:

  • Traffic Management in the Presence of CAVs
  • Dynamic models for CAVs (Micro and Macroscopic level)
  • Traffic Management and Coordinated Systems
  • Advanced and Automated Public Transport Systems
  • Connected and Automated Mobility (e.g. DRT)
  • Advanced Vehicle Control and Safety Systems
  • Human Behavior and Acceptance in the presence of CAVs
  • Incident Management and Control
  • Multimodal Systems Modeling and Management
  • Advanced Urban Traffic Control with connected technologies
  • C-ITS applications in traffic and transport management
  • Network estimation and control using V2X communication

Submission Method

For this special issue, authors are encouraged to use Elsevier’s online multimedia tools and submit supplementary materials such as simulation code and data, video, and AudioSlides along with their manuscripts. All submissions will go through the journal’s standard peer-review process. For guidelines to prepare your manuscript and for manuscript submission, please visit

When submitting your manuscript, please choose “MFTS” for “Article Type”. This is to ensure that your submission will be considered for this special issue instead of being handled as a regular paper.

Important Dates

Papers will be reviewed upon receiving in the open window (October 1st, 2020 – January 31st, 2021), and a decision for each paper will be made, as soon as the review process is complete. The paper will be formally published online once it is accepted. Therefore, early submission is encouraged for an early decision. Below are the deadlines for paper submission and reviews.

Submission window open: October 1, 2020

Window close: January 31, 2021

First decision: May 30, 2021

Targeted date of completion: October 31, 2021.

Guest Editors

Dr. Francesco Viti, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg (

Dr. Ioannis Papamichail, Technical University of Crete, Greece (

Dr. Monica Menendez, New York University, Abu Dhabi, UAE (

Dr. Meng Wang, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands ( 

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