Workshop on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

Workshop Date: Friday, 11 January 2019

The fifth workshop on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) will be held in conjunction with COMSNETS 2019. This interdisciplinary workshop aims to bring together researchers from various disciplines, and will focus particularly on interdisciplinary approaches to solving urban transportation problems. The workshop invites original papers that make contributions to modeling and control of urban transportation systems. We welcome papers involving any combination of theory, analytical modeling and optimization, numerical simulations, real-world data-driven approaches, experimentation, advanced deployment and case studies. Studies involving economic, behavioral and environmental aspects are equally welcome.

Domains of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Traffic theory for ITS
  • Modelling, control and simulation
  • Emissions, noise, environment
  • Multi-modal and public transportation management
  • Economic considerations
  • V2V and V2I theory and applications
  • Human factors and human behavior
  • Dynamic characterizations and emergent phenomena
  • Emergencies and accidents: phenomena, management and mitigation
  • Sensors and Big data and ITS
  • ITS field tests, deployment and experimentation
  • Design and evaluation of machine learning models on IoT data
  • Automated Vehicles

Accepted and presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions must be no greater than 6 pages in length including all figures, tables, and references and must be a PDF file. A minimum number of 3 pages are required.
  • Reviews will be single-blind: authors name and affiliation should be included in the submission.
  • Submissions must follow the formatting guidelines as given on IEEE Website.
  • All workshop papers (full papers - both regular and invited) will appear in conference proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.
  • All papers must be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and submitted through the ITS Workshop submission site on EDAS.
  • Papers can be submitted through EDAS directly : Click Here

Important Deadlines

Paper Submission 12th November 2018, 11:59 pm EST
Notification of Acceptance 30th November 2018
Camera-ready Submission 14th December 2018
Workshop Date 11th January 2019

Keynote and Invited Speakers:

Raja Sengupta

University of California Berkeley, USA.
Title: Of Henry Ford and Igor Sikorsky: Low Altitude Aviation and the Automobile. [+]


Abstract: Transportation is either hub-2-hub, hub-2-door, or door-2-door. Hub-2-hub can be road, rail, marine, or air, but the other two have been exclusively road in the industrial age, that is until the recent transformation in aviation. Today's low altitude aircraft, aka drones, are the first viable alternative for hub-2-door or door-2-door transport since the industrial automobile (Henry Ford) put these two types of mobility beyond the reach of the horse. I will discuss this kind of air travel, moving people or goods hub-2-door or door-2-door, and whether such travel is sensible given the reign of the automobile. It is if we can resolve exciting economic and technology challenges.

Bio: Raja Sengupta is Professor in the Systems Engineering Program, Civil & Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. He holds an EECS Phd from the Universithy of Michigan. His research has spanned automated cars, drones, connected cars, smartphone Apps for Economics & Transportation, wireless networking, and control theory. He likes to do research with industry and get it into the marketplace. He holds car-to-road networking patents with Toyota, a UAV patent with BAE Aerospace, and has car-to-car networking contributions standardized by the SAE into J2945. He created technology for the successful start-up and is now founder and CEO of He is currently advisor to the World Bank, recipient of USDOT's Connected Vehicle Technology award 2011, UC Berkeley's Energy and Climate Lectures Innovation Award 2014, and has authored over a hundred papers spanning control theory, networking, drones, and transportation.

Sriram Gopalakrishnan

Valeo India R&D Center, Chennai, India.
Title: Towards affordable e-mobility. [+]


Abstract: This talk will present how the electrification of powertrain is developing in the next decade and why specific affordable technologies are mandatory to allow massive electrification and consequently, massive benefit on air pollution. A comprehensive market analysis will be provided, regarding regulations in major countries, effect of Dieselgate, trends in battery costs, as well as proprietary market forecast for the world and for India with the distribution between different kind of hybrid and electric solutions. A specific focus will be made on cost benchmark and TCO benchmark between electric and traditional cars to emphasize the challenges in terms of cost reduction. A specific insight on Urban mobility will be given, to demonstrate how electrification triggers a blossoming offer in that space, and what are the main opportunities as well as new market segments. 48V technology will be then demonstrated as a key lever to offer affordable electrification for urban mobility segments, and several kinds of 48V vehicles will be showcased as typical examples. Finally we will make a focus on how the “make in India” spirit would fit well to address the challenge of affordable e-mobility.

Bio: Sriram G is heading the Valeo India R&D Center, Chennai. He has 30+ years of experience in Automotive field. Under his leadership, the Valeo R&D center in India has grown significantly, contributing to the Valeo’s world wide R&D efforts to bring innovative solutions. The India R&D team supports design and simulation activities for transmission clutches, engine & electrical systems, thermal climate control, engine cooling, comfort and driving assistance products to Valeo sites across the world. Also, automotive embedded software development and electronics hardware design teams were added in the Valeo India R&D Center for global support. In near future, the India R&D Center will become one of the largest technical center for Valeo, outside of Europe. Now, Sriram’s focus is design and development of products with technology focus on CO2 reduction and e-mobility and Advanced driver assistance systems for the Indian market needs. He has rich experience in product development, program management, marketing & quality assurance areas. He has successfully launched many products with most of the OEMs in India, going through the complete product development cycle. He actively supports industry-academy collaborative projects. He drives the theme continuous improvement & learning and “Go-Green”. Sriram hold a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and MBA in Marketing.

Bhargava Rama Chilukuri

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India.
Title: Study of Mixed Traffic: Challenges and Opportunities. [+]


Abstract: With increasing traffic congestion in the Indian cities leading to longer delays and increasing pollution, there has been an interest to develop effective traffic management strategies. Unfortunately, most of the traffic science literature deals with homogeneous vehicular traffic with lane-based movement and is inadequate to represent the traffic conditions in the south Asian countries, especially India. This presentation will attempt to highlight the research challenges and opportunities associated with the study of the mixed traffic. The first part of the talk will present the state-of-the-art research and practice of traffic data collection, modelling, and analysis with respect to the mixed traffic. The later part of the presentation will describe the shortcomings of the current research/practice and identify the potential research problems for academia and industry. The last part will highlight some of the research activities in the study of mixed traffic by the transportation group at the IIT Madras. The purpose of the presentation will be to stimulate interest of the research community and promote collaboration for developing solutions for the mixed traffic conditions.

Bio: Bhargava R. Chilukuri was born and brought up in Khammam, Telangana. He earned his B.Tech. (hons) from the IIT Kharagpur, M.S. from the University of Utah, and Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to his Ph.D., Dr. Bhargava has worked for several years in the industry in the USA and obtained his Professional Engineer license. He joined IIT Madras as an Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering in December 2016. His areas of interest include traffic flow theory and modelling, traffic control of highways and arterials, and networks.

Workshop Schedule

09:00AM - 09:05AM Opening Remarks by the Workshop Co-Chairs
09:05AM - 10:05AM Keynote Talk 1: Of Henry Ford and Igor Sikorsky: Low Altitude Aviation and the Automobile, Raja Sengupta, University of California Berkeley, USA
10:05AM - 10:25AM Travel Time Variability and Route Choice: An Integrated Modelling Framework
10:25AM - 10:45AM A Laser Curtain for Detecting Heterogeneous Lane-less Traffic

10:45AM - 11:15AM Tea Break

11:15AM - 12:00PM Keynote Talk 2: Towards Affordable E-mobility, Sriram Gopalakrishnan, Valeo India R&D Center, Chennai, India
12:00PM - 12:20PM Traffic Density Estimation under Lane Indisciplined Conditions using Strips along the Road Width
12:20PM - 12:40PM Two Wheeler Rash Drive Detection using Smartphones
12:40PM - 01:00PM Motion Characterization for Vehicular Visible Light Communications

01:00PM - 02:00PM Lunch

02:00PM - 02:45PM Keynote Talk 3: Study of Mixed Traffic: Challenges and Opportunities, Bhargava Rama Chilukuri, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India
02:45PM - 03:05PM Traj-Cloud: A Trajectory Cloud for enabling Efficient Mobility Services
03:05PM - 03:25PM Evaluating DTN Routing Schemes for Application in Vehicular Networks
03:25PM - 03:45PM Development and Evaluation of a low-cost WiFi Media Access Control Scanner as Traffic Sensor

03:45PM - 04:15PM Tea Break

04:15PM - 04:35PM A Network Planning Approach for Truck Restriction in Heterogeneous Traffic
04:35PM - 04:55PM Coordinated Intelligent Traffic Light using Uppaal Stratego
04:55PM - 5:45PM Panel Discussion
05:45PM - 06:00 PM Best Paper Award and Workshop Closure

ITS Workshop Co-Chairs

C.S. Shankar Ram

C.S. Shankar Ram

IIT Madras, India

Lavanya Marla

Lavanya Marla

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Program Committee:

Would be updated periodically.

  • Bachu Anilkumar Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • S. P. Anusha College of Engineering Trivandrum, India
  • Bhargava Rama Chilukuri Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
  • Rajesh Jayaprakash Tata Consultancy Services, India
  • Gopal Krishna Kamath Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
  • S. Vasantha Kumar Vellore Institute of Technology, India
  • Manoj Panda Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, India
  • Abdul R. Pinjari IISc Bangalore
  • Gitakrishnan Ramadurai IIT Madras
  • Hrishikesh V Raman Indian Institute of Information Technology Sricity, India
  • Venkatesh Sarangan Tata Consultancy Services, India
  • Lelitha Vanajakshi Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India