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Mobility is one of the biggest societal challenges of the future that is to be addressed in all cities around the word. There is an ever-growing population, increasing concentration of people in cities, environmental concerns, and the growing aspirations of people towards vehicle ownership, especially in developing countries. All of these throw up myriad challenges to improve transportation systems – in order to make them more efficient, increase their safety and comfort level, and reduce their negative impacts on the environment. At the same time, a variety of recent developments in the domains of engineering and information and communication technologies (ICT) have opened up possibilities that are poised to disrupt transportation systems in the near future. These include autonomous vehicles, electromobility, intelligent traffic lights and autonomous intersection management, the possibilities of ride sharing and aggregation services (such as those provided by Uber), and new toll pricing policies, parking management systems and public transport management systems using dynamic policies. In addition, the emergence of data science and analytics will also provide new tools using which transportation systems and services will be managed in the future. The confluence of this multitude of technologies and tools from different domains and the impact they will have in future transportation systems will be the theme of this special issue on Transportation Cyber-Physical Systems.
The aim of this special issue will be to feature articles on new technologies that will impact future transportation systems. They might span across vehicular technologies – such as autonomous vehicles, vehicle platooning and electric cars, communication technologies to enable vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, security mechanisms, infrastructure-level technologies to support transportation, as well as management systems and policies such as traffic light control, intersection management, dynamic toll pricing and parking management. In addition to terrestrial transportation, traffic control and autonomous management of aerial vehicles and maritime ships are also of interest.
An important goal of this special issue is also to bring together perspectives from multiple research communities such as Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering – all of whom are going to play an important role in shaping future transportation systems.
This special issue seeks submissions reporting on projects and associated research on one or more of the following topics:
• Data-driven modeling, analysis and management of large-scale transportation CPS
• Infrastructure-based terrestrial and air traffic monitoring, control and management
• Human, autonomous system and infrastructure interaction and human-in-the-loop control
• Close loop sensing, control, actuation of networked automated terrestrial and aerial vehicles
• Networking support for real-time highly-reliable V2X and airspace networking
• Emerging transportation modes with shared mobility and participatory delivery
• Technologies for autonomous vehicles, testing, verification and case studies
• Toll pricing, intelligent traffic lights, parking management
• Technologies for shared mobility and service aggregation, especially in dynamic environments
• Management and control of Electric vehicles and infrastructure
• Emerging automotive embedded systems technologies
• Case studies, testbeds, prototypes, and practical systems for Transportation CPS
• Safety, dependability, Security, privacy issues for Transportation CPS
• Analysis of heterogeneity, resiliency and sustainability issues for Transportation CPS
• Testing and verification of dependable Transportation CPS
In addition to reporting original research results and innovative applications, tutorial style papers on specific topics are also welcome.
• Full paper submission deadline: December 1, 2017
• First author notification: March 15, 2017
• Revised paper due: June 1, 2018
• Final author notification: September 1, 2018
• Expected publication: February, 2019