Urban Transport 2011
17th International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment
6 - 8 June 2011
The 17th International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment has recently been held in Pisa, Italy, co-organised by the University of Pisa, represented by the Co-Chairman Professor Antonio Pratelli, and the Wessex Institute of Technology (WIT), represented by the other Co-Chairman, Professor Carlos A Brebbia.
Opening Address by Professor Carlos Brebbia
Professor Carlos A Brebbia opened the conference in the name of his Institute explaining the importance of this type of meeting within the objectives of WIT, which are to disseminate knowledge at an international level. This conference in particular has been organised in Pisa as a result of a collaborative agreement with the University, an agreement which has already produced other joint activities.
Eminent Scientist Medal Awarded to Professor Antonio Pratelli
Professor Brebbia then referred to the personality of Antonio Pratelli, Professor of Transport Systems and Traffic Engineering at the University of Pisa. Antonio’s career has been outstanding since graduating as a civil engineer summa cum laude at the same Institution.
He has been Visiting Professor at many renown Universities such as Florence, Siena, Iowa State and more recently collaborates with the University of Bahrain in the field of Transport Systems Design and Planning.
He contributes to several Masters Programmes in his field of research and has been Scientific Director of Research Programmes for the Italian Ministry of Education and Research amongst many other similar contacts.
Professor Pratelli is the author of several textbooks adopted by many Italian Universities and has published close to 100 scientific papers.
His professional activities are no less impressive, having contributed to network planning and road facilities in different Italian locations, consulted for large shipping and delivery firms, and collaborated in feasibility studies and design for important highway facilities. In the past decade he has designed a number of roundabouts in different locations around Italy.
Professor Pratelli is currently Director of Transport Systems Analysis Laboratory at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Pisa, as well as Director of the Toscan Logistics Laboratory at Leghorn.
Following these remarks, Professor Brebbia awarded Professor Pratelli the Eminent Scientist Medal of the Wessex Institute of Technology, which in the past has been awarded to other renowned researchers.
Professor Pratelli then delivered his keynote address on ‘Testing for a large roundabouts capacity model: experimental comparisons between Italy and Bahrain.’ which was co-authored with Professor H.M.N Al-Madani of the University of Bahrain.
The variety of topics covered by the conference are of primary importance for analysing the complex interaction of the urban transport environment and for establishing action strategies for transport and traffic problems. The conference presented up-to-date material on a series of important topics classified as follows;
Special Presentation by Mr Wai-Leung Tang
A special presentation was made by Mr Wai-Leung Tang, Chief Engineer at the Transport Department of the Hong Kong Government who gave an overview of the Transport System in Hong Kong. Mr Tang is in charge of formulating the transport planning strategy, and overseeing a wide range of planning-related issues.
There were a series of invited presentations which helped to enhance the meeting.
International Scientific Advisory Committee
The International Scientific Advisory Committee of the conference met over dinner to discuss how the meeting ought to evolve and decide upon new topics for when it is reconvened in 2013 (the 2012 conference is to be held in A Coruña, Spain). Several topics were suggested to account for emerging areas of research and applications. The consensus was that the conference has been very successful this year and that this was in great part due to our hosts, the University of Pisa. Hence it is important to decide upon the 2013 venue taking into consideration the commitment of possible partners. WIT’s conference division will now investigate the locations proposed and find the most appropriate in terms of facility access and prices.
Conference Dinner in Lucca
The conference dinner took place in Lucca, the town where Professor Antonio Pratelli lives. It included a tour of the main landmarks. The town is renown for the perfect condition of its walls and fortifications, as well as for being the birthplace of the renown composer Guiseppi Verdi. It was founded by the Romans as a military citadel and the influence can still be seen in part of the town where the streets run at straight angles. The Roman amphitheatre has been changed in the most charming manner. It is now an elliptical form with the walls and gates incorporated in a series of houses. This creates an oblong Piazza in its centre where the arena once was, which is renown because of its beautiful proportions.
Publication of Papers
The proceedings of Urban Transport XVII, 736pp (Print ISBN: 978-1-84564-520-5; Online ISSN: 1746-4498) are available in paper and digital format from WIT Press priced at £316/US$632/€442. Orders can be placed on the WIT Press web site at www.witpress.com or by email:
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