The 15th IFAC Symposium on Control in Transportation Systems (CTS 2018)

The 15th IFAC Symposium on Control in Transportation Systems (CTS 2018) was held in Savona University Campus, Italy, on June 6-8 2018. The Symposium was organized by the Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics and Systems Engineering of the University of Genova in Italy. It was sponsored by the IFAC Technical Committee TC7.4 on Transportation Systems and co-sponsored by the IFAC Technical Committees TC 7.1 on Automotive Control, TC 7.2 on Marine Systems, TC 7.3 on Aerospace and TC 7.5 on Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles. The Symposium also received financial grants and organizational support from local companies and industries.

The local organizers – From left: Simona Sacone, Silvia Siri, Cecilia Pasquale

The National Organizing Committee was chaired by Prof. Simona Sacone and Prof. Silvia Siri from the University of Genova, Italy, while Dr. Nadia Mazzino from Ansaldo STS Hitachi Group acted as Vice Chair from Industry. The IPC Chair was Prof. Bart De Schutter from the Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands and the Symposium Editor was Prof. Antonella Ferrara from the University of Pavia, Italy.

The NOC Chairs with the Symposium Editor Antonella Ferrara at the Springer stand


Scope of the Symposium

The Symposium main scope is to gather the academic and industrial communities encouraging them to investigate new ideas, to share innovative solutions, and to discuss future research directions for the analysis, supervision and management of transportation systems. In fact, the continuous technological development of vehicles and infrastructures, as well as the increasing mobility demand for both passengers and freight, yield new challenges for researchers and practitioners to manage and control transportation systems in an efficient, synchronized and integrated way. The interactions of intelligent transportation networks with the environment and citizens’ daily life also require the design of safe and sustainable mobility systems.

Opening session

The 15th IFAC Symposium on Control in Transportation Systems has been a great opportunity for researchers in the transportation control field to share and discuss new ideas, to start new collaborations and to consolidate scientific and human relationships.

The CTS 2018 organizers with some colleagues of the University of Genova


Technical Program

In order to bring significant attention to the several kinds of transportation systems and to the most relevant and innovative research topics, 8 Special Tracks were organized and included in the program. These tracks were led by experienced scientists that acted as Track Editors and guided the review process.

The Symposium received 114 initial submissions, of which 78 papers were ultimately selected for presentation. The papers were handled by 71 IPC members from 24 different countries, counting on the activity of 60 Associate Editors and 215 reviewers.

The Symposium was attended by 100 participants from 26 different countries, 13% of attendees coming from industry, 45% of participants being students. The program featured 17 technical sessions, 6 of which were invited sessions.

The venue of CTS 2018: Savona Campus, University of Genova, Italy

In order to face specific and relevant topics in the area of control of transportation systems, 4 plenary speakers, coming from industry and academia, were invited:

  • Stefano Cangelosi (PSA Voltri Prà, Italy), “PSA VOLTRI-PRA’: the Automation Journey”
  • Carlos Canudas-de-Wit (GIPSA-Lab, Grenoble, France), “Optimal Traffic Control: Eco-Driving, Green-Waves, and Traffic Lights”
  • Christos Cassandras (Boston University, USA), “The Internet of Cars”
  • Markos Papageorgiou (Technical University of Crete, Greece), “Motorway Traffic Flow Modelling, Estimation and Control with VACS (Vehicle Automation and Communications Systems)”

The Plenary Speakers during their talk


The IFAC Young Author Award

The IFAC Young Author Award was established to be granted to a young researcher presenting his paper at the Symposium as the first author. The author of the paper should have been maximum 30 years old at the time of the event.

This award received 10 nominations, with selected finalists Zlatan Ajanovic (Virtual Vehicle Research Center, Graz, Austria), Nicolas Laurent-Brouty (Université Côte d’Azur, Inria, CNRS, LJAD, France) and Sebastiaan van Aalst (Flanders Make, Belgium).

The IPC Chair Bart De Schutter announcing the winner of the IFAC Young Author Award at the Social Dinner

The winner was Zlatan Ajanovic with the paper “A novel model-based heuristic for energy-optimal motion planning for automated driving” by Z. Ajanovic, M. Stolz, M. Horn. He was announced and awarded during the Social Dinner.

The three finalists of the IFAC Young Author Award


Social Program

The social dinner was organised on June 7th in the Sibilla room of the Priamar fortress, in Savona city centre. On the last day of the Symposium, a technical tour including a visit to the port of Genova was organized in collaboration with the Port Authority of the Western Liguria Region. Many Symposium attendees participated to both the events and this was, again, an occasion for the participants to start new collaborations and strengthen already established relations.

Priamar fortress in Savona, the venue of the Social Dinner




Simona Sacone

Silvia Siri

TC 7.4

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