MFTS 2020

The 3rd Symposium on Management of Future Motorway
and Urban Traffic Systems

6-8 July, 2020 • Luxembourg

IMPORTANT UPDATE: MFTS 2020 is going virtual

The MFTS20 Organizing Committee has decided to move to a virtual event format for this year to be held from July 6th to July 7th

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Important dates

Abstract Submission Deadline:  February 15th

Submission Extended Deadline: March 1st

Notification Acceptance:  April 20th

Registration opening:  May 1st

MFTS20 Begins In

Call For Papers

The transportation sector is facing a revolution thanks to the introduction and increased penetration of new vehicle technologies (e.g. electrification), advanced driver assistance and vehicle automation systems, and connectivity between vehicles and infrastructure. 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 Autonomous 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.

In particular the debate on centralized versus decentralized traffic management in the presence of connected and automated vehicles has started attracting the attention of the research community in the last decade. Furthermore, a recently launched H2020 Call highlighted the importance of taking care of the transition towards fully connected and automated mobility systems, and to look at this problem also from a broader multimodal perspective, involving both passengers and freight.

Motivated by this increased attention, in 2016 the symposium on Management of Future Motorway and Urban Traffic Systems was organized in Chania (Greece) by the Technical University of Crete in the frame of an ERC Grant, TRAMAN21. This event was characterized by an impressive list of invited lectures from a number of selected speakers from all over the world. The second edition was then hosted by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra (Italy) in 2018, adopting a more traditional format of an open call for contributions. The main emphasis remains on engaging in open discussions, and creating a community of experts and relevant stakeholders that will collaborate to identify the challenges and propose solutions for managing future transport systems.

As continuation of the first two editions, MFTS2020 will focus on future traffic management systems, covering the subjects of traffic control, estimation, and modelling of motorway and urban networks, with particular emphasis on the presence of advanced vehicle communication and automation technologies.

While the conference will keep the format proposed in Ispra with an open call for extended abstracts, the conference will particularly put emphasis on challenges and solutions for urban traffic systems and for motorways by organizing in two parallel tracks, the first aiming to highlight the importance of managing multimodal systems and urban traffic controls, the second targeting research and showcasing of motorway management with an increased presence of connected and autonomous vehicles.

On two days, 6 and 7 July 2020, representatives of policy, industry and science will discuss the latest advances in the field of traffic management. In addition, a third day (8th July) will be dedicated to thematic workshops.

MFTS2020 aims to continue the discussion on the following points:

  • How to address challenges of current and future traffic management (urban and motorways)
  • How connectivity and automation can support an enhanced traffic management in the future
  • Options for a future enhanced traffic management: centralized vs. decentralised.
In this context, MFTS2020 will provide a remarkable opportunity to share novel ideas and discuss future research directions.

Suggested topics

A list of topics that are particularly welcome are here suggested:
  • Traffic Management in the Presence of CAVs
  • Dynamic models for CAVs (Micro and Macroscopic level)
  • Traffic Management and Coordinated Systems
  • Advanced Public Transport Systems
  • Advanced Vehicle Control and Safety Systems
  • Human Behavior and Acceptance in the presence of CAVs
  • Incidence 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
We particularly encourage works that combine scientific and practical aspects, as well as presentation of results from pilots and controlled and real-life testing

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Submission Guidelines

All extended abstracts should be written in English and be maximum 2000 words, acknowledgement and references excluded. The abstract should be submitted in PDF or Microsoft Word format. The document should start with the paper’s title, authors, address, followed by a short summary text (max 200 words) and the keywords (up to five). Please, indicate the author who will present the paper with an asterisk (*). The short summary should not include any table, picture, figure, etc. In the short summary, please briefly explain the aim and scope of your study, the methodology used, and the main conclusions of the study. The short summary should be single-spaced in 11pt Times New Roman. Authors are requested to submit extended abstracts in electronic form (PDF, MS-Word doc or docx) via the submission system in . The scientific committee will read your abstracts and evaluate its potential for presentation at the symposium. However, the incorrect formats may result in your abstract being returned to you by e-mail. All extended abstracts will be published in the conference proceeding e-book. Submission of full paper is not required for the symposium. All accepted extended abstracts will be invited to submit a full paper for Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, after the symposium. All pages must be numbered. Major headings are typed bold in 12pt upper case (capital letters), with two line spaces above and one line space below. Text should be justified (extend to the right-hand margin) and be typed to fill the full depth of the text area. Please, use a single-spaced 12pt Times New Roman typeface. Do not indent the text paragraphs.

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Keynote speakers



European Commission

Connected, Cooperative and Automated Mobility (CCAM): EU policy perspective and agenda

The deployment of Connected, Cooperative and Automated Mobility (CCAM) can contribute significantly to EU policy goals of bringing down the number of road fatalities, reducing harmful emissions from transport and reducing congestion. It has the potential to improve the mobility system as a whole, by making transport safer, more accessible and sustainable. An overview of the European policy and current and upcoming projects and initiatives regarding CCAM will be given in this keynote.

Short bio:

Tom Alkim is Policy Officer Connected & Automated Driving at the European Commission, Directorate General Research & Innovation. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of ITS, C-ITS and Automated Driving and was a constant factor for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management at Rijkswaterstaat, the National road operator. He was part of the core team that was responsible for the Declaration of Amsterdam and the European Truck Platooning Challenge during the Dutch EU presidency in 2016. Now he’s working with the European Commission on advancing Connected & Automated Driving in a responsible manner to deliver societal benefits. In this capacity he was co-organiser of the Second European Conference on Connected & Automated Driving ( also co-chair of the Working Group on Cooperation and Coordination of R&I in the EU CCAM (Connected, Cooperative and Automated Mobility) Single Platform for Open Road Testing and he is also involved in an expert group to advise the European Commission on specific ethical issues raised by automated driving.



École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Recent advances in MFD research

Human mobility in congested city centers is a complex dynamical system with high density of population, many transport modes to compete for limited available space and many operators that try to efficiently manage different parts of this system. New emerging modes of transportation, such as ride-hailing and on-demand services, and new technologies, such as autonomous vehicles, create additional opportunities, but also more complexity. The new era of sharing information and ‘big data world’ has raised our expectation to make mobility more predictable and controllable through a better utilization of existing resources and capacity. The primary motivation of this talk is to study the spatiotemporal relation of congested links in large networks, develop new advancements in the Macroscopic Fundamental Diagram, observe congestion propagation from a macroscopic perspective, identify the effect of multimodal interactions in network capacity and finally design network-level control strategies to improve multimodal mobility. Investigating the clustering problem over time help us reveal the hidden information during the process of congestion formation and dissolution. In this framework, we will be able to chase where congestion originates and how traffic management systems affect its formation and the time it finishes. Different control strategies are developed based on principles of optimization control theory.

Short bio:

Prof. Nikolas Geroliminis is an Associate Professor at EPFL and the head of the Urban Transport Systems Laboratory (LUTS). Before joining EPFL he was an Assistant Professor on the faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He has a diploma in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and a MSc and Ph.D. in civil engineering from University of California, Berkeley. He is an Associate Editor for Transportation Research part C, IEEE Transactions on ITS and Transportation Science. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board's Traffic Flow Theory Committee. His research interests focus primarily on urban transportation systems, traffic flow theory and control, public transportation and on-demand transport, car sharing, Optimization and Large Scale Networks. He is a recipient of the ERC Starting Grant METAFERW: Modeling and controlling traffic congestion and propagation in large-scale urban multimodal networks. Among his recent initiatives is the creation of an open-science large-scale dataset of naturalistic urban trajectories of half a million vehicles that have been collected by one-of-a-kind experiment by a swarm of drones (

Organizing Committee



University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Scientific Program


University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg



University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg



University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg






6-8 July 2020