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2nd Symposium on Management of Future Motorway and Urban Traffic Systems (MFTS2018)

MFTS2018 brings together representatives of policy, industry and science to discuss the latest advances in the field of traffic management
Jun 11 2018
Jun 12 2018

The 2nd Symposium on Management of Future Motorway and Urban Traffic Systems (MFTS2018) will be hosted by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra (Italy).

On two days, 11 and 12 June 2018, representatives of policy, industry and science will discuss the latest advances in the field of traffic management. 

MFTS2018 aims to give answers to

  • How to address challenges of current and future traffic management
  • How connectivity and automation can support an enhanced traffic management in the future
  • Options for a future enhanced traffic management: centralized vs. decentralised

Keynote speakers

  • Steven Shladover, California PATH Program Manager. University of California, Berkeley
  • Dirk Helbing, Professor of Computational Social Science, Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences. ETH Zurich
  • Umberto Fugiglando, Senseable City Lab. Massachussets Institute of Technology

A number of selected speakers will provide key contributions in the form of presentations/posters.

After the selection process for abstracts, the following  programme has been drafted.

/jrc/en/file/document/175531MFTS2018 programme

Booklet of Abstracts

Abstracts submitted for presentation to the Symposium have been collected into a booklet.

A special issue on the Management of Future Motorway and Urban Traffic Systems will be published on the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Full paper submission deadline is October 31st. Submission is not restricted to MFTS2018 participants.

Venue and travel information

Joint Research Centre
European Commission
Via E. Fermi 2479
 I – 21027 Ispra (Varese)

Transport from the main transportation hubs (Milan Malpensa Airport, Milan Linate Airport, Lugano Airport, Milan Central Station and Lugano Railway Station) to the MFTS2018 venue will be provided.

Also the transport from/to the hotel and the dinner location will be provided.

Contact and committees

For any questions, abstracts submission and registrations, please mail to

Organising committee

The organising committee is responsible for the overall organisation of the event.

Scientific committee

The scientific committee supports the organising committee in the selection of the scientific topics, key-note speakers and the presenters based on the abstract submitted.


The MFTS2018  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.

As connectivity and automation are being progressively introduced in our transport and mobility systems, there is indeed a growing need to understand the implications and opportunities for an enhanced traffic management as well as to identify innovative ways and tools to optimise 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 this context, the MFTS2018 will provide a remarkable opportunity to share novel ideas and discuss future research directions.

The MFTS2018 will be the second of a series initiated in Chania in 2016, in the framework of the ERC grant TRAMAN21.

It intends to give continuation to the topics that were discussed at the former event and specifically recognise the opportunities for enhanced traffic management approaches on the basis of advanced communication and automation technologies.

The organisation of the MFTS2018 is coordinated with the organisation of the 15th IFAC Symposium on Control in Transportation Systems ( event to be held on June 6-8, 2018 in Savona, IT).

What we do

The r-evolution of driving: from Connected Vehicles to Coordinated Automated Road Transport (C-ART): Part I: Framework for a safe & efficient Coordinated Automated Road Transport (C-ART) system (PDF)

An analysis of possible socio-economic effects of a Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility (CCAM) in Europe (PDF)