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Conference on
Sustainability and Emerging Transportation Technology (SETT) 2020
Shaping the Future of Mobility

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center

100 Academy Drive, Irvine, CA 92617

August 31 – September 2, 2020


Conference Overview and Scope  

Utopia or dystopia?  Transportation technologies (e.g., CAV) and new approaches to mobility (e.g., shared)  are advancing so fast that it can be difficult for policy makers to frame incentives, regulations, and market signals to promote all three pillars of sustainability: equity, the environment, and the economy.  The 2020 Conference on Sustainability and Emerging Transportation Technology will be held on August 31 – September 2, 2020, at the NASEM Beckman Center in Irvine, California, will address questions around how policy-makers, the private sector, NGOs, academics, and others can work together to shape new mobility solutions to benefit all users of our transportation systems.

The SETT 2020 conference brings together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to discuss and debate the intersection of sustainability and emerging transportation technologies. Because these terms are often used quite broadly, we define them here.

  • The concept of sustainability takes a holistic view of the “triple-bottom-line”, i.e. environmental, economic and social factors. Technology shouldn’t create more problems than it solves in terms of social equity (i.e., accessible, inclusive, safe, secure), economic efficiency (i.e., cost-efficient and within people’s ability and willingness to pay) or environmental responsibility (i.e., reduces carbon pollution and improves water and air quality).
  • Emerging transportation technologies include those in the early stages of adoption, being deployed as “pilots,” or expected to come to market in the near-term. Examples include new mobility services (e.g., ridehailing, e-scooters), digital technologies (e.g., dynamic pricing, shared data exchanges, and payment platforms), connected and automated vehicles (e.g., SAE levels 1-3), transportation electrification, and autonomous goods delivery services (e.g., rolling robots, drones).

This call invites you to submit presentation proposals to be programmed into technical session or poster session by January 31, 2020.

Call for Abstracts

We are seeking abstracts from researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and students about emerging issues at the intersection of sustainability and transportation technologies. Suggested themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Moving beyond car-centric cities
  • Shared mobility
  • Decarbonization and VMT reduction 
  • Data-driven impact analyses
  • Advances in measurement and modeling 
  • Balancing equity and efficiency
  • Impacts on planning and policy
  • Promoting holistic sustainability outcomes in the areas of equity, economic development, and the environmental stewardship.
  • Life cycle environmental impacts of new technologies
  • Case studies and examples from practice, including decision-making approaches and impacts of regulation
  • Policy implications of new technologies 

We will be accepting abstracts in the following categories:

  • Scientific/research abstracts
  • Practitioner/policy/case study abstracts
  • Student-led abstracts (lead author must be a full- or part-time student at time of submission)

Each abstract will undergo a formal peer review process, and authors will be notified of whether their presentation is accepted to the conference program. Accepted presentations will be included in the conference program either as podium or poster presentations. Highly rated abstracts will be invited to submit full length papers for a special issue of the Transportation Research Record (TRR).

Submission Format

Proposals must be written in English and include name, affiliation, and contact information (email) for the corresponding presenter. Information about all co-authors must also be provided. To be considered for presentation abstracts should be limited to 250 words and must:

  • Identify which of the topic areas the presentation will address; and
  • Demonstrate that the work to be presented is sufficiently advanced beyond untested new ideas or early work in progress. Consolidated results of recent projects or studies are preferred.

See sample presentation abstract: http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/dva/specialtyconferences/Example_Abstract.pdf.

What are the Benefits of Being a Presenter?

The SETT 2020 presenters receive valuable professional exposure at this gathering of international experts participating in the TRB and State DOTs networks. We will promote your name and organization on the conference website and conference program. Presenters also receive a reduced registration rate.

To Submit an Abstract: 

You may submit an abstract at the following link: trb.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/38/home, or you can find more information at [Insert link].

How are Proposals Selected?

Experts on a technical selection committee who favor end-user perspectives, innovative ideas, applied science and case studies, and timeliness of subject and relevancy to the conference themes identified above will review all abstracts.

Important Dates

  • Open Call for Abstracts:  December 1, 2019
  • Close Call for Abstracts:  February 1, 2020
  • Notify Abstract Submitters:  March 1, 2020
  • Advanced Technical Program Available:  April 1, 2020