Pre-Call UTSG 2024: 56th Annual UTSG Conference in Huddersfield 1-3 July 2024

Dear Colleagues, 

The 56th Universities’ Transport Studies Group (UTSG) Annual Conference will take place at the University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK between 1 and 3 July 2024

The Conference will have an international scope, so contributions from colleagues outside the UK and Ireland are very much welcome! 

Colleagues are reminded that the UTSG conference is a doctoral-student-friendly conference and as always, we are particularly encouraging research students to submit their work. Also, we will run a mentoring-surgery scheme to support colleagues across different career stages and doctoral students. 

The UTSG conference at Huddersfield will operate a collaboration initiative for special issues with top-tier journals including Travel Behaviour and Society (Elsevier), Transportation Planning and Technology (Taylor & Francis), and IET Intelligent Transport Systems (Institution of Engineering and Technology). 

The call for papers and more details about the conference organisation and initiatives will be circulated in January 2024. 

* Indicative submission dates: 

Abstract (300 words) submission deadline: Monday 11 March 2024 

Final paper/extended abstract submission deadline: Monday 10 June 2024 

We are looking forward to welcoming you at Huddersfield! 

On behalf the organising committee, with my best wishes, 

Prof. Alexandros Nikitas 

*Contact for UTSG related matters: 

EDI@UTSG present in-person workshop in Newcastle University

Dear Colleagues and PhD students,

You are cordially invited to the UTSG Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) present in-person workshop. The details of the event are as follows:

Venue: Courtyard, Newcastle University, Room 2:21 Old Library Building

Date: 1st February 2024, 13:00 to 17:00

If you are interested in attending, please, let us know by filling in the registration form HERE.

About the EDI@UTSG workshop:

Following on from the November EDI@UTSG webinar, this present in person event will provide an opportunity start putting EDI into practice and acting not just talking. The UTSG Transport Community will learn from those who have experience with EDI issues and the challenges faced in the workplace. Professor Glenn Lyons of the University of West of England will give an opening address followed by Jennie Martin MBE who will share her experience working in the transport technology environment. Dr Vi Parker will describe the EDI Toolkit recently launched at Newcastle University. This will be followed by an opportunity of delegates to put EDI into practice through discussion and engagement.

This workshop will be of interest to the UTSG research community at all stages of their career, from PhD students through to Professors. Also, the workshop may be of interest to those who offer advice to research staff within universities.

By attending the workshop delegates will have a richer understanding of EDI issues that have been faced by others and how they were resolved. Thus, through this raised awareness of experiences that those with specific characteristics can face in academia and research they will be better able to step into the shoes of people who are different. Delegates will learn how to better manage and embed EDI in their lives and equipped with the understanding of the EDI Toolkit will help the UTSG to work as a team to cultivate a more inclusive environment. In this way we will learn why EDI is important in the UTSG community and how to make EDI our business.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 1st of February.

UTSG EDI Committee

Special Issue: Advancing the Study of Intelligent Transport Systems: Selected Studies from UTSG2023

IET Intelligent Transport Systems
Call for Papers

This issue of IET ITS will consist of 8-10 selected papers drawn from the 55th Annual Universities’ Transport Study Group Conference, hosted by Cardiff University in July 2023. The Annual International UTSG Conference is the largest academic transport event in the UK and Ireland. It is a forum where researchers come together to discuss research needs, research in progress and recent findings, and to give research students the opportunity to present papers on their work ( We expect more than 80-100 papers to be submitted; the authors of the very best manuscripts that are aligned with the journal’s scope will be invited to have their papers considered for inclusion in this special issue. The papers submitted will be subject to a rigorous review process from the UTSG Executive Committee first and then from your typical review process. The papers of our special issue will reveal the range of academic research within the UTSG community, with differing research approaches and areas of study. The common denominator will be how the advancement of intelligent transport systems research is achieved; thus the title of the special issue. When we have the submissions available we will invite the very best papers to be submitted in IET ITS and hopefully we will be able to formulate a more tight thematic direction for the special issue. Our UTSG community will happily help us in building up the special issue by accepting and delivering promptly reviews.

Deadline for Submissions: 15 January 2024

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

– Sustainable Traffic Solutions

– Deployments with enabling technologies

– Demonstrations and evaluation

– Economic and behavioural analyses of ITS services and scenarios

– Data integration and analytics

– Electric vehicles

– Intelligent/Autonomous Vehicles

– Connected Vehicle Systems

– In-vehicle ITS, safety and vulnerable road user aspects – Mobility as a Service Systems

– Traffic management and control

– Public transport systems technologies

– Demand management and electronic payment systems – Transport policy and institutional issues

– Human machine interaction

– Education, training and outreach

For more information about the journal please visit IET Intelligent Transport Systems and read our Author Guide.

Please submit your paper via ScholarOne.

In January 2021, The IET began an Open Access publishing partnership with Wiley. The Open Access Article Processing Charge (APC) for articles accepted for this special issue is 2,200 USD. For further information on APCs, and support for APCs including Wiley’s institutional agreements and Research4Life initiative which offers waivers and automatic discounts for certain countries, please see our FAQs.