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16th International Conference
on Intelligent Transport Systems Telecommunications

October 15-17, Lisbon — Portugal

Registrations are now open


ITST conference was founded by the National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (, Japan) in 2000 as one of the first forums dedicated to intelligent transport systems. During the last seventeen years, ITST became the trademark of newest ideas and latest research results from the leading industrial entities and scientific institutions in the area of transport communications.

Former editions of ITST were organized in Japan (in 2000, 2001 and ), Korea (2002), Singapore (2004), France (2005, and ), China ( ), Thailand (), Russia (), Taiwan (), Finland (), Denmark () and Poland ().

The 16h edition of International Conference on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Telecommunications (ITST 2018) will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, in October 14-17, by and , under the technically co-sponsorship of .

ITST 2018 intends to be the forum where academia and industry present, discuss and share the recent advances of telecommunications and its impact on Intelligent Transportation System. Plenary sessions, invited talks, thematic workshops, demonstrations and pannel discussions will be part of an amazing experience, in the vibrant and newly rediscovered city of Lisbon.


The advances of ICT created the opportunity to redesign the area of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in a way that enables the emergence of a new mobility paradigm. Vehicle automation and cooperative applications and services are key components of this new paradigm, crossing all the transportation sectors and having a major impact in urban mobility.

Telecommunications plays a central role in all this process. Although standardisation is already on going and large-scale experiments are being deployed, there are a lot of research challenges to be addressed in such large scale, heterogeneous and mobile network.

ITST 2018 intends to be the forum where academia and industry present, discuss and share the recent advances of telecommunications and its impact on Intelligent Transportation System. Plenary sessions, invited talks, thematic workshops, demonstrations and panel discussions will be part of an amazing experience, in the vibrant and newly rediscovered city of Lisbon.

  • Topics
  • Submission Guidelines
  • Student paper contest
  • Important Dates

Contributions are expected to address relevant areas of communications in one of the following domains:

  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Road communications, including soft-modes
  • Maritime communications
  • Communications for railway systems
  • Aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles communications
  • Communication systems for multimode transport systems
  • Emergency communications

The topics cover, but are not necessarily limited to the following:

Radio networks
  • Resource allocation and management
  • Interference management
  • Propagation models
  • Antennas
  • Electromagnetic compatibility
  • Deployment challenges
  • Performance evaluation
  • Satellite and cellular positioning
  • Safety and security of wireless system
Vehicle communications
  • In-vehicle communications
  • Vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure communication
  • Vehicle-to-Internet communications
  • Vehicle-to-vulnerable road users communication
  • Roadside infrastructure and core network
  • Electric vehicle-to- Grid communication
Network architectures
  • Communication architecture
  • Software-defined vehicular network
  • Cloud-based vehicular network
  • Fog and Roadside Computing
  • Delay Tolerant Networks
  • Network architecture for multimodal communications
  • Security architectures
  • Performance evaluation
  • MAC/Link layer protocols
  • Routing protocols
  • IP mobility protocols
  • Location services and protocols
  • Transport protocols
  • Data dissemination protocols
  • Multimedia transmission protocols
  • Security protocols
  • Cross layer protocols
Cooperative applications/services
  • Autonomous driving applications
  • Safety and traffic management applications
  • Freight distributions applications
  • Green ITS applications (soft-modes, shared mobility and electric mobility)
  • Multimodal applications
  • Emergency management applications
  • Other type of applications
Standards, technologies and testbeds
  • Performance evaluation of access technologies
  • Performance evaluation of positioning technologies
  • Open issues on standards
  • Lessons learned from real testbeds
  • Challenges of large scale networks
  • Protocol conformance testing, interoperability testing and quality assessment
Open issues and future trends


The demo session intends to be the forum for presentation of results of research projects, but also for startups and industry to show advances beyond the state-of-the-art.

Authors are welcome to submit demo abstract demonstrating working prototypes in areas that fit within the CFP.

  • Submission guidelines
  • Important dates

The submission is done using system. Submitted abstracts should not exceed 2 pages formatted according to the .

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed according to the scientific merit and novelty.
Authors of accepted abstracts will have a two-minutes opportunity to pitch their work, during a special session.
All accepted and presented abstracts will be included in IEEE Xplore and indexed by EI.

The best demo will receive an award based on the merit, novelty and pitch presentation.


  • Special sessions
  • Submission guidelines
  • Important dates
GNSS Railway

Session conveners: Juliette Marais, IFSTTAR (FR), Omar Garcia Crespillo, DLR (DE), Cosimo Stallo , Radiolabs (IT)

Railways already relies on satellite-based localization systems but mostly for non-safety related applications. However, driven by economic reasons, the use of these systems for more stringent services and, in particular, in signaling system is seriously investigated today and tested all around the world.
The developments have made huge progress in the past years: from global demonstration of concept to the development of elements of the systems (hybrid localization units, integrity monitoring schemes, augmentation systems…). A number of technical solutions have been developed and demonstrated. Some real advances are noticed, in particular, in the ERTMS framework, considering the use of GNSS-based virtual balises. But GNSS is also investigated for other services such as train integrity.
The session will present the latest results and projects dealing with the introduction of GNSS in the railways. Papers are expected to focus on technical issues for performance enhancement as well as safety demonstrations, experimental results of GNSS reception characterization or operational system demonstration.

New challenges in wireless communications for Railways

Session conveners: M. Berbineau, IFSTTAR (FR), Ke Guan, BJTU (CN), José Soler, DTU (DK), Thomas Kürner, TUB (GE)

To increase quality, reliability, safety and security of railway systems while increasing accessibility and productivity, we observe ever increasing fluxes of information between various stakeholders, central databases and field devices widely distributed along infrastructures and inside trains. This trend is accentuated by the development of automation and driverless systems and autonomous trains. Robustness, reliability, high data rate, spectral efficiency, optimization of radio resource usages, low latency and low energy consumption are of significant interest for railway applications. Evaluating the performance and new challenges of wireless communication systems requires radio channel models for numerous propagation environments and in very different frequencies (from 1 GHz to mmW for example). Furthermore, dedicated antennas need to be developed with adequate performance and placement. Innovative solutions at network level are also needed (heterogeneous handover, new architecture, scheduling aspects, etc.) and incorporation of new paradigms such as SDN or NFV, may impact current service offer and enable new ones. Safety and security are also strong requirements for wireless communications for railways including cybersecurity.
The session will present the latest results and projects addressing these challenges.

Maritime communications

Session conveners: Michele Fiorini, The EIT (UK)

The movement of goods by sea has supported world commerce for centuries, however global shipping and the movement of goods by sea have seen substantial changes during the last decades, in terms of both the sheer number and dimensions of ships in an increasingly interconnected global economy. Drone ships are upon us. It is not any more question of if rather when. Harbour tug, ferry and even autonomous oceangoing cargo ships are expected to navigate our seas in a decade or less according to same optimistic forecasts.
Are these realistic expectations or just commercials? Are we at the beginning of a new disruptive innovation with new player enter the market such as Uber and Spotify did in other sectors?
The near miss tragedy of the Costa Concordia, just over the centenary of Titanic’s tragedy, leads to a reflection on the safety of the maritime navigation and the role of wireless communication have played in the global shipping.

The purpose of the special session is to facilitate interactions between university researchers, students, start-ups, NGOs, SMEs, industries and administrations dealing within the maritime domain. The topics relevant to the session span from systems (CSS, EZZ protection, AIS, satellite surveillance, e-NAV, drones, etc..) to services (SAR, VTS, VDES, Single Window -Port Management-, anti-piracy, etc..) and all combinations. Innovative concepts and practical applications are particularly welcome.

Reliability of vehicular communications

Session conveners: Jacek Rak, Gdansk University of Technology (PL)

The purpose of this special session is to enable discussions among researchers from academia and industry on reliability of vehicular communications, which still remains an extraordinary challenge especially under unfavourable conditions. Special focus of the session is put on the issue of delivery of data to intended receivers in accordance to requirements of applications.


  • Important dates
  • Registration
  • Registration fees

Important notice:
Regular paper submission

Paper submission: 1 June 2018
Notification of acceptance: 1 July 2018
Camera ready version due: 22 July 2018
Registration and payment due: 27 July 2018

Demo abstracts

Paper submission: 1 June 2018
Notification of acceptance: 1 July 2018
Camera ready version due: 22 July 2018
Registration and payment due: 27 July 2018

Special sessions

Paper submission: 1 July 2018
Notification of acceptance: 8 August 2018
Camera-ready version due: 15 August 2018
Registration and payment due: 5 September 2018


General Co-chairs

Teresa Vazão

Fernando Mira da Silva

Steering Committee

Alexey Vinel
Halmstad University (SE)

Christian Bonnet
EURECOM Institute (FR)

Gabrielle Landrac
Institut Telecom/Telecom Bretagne (FR)

Guangjun Wen

Makoto Itami
Tokyo University of Science (JP)

Marion Berbineau

Michele Fiorini
The IET (IT) 

Passakon Prathombutr

Tatiana Kozlova Madsen
Aalborg University (DK)

Jacek Rak
Gdansk University of Technology (PL)

Invited Sessions Chair

Luís M. Correia

Special sessions Co-chairs

Cosimo Stallo
Radiolabs (IT)

Jacek Rak
Gdansk University of Technology (PL)

José Soler

Juliette Marais

Ke Guan

Marion Berbineau

Michele Fiorini
The IET (UK)

Omar Garcia Crespillo

Thomas Kürner
TUB (GE) (To be confirmed)

Publicity Co-chairs

António Grilo

Barbara Masini
University of Bologna (IT)

Jacek Rak
Gdansk University of Technology (PL)

Ke Guan
Beijing Jiaotong University (CN)

Local Organizing Committee

Laercio Cruivinel

Ricardo Lopes Pereira

Rui Cruz

Sandra Sá

Technical Program Committee Chair

Alexey Vinel
Halmstad University (SE)

Marion Berbineau

Paulo Pereira

Technical Program Committee Members (Preliminary version)

Alexandre Santos
UMinho (PT)

Alexey Vinel
Halmstad University (SE)

Amjad Gawanmeh
Khalifa University (AE)

Andreas Festag
TU Dresden (DE)

Andrew Jones
De Montford University (UK)

Anis Laouiti

Antonella Molinaro
University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria (IT)

António Grilo

Barbara Masini
University of Bologna (IT)

Bernd Wolfinger
University of Hamburg (DE)

Bujar Krasniqi
University of Prishtina (CR)

Chih-Wei Huang
National Central University (TW)

Chong-kwon Kim
Seoul National University (KR)

Christoph Mecklenbräuker
Vienna University of Technology (AT)

Chung-Ming Huang
National Cheng Kung University (TW)

Claudia Campolo
University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria (IT)

Deyun Gao
Beijing Jiaotong University (CN)

Dieter Fiems
Ghent University (BE)

Edison Pignaton de Freitas
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (BR)

Fernando Mira da Silva

Fernando Velez

Ghais El Zein

Hassan Al-Muhairi
Khalifa University (AE)

Hiromasa Habuchi
Ibaraki University (JP)

Hiroyuki Hatano
Utsunomiya University (JP)

Huei-Ru Tseng
Industrial Technology Research Institute (TW)

Ion Tutanescu
University of Pitesti (RO)

Jacek Rak
Gdansk University of Technology (PL)

Jaime Lloret
Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (ES)

Jaizki Mendizabal

Javier Gozalvez
Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche (ES)

Jerzy Konorski
Gdansk University of Technology (PL)

Joel Rodrigues
National Institute of Telecommunications/IT (BR)

Jose Soler
Technical University of Denmark (DK)

Jozef Wozniak
Gdansk University of Technology (PL)

Juliette Marais

Kayhan Zrar Ghafoor
University of Koya (IQ)

Ke Guan, Beijing
Beijing Jiaotong University (CN)

Kohei Ohno
Meiji University (JP)

Konstantin Mikhaylov
University of Oulu (FI)

Krzysztof Szczypiorski
Warsaw University of Technology (PL)

Krzysztof Wesołowski
Poznan University of Technology (PL)

Luis Bernardo

Makoto Itami
Tokyo University of Science (JP)

Manuel Ricardo

Marc Brogle
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (CH)

Marc Le Devendec
Bolt and Yurdal Consult (DK)

Marek Natkaniec
AGH University of Science and Technology (PL)

Marilia Curado
University of Coimbra (PT)

Mario Freire

Marion Berbineau

Matthias Vodel
Chemnitz University of Technology (DE)

Meng-Lin Ku
National Central University (TW)

Michael Mackay
Liverpool John Moores University (UK)

Michael Wagner
Continental AG (DE)

Michal Hoeft
Gdańsk University of Technology (PL)

Michele Fiorini
Leonardo Company S.p.A.(IT)

Ming-Fong Tsai
Feng Chia University (CN)

Mohamed Kassab

Nai-Wei Lo
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (TW)

Oivind Kure

Pascal Lorenz
University of Haute Alsace (FR)

Paulo Pereira

Pedro Sebastião

Robil Daher
German University in Cairo (EG)

Rongxing Lu
Nanyang Technological University (SG)

Rui Cruz

Rui Diniz

Scott Trent
IBM Research - Tokyo (JP)

Sherali Zeadally
University of Kentucky (US)

Sinem Coleri Ergen
Koc University (TR)

Sławomir Kukliński
Warsaw University of Technology (PL)


Sufyan Al-Janabi
University of Anbar (IQ)

Susana Sargento

Tatiana Madsen
Aalborg University (DK)

Teresa Vazão
INESC-ID/Instituto Superior Técnico (PT)

Thomas Kürner

Tianhua Xu
University College London (UK)

Tomotaka Wada
Kansai University (JP)

Vasco Soares
Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco (PT)

Wuyi Yue
Konan University (JP)

Xiangjie Kong
Dalian University of Technology (CN)

Yair Wiseman
Bar-Ilan University (IL)

Yasin Kabalci
Nigde University (TR)

Yousef-Awwad Daraghmi
Palestine Technical University Kadoorie (TW)

Yuh-Ren Tsai
National Tsing Hua University (TW)

Yusuke Hirota
National Institute of Communication and Information Technology (JP)

Zsolt Saffer
Budapest University of Technology and Economics (HU)


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