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14th COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals (CICTP 2014)

Conference Theme: Safe, Smart and Sustainable Multimodal Transportation

July 4 - 7, 2014, Changsha, China

Call for Papers

The 14th COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals (CICTP2014) will be held July 4-7, 2014, in Changsha, China. The CICTP2014 is jointly organized by Central South University, Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA). The CICTP proceedings will be published by Elsevier, and all the proceedings papers will be indexed via the EI Compendex, which can be accessed worldwide. The CICTP series, established by COTA and sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), is the premier gathering for transportation professionals worldwide, and for those who are interested in contributing to or gaining a profound understanding of transportation development in China and other countries. As the hosts and organizers of CICTP2014, Central South University and COTA warmly welcome transportation professionals at all levels from academia, industry, and government agencies to participate in and/or contribute to the CICTP2014.

The CICTP2014 will address critical issues and challenges emerging from the development of safe, smart and sustainable multimodal transportation systems. The conference will provide a platform for exchanging and sharing of the international experiences in developing and applying innovative solutions and advanced technologies in transportation. In addition to regular technical sessions, several plenary sessions are planned for internationally prestigious experts and scholars to discuss the state-of-the-art/practice transportation development. Other special forums will be focused on issues that are of great interest to the audience of various backgrounds, including the World Bank Transportation Development Forum, Dean Forum for Chinese University Transportation Schools, and COTA Professional Development Forum for Young Scholars and Students. The best-paper awards and other professional awards will be granted to the authors of excellent papers or institutes/enterprises which have made outstanding contributions to the development of transportation systems in China. The 3rd China Transportation Research and Technology Exhibition will be also held in conjunction with the CICTP2014 to showcase the latest achievements of research and practices, which include the exhibition of innovative and creative research results by graduate students.

Conference Spotlight Theme

Safe, Smart, and Sustainable Multimodal Transportation


We solicit submission of original research, as well as experience and vision papers, from both researchers and practitioners. We welcome any topics in the following areas:

  • Transportation Policy, Economics, and Education
  • Transportation Planning and Modeling
  • Traffic Safety and Human Factors
  • Transportation Security and Emergency Responses
  • Transportation Energy, Environment and Sustainability
  • Road Traffic Operations, Management, and Control
  • Rail Operations, Management and Control
  • High-Speed Rail Safety
  • Public Transit
  • Aviation, Marine and Water Transportation
  • Pavement and Materials Engineering, and Highway Construction and Maintenance
  • Logistics and Freight Transportation
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

Abstract Submission

The online abstract submission opens via the CICTP2014 conference website at The abstract, no more than 300 word, must be written in English and include the paper title, the names of authors and their affiliations as well as no more than five keywords.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission DeadlineOctober 10, 2013
Abstract Acceptance NotificationOctober 20, 2013
Full Paper Submission DeadlineJanuary 5, 2014
Full Paper Acceptance NotificationFebruary 10, 2014
Revised Paper Submission DeadlineMarch 1, 2014
ConferenceJuly 4-7, 2014

Conference Fellowships

There will be a limited number of CICTP2014 Travel and Publication Fellowships granted on a competitive basis to overseas authors. The awardees are still responsible for their international and domestic travel costs. The acceptance of papers does not guarantee the award of these fellowships.

Proceedings and Publication

The conference proceedings will be published by Elsevier and indexed via the EI Compendex. Selected papers from previous CICTPs have been invited to submit to special issues of SCI-indexed journals such as IET Intelligent Transportation Systems Journal, and ASCE Journal of Urban Planning and Development. We plan to continue this tradition and seek to publish special journal issues for CICTP2014 on internationally recognized journals, including:

  • ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering
  • ASCE Journal of Urban Planning and Development
  • IET Intelligent Transportation Systems Journal
  • Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Transportation Research Part C
  • Transportation Research Part D

Conference Organizer

Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA) (
Central South University (CSU)

Conference Sponsors

  • Transportation and Development Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), USA
  • Transportation Research Board (TRB), USA
  • Elsevier
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers, USA
  • China Natural Science Foundation, China

Contact Information

Questions about this conference should be directed to

Central South University: Dr. Helai Huang (,
COTA: Dr. Jianming Ma ( or
COTA: Dr. Yafeng Yin (