WCTR 2023

17 - 21 July, 2023 in Montréal, Québec, Canada


The conference is an initiative of the World Conference on Transport Research Society.

The aims of the conference are to bring together experts in all areas of transport research from all parts of the world and to stimulate the exchange of ideas in the field of transport policy and practice.

The conference covers the following topic areas (Special Interest Groups, or SIGs):

  • A: Transport Modes – General
  • B: Freight Transport and Logistics
  • C: Traffic Management, Operations and Control
  • D: Activity and Transport Demand
  • E: Transport Economics and Finance
  • F: Transport, Land-use and Sustainability
  • G: Transport Planning and Policy
  • H: Transport in Developing and Emerging Countries
  • I: Infrastructure Design and Maintenance

Please visit this page to know more about each of these SIGs and their sub-SIGs.


The 16th World Conference on Transport Research will be held on-site at the Palais des congrès in Montreal, Canada, from 17 to 21 July 2023.

The Palais des congrès (convention centre) is located at the heart of downtown Montreal and there are plenty of accommodation options all around the site. The Palais is connected to the Montreal subway (Place d'Armes station) system and you will receive a public transport pass to travel across the city.

Location map of the Palais.

Please visit our Submissions section for more information on the submission process.

Please visit our Registration section for more information on fees and visa for travel (if needed).


Program overview

The program will be available later in 2023. Here is a quick overview:
Mon 17 Jul : WCTRS-Young initiative and Welcome Cocktail
Tue 18 Jul : Opening Ceremony + Technical, plenaries and special Sessions
Wed 19 Jul : Technical, plenaries and special Sessions
Thu 20 Jul : Technical, plenaries and special Sessions + Gala Dinner
Fri 21 Jul : Closing Ceremony + Technical, plenaries and special Sessions

Social events

Registration includes breaks and lunches, and the welcome cocktail. A gala dinner with be held at the Port of Montreal (additional fee).

Technical tours

Many technical tours will be available during the event. Details to come.


Please remind these important deadlines for the conference.

As soon as possible: request for visa letter (please visit our Registration section for more details)
20th January: registration opens
15th March: deadline for special session submissions
15th March: last day to send out responses to authors
17th April: deadline for early registration fee (presenters must register before this date)
31st May: deadline for paper updating in Easychair
10th July: deadline for online registration
17th July: conference begins (on-site registration)
Summer is a busy season in Montreal. Please plan your trip early (flight and accommodation).


Registration is now open! Please follow this link to access full information on fees and register to the conference.

Visa application

You may need a visa to come to Canada. Please check this on the Government of Canada website. Please take attention to the visa processing time.

If you need a visa, we will have to send you an invitation letter for the application. Click here to fill a form asking for the information that are needed.

Bursaries award

There are a number of bursaries available for some participants, depending on their country of affiliation. Please see this Call for bursary awards for more information.


Special session proposal

We are now inviting SIG/ST chairs to submit a proposal to create a special session for consideration to be included in the WCTRS 2023 program. Special sessions are meant to provide additional flavor to the conference besides regular technical sessions. Please note that you must be registered to the conference to participate to these sessions. Deadline for proposal: 15th March 2023. The proposals may be sent to wctr2023@cirrelt.ca with a copy to gpatil@iitb.ac.in
Call for special sessions (PDF format)
Call for special sessions (Word format)

Regular papers

Submissions for regular tracks must be made through Easychair. Please log in or create an Easychair account and click on this page: EasyChair WCTR 2023. Select "make a new submission" to access the submission page and the instructions.

Here are some instructions that can be found on the EasyChair page.

Template and format

Paper must be submitted in PDF format, using the templates that are provided :
either click on the link "Submission templates" at the upper right of the EasyChair submission page, or
click here to access Microsoft Word template files,
click here to access LateX template files,
or click here to see a sample PDF file.
Papers must be a maximum of 20 pages, including references and appendices.

Publication process

WCTRS publishes select papers in Elsevier Transport Research Procedia and special issues of many reputed journals. The list of planned special issues will be published on this website.  Your submission must be made using the Proceedia model, but additional instruction may follow if your paper is recommended for the special issue of another journal.  You must use the template even though you do not wish to publish your work via WCTR.  Your paper must not have been presented or published elsewhere.

Cost to participate to the conference

The cost of registration to the conference will vary around 500-950 USD (early rate), depending of your country of origin and the date of registration.  This includes the WCTRS membership fees for 3 years, attendance to sessions, midday lunches and coffee break.

Information for filling Easychair submission form sections

1) Author information. Provide information for all authors of the paper, and identify the presenter and the corresponding author.

2) Title and Abstract. Enter the title and a short abstract of your paper.

3) Keywords. Give at least 3 keywords that describe the content of your paper.

4) Topics. Provide a WCTR topic for your paper (to facilitate the reviewing process).  You can visit the WCTRS website to know more about the special interest groups at https://wctrs-society.com/special-interest-groups/.

5) Other Information and Files

You are asked to write at least 3 highlights sentences for your paper.  Highlights are very valuable to facilitate the review process.

You are asked if you want your paper to be considered for the publication process.  If not, the paper will be reviewed for presentation, but will not be published via WCTR.

At the end, upload your paper in PDF format.


Conference Directorate

  • President, Tae OUM (Vancouver, CANADA)
  • Chair Scientific Committee, Lóránt TAVASSZY (Delft, NETHERLANDS)
  • SCC Vice-chair Conference, Gopal PATIL (Mumbai, INDIA)
  • Secretary General, Greg MARSDEN (Leeds, ENGLAND)
  • Chair of Local Organizing Committee, CIRRELT Director Martin TREPANIER (Montreal, CANADA)
  • Local Conference President, Catherine Morency (Montreal, CANADA)

Scientific committee

  • Scientific Committee Chair: Lori TAVASSZY (TU Delft, The Netherlands)
  • WCTRS President: Tae Hoon OUM (University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Vice Chair for SIGs: Hideki NAKAMURA (Nagoya University, Japan)
  • Vice Chair for Prizes: Sergio JARA-DIAZ (University of Chile, Chile)
  • Vice Chair for Conferences: Gopal PATIL (IIT-Bombay, India)
  • Vice Chair for Publications: Anming ZHANG (University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Vice Chair for Publications (Procedia): Fusun ULENGIN (Sabanci University, Turkey)
  • Vice Chair for Communications: Maria ATTARD (University of Malta, Malta)
  • Editor-in-Chief for Transport Policy: Xiaowen FU (Hongkong Polytechnic University, China)
  • Editor-in-Chief for Case Studies in Transport Policy: Rosário MACÁRIO (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal and University of Antwerp, Belgium)
  • WCTR 16 Conference Director: Catherine MORENCY (Ecole Poltytechnic Montreal, Canada)
  • WCTR 16 Conference Vice-Director: Martin TREPANIER (Ecole Poltytechnic Montreal, Canada)
  • Young Initiative Lead: Laetitia DABLANC (Université Gustave Eiffel, France)
  • Topic Area A- Thierry VANELSLANDER (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Topic Area B- Johan WOXENIUS (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) and Michael BROWNE (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
  • Topic Area C- Zong TIAN (University of Nevada at Reno, USA)
  • Topic Area D- Bhargab MAITRA (IIT-Kharagpur, India)
  • Topic Area E- Georgina SANTOS (Cardiff University, UK)
  • Topic Area F- Haixiao PAN (Tongji University, China) and Masanobu KII (Kagawa University, Japan)
  • Topic Area G- Stephen ISON (De Montford University Leicester, UK) and Maria ATTARD (University of Malta, Malta)
  • Topic Area H- Binyam REJA (World Bank, China) and Meng LI (Tsinghua University, China)
  • SIG A1 Chair: Martin DRESNER (University of Maryland, USA)
  • SIG A1 Co-Chair: Chikage MIYOSHI (Cranfield University, UK)
  • SIG A1 Co-Chair: Yuichiro YOSHIDA (Hiroshima University, Japan)
  • SIG A2 Chair: Thierry VANELSLANDER (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
  • SIG A2 Co-Chair: Enrico MUSSO (University of Genova, Italy)
  • SIG A3 Chair: John PRESTON (University of Southampton, UK)
  • SIG A3 Co-Chair: Yung-Cheng (Rex) LAI (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
  • SIG A3 Co-Chair: Melody Khadem SAMENI (Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran)
  • SIG A4 Chair: KE Seetha RAM (Asian Development Bank Institute, Philippines)
  • SIG A4 Co-Chair: Yoshitsugu HAYASHI (Chubu University, Japan)
  • SIG B1 Chair: Kun WANG (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China)
  • SIG B1 Co-Chair: Aseem KINRA (University of Bremen, Germany)
  • SIG B3 Chair: Ralf ELBERT (Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany)
  • SIG B3 Co-Chair: Jason MONIOS (Kedge Business School, France)
  • SIG B3 Co-Chair: Gunnar STEFANSSON (University of Iceland, Iceland and Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
  • SIG B4 Chair: Michael BROWNE (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
  • SIG B4 Co-Chair: Anne GOODCHILD (University of Washington, USA)
  • SIG B5 Chair: Sushant Sharma (Texas A&M University, USA)
  • SIG B5 Co-Chair: Lori TAVASSZY (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
  • SIG C1 Chair: Xiaobo QU (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
  • SIG C1 Co-Chair: Xiaopeng LI (University of South Florida, USA)
  • SIG C2 Chair: Keshuang TANG (Tongji University, China)
  • SIG C2 Co-Chair: Zong TIAN (University of Nevada at Reno, USA)
  • SIG C2 Co-Chair: Azusa TORIUMI (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • SIG C3 Chair: Ashish BHASKAR (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
  • SIG C4 Chair: Wael ALHAJAYSEEN (Qatar University, Qatar)
  • SIG C4 Co-Chair: Babak MEHRAN (University of Manitoba, Canada)
  • SIG D1 Chair: Caroline BAYART (Laboratoire d’Economie des Transports, Lyon, France)
  • SIG D1 Co-Chair: Catherine MORENCY (Polytechnique Montréal, Canada)
  • SIG D2 Chair: Chandra BHAT (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • SIG D3 Chair: Bhargab MAITRA (ITT-Kharagpur, India)
  • SIG D4 Chair: Juan CARRASCO (University of Concepcion in Chile, Chile)
  • SIG E1 Chair: Füsun ÜLENGIN (Sabanci University, Turkey)
  • SIG E1 Co-Chair: Özay ÖZAYDIN (Dogus University, Turkey)
  • SIG E2 Chair: Georgina SANTOS (Cardiff University, UK)
  • SIG E2 Co-Chair: Paolo BERIA (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
  • SIG E2 Co-Chair: Marco PERCOCO (SDA Bocconi School of Management, Italy)
  • SIG F1 Chair: Masanobu KII (Kagawa University, Japan)
  • SIG F1 Co-Chair: Rolf MOECKEL (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
  • SIG F2 Chair: Patrick JOCHEM (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
  • SIG F2 Co-Chair: Wei-Shiuen NG (International Transport Forum, OECD, France)
  • SIG F3 Chair: Ye LI (Tongji University, China)
  • SIG G1 Chair: Greg MARSDEN (University of Leeds, UK)
  • SIG G1 Co-Chair: Louise REARDON (University of Birmingham, UK)
  • SIG G2 Chair: Guenter EMBERGER (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
  • SIG G2 Co-Chair: Yacan WANG (Beijing Jiaotong University, China)
  • SIG G2 Co-Chair: Takeru SHIBAYAMA (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
  • SIG G3 Chair: Stephen ISON (De Montfort University, UK)
  • SIG G3 Co-Chair: Maria ATTARD (University of Malta, Malta)
  • SIG G4 Chair: Helena TITHERIDGE (University College London, UK)
  • SIG G4 Co-Chair: Caroline MULLEN (University of Leeds, UK)
  • SIG G6 Chair: Lawrence FRANK (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • SIG G6 Co-Chair: Haneen KHREIS (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • SIG H1 Chair: Shinya HANAOKA (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
  • SIG H2 Chair: Ashish VERMA (Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, India)
  • SIG H2 Co-Chair: Keping LI (Tongji University, China)
  • SIG H5 Chair: Varameth VICHIENSAN (Kasetsart University, Thailand)

Local organizing committee

  • Ahsan Habib, Dalhousie University
  • Babak Mehran, University of Manitoba
  • Catherine Morency, Polytechnique Montréal
  • Claude Comtois, Université de Montréal
  • Francesco Ciari, Polytechnique Montréal
  • Geneviève Boisjoly, Polytechnique Montréal
  • Lina Kattan, University of Calgary
  • Luis F. Miranda-Moreno, McGill University
  • Marie-Soleil Cloutier, Institut nationale de la recherche scientifique
  • Martin Trépanier, Polytechnique Montréal
  • Matthew Roorda, University of Toronto
  • Nicolas Saunier, Polytechnique Montréal
  • Owen Waygood, Polytechnique Montréal
  • Nicolas Saunier, Polytechnique Montréal
  • Radhwane Boukelouha, Polytechnique Montréal
  • Teodor Gabriel Crainic, Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Trevor Hanson,University of New Brunswick
  • Ugo Lachapelle, Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Yan Cimon, Université Laval
  • Zachary Patterson, Concordia University

Support staff:

  • Radhwane Boukelouha, Polytechnique Montréal
  • Pierre Marchand, Université Laval
  • Pierre-Léo Mongeon-Bourbonnais, Polytechnique Montréal
  • Nathalie Sargo Andrade, Université de Montréal

Our Sponsors

ARTM With a view to sustainable development and regional cohesion, the Authority plans, organizes, finances and promotes public transit in the greater Montreal metropolitan area in order to offer a simple, integrated, fluid and efficient mobility experience. ARTM will provide a weekly Zone A public transport pass to all participants during the conference.
AMD The Agence de mobilité durable, a paramunicipal organization, breaks new ground for more sustainable mobility by managing curbside and off-street parking spaces it is assigned, by monitoring public space across Montréal and by providing better information to the community. It lends its sustainable mobility expertise to the City of Montréal in order to improve quality of life and contribute to Montréal’s economic vitality by ensuring that space is shared equitably, and that the city is accessible to all.
Gouvernement du Québec The Québec government is proud to participate in this world conference through the ministère des Transports et de la Mobilité durable. The Ministère’s mission is to ensure the sustainable mobility of people and goods throughout Québec’s territory using efficient and safe transportation systems that contribute to the development of the province.
CARGOM CargoM’s mission is to bring together all Greater Montreal freight transport and logistics stakeholders whose activities promote Montreal as an industry hub around common goals and concerted actions to increase its cohesion, competitiveness, growth and reach.
IVADO IVADO generates, stimulates and supports initiatives in artificial intelligence (AI), by bringing together the research community, organizations and institutions.
Port de Montréal A North American ocean port at the heart of the continent and a hub for international trade that contributes to the well-being of its clients and partners and to the economic development of Greater Montreal, Quebec, Ontario and Canada while respecting the environment.
Stantec Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That's why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind.
True North Marine True North Marine is Canada’s only ship-routing service provider, an expert in optimized weather routing and decarbonization solutions for ocean-going vessels. TNM uses an AI-enabled software to provide the safest, most efficient routes for vessels while helping bring down the carbon footprint of each voyage.
Civil The mission of Civilia is to be at the heart of the urban mobility transformation by providing cities and public transit authorities the tools and knowledge to drive a more fluid and efficient mobility.
Communauto Communauto is the largest car sharing operator in Canada, with more than 3,000 cars available in station-based or free-floating services in more than 15 cities.
Kiewit Kiewit is one of North America’s largest and most respected engineering and construction organizations.
ViaRail VIA Rail Canada Inc.’s mandate is to operate the national passenger rail services on behalf of the Government of Canada, offering intercity rail services and ensuring rail transportation services to regional and remote communities.
Palais The convention centre that combines the very best in experiential trends and knowhow with Montréal’s trademark creativity. Always at the service of international visitors looking for a unique and safe experience, the Palais promises unforgettable events and memories.
Civil The synergy of 900 members, partners and tourism industry stakeholders who collectively aim to maximize the economic benefits of tourism in Montréal and across all of Québec.
CIRRELT Interuniversitary Research Centre on Entreprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation. A group of 120 professors from 15 universities of the province of Quebec.
FRQ The Fonds de recherche du Québec ensure the funding and the promotion of excellence in research and training in the fields of natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, healthcare, social and human sciences, arts and letters.