Call for Abstracts

  • The Steering Committee of the 15th International Conference on Automated People Movers and Automated Transit Systems is accepting proposals for complete sessions and abstracts for individual papers to be presented at the conference. Final papers are optional for accepted abstracts; those submitted will be published in the Conference Proceedings upon final approval.

    Submit an abstract or session proposal  

    Download the Call for Abstracts

    Conference Topics

    • History:  Past experience pertaining to APMs and ATS, with lessons learned applicable to current practice and future trends.
    • Airports:  Assessment of newly implemented projects and those under planning, design, and implementation.  Both on-airport and airport access applications may be addressed.
    • Major Activity Centers and Urban Transit Projects:  Applications related to urban transit in general, college campuses, commercial and entertainment zones, sports complexes, transit oriented development, the city of the future, and other focused or unique urban projects.
    • Automation Related to Upgrading Train Control Systems: Applications related to the automation of existing non-automated transit systems. Concepts, plans, designs, and projects related to both APMs and other transit systems that feature various levels of automation will be welcomed.
    • PRT:  The status of on-going and planned PRT projects, analysis and design developments, and future applications.
    • New and Emerging Technologies: Recent developments and a radical look into the future of autonomous road vehicles, the use of the internet, and other applications.
    • System Improvements:  Renovating, improving, and replacing older systems, advances in train controls and communications, and applications of new or emerging technologies. 
    • Fixed Facilities:  The latest developments and future concepts for guideways, stations, maintenance and storage buildings, and other related facilities.
    • Policies:  Integration of APMs, PRT, and autonomous vehicles with other forms of transportation; their attributes from the perspectives of sustainability and energy, urban planning, smart growth, livable communities, and involvement by government agencies.
    • Project Delivery:  Current and future trends in funding, financing, procurement, and asset management.
    • Safety, Security, and Standards:  The latest thinking, developments, and applications pertaining to safe and secure design and operations, hazard analysis and mitigation, and ASCE APM Standards.
    • Operation & Maintenance (O&M) of APMs

    Submission Options

    There are two submission options on the Paper Management System. Please review the options below as it is important that you select the correct option:

    1. Individual Abstract
      Individual abstracts can be submitted under one of the following categories:
      • For PowerPoint presentation at the conference, with full paper in conference proceedings
      • For PowerPoint presentation at the conference only
      • For poster presentation at the conference, and full paper in conference proceedings
      • For poster presentation at the conference only
    2. Session Proposal
      Session proposal must include the name of a moderator and abstracts for four presentations on the same topic/theme.

    General Notes And Requirements On Submissions

    • The login name and password used for the abstract upload must be the same for the final paper upload. They cannot be changed to a different login name and password.
    • Papers are optional for accepted abstracts, and will be included in conference proceedings upon final approval.
    • If your submission is accepted, you are required to register for the Conference by the Speaker Registration Deadline, and are required to make a PowerPoint presentation in your approved and assigned session.
    • All sessions are intended to be 90 minutes long. The amount of time slotted for your PowerPoint presentation is dependent on the number of speakers in your session.
    • Abstract and Session submissions will be reviewed for decisions on acceptance. The Conference Organizing Committee reserves the right to remove abstracts from a full session on technical grounds and/or add other submitted abstracts that are a better fit for the session.
    • Presentations will be selected from the open call as well as by special invitation.
    • Allowable file types are Word 2003 (.doc) / 2007 (.docx) or rich text format (.rtf). Columns and PDFs are not allowed.
    • ASCE does not reimburse or pay the presenter's costs to attend the conference.
    • T&DI does provide presenters a reduced registration rate.
    • A non-refundable administrative fee of $25 will be charged at the time of draft paper submission.
    • Please make sure you can accept emails from mirasmart.com.


    Proceedings will be published to document this conference. Authors of accepted abstracts are strongly encouraged to submit an 8 to 12-page final paper for inclusion in the proceedings. The proceedings will be published and copyrighted by ASCE. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain any necessary permissions or approvals from employers, project owners, or clients prior to submission of the final paper for publication. Material included in your submission from previously published sources, including the Internet, may require permission from the copyright holder of that publication or website. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain the permission for reuse of this material and include the appropriate credit information in the paper.

    For publication questions contact  Donna Dickert