Call For Abstracts

The Steering Committee of the 16th International Conference on Automated People Movers and Automated Transit Systems is accepting proposals for complete sessions and abstracts for presentations at the conference. Final papers are optional for accepted abstracts; those submitted will be published in the Conference Proceedings upon final approval.

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  • History: Past experience pertaining to APMs and ATS, with lessons learned applicable to current practice and future trends.
  • Airports: Newly implemented projects and projects in planning and design.
  • Major Activity Centers and Urban Transit Projects: Applications related to urban transit, university campuses, commercial and entertainment parks, sports complexes, transit oriented development,and other unique urban projects.
  • Personal Rapid Transit (PRT), Monorails, Moving Walkways, and Other Systems: Ongoing studies,projects, and future applications.
  • Automation Related to Upgrading Train Control Systems: Applications related to the automation of existing non-automated transit systems.
  • New and Emerging Technologies: Recent developments and a look at the future of autonomous transit vehicles.
  • System Improvements: Renovation and replacement of older systems, advances in train control and communications, and application of new and emerging technologies.
  • Safety, Security, and Standards: New developments and applications related to design and operations, hazard analysis and mitigation, and ASCE APM Standards.
  • Fixed Facilities: The latest developments and design concepts for guideways, stations, maintenance and storage buildings, and other facilities.
  • Construction: Innovation, approaches and techniques
  • Operation and Maintenance (O&M): Experience and lessons learned.
  • Project Delivery: Current and future trends in funding, financing, procurement, and asset management.
  • Planning and Policies: Integration of APMs, PRT, autonomous vehicles, and other transit with consideration of sustainability, smart growth, livable communities, roles of government, and private-public-partnerships.


  • Abstract for a PowerPoint presentation at the conference, with full paper in conference proceedings.
  • Abstract for a PowerPoint presentation at the conference only.

You may choose to submit a session proposal by emailing it to Bill Sproule. Session proposal must include the name of a moderator and abstracts for four presentations on the same topic/theme, along with name and affiliation of speaker(s) for each presentation.

You may also choose to submit a proposal for panel discussions of no more than 90 minutes, and educational workshops of no more than 4 hours. The proposal must identify a title, a description of the session and panelists, or instructors for a workshop. Proposals for panel discussions and educational workshops must also be submitted to Bill Sproule.


  • 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.
  • Abstract submissions will be reviewed for decisions on acceptance. The Conference Steering 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.
  • Papers will be included in conference proceedings upon meeting the requirements for final approval.  Papers should adhere to ASCE paper formatting requirements (PDF). Allowable file type is MS Word. PDFs are not allowed.
  • A maximum of 3 submissions will be accepted per speaker.
  • If your submission is accepted, you will be required to register for the conference by the Speaker Registration Deadline of , and will be required to make a PowerPoint presentation in your approved and assigned session. A reduced registration rate will be provided to all accepted speakers.
  • ASCE does not reimburse or pay the presenters' costs to attend the conference.
  • Proceedings will be published to document this conference. Authors of accepted abstracts for papers are required 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 online sources, 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.


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