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Call for Submissions

On behalf of the Steering Committee, we invite you to participate in the 17th International Conference on Automated People Movers & Automated Transit Systems being held in Chicago, Illinois, from June 29 to July 2, 2020. Come share your opinion and hear what planners, inventors, engineers, APM and transit system designers, suppliers, builders, government officials, owners, and operators of automated transit of all forms have to say as these technologies are discussed in Chicago. Network with your fellow attendees at meals and breaks, and talk to exhibitors about what equipment and services they have to offer. Take advantage of the APM & ATS conference’s international collegial community to share experiences and innovations, look to the future, and discuss the lessons from the past, and learn about the latest developments in automated transit.

Attending the technical program will make you eligible for professional development hours (PDHs) that can be used to show your commitment to maintaining your competency to licensing boards. Enjoy a technical tour of the modernized and expanded Airport Transit System (ATS) at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Like APMs and ATS, this conference has been around the world: Yokohama (1991), Paris (1996 and 2011), Las Vegas (1997), Copenhagen (1999), San Francisco (2001), Singapore (2003), Orlando (2005), Vienna (2007), Atlanta (2009), Phoenix (2013), Toronto (2016), and most recently, Tampa (2018). We now look forward to welcoming attendees from around the world to Chicago.

Submission Options

  • Abstract for a PowerPoint presentation at the conference only. (Papers not accepted under this option) | Deadline: January 31, 2020
  • Abstract for a PowerPoint presentation at the conference, with full paper in conference proceedings. (CLOSED) | Deadline: December 5, 2019

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 31, 2019

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Conference Topics

  • History – Past experience pertaining to APMs and ATS with lessons learned as applicable to current practice and future trends.
  • Airports – Newly implemented projects and projects being 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 – On-going 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
  • 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

Session Proposals

You may choose to submit a session proposal by emailing it to Debi Denney. 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. The proposal must identify a title, and a description of the session and panelists. Proposals for panel discussions must also be submitted to Debi Denney by January 31, 2020.

General Notes and Requirements on Submissions

  • 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.
  • In cases where an abstract is submitted under a “paper” category, papers will only be included in conference proceedings upon meeting the requirements for final approval. The proceedings will be published within 3 months of the conference.
  • A maximum of three submissions for podium presentation per speaker will be accepted.
  • If your submission is accepted under any submission category, you will be required to register for the Conference by the Speaker Registration Deadline and will be required to make a PowerPoint presentation (if approved for podium presentation) or display your poster (if approved for poster display) in your approved and assigned session. Registration by the speaker registration deadline is also a mandatory requirement for inclusion of a paper in the conference proceedings if submitted and approved.
  • For those intending to submit a paper for the conference, the allowable file type for papers is MS Word. PDFs are not allowed. All papers should be in accordance with ASCE’s paper formatting guidelines.
  • ASCE does not reimburse or pay the presenter's costs to attend the conference.


Proceedings will be published online to document this conference. Authors of accepted abstracts for papers will be required to submit an 8- to 12-page final paper for inclusion in the proceedings. The paper should be in accordance with ASCE’s paper formatting guidelines. 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.


Thursday, December 5, 2019  |  Abstracts Due (Presentation-with-Paper Category)
Wednesday, December 18, 2019  |  Decision Notifications Sent (Round I) 
Friday, January 31, 2020 |  Final Papers Due (Presentation-with-Paper Category)
Friday, January 31, 2020  |  Abstracts and Session Proposals Due (Presentation-Only Category)
Friday, February 14, 2020  |  Comments on Final Papers Sent (Presentation-with-Paper Category)
Thursday, February 25, 2020  |  Decision Notifications Sent (Round II)
Thursday, February 25, 2020  |  Revised Final Papers Due (incorporating Reviewer Comments)
Tuesday, February 25, 2020  |  Speaker Registration Deadline (Presentation-with-Paper Category)
Wednesday, April 15, 2020  |  Speaker Registration Deadline (Presentation-Only Category)
Monday, June 29, 2020  |   Proceedings Published
June 29 - July 2, 2020  |  Conference Dates

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