10-14 October 2016 | MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA

Session Format, Opening, Closing


Opening Ceremony

Date: Monday 10 October 2016
Time: 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Venue Plenary Hall 2, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Who Can Attend: Full-Time and Day Registered Delegates

The Opening Ceremony will include the official welcome by ITS Australia and Australian Government representatives as well as the 3 regions ITS Asia Pacific, ITS America and ERTICO. The Opening Keynote presentation will be made by Mr Scott Charlton, Chief Executive Officer, Transurban. Presentation of the Hall of Fame individual Lifetime Achievement Awards will be made and senior representative from Cubic will invite guests to the Welcome Reception. Included will be an official Welcome to Country ceremony as well as lively entertainment and performances from local artists.

Closing Ceremony

Date: Friday 14 October 2016
Time: 3.45pm – 4.45pm
Venue Plenary Hall 3, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Who Can Attend: Full-Time and Day Registered Delegates

The Closing Ceremony will celebrate achievements of the 23rd ITS World Congress 2016 and will feature the week's highlights video, official closing and keynote speeches, Rapporteur's Report presented by Professor Eric Sampson, best paper awards, video presentations and invitations to 24th ITS World Congress 2017 (Montreal) and 25th ITS World Congress 2018 (Copenhagen), and Passing the Globe Ceremony. Attendees will leave the congress inspired following a display of sensational and upbeat entertainment featuring local artists.

Sessions Format

The following sessions will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre throughout the duration of the congress.

Who Can Attend: Full-Time and Day Registered Delegates

Plenary Sessions

Top level officials and industry leaders from across the globe will engage the audience in insightful presentations on future directions and challenges for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Smart Cities, Big Data for Transportation and Mobility as a Service developments.

Executive Sessions

High-level industry executives, officials and academics from around the globe will share their expert knowledge and views on contentious ITS challenges facing government and industry. They seek to draw out the issues and the key strategies being engaged in different jurisdiction to enable industry innovations to be delivered to communities in collaboration with government.

Special Interest Sessions

Coordinated at the request of organisations or individuals, these sessions are designed as open style forums to foster discussions and debates on current hot topics.

Scientific / Technical / Commercial Sessions

These sessions are comprised of presentations by international and local academics and industry experts and will include topics encompassing all technical, economic and societal aspects of ITS.

Interactive Sessions

Authors will present their papers on the Level 1 Foyer at the Melbourne Convention Centre through dynamic snapshot oral presentations followed by a walk through and discussion of e-posters. These sessions will provide a space for interactive discussion between the authors and their audience.

International Benefits, Evaluation and Costs (IBEC) Sessions:

IBEC sessions led by the IBEC working group created to provide an international forum for information exchange on best practices for measuring the costs and benefits of ITS technologies. These sessions will feature an international line up of presenters discussing best practice cost benefit analysis for road pricing, smart freight, green ITS and more.

Associated Meetings and Stakeholder Workshops

The congress has developed a tradition of providing open informal sessions and workshops at which new or contentious issues can be discussed by anyone with an interest in that topic. These sessions and workshops are arranged by associated organisations, groups and high level partners to the Congress. Delegates with a Full-Time or Day Registration type are invited to attend these open meetings.


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