Highlights from the 15th International Conference on Intelligent Transport Systems Telecommunications (ITST 2017)

By Jacek Rak - Poland, Juliette Marais - France, Marion Berbineau - France and Mirosław Stando - Poland

The 15th edition of ITST, technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Poland Section, was organized in Warsaw, Poland on May 29-31, 2017 by Gdansk University of Technology, Poland, the Polish Association of Telecommunication Engineers (SIT), Poland, and IFSTTAR, France.

ITST was established in 2000 by the National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (NICT, Japan) as one of the first forums on telecommunication issues related to intelligent transport systems. During the next 17 years, ITST has become the event for the newest ideas and latest research results presented by researchers from leading industrial entities and scientific institutions.

Organized in Warsaw, Poland in the central part of Europe, ITST 2017 has also attracted researchers from non-European countries, including Japan, China, Taiwan, Colombia, Iran, and Algeria. After a careful review process of submitted papers, accepted papers were organized into the following sessions:

  • Non-satellite Wireless Communications over the Sea (netBaltic project)
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Cooperative Communications
  • Smart Cities
  • ITS Applications/Services (Part 1 and 2)
  • Performance (Part 1 and 2)
  • ITS Systems of a New Generation

In addition, there were two special sessions:

  • Issues and progress for the introduction of GNSS in railways
  • New challenges in wireless communications for railways
Barbara Masini and Ke Guan - recipients of the Best Paper Award during presentations of their papers at ITST 2017.

The GNSS-related special session addressed topical issues regarding the GNSS introduction in ETCS or future automatic train operation. The authors presented up-to-date projects and experimental results from the EU and China. All of them highlight the potential of GNSS approaches for future safe positioning solutions.

The special session related to new challenges in wireless communications for railways addressed crucial issues such as the use of mmWave for smart rail mobility, comparison of 5G waveforms in the context of high speed railway, channel characterization in metro environments, LTE in railway environments, communications performance inside the carriage, etc. All the communications highlighted future trends for wireless communications in the railway domain.

The technical program of ITST 2017 was enriched by three keynote talks delivered by Prof. Jozef Wozniak from Gdansk University of Technology, Poland entitled “Broadband Communication Solutions for Maritime ITSs: Wider and Faster Deployment of New e-Navigation Services;” Thomas Chatelet from European Union Agency for Railways, France entitled “A European Perspective on the Evolution of Wireless Communications for Railways;” and Dr. Michele Fiorini from IET Italy entitled “Forget the Crew: Drone Ships are Here!.“ There were also several invited talks.

The Best Paper Award ceremony took place during the Gala Dinner. This year, the award was given to two papers: “Adaptive Beaconing for Safety Enhancement in Vehicular Networks,” by Daniele Barbieri (IT), Ilaria Thibault and David Lister (UK), Alessandro Bazzi, Barbara Masini, Oreste Andrisano (IT), presented by Barbara Masini; and “Challenges and Chances for Smart Rail Mobility at mmWave and THz Bands from the Channels Viewpoint,” by Ke Guan (CN/ DE), Danping He (CN), Andrej Hrovat (SI), Bo Ai (CN), Zhangdui Zhong (CN), Thomas Kuerner (DE), presented by Ke Guan.

The next edition will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, on October 15–17, 2018. More information on ITST 2018 can be found at http://itst2018.org/

Participants of ITST 2017.