Welcome to the Tunnels and ITS Symposium 2011
In Bergen, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and ITS Norway, organize the first international symposium on the development and deployment of intelligent transport systems for high and low traffic density tunnels. The ITS and Tunnels Symposium will be held 15th and 16th of June 2011.
Tunnels and ITS - efficiency and safety
The past 15 to 20 years have shown ITS - Intelligent Transport Systems and Services - to be in the forefront when efficient and safe traffic solutions are designed. These solutions have considerable returns in a national economic perspective, making it possible to gain a higher throughput of traffic on the existing road network.
Tunnels are currently the main user of ITS equipment, due to the potential for catastrophic accidents. As maintenance of this equipment is expensive, life cycle cost is crucial. The need for efficient and safe solutions in tunnels is growing in pace with the increase in traffic density. Accordingly, planning for traffic breakdown situations in tunnels is gaining in importance. The possibility of an increase in the frequency of complete standstills in vital urban tunnel networks makes ITS solutions critical.
Symposium goal and focus
The organising committee is well aware of the more established tunnel conferences in Graz and Hamburg. The symposium "Tunnels and ITS" seeks to complement these conferences by focusing particularly on traffic conditions, ITS solutions for traffic, safety from the driver's perspective, and operational efficiency. The main goal of the symposium, is improvements in the design and lifetime span of tunnel equipment. The focus should be on expected lifetime and maintenance, as well as on new technology (50/50).
The organising committee is chaired by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA), with ITS Norway as the secretariat for the paper selection. The following committee has reviewed the papers submitted and approved the programme:
Tor Tybring Aralt, Norwegian Public Road Administration (Chairman)
Risto Kulmala, Research Professor, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Peter Sturm, Professor, Graz University of Technology
Steinar Andresen, Professor ICT, NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Trond Hovland, ITS Norway
Per Johan Lillestøl, SINTEF
The symposium is administered by Tekna, the Norwegian Society of Chartered Technical and Scientific Professionals. The Norwegian Public Roads Administration is the guarantor for the symposium and has chaired the committee that has evaluated the submitted papers.