Welcome to the 11th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED) under the theme Benchmarking, Evaluation and Vision for the Future.
I am pleased to report that we have an exciting technical program complemented by 4 excellent technical visits and five pre-conference workshops for delegates and friends joining us in Montreal.
Scientific Committee Chair
Program Sub-Committee Chair
This conference will have achieved a number of benchmarks in the history of TRANSED:
An unprecedented number of abstracts were submitted (270)
A record number of abstracts were accepted (252), due to the high quality of submissions
Three plenary sessions, and five parallel tracks consisting of a total of 45 technical sessions, grouped under 8 major themes
One dedicated poster session consisting of an unparalleled number of presentations (80), grouped under 8 themes
A specially designed technical track consisting of four sessions to discuss issues and challenges for accessible air travel.
A dedicated track consisting of ten sessions devoted to safe mobility of older persons, especially as pedestrians and drivers
A renewed emphasis on intercity transport
TRANSED proceedings remain the most comprehensive record of accessible transportation developments around the world. In reviewing the scientific results in the TRANSED series of conferences over two decades, we have witnessed the following evolution:
From defining needs for accessible transport and vehicle design in developed nations, to training and technology transfer to less-developed economies
From working to provide accessible transport services, to using a human rights approach in policies, legislations and standards
From providing transportation services for those with reduced mobility, to providing services for those with sensory and cognitive impairments
From an emphasis on vehicle technologies, to an emphasis on information and communication technologies, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), and human factors studies
From working to eliminate barriers, to inclusive design with an emphasis on accessible infrastructure
From providing parallel transit services, to providing integrated services throughout the travel chain
Almost 30 years after TRANSED 1978 in the UK, it is time to consider the achievements to date, evaluate how far we have travelled, and provide a vision for the future.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all the contributing authors and members of the Scientific Committee and the Program Sub-Committee for their enthusiastic support, hard work, and dedication in making the technical program a success.