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Will India be the first country to host the Hyperloop?

Every week media outputs an update or two on the Hyperloop project and its path to the market. Elon Musk’s brainchild of a project is a magnet to attention, which attracts passion seekers as well as it builds concept awareness.
This week, based on The Economic Times reporting, we hear of a slight progression in regards to the discourse between Hyperloop Transportation Technologies company and the Indian administration.

According to a top Indian government official, “We had received a proposal from the company which has now been referred to Niti Aayog.”

For some background knowledge, the Niti Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) is an Indian government-based think tank created to foster engagement in the economic policy-making process. This agency, which was founded in January of 2015 by the Indian Prime Minister, will be deciding the fate of Hyperloop’s proposal to set up shop in India.
Road transport and highways minister, Nitin Gadkari, is also in contact with US-based Hyperloop Transport Technology and acts as a key player in this decision.

“We have no resistance to the upcoming global technology,” transport minister Gadkari continued, “however, since the hyperloop technology is yet to be operational anywhere in the world, we need to know how feasible it is.”

Interest levels of incorporating a new-age transportation system in the Indian country are high, though so are the risks and concerns. Proposing such a future-thinking concept without any viable insurance of experience, Hyperloop today still stirs anxiety over passenger safety.
Originally, the Hyperloop was drawn up with intention to serve both people (substitutive of current railways in major cities) and freight corridor. However, it doesn’t seem likely that the Indian administration will begin transporting people anytime soon.

“Their claim is impressive. However, we are not considering them for passenger transportation. We could consider them for a greenfield dedicated freight corridor for movement of containers and white goods,” a senior railway ministry official said.

For those fiscal and business-minded folks there’s no need to worry; the gain of revenue from the freight transportation industry is estimated to be multiple that of which would be generated from moving people. Us humans must wait our turn for our first ride.

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SUMS 2015: new submission deadline!

The International Conference on Smart Urban Mobility Services (SUMS 2015) will take place in Toronto, Canada, on October 13–14, 2015 and will be co-located within the SmartCity360 Summit.

The conference will focus on the smart transportation aspects of smart cities. Specifically, the it will focus on the management of ICT transportation services provisioned to residents, the management of transportation infrastructure systems and the control of municipal transportation business processes.

Topics:

  • Urban Computing and Smart City;
  • Smart Transportation Mobility Services;
  • Intelligent Socio-culturally aware Transportation;
  • Future and Sustainable Transportation.

Accepted papers will be published in the SUMS 2015 Conference Proceedings and by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes of ICST (LNICST). The proceedings will be available both in book form and via SpringerLink digital library, which is one of the largest digital libraries online and covers a variety of scientific disciplines.

The proceedings are submitted for inclusion to the leading indexing services: DBLP, Google Scholar, Thomson Scientific ISI Proceedings, EI Elsevier Engineering Index, CrossRef, Scopus, as well as ICST’s own EU Digital Library (EUDL).

 

Important dates:

Paper submission deadline: June 30th, 2015

Acceptance Notification: August 1st, 2015

Camera-ready deadline: August 15th, 2015

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Call for papers

SUMS 2015: call for papers!

The International Conference on Smart Urban Mobility Services (SUMS 2015) will take place in Toronto, Canada, on October 13–14, 2015 and will be co-located within the SmartCity360 Summit.

The technologies of smart and sustainable cities are expected to have a large impact on the efficiency, safety and sustainability of next-generation cities. ICT investments for Smart cities are estimated at $100 Billion by 2020 with interest from companies such as IBM, and Intel. This conference will focus on the smart transportation aspects of smart cities. Specifically, the conference will focus on the management of ICT transportation services provisioned to residents, the management of transportation infrastructure systems and the control of municipal transportation business processes.

Topics:

Urban Computing and Smart City:

  • Management of Urban Dynamics;
  • Smart management of Demand side and supply sides of Transportation;
  • Human Mobility Modeling and Mining;
  • Security and Privacy of ICT in Transportation Systems;
  • Public Safety for Smarter evacuation and Disaster management;
  • Coordination, collaboration between Smart Transportation and other Infrastructure subsystems in a Smart City;
  • Smart Transportation and Urban Economy.

Smart Transportation Mobility Services:

  • Intelligent and Context aware Systems and services;
  • Cyber-physical and Service-Oriented Transportation Architectures and systems;
  • Semantic sensing for Urban information gathering;
  • Modeling and simulation of large scale IoT/M2M scenarios in Transportation;
  • Big Data in Ubiquitous Transportation Systems;
  • Nature inspired Intelligent Transportation Systems such as Swarm Intelligence and Agents based Architectures;
  • Representation and Reasoning of and about Transportation Knowledge.

Intelligent Socio-culturally aware Transportation:

  • Human-centric and crowd Sensing;
  • Social Computing for Transportation Sciences;
  • Location Based Social Networks for Situation awareness;
  • Recommendation Systems for Ubiquitous Transportation;
  • Collaborative behavior management Using social sciences.

Future and Sustainable Transportation:

  • Smart urban electric cars;
  • Smart and Wearable Devices and Embedded Software Agents;
  • Virtual Augmented Reality applications in Transportation;
  • Drone based Solutions.

Accepted papers will be published in the SUMS 2015 Conference Proceedings and by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes of ICST (LNICST). The proceedings will be available both in book form and via SpringerLink digital library, which is one of the largest digital libraries online and covers a variety of scientific disciplines.

The proceedings are submitted for inclusion to the leading indexing services: DBLP, Google Scholar, Thomson Scientific ISI Proceedings, EI Elsevier Engineering Index, CrossRef, Scopus, as well as ICST’s own EU Digital Library (EUDL).

Important dates:

Paper submission deadline: May 31st 2015

Acceptance Notification: July 15th 2015

Camera-ready deadline: August 15th 2015

Find more details here.