Urban Transit and Sustainable Networks (UTSN)
Urban Transit and Sustainable Networks (UTSN)

Conference Overview

  • 25, Oct / 27, Oct 2017
  • Palermo University
Conference Email
[email protected]

The 1st International Conference on “Urban Transit and Sustainable Networks (UTSN)” (UTSN), which was held in association with Università degli Studi di Palermo, started on October 25th, 2017 and included many discussions and covered extremely important topics.

The international conference was held in University of Palermo, Italy. It was chaired by Prof. Ferdinando Trapani (Associate professor in Urban Planning, Department of Architecture, Polytechnics School at the ‘Università degli Studi di Palermo’) and organized by IEREK.

First Day: Opening Ceremony and Keynote Speeches

The opening ceremony started with greetings and short-introductions by:
Rosario Crocetta, Governor of Sicilian Region
Leoluca Orlando, Mayor of Palermo
Fabio Mazzola, Vice-Rector of University of Palermo
Maurizio Carta, President of Polytechnic School, University of Palermo
Andrea Sciascia, Director of Department of Architecture, University of Palermo
Goffredo La Loggia, Director of Department Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale, Aerospaziale, dei Materiali, University of Palermo
Fabio Naselli, Scientific Director of IEREK Europe
Abdelaziz Saqr, IEREK General Director
Pasqualino Monti, System Harbour Authority of Palermo
Donato Carlea, Responsible of Provveditorato Interregionale per la Sicilia e la Calabria, Ministero delle Infrastrutture e Trasporti
Francesca Moraci, Consiglio di Amministrazione ANAS
Silvia Viviani, president of INU (National Institute of Urban Planning)
Paolo La Greca, president of INU (National Institute of Urban Planning) in Sicily
Francesco Miceli, President of Order of Architects, Planners, Landscape Architects and Conservative Architects of Palermo.


After coffee break, valuable lectures were given by the following keynote speakers:

Maria Attard, Director of the Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development, University of Malta.

Enzo Siviero, RMEI, Réseau Méditerranéen des Ecoles d'Ingénieurs, Rector of E-Campus University.

Francesco Russo, University of Reggio Calabria.

Second Day: Parallel Sessions

Authors (researchers) started to present a demo of their research paper in oral presentations while session chairman and moderators listen, discuss, and evaluate…

Third Day: Closing Ceremony

It included introduction and conclusions by:
Marco Migliore, Dept. of Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale, Aerospaziale, dei Materiali, University of Palermo
Giuseppe Salvo, Dept. of Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale, Aerospaziale, dei Materiali, University of Palermo
Tullio Giuffrè, Libera Università della Sicilia centrale "Kore"

Matteo Ignaccolo, President of AIIT (Associazione Italiana per l’Ingegneria del Traffico e dei Trasporti)
Ferdinando Trapani (conference chairman), PhD in urban & territorial planning, associate professor in Urban Planning, Department of Architecture, Polytechnics School at the Università degli Studi di Palermo
Dr. Abd ElAziz SaqrGeneral Director of IEREK

Entertainment Program

After the end of each day of the conference, a special tour was arranged by IEREK as following:

  • Gala Dinner | October 25, 2017
    A Gala Dinner in a special restaurant near to Palazzo Riso where keynote speakers, conference committee and researchers gathered together in a fabulous evening.
  • Tour of Palermo Historical Centre | October 26, 2017
    A tour with an official guide around the main districts of the historical centre. Departure from the Cathedral, walk along corso vittorio Emanuele towards Quattro Canti, piazza Pretoria, Piazza Bellini, and the district of Kalsa, Piazza Sant'Anna, Piazza Rivoluzione.
  • Streaty Tour by Night | October 27, 2017
    A tour to the historical markets of Palermo which allowed participants to taste the main delicacies of Palermo's famous street food. Participants tasted panelle (checkpeas fritters), crocchè (potato croquettes), pani ca meusa (sandwich with spleen), sfincione (local pizza), arancina (fried rice ball), glass of local wine and dessert (ice cream or cannolo), and also received the Streaty passport.


One of the main components of the city is its Transportation and Networking Systems. Such components could solely impact the city and its surroundings in a positive or a negative manner.

Transportation in Urban Areas, with its related Environmental and Social Impacts, is a topic of significant concern for policymakers in both municipal and central government as well as for the urban citizens who need effective and efficient Transport Systems. Therefore, Transportation and Urban Planning is crucial for Developing Countries in that sense that it should be tackled and challenged by researchers and practitioners.

Whereas this conference will aim to help and provide solutions that will aid in the Cities’ Transformation, define & Reduce Negative Impacts on the city and its Components, and Discusses The Social & economical approaches and solutions for better growth.

Logistical Transportation, Appropriate TechnologiesTraffic, Infrastructure, Public Participation, and Government Support are all affecting factors, which will be discussed and maneuvered through in this Conference.

This International Conference is open to Students, Researchers, Engineers, Scholars from all Universities all around the world as they are all invited to submit their articles to discuss all matters related to strategies of Urban Transit; a distinctive element of the Urban Transit and the Environment Series is the interaction between academic and practical perspectives where theories and ideas are debated and their practical applications rigorously tested.

At the end of the conference you will:

  • Learn new techniques from transportation industry leaders from all around the world and also from successful case studies in Transportation.
  • Know more about Sustainable Transportation and its role.
  • Know how to improve traffic system by using Methods, Plans and Technological Systems.
  • Understand Transportation Planning Trends, transport modeling and urban transport simulation.
  • Design better roads for pedestrians.
  • Learn more about how to make the best use of lands.
  • How to deal with pollution and climate change in planning.
  • Understand environmental impacts with different environmentally friendly transportation modes.
  • Learn about Transport strategies, public Transport SystemsTransport Safety, and Security Infrastructure.
  • Know more about Transport Policy and Regulations, with Intelligent Transport Systems.
  • How to deal with Electromobility and Urban Space.
  • Understand merging Transport Systems and Energy Efficiency.
Conference Topics
  1. 1. Urban Transportation: Mobility In Urban Spaces
  2. 2. Eco-friendly Modes Of Transportation
  3. 3. The Impact Of Transportation On Economical And Social Aspects
  4. 4. Land Use, Travel Behavior And Transportation Systems Integration
  5. 5. Infrastructure Development, Maintenance, And Energy Efficiency
  6. 6. Roadway Planning, Guidance Systems, And Human Factors For Safety Fundamentals
  7. 7. Transportation Systems & Their Environmental Impacts
  8. 8. Transportation Strategies Traffic Operations, Management, And Control
  9. 9. Planning Tools, Modeling & Simulation
  10. 10. Logistics Transportation Network Planning
  11. 11. Public Transportation Systems & Their Socio-eco Impact
  12. 12. Networking Operations & Intelligent Systems
  13. 13. Innovative & Emerging Transportation Systems & Practices
  14. 14. A Sustainable & Resilient Infrastructure Networks
  15. 15. Sea Ports, Airports And Inland Dry Ports
  16. 16. Energy Efficient Networks & Sustainable Transportation Models
  17. 17. Transportation Safety & Security
  18. 18. Sustainable Freight Networks Strategies
  19. 19. Intermodal Transportation Systems
  20. 20. Government Policies & Regulations
Benefits Of Attending

Attending Conferences is very beneficial on the professional level. Conferences are full of people promoting new ideas which will expand your knowledge and undoubtedly help your career.

Not only you get to hear presentations, but also converse with other researchers from different universities and even countries you may have only heard or read about. You learn from experts in the field. It is a great opportunity to find more about your field and listen to ideas that could help inspire research ideas of your own.

Not to mention, getting an overview of the place or city where the conference is being held and learning about its people and culture.

Conferences can also expand your resources by providing a great opportunity to promote gathered information on new technologies related to your research. Moreover, you test them out, share teaching tools and techniques, or even obtain samples of textbooks.

It is an opportunity to engage with respectable professors and discuss with them the very latest research projects they could be working on. Delegates will have the choice of receiving the conference proceedings either as a hard copy or in digital format on a USB flash drive. The USB flash drive will additionally contain proceedings from previous conferences in this series.

Indexing and Archiving Papers presented at IEREK conferences regularly appear in notable reviews, publications and databases, including referencing and abstract.

Digital Archives; All conference papers are archived online in the IEREK E-Library (http://www.IEREK.com) where they are immediately and permanently available to the international scientific community.

Journal participants may attend after the conference to submit an enhanced version of their research for possible publication at our journal on IEREK website.

Participation Procedures

Once an abstract is submitted, it will be sent to the reviewers' committee to go through the revision process:

Elementary Review:

Once an abstract has been submitted to our website, it is assigned for review by the reviewers using the abstract review sheet and validation of publication. This is based on four criteria:

· Accepted for publication (with minor editing changes).

· Conditionally accepted for publication (with revisions provided to authors).

· Rejected but encouraged for re-submission with major modifications.

· Rejected as inappropriate or unworthy of publication in this certain conference.

The criteria for accepting abstracts for the conference are as follows; a relevant topic of the conference should be proposed with clear writing, aims, and objectives of the study clearly presented as well as a sound literature and methodology of work.

First Acceptance:

Authors will receive a notification message to know the feedback of the reviewers' committee. If an author receives the acceptance of his or her abstract, he or she has to continue writing the full-length paper using the requested templates.

Uploading Full-Length Paper:

Authors who are allowed to upload their full-length paper(s) should use the same account details to upload their full paper(s).

Second Acceptance:

The final paper will proceed to the primary revision to be checked if it meets the conference proceedings standards. Once it gets accepted, the author will be informed to pay the fees so that it could be sent for the final revision by the scientific committee.


In this step, and to proceed paper(s) that passed to final revision process and to get the final approval, authors have to pay the requested fees. Otherwise, the final revision process will not be considered for their papers.

Inspections and Final Approval of Full Papers:

The full papers that paid the requested fees will get finally inspected, either scientifically or linguistically. There will be a rigorous review process of full papers following the previous process according to the following criteria:

(1) Is the topic relevant to the conference?
(2) Are the writing and structure clear?
(3) Are graphics, photos, illustrations used where needed?
(4) Are the aims of the study clearly stated?
(5) Are the objectives of the study achieved?
(6) Is the literature review relevant and adequate?
(7) Has the author used the appropriate methodology and explained them clearly?
(8) Has the author interpreted the findings correctly?
(9) Is the paper a significant contribution to the field?

These are the registration and revision procedures for publication that all authors should follow.

Author Instructions

Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results, and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper.

After you have received the acceptance of your abstract, please continue to write your full paper with the requested template (please download).


Final acceptance will be based on the full-length paper. For publication, the accepted papers must be presented at the conference.

English will be the official language of the Urban Transit and Sustainable Networks (UTSN).

Writing Templates: Authors are strongly encouraged to use the formatting style described below for submitting an abstract as this format is required for the full paper.

To download Academic Research Community Archive (ARChive) template, Click Here!

To download CRC Press / Balkema, Taylor & Francis Group template, Click Here!

Selected papers will be published in: 1) A book Series by, one of the leading international scientific publishing companies, Springer or 2) CRC Press of Taylor & Francis All other conference proceedings will be published in Academic Research Community (ARChive). *For more information on publication fees, please visit our Conference Fees tab. *Selected papers may undergo an additional revision process. *All Author participants are expected to write their manuscripts papers using the templates provided in the author instructions tab. *Once, and if, your paper is selected for publication in Springer’s book Series, you will be contacted and asked to use the template of the selected journal accordingly.
Important Dates

Title Date Notes
Abstract Submissions Deadline 17th April 2017
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance 30th April 2017 Acceptance is issued once a positive feedback is received from the reviewing committee.
Full Paper Submission Deadline 10th July 2017
Last Notification for Full-Paper Acceptance 30th August 2017
Early Payment Deadline 10th June 2017
Regular Payment Deadline 19th September 2017 Late payment fees are mandatory after this date.
Late Payment Deadline 10th October 2017
Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry) 19th September 2017 Will not be issued without completing the conference fees.
Letter of Final Acceptance 19th September 2017
Conference Program 24th September 2017
Conference Launch 24th October 2017
Plagiarism Policy

IEREK has an unyielding policy regarding plagiarism. We believe that copying/taking the ideas and work of other Authors without permission and credit, is fraudulent. The Reviewing committee and IEREK employees have the authority to reject a paper during its reviewing process,  on the basis of the paper being subjected to either minor or major plagiarism. Duplicating any content, even if it is one sentence or one table without the consent of its original Author, will lead to the paper’s refusal upon the complaint of the plagiarism victim.

Conference Program

*The Conference Final Program has been announced, to download

Conference Program Schedule

Location & Venue

The international conference on Urban Transit and Sustainable Networks (UTSN) will be held in Palermo University – Catania – Italy during the period from 25 – 27 October 2017.


The University of Palermo was officially founded in 1806, although its earliest roots date back to 1498 when medicine and law were taught there.

Today, The University of Palermo (UNIPA) is a consolidated cultural, scientific and teaching presence in central-western. Its 5 Schools and 20 Departments cover the most important domains of contemporary scientific and technological knowledge.

Palermo University has 20 Departments, where researchers study every day to find new solutions to the questions posed by nature, science and society. From Information Technology to Biology, from Mathematics to Medicine, to architecture and Preservation of Cultural Heritage, the University works to make its contribution to innovation and progress to the international scientific community and the world of production.


University of Palermo (Photos from reality)

University of Palermo (Photos from reality)

Conference’s participants from around the world may use below location from google maps to get the right directions to the University of Palermo.

If you get lost or need more help regarding exact location of the conference, you may contact the following coordinators through a phone call or WhatsApp message:

Mrs. Francesca: +39 392 637 0760

Dr. Abd Elaziz:+39 380 585 4105

Visa Application

For participants who need Entry Visas, IEREK will issue a visa letter for applicants who are accepted to present at our conferences.

Please notice that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy.

Conference Fees
Note: The fees are not subject to waving and IEREK does not offer financial support to the applicants. Payment during the conference days is strictly prohibited.


  • Each research paper should have at least one main author who should pay the full fees (Author’s fees + Publication Fees), even if the main author is a Master’s or a PhD candidate, and even if the author won’t be able to attend the conference.
  • These fees include the registration of only one author to the conference. (As shown in the table, row 1, for the early payment or row 2 or normal payment)
  • A research paper fees allow only one author, whether he is the corresponding author or any co- author to attend the conference and receive only one copy of the conference book in both hard and soft copy (a Printed book + a CD)
  • In case of there are co- authors (1-5 maximum) Each Co-Author has to pay the specified fees (As shown in the table, row 4) without attending. In case of one or more of these author need to attend the conference, they should complete the fees to attend as audience (Shown in the table, row 5)
  • The fees of Conference book (hard copy + CD) for audiences and co- authors, is shown in the table row 3
  • In case students or interested audience want to attend the conference without presenting a paper, they must pay the specified fees. (As shown in the table, row 5).

Cancellations / Refunds

  • Delegates who cancel their registration due to special circumstances less than 60 days before the start of the conference and do not have a paper published in the proceedings will receive a complete refund minus a €100 administration charge.
  • Once an acceptance letter has been issued, this means that the publishing of the proceedings book is in process, and a refund will not be possible.
  • Please notice that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa (if needed), by sending an invitation letter, but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy.
  • Cancellation or withdrawal of a paper or an abstract from our system after it has been revised and receiving its accepted has a penalty to be paid, in case of either previous payment or not, €50 for the abstract and € 150 for the full paper before its delegation.

In addition to the conference fees, Authors are required to pay a mandatory publication fee for their papers to be published as per the above instructions:

  • Academic Research Community Archive (ARChive): € 100 for a maximum of 12 pages (extras will be charged €15 each).
  • Selected papers will be published in:

    1) A book Series by, one of the leading international scientific

    publishing companies, Springer


    2) CRC Press of Taylor & Francis

    All other conference proceedings will be published in Academic Research

    Community (ARChive).

    *Selected papers may undergo an additional revision process.


Special discount:

1- For the authors who intend to participate with more than a research paper, they will automatically enjoy a 40% discount on the second paper. The discount does not apply to the publication fees.

2- For the authors who belong to the hosting partner Univesity, they will enjoy a 25% discount on their conference’s fees, excluding the publication fees.

3- For the authors who are part of the scientific committee and actively participating in the revision process/session moderators or Organizing Committee, they will enjoy a 40% discount, excluding the publication fees.

Regular Attendance Fees
Fees for Audiences / Students / Listeners EUR 200
Co-Authors Fees
Fees for Attending Co-Author EUR 200
Fees for Non Attending Co-Author EUR 50
Authors & Publication Fees
Publication Fees in ARChive EUR 100
Publication Fees in CRC Press / Balkema EUR 150
Author fees for Early Payment (Before June 11, 2017) EUR 300
Author fees for Regular Payment (Before September 20, 2017) EUR 400
Author fees for Late Payment (Before October 11, 2017) EUR 500
Other Services Fees
Refund Policy

Please note that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa if needed, by sending an invitation letter, but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy.

Delegates in any event who cancel their registration due to special circumstances for any reason will receive refunds according to the following plan and according to the number of days from the start of the event:

Cancellation Policy Up to 60 days before the event Up to 50 days before the event Up to 40 days before the event 39 days before the event
Penalty 20% 50% 70% 100%


A refund is not possible if

-An acceptance letter has been issued (Authors only)

-The proceedings of the event have been published (Authors only)

-All matters have been finalized (accommodation/travel expenses paid for)

Visa Rejection Cases

Reason and proof of rejection must be submitted. If the reason for rejection is due to an error on our part, the participant will be refunded their full fee with a deduction of a 20% administration fee.

Documents to be issued by IEREK to acquire a visa are as follows:

*Final Acceptance Letter (Authors only)

*Visa Invitation Letter

*Invoice/proof of payment

We encourage all authors and attendees to ensure their having acquired all documents (those applicable) mentioned.

If the reason for rejection is not related to any of the aforementioned and is an error on the participant’s part, the following will apply:

*Authors: may choose to let their co-author present his/her research on his/her behalf free of charge. If the author does not have a co-author, a member of the scientific committee shall present on the author’s behalf.

*Audience members/Registrants: will only be allowed to attend another similar event of their choosing that is organized by IEREK free of charge.


For the purpose of presentation, kindly use the template attached below on the link.
In addition, note that the presentation should not exceed 15 – 20 minutes or about 10 – 15 slides, which is the time assigned for each research presentation.

To download the presentation template Click Here!