Out of around 600 papers submitted and presented during the 8th Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies (EASTS) International Conference last November 16-19, 2009 in Surabaya, Indonesia, Dr. Alexis M. Fillone's paper entitled, “The Estimated Effect of the Proposed Fx Megataxi Express Service on Mode-Changing Behavior in Metro Manila”, earned the Best Paper Award for enlightening Asia-specific topics. A total of 10 best papers were given during the conference. Dr. Fillone is the first Filipino researcher in transportation to receive the award in this prestigious conference.
The 8th EASTS International Conference was attended by more than a thousand faculty, students and researchers from 26 countries. Papers by Dr. Edgar Dona (Civil Eng. Dept), entitled “Airport Location and the Intensity of Urban Concentration” and Dr. Cristela G. Dakila (Economics Dept), entitled “Assessment of Two Modes of Financing Land Transport Infrastructure Investment in the Philippines” and “Core Periphery Relations and Urban Transport Infrastructure Investment”, were also presented during the Conference. Several papers were also presented by the faculty and graduate students from University of the Philippines-Diliman and Ateneo de Manila University.
(Photo at the right shows Dr. Fillone with colleagues from Nihon University, Japan)