The Asian Transportation Research Society held its 10th Annual Conference last August 18, 2017 at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. With the theme: “Transportation for a Better Life: Mobility and Road Safety Managements” The conference was attended by more than 200 participants coming from the Netherlands, Australia, Turkey, Philippines, Japan, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. The yearly international symposium draws together brilliant students, professionals, government officials, and representatives from the private sector who continuously work towards solving transportation issues around the world. The conference discussed issues regarding road safety regulations, accident awareness, and additional objectives in line with the existing millennium development goals initiated by the United Nations.
Dr. Fillone (2nd from left) with plenary session speakers and the organizing committee of ATRANS 2017
Prof. Dr. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, President of International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences (IATSS) and His Excellency, Mr. Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Thailand’s Minister of Transport, gave their welcome and opening remarks, respectively. Panel discussions were made by Dr. Mooren (Australia), Mr. Nishida (Japan), Prof. Dr. Zhao (China), Asst. Prof. Dr. Pawar (India), and Prof. Dr. Taneerananon (Thailand) that emphasized on mobility management in their corresponding countries. All speakers shared practical ideas for the transportation systems improvement especially for emerging countries such as the Philippines. There was a dynamic exchange between the moderator, speakers, and audience regarding the topic.
Transportation Science Society of the Philippines and DLSU full-time professor, Dr. Alexis M. Fillone, presented his topic of discussion on Disaster Preparedness and Response in the Philippines: The Case of Earthquakes and on behalf of Engr. Lovely Rañosa on the Jeepney Service Operation and Demand in Baguio City, Philippines.
Dr. Fillone with the DLSU presenters and co-authors
Dr. Fillone with Mr. Chamroon Tangpaisalkit, ATRANS Chairperson
Parallel discussion 2C chaired by Asst. Dr. Bhanitiz Aursudkij
DLSU Civil Engineering Students with specialization in Transportation Engineering students Estrella, A.F., Mendoza, A.K., Mendoza, M.A., Sanchez, K., winning the best paper presentation award in their session
The afternoon parallel sessions highlighted the technical paper discussions. A total of 6 technical papers were presented from the Philippines, all of which were from DLSU. These are:
- Jeepney Service Operation and Demand in Baguio City [Ranosa, L.L., Fillone, A.M. and De Guzman, M.P.]
- Pedestrianization in Baguio City [Agustin, E.D.T., Buhay, J.I.I., Gilbuena, K.K.T., Reyes, M.S.C., Roxas, N.Jr.R. and Paringit, M.C.R.]
- Determination of Trip Generation Rates of Malls in Dagupan City [Chichioco, A., Fan, K., Que, S., and Roncal, P.]
- Impact Analysis of Aerial Ropeway Transport System as a Form of Mass Transportation in Baguio City [Estrella, A.F.H., Mendoza, A.K.P., Mendoza, M.A.D.L., Sanchez, K.R., Fillone, A.M., Paringit, M.C.R., and Roxas, N.R.]
- Dynamic Parking and Availability Index System [Dumalaog, K.I.M., Fernando, E., Francisco, J.B., Sanchez, B.R., and Paringit, M.C.R.]
- Disaster Preparedness and Response in the Philippines: The Case of Earthquakes. [Fillone, A.M.]
Two of these presentations won the best paper and presentation awards, namely the paper by Estrella, A.F.H., et al. on Impact Analysis of Aerial Ropeway Transport System as a Form of Mass Transportation in Baguio City and that by Ranosa, L.L. et al. on Jeepney Service Operation and Demand in Baguio City.
The conference capped off the 10 productive ATRANS annual symposiums and marks another milestone in the organization’s rich history. The ATRANS symposium is one avenue where continued collaboration between students and professionals in the transportation field is happening to address prevalent problems in the ASIAN region with innovative and sustainable solutions.
Write up by Miss Kim Mendoza.