The 12th ATRANS Annual Conference with the theme “Transportation for a Better Life: Smart Mobility for Now and Then” was successfully held last 23rd August 2018 at Chatrium Hotel Riverside, Bangkok, Thailand. The ATRANS conference is the international platform inviting the government officials, policymakers, practitioners, academics, scholars, researchers, NGOs, and general public from abroad who are interested and major in transportation to debate, share and exchange opinions and information regarding a fast-developing technology towards sustainable mobility, urbanism, environment, and social development.
The event was composed of three main sessions. Session one is the panel discussion on smart mobility for now and then of several countries in the Asian Region. Keynote speakers from Thailand, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan were invited to share the aspects of smart mobility about their countries. Session two is the technical session that discussed about the benefits of Big Data for transportation planning, road safety on data collection of motorcycle crashes, transport innovation challenge, and public participation and engagement. For the benefits of Big Data technical session, professionals and professors from different countries participated to share the benefits of Big Data being applied in their countries, i.e., Thailand, Japan, Philippines, and Japan. Dr. Fillone was one of the presenters regarding his ongoing research on Big Data Analytics and Applications on Metro Manila’s Transport System. The last session is the ATRANS Young Researchers’ Forum for young researchers. Only young researchers from Thailand and abroad submitting their original research papers were accepted and funded to join the session and presented their research output. Those accepted, peer-reviewed research articles are published in the Proceeding of ATRANS Young Researcher's Forum 2019. Four young researchers were selected from the Philippines, and these the advisees of Dr. Fillone as listed:
1. Mr. Monorom Rith (PhD student) presented a paper entitled “The study of travel mode choice among basic education school students in Metro Manila” co-authored by Mr. Monorom Rith, Prof. Alexis M. Fillone, and Prof. Jose Bienvenido M. Biona.
2. Mr. Jhun Christopher Castro (BSMS student) presented a paper entitled “Perception on the transport modes in the island province of Marinduque, Philippines” co-authored by Mr. Jhun Christopher Castro and Prof. Alexis M. Fillone.
3. Mr. Alerik Ruiz (BSCE student) presented a paper entitled “Analysis of the Black Nazarene procession in the city of Manila” co-authored by Darius Diamante, Rex Apad, John Ferrer, Alerik Ruiz, and Prof. Alexis Fillone.
4. Miss. Princess Tamayao (BSCE student) presented a paper entitled “Choice analysis between Point-to-Point (P2P) bus service and other modes of transportation in Metro Manila” co-authored by Emmeline Espano, Kane Ilao, Princess Tamayao, Justin Tomaliwan, and Prof. Alexis M. Fillone.
Mr. Alerik Ruiz was proudly nominated as one of the “Top-Four Best Paper Presentation Awardees” selected from 28 young presenters. His topic is related to their undergraduate thesis which they were also able to successfully defend this 3rd term of AY2018-19.