Abstract submission

Abstract submission is now closed. Review of the abstracts are in progress.

Due to the number of abstracts received, the Reviewing Committee needs more time to review. A notification will be sent to you on 20 August 2019.
Our apologies for the inconvenience.

All abstracts will be reviewed and considered for podium or poster presentations by the Steering Committee. Once an abstract is accepted, you will be invited to submit a draft paper. Finally, at least the presenting author must register for the symposium. Accepted abstracts will be confirmed by email to the corresponding author and will have an abstract reference number, to be quoted in all correspondence.

Papers submitted to the 2020 ISHGD Featuring the 6th USS are expected to be made available through electronic means such as a compendium on the ISHGD and/or USS websites, to facilitate information sharing and technology transfer. Although papers will be reviewed for presentation at the symposia, this review may not be as rigorous as that required of some professional journals, and so symposia papers are not considered to be formally published. Thus, authors may submit their papers to other professional and refereed journals for subsequent publication.

Topic suggestions

Listed below are examples of the types of specific topics (e.g. Geometric Highway Design) and extended range of topics that can be considered for each broad category. This list in no way limits the subjects that authors may offer, but only offers guidance.

Network Considerations
  • Highway Network Analyses
  • Robustness Resilience
  • Parallel Systems
  • Multi Modal Interchanges
  • Network Safety
Freeways and Interchanges
  • Horizontal Alignment
  • Vertical Alignment
  • Cross Section
  • Interchanges
  • Connections
Special Highway Design
  • Rush Hour Lanes
  • Dedicated Lanes
  • Tidal Flow Lanes
  • Toll Facilities
Rural Roads
  • Rural Road Design
  • Roundabouts
  • Smart Intersections
  • Speed Management
Road Guidance
  • Road Signs and Posts
  • Markings and Guidance
  • Lighting
  • Roadside use
  • Integral Layout
  • Phasing and Contra Flow
  • Guidance and Signage
  • Speed control
  • Roadside Safety
  • Reducing Nuisance
  • Bridges – Tunnels
  • Viaducts – Aquaducts
  • Double Deck Roads
  • Integrated Design
Traffic Management
  • Traffic Management Systems
  • Incident Management
  • Evacuation Management
  • Reverse Laning
All users
  • Bicyclists – Pedestrians
  • Trucks – Busses – RVs
  • Trams – Light Rail
  • Protected Intersections
Neighborhood Approach
  • Context Sensitive Solutions
  • Layout Network
  • Driveway – Sideway Design
  • Traffic Calming
  • Shared Space
Urban Network
  • Access Management
  • Alignment – Cross Section
  • Innovative Intersections
  • Smart Traffic Control
Vulnerable Users
  • Pedestrians – Disabled
  • Bicyclists – Mopeds
  • Smart Support Vehicles
Processes and practices
  • Design Process
  • Performance-based Design
  • Design Consistancy
  • Design Considerations Decisions
  • Public Involvement
Road Safety
  • Vision Zero
  • Risk and Safety Management
  • Road Safety Audits
  • Human Factors in Design
  • Roadside Safety
Design Modelling
  • Capacity and Safety Evaluations
  • Accident Prediction
  • Sight Distance
Design Systems
  • Systems Engineering
  • Design Tools
  • Simulation – Visualization
  • Virtual Reality
  • BIM
  • Mitigating Traffic Growth
  • Road Safety towards Zero
  • Environmental Demands
  • Redesign Old Infrastructure
  • Continuing Design Education
  • Connected – Autonomous Driving
  • Carbon Free – Electric Driving
  • Climate Change
  • Extreme Weather Impacts
  • Heavy Trucks
Smart Highway Design
  • Design for the Future
  • Smart Adaptive Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Design
  • Smart Design Solutions
  • Innovative Case Studies
  • Long Distance Bicycle Lanes

Abstract submission guidelines and requirements


Abstracts should be written in English. The TRB and ISHGD 2020 organizers reserve the right to correct abstracts for obvious spelling or grammatical errors without the authors’ consent.


Each abstract should have a brief descriptive title of maximally 20 words and should be written in sentence case.


Name, institutional affiliation, city, country, phone number and email address of the corresponding / submitting author should be provided.
A maximum of 7 contributing authors per abstract is allowed. Providing authors from different affiliations is possible. Authors names will appear in the order entered by the submitting author.
All communications regarding an abstract will go to the submitting author.
Please verify that your email address is correct as it will be used for contacting you after the review process.


The abstract text should not exceed 250 words, including the following:

  • Aim: Clearly state the purpose of the abstract.
  • Methods: Describe your selection of observations or experimental subjects clearly.
  • Results and conclusions: Present your results in a logical sequence emphasize new and important aspects of the study.