II. IEEE Open Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems

Innovations to improve the efficiency of inland waterway transport

In order to achieve successful intermodal transport operations, all forms of transport need to be coordinated so that transport capacity is utilized more effectively and the decisions are adapted to changing network conditions more easily. Inland waterway transport (IWT) represents a critical alternative in the case of hinterland transport for the sustainability of the transport networks. If part of the freight load can be transferred to waterways, congestion and other externalities can be targeted easier. In order to better make use of waterways, the attractiveness of inland waterways among other modes needs to be improved. Therefore, different (international) research projects are working on innovations related to new logistical concepts, intelligent transport systems, technological developments, coordination and collaboration mechanisms. This special issue is addressing those innovations and the topics include but not limited to:

  • Autonomous IWT vessel developments
  • New vessel types
  • Innovative navigation techniques
  • Data-driven techniques for efficient IWT operations
  • Collaborative platforms to improve transport operations
  • Information sharing platforms for coordination of transport operations
  • Optimization and control models for coordination of transport operations within
  • Inland waterways (e.g., coordination of locks and bridges) as well as across different modes
  • Intermodal/synchromodal transportation models where inland waterways are part of the network
  • Innovations to overcome congestion at deep-sea terminals
  • Innovative logistical concepts (e.g. mobile terminals, cargo consolidation)

This special issue is organized in association with IAME 2021 such that selected full papers submitted to IAME 2021 will be recommended to be submitted to this special issue. This submission needs to have sufficient extensions and/or elaborations with respect to the conference paper and will go through an independent review. Please check the IAME 2021 call for papers regarding the deadline for full paper submissions.


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