Call for papers

The 16th IFAC Symposium on Control in Transportation Systems (CTS 2021) will be held in Lille, France on June 8-10, 2021 (Virtual format). The Symposium provides an interesting opportunity for the academic and industrial communities to investigate new ideas, share innovative solutions, and discuss future research directions in the area of control in transportation systems. The main scope of the Symposium refers to the development of automatic control methods and tools for the analysis, supervision and management of transportation systems. The new challenges that face transportation systems nowadays, in terms of performance, safety, security and sustainability require the development of new tools to boost the changes in progress. In particular, the advent of autonomous mobility such as self-driving cars, autonomous ships and autonomous shipping; is a technological breakthrough that requires the setting up of new control and monitoring means such as those based on artificial intelligence, in order to achieve the highest performance and safety standards. Overall, the increasing complexity of transportation systems, and the necessity of managing all the transportation modes in an efficient, synchronized and integrated way require the continuous development of innovative control approaches in the field. The symposium aims to attract contributions that tackle the aforementioned issues while developing new control approaches to allow the design of smart, safe and sustainable mobility systems.

Journal special issue

A special issue in a journal (Control Engineering Practice - Elsevier) will be organized based on a selection of the best papers presented in the symposium.

IFAC Young Author Award

Please refer to the dedicated page

Young Author Support from The IFAC Foundation

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Important dates

  • Submission Deadline:15th of December 2020

  • Authors Notification: March 5, 2021

  • Final Manuscript Due: Extended to the 5th of April 2021


Copyright conditions

"All publication material submitted for presentation at an IFAC-sponsored meeting (Congress, Symposium, Conference, Workshop) must be original and hence cannot be already published, nor can it be under review elsewhere. The authors take responsibility for the material that has been submitted. IFAC-sponsored conferences will abide by the highest standard of ethical behavior in the review process as explained on the Elsevier webpage (, and the authors will abide by the IFAC publication ethics guidelines (

Accepted papers that have been presented at an IFAC meeting will be published in the proceedings of the event using the open-access IFAC-PapersOnLine series hosted on ScienceDirect ( To this end, the author(s) must grant exclusive publishing rights to IFAC under a Creative Commons license when they submit the final version of the paper. The copyright belongs to the authors, who have the right to share the paper in the same terms allowed by the end user license, and retain all patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights (including research data)."