INSTR 2015 The 6th International Symposium on Transportation Network Reliability

I serve on the International Scientific Committee of INSTR, which is announcing its 2015 conference:

The 6th International Symposium on Transportation Network Reliability

-The Value of Reliability, Robustness and Resilience-

2-3 August 2015, Nara, Japan

The 6th International Symposium on Transportation Network Reliability (INSTR) will be held in Nara, the ancient capital of Japan, from 2-3 August, 2015. The symposium is jointly organised by the Department of Urban Management, Kyoto University, and the Japan Society of Transportation Engineering. The INSTR series is the premier gathering for the world’s leading researchers and professionals interested in transportation network reliability, to discuss both recent research and future directions in this increasingly important field of research.


A special focus of this symposium will be the increasing practical value of reliability improvements for project evaluation. In particular the value of infrastructure investments to improve network resilience to counter large disasters is nowadays a critical issue. Contributions that discuss this issue are specifically encouraged for this symposium though the scope of this conference is wider and includes all aspects of analysis and design to improve network reliability, including;

  •  User perception of unreliability and vulnerability
  • Public policy and reliability of travel times
  • The valuation of reliability
  • The economics of reliability
  • Network reliability modelling and estimation
  • Transportation network robustness and resilience
  • Reliability of public transportation
  • Travel behaviour under uncertainty
  • Risk evaluation and management for transportation networks
  • ITS to improve network reliability
  • Vehicle routing under uncertainty
  • Disaster relief distribution


30 May, 2014 : Submission of extended abstract (1,000 words)
3 September, 2014 : Notification of abstract acceptance
19 December, 2014 : Submission of full papers for peer review
16 March, 2015 : Notification of full paper acceptance
20 May, 2015 : Submission of full, revised papers in camera-ready format


– It is envisaged to arrange special issues in prominent journals with papers drawn from the symposium proceedings. For further details, see

– The 21st International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory (ISTTT21) will be held on the days subsequent to INSTR from 5th to 7th August at Kobe, which is about a 1.5 hours train ride from Nara.