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Autonomic Road Transport Support systems

The Second COST ARTS Competition

Bordeaux, France
5 October 2015

The Second COST ARTS Competition: Increasing the Resilience of Road Traffic Support Systems by the Use of Autonomics .
The competition aims to accelerate the development of ITS systems that are able to demonstrate some well-defined autonomic properties such as self-management, in particular to improve system resilience .

During normal operations a number of different events may occur inhibiting a Road Traffic Support Systems (RTSS) system's performance. They have a varying degree of severity and affect different aspects of the traffic network. In this competition, we are interested in the way autonomic systems can be used for improving an RTSS's resilience in view of such events.


The competition took place on Monday the 5th of October in Bordeaux, the day before the ARTS conference. In total eight research groups competed and presented a demo. The judging panels members were Neila Bhouri, Ivana Dusparic, Cecilia Gomes and Apostolos Kotsialos.
After spending sufficient time asking questions and discussing each particular entry the panel met and assessed each case. The results were announced on Wednesday the 7th of October and the outcome is as follows:
1st position shared between the following two groups:

  • Matija Gulic, Ricardo Olivares and Daniel Borrajo for the paper entitled "Using Automated Planning for Traffic Signals Control"
  • Mauro Vallati, Daniele Magazzeni and Bart De Schutter for their paper entitled "Automated Planning for Urban Traffic Control: Moving from Objects to Flows"
2nd position:
  • Stelios Timotheou, Charalambos Menelaou, Panayiotis Kolios, Christos Panayiotou and Marios Polycarpou for their paper entitled "Autonomic fault-adaptive state estimation and sensor-fault detection in road traffic systems"
3rd position:
  • Matthias Sommer, Sven Tomforde and Joerg Haehner for their paper entitled "Demo: Proactive Re-Routing of Urban Traffic based on Traffic Flow Forecasts"


The original call for participation is available here


Proposals for competition entries are supposed to be max. 8 pages in length (Springer LNCS style, see this link for Word and LaTeX templates). Authors wishing to participate are encouraged to contact the chair of the competition programme committee, Dr. Apostolos Kotsialos (, upfront with an expression of interest to participate. Please submit proposals in PDF format using the EasyChair system at this link.

Important dates (draft)

  • June 30, 2015: Submission deadline for demonstrator proposals (short papers)
  • July 24, 2015 : Notification of acceptance
  • October 5, 2015 : 2nd ARTS Competition

The Competition was co-located with the 22nd ITS World Congress in Bordeaux.

 We look forward to welcoming you to Bordeaux!