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CARSP Conference 2018

CARSP Conference 2018 Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts is now closed.  Thank-you to all those who submitted abstracts.  Resources and important deadlines are below.

Resources for Writing Papers and Developing Slidedeck Presentations

Instructions for writing papers - CARSP 2018

Slide-Deck Information, Guidelines and Speaking Tips

fivetips for developing a brain-friendly presentation

Important Deadlines

Please note: The inability to meet these deadlines may preclude one’s acceptance for presentation at the conference and/or inclusion in the conference proceedings.

Full Paper Submissions

  • Notification of acceptance by December 15, 2017
  • Manuscripts must be submitted by February 23, 2018
  • Reviewers' comments to authors by March 30, 2018
  • Final papers must be submitted by April 27, 2018
  • Slide Deck Presentations must be submitted by May 28, 2018

Slide Deck Presentation Only Submissions

  • Notification of acceptance by December 15, 2017
  • Slide Deck Presentations must be submitted by May 14, 2018

If you have any questions, or would like further information, please email

Conference Theme

For suitable abstract topics, authors are requested, but not required, to relate their abstract to the theme of this year's conference, which is "Next-generation Transportation - The Future of Road Safety".  A description of the theme is located here.


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Research and Evaluation Abstracts/Papers

  • Background - Why was undertaking this research important; what led to the research being conducted?
  • Aims - What were you trying to achieve (i.e., rationale, objectives) or what were the proposed outcomes?
  • Methods - How was the research undertaken; what was the process/steps?
  • Results - What were your findings?
  • Discussion and conclusions - What did you learn from the research; were there any limitations or challenges; what is next for the project/organization?

Policy and Practice Abstracts/Papers

Context - What was the problem/issue you were addressing?  What evidence supports the development of this program or policy?

  • Objectives - What were you trying to achieve (i.e., rationale, objectives); what were the proposed outputs (i.e., key deliverables, target group reached).
  • Target Group - Who is the program directed at?
  • Activity(ies) - Provide a description of the program’s activity(ies), including the nature of the activity(ies) (e.g., legislation, education, enforcement, etc.) and how they were developed and delivered?
  • Deliverables
    • What outputs came from this work?
    • How will this information be applied?
    • What lessons were learned?


Abstracts are welcome on any aspect of road safety, including, but not limited to, the topics listed below.  Please note that the sub-topics are merely examples.

Vehicles and Vehicle Systems

  • Collision avoidance
  • Collision protection
  • Commercial vehicle safety
  • Off-road vehicle safety
  • Crash investigation and reconstruction

Traffic Engineering/Road Design

  • Impact of road design
  • Traffic operations and traffic control devices
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Speed limit setting/monitoring

Injury Prevention

  • Epidemiology of crashes/injuries
  • Occupant protection
  • Biomechanics of injury crashes
  • Automotive medicine

Enforcement/Legal Issues

  • Enforcement strategies
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Legal aspects of crashes

Safety Initiatives

  • Safety promotion programs
  • Community and partnership engagement
  • Integrated road safety strategies

Policy and Program Development

  • Societal costs of crashes
  • Application of policies and programs
  • Application of legislation/regulations

Road Users/Behavioral Issues

  • Epidemiology of crashes or injuries
  • Specific road users approaches/research (e.g. pedestrian, cyclist, motorcyclist)
  • Human factors and traffic psychology

Selection Process and Review Criteria

To be accepted into the conference, abstracts will be evaluated based on a set of criteria.  Following this review, the author will be notified whether or not their abstract has been accepted and whether or not the abstract has been reassigned to a different stream. Similar criteria will be used for full papers. Only full papers will be considered for the conference proceedings. Also, only full papers will be considered for either of the two awards (i.e. Charles H. Miller Award for the Best Research and Evaluation Paper and the Mavis Johnson Traffic Safety Award for the best Policy and Practice Paper). About Criteria and Review Process 2018