2015 International Choice Modeling Conference – Austin, Texas
Organizing Committee Seeking Abstracts
The 4th International Choice Modeling Conference (ICMC) is scheduled to be held May 10-13, 2015 in Austin, Texas. It will be hosted by Chandra Bhat of the Center for Transportation Research at the University of Texas at Austin, and Thomas Adler of Resource Systems Group.
The ICMC series is recognized worldwide as a premier occasion for networking with fellow choice analysis researchers, sharing cutting-edge research and developments through high-impact presentations, learning about the latest techniques in the field, and defining the research agenda for the profession. This conference is being brought to North America for the first time, and during a period when new techniques of data collection, combined with new conceptual/estimation approaches, are accelerating the application of choice models to address a variety of important societal policy issues.
The city of Austin, the conference venue, is located along the Colorado River in Central Texas. In addition to being a rich hub of culture, government, and industry, Austin is considered the “live music capital of the world.” Austin is accessible via major highway corridors and airlines. The conference will be held at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center at the University of Texas at Austin, which is within walking distance of downtown entertainment and restaurants, and offers many attractions in and around downtown Austin.
The organizing committee seeks abstracts on all aspects of choice modeling research for presentation at the conference. In addition to paper sessions in parallel sessions, the conference will include invited presentations in plenary sessions, workshops that scope the landscape of future challenges and research directions, and, for the first time, knowledge transfer sessions to bridge the gap between the state-of-the art and the state-of-the-practice in choice analysis techniques. The knowledge transfer sessions will accomplish this by raising the level of familiarity with the technical underpinnings of advanced models, and providing information on software available for estimation of the models.
A particular emphasis of the conference will be on data needs and considerations, and data quality, as they pertain to modeling developments to support the analysis of societal policy issues. Selected papers will be invited for publication consideration in special issues of journals.
Papers for various sessions will be selected on the basis of extended abstracts (800-1000 words). Interested authors should submit their abstracts electronically at the conference website (www.icmconference.org.uk) by September 15, 2014.
Abstracts should be detailed enough to provide adequate information on the motivation, the uniqueness of the work, the data and analysis methods, application potential and policy relevance, and anticipated results. Abstracts on a broad range of topics including, but not limited to, conceptual, theoretical, data-related, estimation, forecasting, and application developments are welcome. The term “choice” itself will be interpreted broadly in the context of the conference, and papers may focus on any combination of discrete, count, and continuous decision outcomes. We invite researchers and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines to submit papers and partake in the exchanges at the conference.
Please visit the conference website for detailed information about the conference schedule, registration fees, sponsorship opportunities, and location. All abstract and paper submission and review processes will be handled through the conference website. Please check the website frequently for updates and for tracking your abstract/paper. Suggestions, questions, or comments may be directed to either of the conference co-chairs:
Chandra Bhat – email@example.com
Thomas Adler – firstname.lastname@example.org
Chandra Bhat and Tom Adler