Topic Area A: Transport Modes – General
Topic Area A covers research issues related to a single mode, and which are not addressed in other topic areas. In particular it provides a focus for the work of the Special Interest Groups on Air, Maritime, Rail, and for Road Transport research work performed. Given the likelihood of overlap with the work of other topic areas, care is needed to avoid duplication of activity. As a general rule, sessions are only included in Topic Area A where the focus is on the characteristics of the mode, or it is clear that they cannot be integrated into other topic areas. In particular, papers on the safety of a given mode may be submitted to this Topic Area A, but will also be copied to Topic Area C, where SIG C4 has the responsibility of convening all safety-related sessions.