ITS Australia has launched its international ambassador program to help promote the 23rd Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress to be held from 10 to 14 October in Melbourne, Australia.

The ITS World Congress and its complementary exhibition to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is expected to attract more than 5,000 delegates to the capital that has been a regular winner of ‘the world’s most liveable city’ title.

ITS Australia chief executive officer Susan Harris said the 2016 ITS World Congress will bring the world’s leading transportation, infrastructure and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) academics and executives to Melbourne.

“In addition to ITS businesses, the congress attracts the full range of industry stakeholders, including academia, business and private users of the technologies, and government officials. Scores of international colleagues have already expressed strong interest in visiting Melbourne.

“We are grateful to have the support of a growing network of high-profile Ambassadors from around the globe who are committed to working with us to promote the 23rd World Congress,” said Susan Harris.

International Ambassador network

The 2016 World Congress Ambassadors appointed by ITS Australia to date include:

China: ITS China representative and Ministry of Transport Research Institute of Highways Department Manager Ms Weiyun Jiao.

Germany: ITS Germany managing director and Network of National ITS Organisations Vice Chair Norbert Handke, and transportation sustainability and environment consultant Hans-Joachim Schade.

Italy: TTS Italia Secretary General Olga Landolfi.

South Korea: Korea Transport Institute Research Fellow and Director of ITS World Congress Young-Jun Moon.

Sweden: ITS Sweden Chief Executive Officer Christer Karlsson.

Taiwan: National Taiwan University Professor of Transport Systems and Director of Public Transport Research Centre Jason Chang.

United Kingdom: Chairman of ITS United Kingdom Eric Sampson; Secretary General of ITS United Kingdom and Network of National ITS Organisations Chair Jennie Martin solutions director, International Transportation and Government of Xerox Services Richard Harris.

United States: IBM global business development Executive ITS Michael Noblett.

“ITS Australia thanks the 2016 World Congress Ambassadors for their time and commitment. We look forward to engaging more people from more countries to this important role,” said Susan Harris.

“To capitalise on Melbourne’s most liveable city reputation, we have made the World Congress theme ITS – enhancing liveable cities and communities.

“Many of our World Congress ambassadors have experienced our unique lifestyle and environment. So in addition to promoting the benefits of the 2016 World Congress program, they are able to make their own personal contributions to the Ambassador role,” said Susan Harris.