During the Symposium, a few key themes on integrating land use and transport models came up in several presentations and dominated the discussion. Model runtime, the benefits of microsimulation and the need to integrate models at different scales and from different domains were the most frequently raised topics for integrated modeling.

To document findings, articles will be published in The Journal of Transport and Land Use (JTLU) to share the outcome with the larger modeling community. A call for papers for a special section on integrated land use/transport modeling has been released by JTLU, which is also open to researchers in this field who did not attend the symposium. It is planned to cover at least the following topics:

  1. A review of why integrated models fail, or perhaps a review of model lifecycle (or both)
  2. The case for simpler models (see also note by Keith Lawton)
  3. The case for microsimulation frameworks for integrated models, which might be a counter-point to the previous paper
  4. A framework for multi-scale models (we talk about them a lot, and the advantages seem intuitive, but there is scant literature describing the benefits and compelling examples) (Led by Michael Wegener)
  5. The Oregon TLUMIP retrospective (Led by Rick Donnelly)
  6. The value of integrating other models, such as pedestrian modeling, DTA, health models, environmental impact models, etc. (Led by Kelly Clifton)
  7. The need for integrated models to understand the impacts of climate change and develop strategies to mitigate and adopt (Led by Alistair Ford)
  8. Integrated modeling in the UK: Practical usability of integrated models (Led by David Simmonds)
  9. A synthesis of the symposium and key themes and issues that emerged (Led by Rolf Moeckel)

Ideas for abstracts had to be send in by December 15th, 2016. No further papers can be accepted at this point. Full papers are due by March 31st, 2017.