Railways 2021

30 August 2021

Event Name

The Fifth International Conference on Railway Technology
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    Event Date

    30 August 2021 - 03 September 2021

    Standart registration date


    Submission Deadline

    Fri, Feb 19 2021, 12pm

    Early bird registration

    14 May 2021

    At present we intend to host the conference according to COVID-secure guidelines onsite in Palma, Mallorca to best facilitate in-person networking and learning.

    However, as the future situation regarding international travel remains uncertain, we have the option to switch to our fully interactive online conference platform should the need arise.

    You can feel confident when submitting your abstract to Railways Technology 2021 that we will provide a high-quality, peer-reviewed program in which to showcase your research.

    This is coupled with our promise to refund your onsite registration fee, with no penalty, should you be unable to travel to the conference.


    Railways have always played a significant role in the development of the wealth creation capabilities of society. The early roman wagonways, the steam-driven railways during the industrial revolution, and the electric railways of the late nineteenth and twentieth century are just a few of the railway systems that have played a vital role in past infrastructure development. The search for a fast, reliable, and cost-effective means of transport that presents better energy efficiency and less impact on the environment has resulted in renewed interest and rapid development in railway technology. Following the success of many special sessions on railway technology, held over the last few years in the Civil-Comp Conference series, a new conference series was created in 2012. The first conference was held in: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 2012; the second in Ajaccio, Corsica, in 2014; the third in Cagliari, Sardinia in 2016; and the fourth in Sitges, Barcelona in 2018.

    The themes for this conference will include (but are not limited to):

    • Rolling Stock
    • Infrastructure
    • Energy and Environment
    • Signaling and Communication
    • Operations
    • Strategies and Economics
    • Emerging Technologies

    Event contact

    Civil-Comp Limited
    Dun Eaglais
    Station Brae, Kippen
    Stirling FK8 3DY
    United Kingdom

    Phone and fax numbers

    For conference information, conference proposals, and book orders:
    phone +44 (0)1786 870 105
    fax +44 (0)1786 870 944

    E-mail contact

    info AT civil-comp.info

    Civil-Comp Limited

    Civil-Comp Ltd. is registered in Scotland: 86107
    VAT Reg No: 416 0813 78

    Detailed Information

    Special Sessions

    A number of special sessions will be organised at this Conference. If you wish to participate in a special session please indicate this when you submit your paper proposal. Over the coming months the list of special sessions will gradually grow. Please visit this page regularly to keep up to date.

    Proposals for the organisation of a special session on your specialist topic including six or more papers are welcome and should be sent directly to the %20J.Pomboathud.ac.uk (Conference Editor).

    01: Accident Analysis and Safety Technologies
    Prof. Akira Matsumoto, Nihon University, Japan; Prof. Hideo Nakamura, Nihon University, Japan
    Prof. Yung-Cheng Lai, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

    02: Geotechnical Aspects in Rail-Track Performance
    Prof. António Gomes Correia, University of Minho, Portugal; Prof. Peter Woodward, University of Leeds, UK; Dr. Amine Dhemaied, SNCF Réseau, France; Dr. Yoshitsugu Momoya, Railway Technical Research Institute, Japan,

    03: Pantograph-Catenary Interaction
    Prof. Jorge Ambrósio, Instituto Superior Técnico,  University of Lisbon, Portugal; Dr. Alan Facchinetti, Politecnico di Milano, Italy; Prof. Anders Rønnquist, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

    04: Switches and Crossings Developments
    Dr. Valeri Markine, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands; Prof. Elias Kassa, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway; Dr. Yann Bezin, University of Huddersfield, UK

    05: Dynamics of Railway Bridges
    Prof. Rui Calçada, University of Porto, Portugal; Prof. José Goicolea, Technical University of Madrid, Spain; Prof. Raid Karoumi, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden; Prof. Anders Rønnquist, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway; Prof. Pedro Museros Romero, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain,

    06: MAGLEV Systems: Modelling and Control
    Prof. Werner Schiehlen, University of Stuttgart, Germany; Dr. Florian Dignath, Thyssenkrupp Transrapid GmbH, Germany,

    07: Traction and Braking: Control,  Safety and Energy Recovery
    Prof. Paul Allen, University of Huddersfield, UK; Prof. Jian-Yong Zuo, Tongji University, China; 
    Dr. Hamid Alturbeh, University of Huddersfield, UK,

    08: Assessment of the Structural and Geotechnical Behaviour of the Railway Track: Characterisation,  Modelling and Monitoring; Prof. Eduardo Fortunato, Nacional Laboratory of Civil Engineering, Portugal; Prof. Liedi Bernucci, University of São Paulo, Brazil,

    09: Personal Rapid Transit Systems
    Prof. Efrén Díez Jiménez, University of Alcalá, Spain

    10: Hyperloop Technology
    Dr. Daniel Toth, Continuum Industries, UK

    11: Integrated Safety Management System in Rail Transport
    Prof. Marek Sitarz, WSB University, Poland; Prof. Adam Prokopowicz, Institute of Global Innovation, Economics and Logistics, USA

    12: Railway Infrastructure Maintenance and Inspection
    Dr. Javier Royo, Ferrovial Agroman, Spain; Dr. Ignacio Jardi, Ferrovial Agroman, Spain,

    13: Inter-Modal Traffic,  Terminals and Logistics
    Prof. Stefano Ricci, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy; Dr. Armando Carrillo, EURNEX Association, Belgium; Prof. Nebojsa Bojovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia; Dr. Milos Milenkovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia

    14: Vibration analysis of moving load problems with particular emphasis on analytical and semi-analytical solutions - from modelling to railway applications
    Prof. Piotr Koziol, Cracow University of Technology, Poland; Prof. Zuzana Dimitrovová, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

    15: Virtual Coupling of Trains
    Dr. Joachim Winter, DLR - German Aerospace Center, Germany

    16: Trackbed Design and Maintenance
    Prof. Guoqing Jing, Beijing Jiaotong University, China; Prof. Mingjing Fang, Wuhan University of Technology, China

    17: Railway Signalling and Safety
    Dr. Xiaocheng Ge, University of Huddersfield, UK

    18: Light Railway Vehicles and Tramway Systems
    Dr. Bartosz Firlik, Poznań University of Technology, Poland

    19: Future Trends in Railway Transport
    Prof. Luigi Dell´Olio, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain

    20: Train Aerodynamics
    Dr. James Bell, German Aerospace Center, Germany; Prof. Sinisa Krajnovic, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden; Dr. Hassan Hemida, University of Birmingham, UK; Prof. Guowei Yang, Institute of Mechanics Chinese Academy Sciences, China

    21: Track Stiffness and Transition Zones: Problems, Solutions and Further Research
    Dr. Yann Bezin, University of Huddersfield, UK; Dr. Roberto Sañudo Ortega, University of Cantabria, Spain; Dr. Louis Le Pen, University of Southampton, UK; Dr. José Varandas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal; Dr. Karel van Dalen, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

    22: Track Structure Components and Materials Technology: Design, Monitoring and Maintenance
    Dr. Sakdirat Kaewunruen, University of Birmingham, UK; Dr. Makoto Ishida, Nippon Koei Co., LTD., Japan; Prof. Alex Remennikov, University of Wollongong, Australia; Prof. José Casado, University of Cantabria, Spain

    23: Wheel-Rail Interaction: Tribology, Degradation, Monitoring, Maintenance, Modelling and Validation
    Prof. Roger Lewis, University of Sheffield, UK; Dr. Makoto Ishida, Nippon Koei Co., LTD, Japan; Dr. Michaël Steenbergen, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands; Dr. Klaus Six, Virtual Vehicle Research Center, Austria; Prof. Zili Li, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands; Dr. Zhen Yang, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

    24: Railway Noise and Vibration
    Prof. Georges Kouroussis, Université de Mons, Belgium; Prof. Xiaozhen Sheng, Southwest Jiaotong University, China; Prof. Ricardo Carrazedo, University of São Paulo, Brazil; Prof. Cláudius de Sousa Barbosa, University of São Paulo, Brazil

    25: Railway Transport Design, Operations Planning/Management and Service Optimisation
    Prof. Ralf Borndörfer, Zuse-Institute Berlin, Germany; Dr. Thomas Schlechte, LBW Optimization GmbH, Germany

    26: Predictive Diagnostics and Modelling of Electric Systems and Components in Railway Industry
    Prof. Sami Barmada, University of Pisa, Italy; Prof. Mauro Tucci, University of Pisa, Italy

    27: Tribology and Bearing Technologies
    Prof. Constantine Tarawneh, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA

    28: Test Rigs for Railway Systems
    Dr. Jan  Kalivoda, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic; Dr. Yohei Michitsuji, Ibaraki University, Japan

    29: Modelling, Tests and Monitoring of Thermal Buckling on Continuous Welded Rails
    Dr. Giovanni Pio Pucillo, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

    30: Health/Condition Monitoring and Maintenance Management
    Dr. Richard Loendersloot, University of Twente, The Netherlands

    31: Modelling, Control, Optimization and Maintenance of Traction Power Systems in Electrified Railways
    Prof. Zhigang Liu, Southwest Jiaotong University, China; Dr. Yang Song, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway