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Railways 2018 and STECH2018
The Fourth International Conference on
Railway Technology:
Research, Development and Maintenance
The Eighth International Symposium
on Speed-up and Sustainable Technology
for Railway and Maglev Systems
Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
3-7 September 2018

This Civil-Comp Conference is organised by Elsevier the link to their site is here. Please see the Elsevier site for abstract submission, registration and uptodate details.

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; and the third in Cagliari, Sardinia in 2016.
The range of topics to be considered during this Conference includes (but is not limited to):

Rolling Stock

  • Rolling stock design, manufacture and maintenance
  • Modelling and Simulation: Railway dynamics, Structural analysis, Crashworthiness, Wheel-rail interaction, Pantograph-catenary dynamics, Wear and Fatigue
  • High speed trains
  • Light railways and trams
  • Technologies to increase freight capacity
  • Bogies technology
  • Field and laboratory testing
  • Performance and optimisation
  • Aerodynamics and crosswind
  • Noise, vibration and comfort
  • Traction and braking
  • Safety, security and reliability
  • Ergonomics and interior design
  • Railway structures: Bridges, tunnels and transition zones
  • Track design, construction and maintenance
  • Interaction of vehicles with the infrastructure
  • Foundations
  • Track monitoring
  • Trackbeds: Sleepers and ties
  • Geotechnical aspects: Earthworks, embankments, stabilisation
  • Technologies for track defects detection
  • Station design
Energy and Environment
  • Re-use of kinetic energy
  • Energy sources and smart grids
  • Hybrid traction and power trains
  • Sustainable rail transport
Signalling and communication
  • ERTMS - European Rail Traffic Management System
  • ITS - Information and Technology Systems
  • Railway systems operation
  • Traffic management
  • Interoperability
  • Intermodal solutions
  • Customer interfaces
  • Timetabling
  • Logistics
Strategies and Economics
  • Railway transport: Capacity and cost
  • Track access charges
  • Cost implications
  • Pricing
  • Planning and policies
  • Future trends in railway engineering
  • Railways: History, heritage and education
Opening Lecture
The conference opening lecture will commence at 5pm on Monday 3rd September 2018.

Technical Visits
Technical visits are being organized for the 7th September 2018. Please check this page regularly for updates.

Conference Editorial Board
The Conference Chairmen and Editor is Dr J. Pombo, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, and LAETA, IDMEC, IST - University of Lisbon & ISEL - Lisbon Polytechnic Institute, Portugal.

Professor Y. Suda, University of Tokyo, Japan is the Organiser and Chairman of the International Symposia on Speed-up and Sustainable Technology for Railway and Maglev Systems.

The Conference Editorial Board is:
Prof. J.E. Abdalla Filho, Brazil; Prof. K. Abe, France; Dr. A. Ahern, Ireland; Dr. A. Aikawa, Japan; Dr. M. Aizpun Navarro, Chile; Dr. B. Alkali, UK; Dr. P. Allen, UK; Dr. J. Alonso, Spain; Prof. S. Alsultan, Saudi Arabia; Prof. J.A.C. Ambrósio, Portugal; Dr. N. Amirault, France; Prof L.V. Andersen, Denmark; Prof. J.M.C.S. André, Portugal; Dr. E. Arlaud, France; Prof. N. Attoh-Okine, USA; Dr. L. Auersch, Germany; Dr. I. Aydin, Turkey ; Prof. L. Baeza, UK; Prof. M. Bagheri, Iran; Prof. C. Baker, UK; Dr. M. Baldeiras, Portugal; Dr. G. Bamford, UK; Prof. S. Barmada, Italy; Dr. A. Beagles, UK; Prof. Dr-Ing M. Beitelschmidt, Germany; Dr. E. Bekiaris, Greece; Dr. J. Bell, Germany; Dr. L. Bernucci, Brazil; Dr. Y. Bezin, UK; Prof. Z. Binderriya, Mongolia; Prof. L. Bocii, Romania; Prof. N. Bojovic, Serbia; Dr. A. Boukamel, France; Prof. A. Bracciali, Italy; Prof. M.A. Bradford, Australia; Prof. S. Bruni, Italy; Dr. M. Burstow, UK; Prof. X. Cai, China; Prof. R. Calçada, Portugal; Dr. A. Carrillo Zanuy, Belgium; Prof. R.L. Chen, China; Prof. K.H. Cho, Korea; Dr. Y.H. Cho, Korea; Dr. J. Clemente, Portugal; Dr. I.J. Coleman, UK; Dr. A. Cornish, UK; Prof. A.G. Correia, Portugal; Dr. S. Costa D'Aguiar, France; Dr. B. Counter, UK; Prof. C. Cruceanu, Romania; Prof. G. Degrande, Belgium; Prof. L. Dell´Olio, Spain; Dr. Z. Dimitrovová, Portugal; Dr. S. S. Ding, China; Prof. I. Esat, UK; Prof. J.L. Escalona Franco, Spain; Dr. M. Esmaeili, Iran; Prof. A. Facchinetti, Italy; Prof. M. Fang, China; Dr. J.F. Ferellec, France; Prof. E. Fortunato, Portugal; Dr. P. Galvín, Spain; Prof. L. Gao, China; Dr. F.P. García Márquez, Spain; Prof. E. Garcia Vadillo, Spain; Dr. M. Gaspareto, Brazil; Dr. P.E. Gautier, France; Prof. Dr Ing. J. Gerlici, Slovakia; Prof. J.M. Goicolea, Spain; Dr. P. Gregori, France; Prof. A. Gugliotta, Italy; Prof. I. Hansen, Netherlands; Dr. H. Hemida, UK; Dr. L. Hornicek, Czech Republic; Dr. B. Hou, China; Dr. M. Iida, Japan; Prof. B. Indraratna, Australia; Prof. H. Ishida, Japan; Dr. M. Ishida, Japan; Dr. G.Q. Jing, China; Prof. G. Jing, China; Dr. S. Jovanovic, Serbia; Prof. Y.H. Jung, Korea; Prof. S. Kaewunruen, UK; Dr. I. Kaiser, Spain; Prof. R. Karoumi, Sweden; Prof. E. Kassa, Norway; Prof. A. Kaynia, Norway; Dr. J.C. Kim, Korea; Dr. M. Koscielny, France; Prof. T. Koseki, Japan; Prof G. Kouroussis, Belgium; Dr. P. Koziol, Poland; Prof. S. Krajnovic, Sweden; Dr. N. Kuka, Italy; Prof. H.S. Lee, Korea; Dr. G. Lefeuve-Mesgouez, France; Prof. M. Lehnert, Germany; Prof. A. Levchenkov, Latvi; Prof. R. Lewis, UK; Dr. Z. Li, Netherlands; Dr. R. Licciardello, Italy; Prof. Y. Lim, Korea; Prof. C. Majorana, Italy; Prof. G. Malavasi, Italy; Dr. M. Marinov, UK; Prof. E. Markiewicz, France; Dr. V. Markine, Netherlands; Dr. U. Martin, Germany; Prof. M. Martinez Rodrigo, Spain; Dr. S. Martins Moretto, Portugal; Prof. A. Matsumoto, Japan; Dr. T. Mazilu, Romania; Prof. R. Meisinger, Germany; Dr. E. Meli, Italy; Prof. A. Mesgouez, France; Dr. J.C. Meunier, France; Dr. Y. Michitsuji, China; Dr. M. Milenkovic, Serbia; Dr. Y. Momoya, Japan; Prof. P. Museros, Spain; Prof. H. Nakamura, Japan; Dr. F. Nemtanu, Romania; Prof. Y. Ni, Hong Kong; Dr. M. Novales, Spain; Dr. A. Nunez Vicencio, Netherlands; Prof. E. OBrien, Ireland; Prof. U. Olofsson, Sweden; Prof. R. Parichatprecha, Thailand; Prof. A. Parida, Sweden; Prof. Y. Park, South Korea; Dr. H.J. Parkinson, UK; Prof. M. Pecht, USA; Prof. Dr O. Polach, Switzerland; Prof. V. Polyakov, Russia; Prof. J. Pombo, UK; Prof. M. Porto, Brazil; Prof. W. Powrie, UK; Prof. Dr-Ing. C. Proppe, Germany; Dr. L. Pugi, Italy; Dr. C. Pyrgidis, Greece; Prof. Y. Qiu, China; Prof. A. Remennikov, USA; Prof. S. Ricci, Italy; Prof. J. Ritchie, UK; Prof. C. Roberts, UK; Dr. I. Robertson, France; Prof. A. Ronnquist, Norway; Dr. A. Rovira, Spain; Dr. R. Sañudo Ortega, Spain; Dr. G. Saussine, France; Prof. W. Schiehlen, Germany; Prof. E. Schnieder, Germany; Dr. L. Schnieder, Germany; Prof. A.A. Shabana, USA; Dr. R.C. Sharma, India; Prof. H.F. Shehata, Egypt; Prof. X. Sheng, China; Dr. K. Six, Austria; Prof. R.A. Smith, UK; Dr. D.H. Song, Korea; Dr. M.J.M.M. Steenbergen, Netherlands; Prof. S. Stichel, Sweden; Prof. S. Strano, Italy; Prof. Y. Suda, Japan; Assoc. Prof. H. Sugiyama, USA; Prof. T. Sussmann, USA; Dr. M. Tanabe, Japan; Prof. C. Tarawneh, USA; Prof. Y. Terumichi, Japan; Dr. N. Thom, UK; Dr. T. Tomioka, Japan; Prof. B.H.V. Topping, UK; Dr. A. Trausmuth, Austria; Prof. H. True, Denmark; Prof. H. Tsunashima, Japan; Prof. M. Tucci, Italy; Dr. K. van Dalen, Netherlands; Prof. C. Van Gulijk, UK; Prof. L.M. Vianna, Brazil; Dr. C. Voivret, France; Dr. E.A.H. Vollebregt, Netherlands; Prof. C. Wagner, Germany; Prof. F. Wang, China; Dr. J.K.W. Winter, Germany; Prof. P.K. Woodward, UK; Prof. T.X. Wu, China; Dr. X. Xiao, China; Prof. G. Yang, China; Prof. Y.B. Yang, Taiwan; Dr. D. Younesian, Iran; Dr. J.A. Zakeri, Iran; Prof. E. Zarechkin, Russia; Dr. W.h. Zhang, China; and Prof. J. Zhou, China.
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.

The list of special sessions is being assembled. Proposals for the organisation of a special session on your specialist topic including six or more papers are welcome.

Proposals for special sessions may be sent to the conference editor via: rw2018  AT

The Special Sessions include:

  • Special Session RW2018-1: Accident Prevention and Safety Technologies,
    organised by:
    Prof. Akira Matsumoto, Nihon University, Japan, email:
    Prof. Roderick Smith, Imperial College, UK, email:
    Dr. Sakdirat Kaewunruen, University of Birmingham, UK email:
    Prof. Hideo Nakamura, Nihon University, Japan, email:
    Prof. Hiroaki Ishida, Japan Transport Safety Board, Japan, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-2: Switches and Crossings Developments,
    organised by:
    Dr. Valeri Markine, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, email:
    Prof. Elias Kassa, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, email:
    Prof. Clive Roberts, University of Birmingham, UK, email:
    Dr. Yann Bezin,University of Huddersfield UK, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-3: Dynamics of Railway Bridges,
    organised by:
    Prof. Rui Calçada, Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal, email:
    Prof. José Goicolea, Technical University of Madrid, Spain, email:
    Prof. Raid Karoumi, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, email:
    Prof. Anders Rønnquist, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, email:
    Prof. Pedro Museros Romero, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-4: Big Data Risk Analysis: IT Solutions for Safer Trains,
    organised by:
    Prof. Coen Van Gulijk, University of Huddersfield, UK, email:
    Prof. Nii Attoh-Okine, University of Delaware, USA, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-5: Maglev Systems: Modelling and Control,
    organised by:
    Prof. Werner Schiehlen, University of Stuttgart, Germany, email:
    Prof. Reinhold Meisinger, Georg-Simon-Ohm University of Applied Sciences, Germany, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-6: Track Structure and its Components: Advanced Materials, Design, Monitoring and Maintenance,
    organised by:
    Dr. Sakdirat Kaewunruen, University of Birmingham, UK, email:
    Dr. Makoto Ishida, Nippon Koei Co., LTD., Japan, email:
    Prof. Alex Remennikov, University of Wollongong, Australia, email:
    Prof. Theodore Sussmann, University of Hartford, USA, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-7: Pantograph-Catenary Interaction,
    organised by:
    Prof. Jorge Ambrósio, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal, email:
    Dr. Alan Facchinetti, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, email:
    Prof. Anders Rønnquist, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway,
  • Special Session RW2018-8: Geotechnical Aspects in Rail-Track Performance,
    organised by:
    Prof. António Gomes Correia, University of Minho, Portugal, email:
    Dr. Sofia Costa d’Aguiar, SNCF Innovation & Recherche, France, email:
    Dr. Yoshitsugu Momoya, Railway Technical Research Institute, Japan,
    Prof. Peter Woodward, University of Leeds, UK, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-9: Signalling: Safety, Security and Train Localization,
    organised by:
    Prof. Eckehard Schnieder, Institute for Traffic Safety and Automation Engineering, Germany, email:
    Dr. Lars Schnieder, ESE Engineering und Software-Entwicklung GmbH, Germany, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-10: Railway Electric Components: Advanced Diagnostics, Monitoring and Modelling,
    organised by:
    Prof. Sami Barmada, University of Pisa, Italy, email:
    Prof. Mauro Tucci, University of Pisa, Italy, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-11: Virtual Certification and Homologation,
    organised by:
    Prof. Eric Markiewicz, University of Valenciennes, France, email:
    Dr. Adnane Boukamel, Railenium, France, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-12: Wheel/Rail Contact Tribology,
    organised by:
    Prof. Roger Lewis, University of Sheffield, UK, email:
    Prof. Ulf Olofsson, Royal Institute of Technology, (KTH) Sweden email:
  • Special Session RW2018-13: Digital Engineering in the Rail Sector,
    organised by:
    Prof. James Ritchie, Heriot-Watt University, UK, email:
    Dr. Marin Marinov, Newcastle University, UK, email:
    Prof.. Martin Lehnert, Technische Hochschule Wildau, Germany, email:
    Dr. Florin Nemtanu, Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-14: Trackbed Design and Maintenance,
    organised by:
    Prof. Guoqing Jing, Beijing Jiaotong University, China, email:
    Prof. Mingjing Fang, Wuhan University of Technology, China, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-15: Assessment of the Behaviour of the Rail Track and Substructure: Characterisation, Modelling and Monitoring,
    organised by:
    Prof. Eduardo Fortunato, Nacional Laboratory of Civil Engineering, Portugal, email:
    Prof. Liedi Bernucci, University of São Paulo, Brazil, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-16: Light Railways and Tramway Systems,
    organised by:
    Prof. Andrea Bracciali, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, University of Florence, Italy, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-17: Railway Noise and Vibration,
    organised by:
    Prof. Xiaozhen Sheng, Southwest Jiaotong University, China, email:
    Prof. Georges Kouroussis, Université de Mons, Belgium, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-18: Ballast Track: Precise Characterization and Wear Modelling,
    organised by:
    Dr. Charles Voivret, SNCF, France,
  • Special Session RW2018-19: Future Trends in Railway Transport,
    organised by:
    Prof. Luigi Dell´Olio, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-20: Using Big Data to Increase Railway Resilience,
    organised by:
    Dr. Howard Parkinson, Rail System Engineering Limited, UK, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-21: Innovations in Running Gears,
    organised by:
    Prof. Andrea Bracciali, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, University of Florence, Italy, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-22: Inter-Modal Traffic, Terminals and Logistics,
    organised by:
    Prof. Stefano Ricci, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy, email:
    Dr Armando Carrillo Zanuy, EURNEX Association, Belgium, email:
    Prof. Nebojsa Bojovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia, email:
    Dr Milos Milenkovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-23: Railway Developments in the Middle East,
    organised by:
    Prof. Sultan Alsultan, The Environmental Center of Remote Sensing, Saudi Arabia, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-24: Train Aerodynamics,
    organised by:
    Prof. Sinisa Krajnovic, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, email:
    Prof. Claus Wagner, German Aerospace Center, Germany, email:
    Dr. Hassan Hemida, University of Birmingham, UK, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-25: Wheel-Rail Interaction: Problems, Simulation, Monitoring and Validation,
    organised by:
    Dr. Makoto Ishida, Nippon Koei Co., LTD., Japan, email:
    Dr. Edwin Vollebregt, VORtech BV, The Netherlands, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-26: Surface Damage & Maintenance of Rails and Wheels,
    organised by:
    Dr. Michaël Steenbergen, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, email:
    Dr. Klaus Six, Virtual Vehicle Research Center, Austria, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-27: Natural Hazards in the Railway Domain,
    organised by:
    Dr. Gilles Saussine, SNCF, France, email:
    Dr. Mathilde Koscielny, SNCF, France, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-28: Track Stiffness: Transition Zones and Inhomogeneities,
    organised by:
    Dr. Yann Bezin, University of Huddersfield, UK, email:
    Prof. William Powrie, University of Southampton, UK, email:
    Dr. Roberto Sañudo Ortega, University of Cantabria, Spain, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-29: Railway Track Modelling: Combination Between Technical & Science,
    organised by:
    Dr. Gilles Saussine, SNCF, France, email:
    Dr. Elodie Arlaud, SNCF, France, email:
    Dr. Jean-Francois Ferellec, SNCF, France, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-30: Semi-Analytical Methods for Moving Loads: Modelling and Applications,
    organised by:
    Prof. Arnaud Mesgouez, University of d'Avignon, France, email:
    Prof. Gaëlle Mesgouez, University of d'Avignon, France, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-31: Challenges Associated With/Related to Ensuring a Skilled Workforce for the Rail Systems of the Future,
    organised by:
    Dr. Evangelos Bekiaris, Hellenic Institute of Transport, Greece, email:
    Dr. Nathalie Amirault, UIC France, email:
    Dr. Armando Carrillo Zanuy, EURNEX Association, Belgium, email:
    Dr. Marin Marinov, Newcastle University, UK email:
    Dr. Jean-Christophe Meunier, VIAS Institute, Belgium, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-32: Impact of Railways on the Environment and Ecosystems,
    organised by:
    Dr. Patrizia Gregori, SNCF, France, email:
    Dr. Gilles Saussine, SNCF, France, email:
  • Special Session RW2018-33: Smart Operations,
    organised by:
    Prof. Ullrich Martin, University of Stuttgart, Germany, email:

Conference Abstracts
Abstracts accepted for presentation at the conference will be available for participants to view and download via the Elsevier secure system, access to the system will be supplied to all registered attendees prior to the start of the conference.

The original 1200 word abstract submitted to the conference will be made available via the secure system and a shorter 400 word version of the abstract will be available via the conference app.

Journal Special Issues
Papers presented at the Railways 2018 conference are eligible for submission to a special issue of the International Journal of Railway Technology after the conference. The details of the submission procedures will be given on this webpage early in 2018. The review process and submission process will start in June 2018 participants should start preparing their papers for publication as soon as their extended abstracts are accepted.

Conference Registration
Elsevier is responsible for all registrations and other financial matters. For registration fees and other related matters please see the Elsevier website.

Conference Venue
The venue for the conference is the Melia Sitges Hotel, Carrer de Joan Salvat Papasseit, 38, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona, Spain. The hotel is 30 km from Barcelona Airport and just 25 minutes by taxi.

All presentations, lunches and coffees will be at this location.

Accommodation is available at Melia Sitges Hotel. Further details about hotel bookings will be available on the Elsevier site soon.

Please check with your travel agent or the Spanish Embassy in your country whether you require a visa to enter Spain. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the visa in good time. If you require a letter of invitation, please submit your extended abstract soon.