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 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; Dr. Pedro Antunes, University of Huddersfield, UK

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; Dr. Niels Lindner, Zuse-Institute Berlin, 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

32: High-Speed Railways – Policy, Planning, Technology, Management and Research
Prof. Nikhil Bugalia, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India; Prof. Ashwin Mahalingam, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India; Prof. Sudhir Misra, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India; Dr. K. E. Seetharam, Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo, Japan

33. Signalling Systems and Performance of Train Operations
Prof. Pradip Ray, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India


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