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Railways 2014
The Second International Conference on
Railway Technology:
Research, Development and Maintenance
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
8-11 April 2014
Accidents Analysis and Safety Technologies
organised by Prof. A. Matsumoto
Japan Transport Safety Board, Japan
Prof. R. Smith
Imperial College, United Kingdom
Prof. H. Nakamura
Nihon University, Japan
Session Aims and Scope
The safety of railway systems is rather high compared with other transportation modes, but further studies are required to realize higher safety. For the prevention of various accidents, analysis on the results of previous accidents and incidents, and countermeasures for them are important. On the other hand far-sighted safety studies on railway systems are also required.

This session aims at bringing together researchers and experts from various fields reporting on the current state of railway safety research and development concerning the prevention of "derailments", "collisions", "human damaged", etc. The discussion should promote the interaction and collaboration among universities, research centers, railway operators and industry in order to identify problems, propose solutions and indicate directions of future research.

The Session should bring together Mechanical, Electrical, Civil and Geotechnical experts and will cover, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Example and/or review of railway accident and incident investigations
  • Technologies and/or experiences of accidents prevention
  • R&D on prevention of derailments, such as vehicle dynamics, wheel-rail interface
  • R&D on prevention of collisions, such as signalling and/or operating systems
  • R&D on prevention of human damage accidents, such as "platform door", detection sensors
  • R&D on countermeasures against earthquakes
  • Condition monitoring for safety
  • Safety analysis and safety certification
For specific questions regarding the scope of this session please contact the organisers:
  • Prof. Akira Matsumoto
    Japan Transport Safety Board, Japan
    (matsumoto-a2jk AT
  • Prof. Roderick Smith
    Imperial College, United Kingdom
    (roderick.smith AT
  • Prof. Hideo Nakamura
    Nihon University, Japan
    (nakamura.hideo AT

Please note that papers that are found to fall outside the scope of this session may be considered for other sessions.

Abstract Submission
To submit abstracts for this special session, please follow the normal abstract submission procedure but please select "RW2014-S04" when asked "Is this paper part of a special session?"
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