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Railways 2014
The Second International Conference on
Railway Technology:
Research, Development and Maintenance
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
8-11 April 2014
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 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, with the first conference held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in April 2012.
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
Conference Flyer
Download the conference flyer for distribution to colleagues.
Young Researcher Best Paper Competition
To encourage young researchers to attend the conference a 1000 Euro Young Researcher Best Paper Prize will be awarded to the best paper presented at the conference. To read the full terms and conditions of this competition, please click here.
Special Sessions
A number of special sessions will be organised at this Conference. Papers should be submitted directly to the Conference Editor who will inform the special session organisers. Over the coming months the list of special sessions will gradually grow. Please visit this page regularly to keep up to date. Please also notice the important dates.

For more information about the aims and scope of each session, please click the session title (where available) for a specific session call.

Conference Editorial Board
The Conference Editor is Dr J. Pombo (IDMEC-IST, Lisbon, Portugal).

The members of the editorial board for this conference are: Prof. J.E. Abdalla Filho, Brazil; Prof. A. Alonso, Spain; Prof. J.A.C. Ambrósio, Portugal; Prof. L. Baeza, UK; Prof. C. Baker, UK; Prof. S. Barmada, Italy; Prof. Dr-Ing M. Beitelschmidt, Germany; Dr Y. Bezin, UK; Prof. A. Bracciali, UK; Mr A. Broadbent, UK; Prof. S. Bruni, Italy; Dr D.L. Cadet, France; Prof. R. Calçada, Portugal; Prof. R. Carrazedo, Brazil; Prof. R.L. Chen, China; Dr H. Chollet, France; Prof. A.G. Correia, Portugal; Dr S. Costa D'Aguiar, France; Prof. G. De Roeck, Belgium; Prof. B. De Schutter, Netherlands; Prof. G. Degrande, Belgium; Dr Z. Dimitrovová, Portugal; Prof. P. Dufrénoy, France; Dr D.J. Edwards, UK; Prof. J.L. Escalona Franco, Spain; Prof. E. Esmailzadeh, Canada; Prof A. Facchinetti, Italy; Prof. E. Fortunato, Portugal; Dr P. Galvín, Spain; Prof. Dr Ing. J. Gerlici, Slovakia; Prof. J.M. Goicolea, Spain; Dr M. Hartnett, Ireland; Dr S. Hillmansen, UK; Dr L. Hornicek, Czech Republic; Distinguished Prof. B. Indraratna, *** unknown ***; Dr M. Ishida, Japan; Prof. X. Jin, China; Prof. S.H. Ju, China; Prof. Y.H. Jung, Korea; Prof. S. Kaewunruen, UK; Dr I. Kaiser, Spain; Prof. R. Karoumi, Sweden; Prof. E. Kassa, Norway; Dr P. Koziol, Poland; Prof. S. Krajnovic, Sweden; Prof. A. Levchenkov, Latvia; Prof R. Lewis, UK; Dr Q.S. Li, Hong Kong; Dr Z. Li, Netherlands; Prof. M.R. Macário, Portugal; Dr V. Markine, Netherlands; Dr M.D. Martínez-Rodrigo, Spain; Dr S. Martins Moretto, Portugal; Prof. M. Matos Neves, Portugal; Prof. A. Matsumoto, Japan; Dr T. Mazilu, Romania; Prof. Dr A. Metrikine, Netherlands; Dr M. Milenkovic, Serbia; Dr Y. Momoya, Japan; Prof. P. Museros, Spain; Prof. H. Nakamura, Japan; Dr J. Náprstek, Czech Republic; Prof. C. Nash, UK; Dr M. Novales, Spain; Dr A. Nunez Vicencio, Netherlands; Prof. A. Nurmikolu, Finland; Prof. U. Olofsson, Sweden; Mr T.W. Palfreyman, UK; Dr H. Pan, China; Prof. A. Parida, Sweden; Prof. J.C.F. Pereira, Portugal; Prof. M.S. Pereira, Portugal; Prof. Dr-Ing. C. Proppe, Germany; Dr L. Pugi, Italy; Assoc. Prof. A. Ramalho, Portugal; Dr F.G. Rauter, Portugal; Prof. Z.S. Ren, China; Dr A. Roda Buch, Spain; Dr M. Rosenberger, Austria; Prof. R. Sarkisyan, Russia; Prof. A.A. Shabana, USA; Prof. G. Shen, China; Assoc. Prof. K.B. Shin, Korea; Dr K. Six, Austria; Dr M.J.M.M. Steenbergen, Netherlands; Prof. S. Stichel, Sweden; Dr B. Suarez, Spain; Prof. Y. Suda, Japan; Assoc. Prof. H. Sugiyama, USA; Dr M. Tanabe, Iran; Prof. C. Tarawneh, USA; Prof. P.F. Teixeira, Portugal; Prof. Y. Terumichi, Japan; Prof. B.H.V. Topping, UK; Dr J. Tunna, USA; Dr E. Tutumluer, USA; Dr E. Tutumluer, USA; Prof. C. Vale, Portugal; Dr J. Vinolas, Spain; Dr E.A.H. Vollebregt, Netherlands; Prof. C. Wagner, Germany; Dr B. Wilson, USA; Prof. P.K. Woodward, UK; Prof. T.X. Wu, China; Prof. G. Yang, China; Prof. Y.B. Yang, Taiwan; Dr V. Yazykov, Russia; Dr D. Younesian, Iran; Prof. K. Zboinski, Poland;

Conference Proceedings
The conference proceedings are published by Civil-Comp Press and Saxe-Coburg Publications and will be available on the first day of the conference. All papers are assigned DOIs and will appear on the online repository The proceedings volumes have an ISBN; are part of a series with its own ISSN; and are submitted to several abstracting/indexing services.

Contributed papers presented at the Railways 2014 conference are eligible for submission in extended format to the International Journal of Railway Technology after the conference.

Conference Venue
The venue for the conference is the Palais des congrés et des expositions in Ajaccio, the capital of the island of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea.

All presentations, lunches and coffee breaks will be at this location. For information on how to get to the venue, click here.

Accommodation is available at several hotel in the city of Ajaccio. Bookings should be made directly with the hotel of your choice. For a list of hotel details and indicative rates click here.
Please check with your travel agent or the French embassy in your country whether you require a visa to enter France. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the visa in good time.

With the current international situation it is difficult for many countries to issue visas without undertaking a lengthy process. If the French embassy in your country requires a letter of invitation, please contact Civil-Comp Press and we will supply this, on condition that your paper has been accepted by the Conference Editor. If the Embassy requires a letter of invitation issued by a French organisation, we recommend that you contact the hotel where you have made your room bookings.