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Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Venue: THotel, Cagliari, Sardinia
Railways 2016
The Third International Conference on
Railway Technology:
Research, Development and Maintenance
Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
5-8 April 2016

Special Session Call for Papers:

Special Session: RW2016-S01
Railway Research Commercialization: Economy, Technology and Society
Session Aims and Scope

Railway’s competitive advantage in today’s fast-changing markets and societal conditions requires different approaches to research & development. New technologies to succeed can no longer rely on conventional practices of trial-and-error, with long and costly development cycles. New approaches for technology management are imposed to the sector, affecting all the concerned parties (at organizational and systemic levels; from knowledge, design, manufacturing, operations and use of technology). Further challenges lie in addressing complex innovation systems, financial viability of research, assessment of impacts and public support.

This multidisciplinary session aims at bringing together researchers and experts from various fields reporting on the current state of management of railway technology research & development. The discussion should promote the interaction and collaboration among universities, research centers, railway operators, public-institutions and industry in order to identify problems, propose solutions and indicate directions to technology market-uptake and to decrease possibilities of market-failure.

The Session will joint engineers (from all quadrants of rail technology system) and social scientists sharing the common goal of research commercialization. Mechanical, Civil and Electrical experts, Economists, Social and Political scientists and practitioners of research management will also share their experience, knowledge and recent developments.

This Session will cover, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Success cases of market-uptake of technology research & development
  • Technology Management
  • Technology Assessment
  • Strategic Intelligence and planning
  • Visions, Forecasting, Scenarios and Road-mapping
  • Marketing of technology
  • Decision-making
  • Networks and Triple Helix
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Cost-benefit of technology
  • Technology transfer
  • Societal inclusion
  • Customer and end-user focus of research & product development
  • Public-consultations
  • Rail transport policies
  • Transport interfaces

For specific questions regarding the scope of this session please contact the organisers:
  • Dr S. Moretto, University of Lisbon, Portugal, (s.moretto AT,
  • Dr H. Pan, Department of Urban Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai, China, (hxpank AT
  • Dr M. Milenkovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia, (m.millenkovic 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 "RW2016-S01" when asked "Is this paper part of a special session?"
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