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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-S16
Hardware In the Loop Testing and Real-Time Identification for Railway applications
Session Aims and Scope

Nowadays the need for real-time applications is rapidly increasing in the railway engineering. Typical application fields comprise mechatronic control systems (Wheel Slide Protection systems, traction control, smart suspension systems), diagnostics (smart state estimators for advanced measurement systems, prognostic tools) and testing (Hardware In the Loop testing, real time identification, etc.).

For these reason, the study and the development of innovative modelling techniques and advanced software/hardware architectures specifically designed for real-time applications are becoming crucial problems in this research area.

Looking at this scenario, this Special Session is focused on innovative modelling techniques and software/hardware architectures aimed at obtaining high real-time performances. Consequently, the Special Session will cover, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Real-time modelling techniques for vehicle dynamics;
  • Real-time modelling techniques for wheel-rail contact;
  • Real-time modelling of flexible systems (pantograph-catenary interaction, flexible models of tracks and vehicles);
  • Hardware-In-the-Loop simulations and test rigs;
  • Real-time identification and estimation procedures;
  • Development of railway subsystems and components;
  • Development of control architectures;
  • Development of full-scale and scaled test-rigs.

Both theoretical and experimental contributions will be highly appreciated. Theoretical papers will have to deal with the mathematical and physical description of the above-mentioned real-time applications; an important role will be played by the numerical efficiency of the proposed approaches. On the other hand, experimental works will have to focus on the software/hardware implementation of the innovative real-time techniques. A non-secondary output of the research activities should be the development of fast simulation models to be used also for off-line simulations, especially for problems involving a large amount of simulations such as iterative optimization procedures in which parallelization and smart allocation of computational resources turn out to be very useful.

For specific questions regarding the scope of this session please contact the organisers:
  • Professor A. Mpanda Mabwe, Ecole Superieure d'Ingenieurs en Electronique et Electrotechnique, Amiens, France, (
  • Professor J. Ros, Universidad Publica de Navarra, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Pamplona, Spain, (
  • Dr L. Pugi, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Florence, Italy, (
  • Dr E. Meli, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Florence, Italy, (

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-S16" when asked "Is this paper part of a special session?"
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