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International Conference on Railway Engineering 2016 (ICRE)


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The International Conference of Railway Engineering (ICRE) is an established event that runs every 3 years in Hong Kong. 2016 marks the first year that the ICRE comes to Europe. We are pleased to present a robust programme, bringing together an array of railway academics and experts to discuss the current issues affecting the industry.

Date and Time

12 May 2016 - 10:00 to 13 May 2016 - 15:00


Brussels, Belgium - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Railway TPN. Contact Li-Anne Nixon at LNixon@theiet.org for more information.

About this event

The organising committee are pleased to announce that the 5th instalment of the IET International Conference on Railway Engineering (ICRE) will be held from the 12th to the 13th of May 2016 in Belgium. The 2016 event, which will be the first time the conference has been held in Europe, will centre on the theme of “Enhancing Railway Operations” and will include a mix of keynote speeches, technical sessions, and site visits. The ICRE is held every two to three years and aims to provide a forum for sharing knowledge and experience, promoting collaboration among practitioners, and reporting applications of new technologies in railway engineering. The previous instalment of the conference, ICRE 2014, was held in Hong Kong and brought together railway professionals from around the world to discuss the theme of “Integrating Customer Experience in the Railway”.


Day one - 12 May 2016

09:25 Registration and refreshments

09:55 Welcome and introduction

10:00 Keynote address: Shift2Rail – to deliver the ERRAC’s visions of the future railway? Andy Doherty

Session: Safety
10:40 The Development of an Enhanced Bow-Tie Railway Safety Assessment Tool using a Big Data Analytics Approach - Dr Howard J Parkinson, Dr Gary Bamford and Baldev Kandola

11:05 Refreshment break

11:30 Formal Verification of Movement Authorities in Automatic Train Control Systems – Shiladitya Ghosh, Pallab Dasgupta, Chittaranjan Mandal and Alok Katiyar

11:55 Questions and discussion

Session: Infrastructure and Systems
12:15 Investing in Productive, Efficient Infrastructure (“Out with the Old, in with the new”) – Stirling Kimkeran (Omnicrom Engineering) and Gerard Buckett (Aurizon Network)

12:35 Lunch and networking

13:35 A Machine Learning Approach for Recognising Woody Plants on Railway Trackbeds – Roger Nyberg, Dalarna University

14:00 Questions and discussion

Session: ICT and Data
14:15 Digital Electrification Design – Paul Rowlands

14:40 How does existing data improve decision making? A case study of wind-related incidents on rail network – Qian Fu, University of Birmingham

15:05 Refreshments and networking

15:30 Visible Light Communication in Railways (TVLC) – Shabeeb Ahamed, Atkins

15:55 Questions and discussion

Session: Optimisation and Performance
16:10 Optimising Energy Saving in Metro Systems Through Characteristic Evaluation - Heather Douglas, C. Roberts and S. Hillmansen

16:35 Increasing the Kinematic Performance of the Rail Vehicles by Using Adaptive Control Methods for Steering Bogies - Crinela Pisalru, A. Abobghala and Y. Munir

17:00 A Systems Approach to Developing a new Metro for Megalopoleis – Marcelo Blumfeld, Clive Roberts and Felix Schmid

17:25 Close of day 1

18:00 Drinks reception

19:00 Close

Day two - 13 May 2016
08:45 Refreshments

09:10 Keynote address: Railway Development Projects in South East Asia - Challenges and Opportunities - CS Chang (BSC[Eng], MBA, CEng, FIET, FHKIE, M.I.R.S.E, RPE)

Session: Railway condition monitoring
09:50 PCIPP: An Approach for Semantic Based Conditional Monitoring of Railway Assets – Shruti Kholi

10:15 Refreshments and networking

10:45 Enabling greater use of cross-industry Remote Condition Monitoring – Sam Newcombe and G. Tucker

11:10 A Novel Application of Image Processing for the Detection of Rail Surface RCF Damage and Incorporation in a Crack Growth Model – Bello Sambo, A. Bevan and C. Pislaru

11:35 Questions and discussion

12:05 Final remarks and networking lunch

Reasons to attend

  • Network with peers from around the world
  • Be part of a prestigious knowledge sharing opportunity
  • The possibility of having your paper published through the IET Digital Library
  • Find out about the latest research and projects happening within the industry

Continuing Professional Development

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Member £150 (£135 early bird)

Non-member £200 (£180 early bird)

Student and retired £115 (£103.50)

Early bird available until 31 January 2016

Additional information

Hotel rooms are available at the Metropole for a discounted rate. Please find more information in the booking form.


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