Introduction

The 17th International Conference on Railway Engineering Design and Operation (COMPRAIL 2020), is the latest in a series of very successful meetings which started in Frankfurt in 1987 and continued in Rome (1990); Washington (1992); Madrid (1994); Berlin (1996); Lisbon (1998); Bologna (2000); Lemnos (2002); Dresden (2004); Prague (2006); Toledo (2008); Beijing (2010); the New Forest, home of the Wessex Institute (2012) ; Rome (2014), Madrid (2016) and Lisbon (2018).

The meeting is organised by the Wessex Institute and sponsored by WIT Transactions on the Built Environment, the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning and the International Journal of Transport Development and Integration.

The Conference aims to update the use of advanced systems, promoting their general awareness throughout the management, design, manufacture and operation of railways and other emerging passenger, freight and transit systems. It emphasises the use of computer systems in advanced railway engineering.

The meeting attracts a variety of specialists interested in the development of railways, including managers, consultants, railway engineers, designers of advanced train control systems and computer specialists. It provides a forum for researchers, academics and practitioners involved in railway engineering to present and discuss the latest developments.

Since 1993 all published papers are permanently archived in the Wessex Institute eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary), where they are freely available to the international community.

Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at COMPRAIL 2020. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Advanced train control
  • Operational quality
  • Risk management
  • Planning and policy
  • Monitoring and maintenance
  • Energy efficiency and power supply
  • Signalling and train control systems
  • Timetabling and rescheduling
  • Safety and security
  • Vehicle dynamics
  • Driverless and automatic train operation
  • System integration
  • High-speed technology
  • Interoperability
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Multi-modal integration
  • Magnetic levitation vehicles
  • Telecommunications in rail transport
  • Freight transport
  • Real-time operations
  • Ticketing
  • Single track traffic
  • Track design and maintenance strategies
  • Intelligent railway systems
  • Road and rail synergy
  • Electrical railroad
  • Railway logistics
  • Passenger guidance and user behaviour
  • High-density rails
  • Railway resilience
  • Environmental impact and CO2 reduction
  • IoT applications to railway vehicles
  • Case studies

Benefits of Attending

USB Drive

Delegates will receive a USB drive at the conference containing the presented papers.

Publication

Papers presented at COMPRAIL 2020 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students

The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much-reduced conference fee.

Networking

Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as part of a unique community.

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to the International Journal of Transport Development and Integration (ISSN: 2058-8305; Digital ISSN: 2058-8313).

Publication of Papers

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Publication

Papers presented at COMPRAIL 2020 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to the International Journal of Transport Development and Integration (ISSN: 2058-8305; Digital ISSN: 2058-8313).

Location Information

Panorama Berlin - © visitBerlin, Wolfgang ScholvienBerlin, the capital of Germany, is known for its fascinating architecture, museums, vibrant culture and tangible history.

The Brandenburg Gate is arguably Berlin’s signature attraction. Built in 1791, the Gate was a symbol of the division between East and West during the Cold War (1945-1989) and is now a national symbol of peace and unity. Together with the Brandenburg Gate, the remains of the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie are recommended to visitors in order to understand one of the events that shaped the history of Germany and Europe in the 20th Century.

Another major attraction is the Reichstag Building, which was completed in 1894 after German national unity and the formation of the German Reich in 1871. Following German reunification on October 3, 1990, the Bundestag (German Federal Parliament) decided, one year later, to make the Reichstag the seat of Parliament in Berlin, the restored capital of reunited Germany. The building is recognised for its glass dome roof, which provides exceptional views of the surrounding city.

The Berlin Zoo is the most visited zoo in Europe and exhibits a varied and large number of species. The zoo dates back to 1844, and an aquarium was added in 1913. Much of the zoo was destroyed in November 1943 during the bombings of World War II. The reconstruction of the zoo and aquarium followed modern principles so as to display the animals in as close to their natural environment as practical.

The five museums on the famous Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, form the world’s largest museum ensemble. The Museum Island is home to Nefertiti and the Pergamon altar as well as some of the most famous paintings by Caspar David Friedrich.

Useful links to discover Berlin:
https://www.visitberlin.de/en

https://www.berlin.de/en/tourism/

Travel Information

Conference Venue Address:

Abba Berlin Hotel
Lietzenburger Str. 89
10719 Berlin

Berlin has two international airports, Tegel International Airport (TXL) and Schonefeld International Airport (SXF), making the city easily accessible from both Europe and further afield.

Airlines operating both airports include:
Easyjet, British Airways, Air France, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Condor
Eurowings, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Swiss, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines and Vueling Airlines

For a full list of airlines and destinations please visit the:

https://www.berlin-airport.de/en/travellers-txl/arrivals-and-departures/airlines/index.php

Travelling from Tegel Airport to the conference venue:

By Bus:

The bus stops are located directly outside Terminal A and Terminal B and buses will take you directly to Berlin City Centre. Buses leave every 10 minutes and the cost is €2.80. Take the X9 Express bus to S+U Zoologischer Garten stop. Next, take the 249 bus to Lietzenburger Str./Uhlandstr. This journey costs €1.70. The hotel is located 270 metres from the Lietzenburger Str./Uhlandstr bus stop. The total journey takes around 35 minutes.

By Taxi:

The taxi ranks can be found in the inner ring of Terminal A at Gates 6–9 and outside Terminal C and E. During busy periods, service staff will be available at the taxi ranks outside the terminals. These will be recognisable by the 'Taxi Service' on their uniforms.

Please make sure you only use clearly marked taxis parked at the designated ranks. There is the risk that bogus taxi drivers may be operating outside of these areas. Also, do not allow taxi drivers to approach you in the terminal.

Standard fares apply to all Berlin taxi drivers. A taxi to the centre of Berlin costs approximately €25.00. Please note that this will vary depending on the time of day and destination.

By Car:

The car rental centre is located on the lower floor near Terminal E and car park P2. Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Enterprise and Sixt all operate from the airport.

From the Tegel Airport, follow the A111 and then the A100 to Berlin. Leave the A100 at junction 12 and take Kurfürstendamm to Lietzenburger Str. The journey to the venue takes approximately 20 minutes. The hotel has an underground car park.

Further information about travelling to and from Tegel Airport can be found at: https://www.berlin-airport.de/en/travellers-txl/to-and-from/index.php

From Schonefeld International Airport:

By Train:

Schonefeld Airport has a railway station that provides excellent connections (regional and S-Bahn trains) to Berlin's centre and surrounding areas.

Take either the S9 tram or RE7/RB14/RB22 trains to Zoologischer Garten. From Zoologischer Garten take the 249 bus to Lietzenburger Str./Uhlandstr. The hotel is located 270 metres from the Lietzenburger Str./Uhlandstr bus stop. The journey takes approximately an hour and costs around €6.00.

By Taxi:

The taxi ranks can be found on the approach to Schönefeld Airport, right outside Terminal A. Please make sure you only use clearly marked taxis parked at the designated ranks. There is the risk that bogus taxi drivers may be operating outside of these areas. Also, do not allow taxi drivers to approach you in the terminal.

Standard fares apply to all Berlin taxi drivers. The taxi costs approximately €45.00. Please note that this will vary depending on the time of day and destination.

By Car:

The car rental centre is located directly in front of the main Terminal A. Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Sixt and Enterprise are all located at the airport. From the airport take the A113 to Berlin and then the A100. Leave the A11 at exit 14-Schmargendorf towards Schmargendorf/Konstanzer Straße and take Konstanzer Str. to Lietzenburger Str.

Further information about travelling to and from Schonefeld Airport can be found at: https://www.berlin-airport.de/en/travellers-sxf/to-and-from/index.php

Please note that all the information included above is correct as of February 2019. All prices and travel details are subject to change.

Venue Information

abba Berlin FassadeThe conference will take place at the Abba Berlin hotel. This 4-star hotel situated in the heart of Berlin offers fantastic facilities including a business centre, underground parking, as well as a gym and a wellness area with sauna and hot tub. The hotel has 214 rooms all equipped with air conditioning and it is within walking distance to underground and tram stations.

Conference Venue Address:

Abba Berlin Hotel
Lietzenburger Str. 89
10719 Berlin

Accommodation

Accommodation is available at the conference venue, Abba Berlin hotel.

Please send the booking form directly to the hotel, using the email address from the form. The form is available here: Accommodation Booking Form (PDF)

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Additional Information

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Here's what our delegates have to say...

The conference was very high level. The papers have been interesting since each country addresses various problems in the context of air pollution. The coordination was perfect, the communication with the organizers (Mr. Giorgio Passerini, Mr. Giovannilo Perillo, Mr. James Longhurst, Ms. Stephanie Everest and other people from UWE Bristol) and the lecturers were very pleasant. Overall, the conference was a very pleasant experience for me, not only for the conference program but also for the people who were there. I would love to visit this conference again.

Lenka Frišhansová, Czech Republic (attended Air Pollution 2018)


The organisation of events by WIT are of the highest standards, which bring together multi disciplines of the Rail Industry. Delegates at these events are of a very high standard. The equipment provided was adequate for the presentaions. The locations are chosen with a good ease of access and the catering was of good quality.

Inara Watson, UK (attended COMPRAIL 2018)


The first conference papers I published during my PhD studies were through WIT, which helped me gain a solid footing in the academic world.

Tamas Pardy, Estonia (attended Complex Systems 2018)


Absolutely, it is an impressive and meaningful conference, which provides a platform for the researchers from different fields to communicate.

Yuping Dong, China (attended Eco-Architecture 2018)


I have been a regular attendee of many congresses organized by WIT and I must say that this is the most professional of all (congress) organisations I have experienced. The combination of content, people and location is always exciting. Thank you.

Jaap Vleugel, Netherlands (attended Environmental Impact 2018)


Excellent communication, high professional adviser, high level of the oral presentations, very good organization.

Teodor Tranca, Romania (attended HPSM/OPTI 2018)


The conference was organized and the trips were very well thought of. The conference personnel were friendly and cooperative, and made it smooth and enjoyable. It was one of the best conferences I have ever attended.

Lina M Kattan, Saudi Arabia (attended Islamic Heritage 2018)


Very interesting topics, invigorating discussions, and thought provoking papers. This well organized conference offers a good opportunity for publication.

Samar H Aljahdali, Saudi Arabia (attended Islamic Heritage 2018)


The conference was well organized. The topics were very interesting. The breaks provided the nice breathing room for discussions and networking with other participants. Merci beaucoup :)

Julius Bangate, France (attended Risk Analysis 2018)


Very well organized, as well as in the communication before the conference as during the conference itself. My compliments for the professional approach and the informal, good atmosphere among delegates!

RH Zomerman, Netherlands (attended Sustainable Development and Planning 2018)


I have attended more than 12 conferences since 2007 and can appreciate the excellent organization and the high quality of the research presented in all of them. Congratulations for the organizers!

Antonina Ivanova, Mexico (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


Efficient conference management and family-like atmosphare

Hiroshi Kato, Fiji (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


The Wessex institute is amazing, for me as a new academic it provided me the opportunity to learn and more so meet people that are working on interesting and relevant topics. I particulary enjoyed the variety of research topics presented. It is well organised, precise and to the point. Would really like to attend more of their conferences. Irene is also the best.

Jacqueline Mangwane, South Africa (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


The Wessex Institute provided an excellent conference organisation and a sound style of communication. The conference venue was also great and support before and during the conference was very nice.

Lorenz Poggendorf, Japan (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


I haven't thought that I could present my paper at an international conference. I had the greatest experience in my life. Thank you so much for organising the conference. I have learned a lot.

Nga Nguyen Thi Thanh, Vietnam (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


I am very grateful for this wonderful experience. It was my first conference and I am sure that I gained more experience. It was very motivating, a lovely opportunity to meet new people and to learn from their old experience as well. I was surprised to see experts from countries from all over the world and this creates union. Thank you. I had a great time and the surroundings are beautiful.

Carla Ana-Maria Tudorie, Spain (attended Urban Agriculture 2018)


My experience with the Wessex institute was one of a people who are keen in the fields of agricultural research and engineering programmes. The hosts were really warm, kind and receptive. The conference venue was great, the neighbourhood was serene, and it offered a very good opportunity for creating global networks. The management was good, so was the hospitality. And the people of New Forest are great. Priscilla stood out as a very caring and warm face of the conference. The other staff from Wessex were very interactive and cordial. The trip to the urban farms was a rich experience. The conference was a great success and I look forward to the next.

Scholastica Mathenge, Kenya (attended Urban Agriculture 2018)


This was the most interesting, most interdisciplinary, most international conference I have attended. I enjoyed meeting delegates working on urban agriculture from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. I look forward to the next conference.

Gaston "Chip" Small, USA (attended Urban Agriculture 2018)


My experience was decidedly postive. Urban Transport 2018 is the ideal place to have a cross-section of research from both academics and the business world. The ideal place to develop a network capable of stimulating future work.

Nicola Aldo Cabras, Italy (attended Urban Transport 2018)


A great opportunity to meet new colleagues and to make new contacts. Very good science level of the presentations.

Vasi Minzatu, Romania (attended Water Pollution 2018)