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FIRST CIRCULAR AND INVITATION FOR PAPERS

Chief patrons of the Conference
Dr. Balázs FÜRJES, Government Commissioner for major developments in Budapest and for international sports events, Minister of State for the development of the Budapest and its agglomeration zone, Prime Minister’s Office
Dr. László MOSÓCZI, Minister of State for transport policy, Ministry of Innovation and Technology

InnoRail Budapest, a series of professional conferences for the railway industry is organized in Budapest once every second year. The conference was called into being by Hungarian professionals committed to rail transport with the objective of thinking together about the present of rail transport, in order to foster its future development.
We can truly state that this tradition-creating event achieved its objective and created a veritable forum for an exchange of views between different professional fields, for the discussion of practical issues and for presenting novel innovative developments, tools and methods.
We are hereby inviting you to participate in InnoRail 2021, already the fifth conference in the series organized in Budapest.
Creation of a safe, modern and integrated railway network that can make rail transport more competitive remains one of the highest priorities of the European Union. Development of railway infrastructure is also progressing in Hungary at a rate not seen for a very long while before. We can witness a veritable generation change in track, train control systems and vehicles alike.
As increasing the utilization of railways entails additional tasks for rail professionals throughout Europe, further competitive development efforts are needed in our industry, an industry that is environment friendly, decreases the burden on public roads and offers the backbone of community transport. These objectives are supported by amounts of funds never seen before. We intend to contribute to the efficient utilization of these funds through organizing a European international rail conference.
Official languages of the conference are English and Hungarian.
The first day of the conference will feature plenary sessions while the other two days will be organized into parallel section meetings in the following topics:

16 November
Plenary day (presentations of interest to all participants)

  • Transport policy directions; strategies, regulatory environment and financial issues in rail infrastructure development.
  • Life-cycle based decision making in individual phases of rail infrastructure investments.
    Methodological questions of ROI calculation.
  • Environmental awareness, climate change – political issues, achievement of climate objectives.
  • Integrated rail systems – a solution to the sustainability of urban agglomerations?
  • Effects of the COVID period on track-bound transport; short and long term consequences.

17-18 November – Section 1
Use of modern technologies in the construction, maintenance and operation of rail infrastructure

I. Innovation and smart solutions in rail infrastructure

  • Use of new materials, modern structures and technologies in track construction and operation.
  • Modern tools and methods for the evaluation and qualification of track conditions.

II. Track-vehicle interaction

III. Rail safety, traffic routing and passenger information systems

  • Development trends in operative control systems (traffic control, operations control, infrastructure operation), options to use artificial intelligence and big data in operations management
  • Digital signalling systems and new methods of development (cloud-based solutions, standardization, etc.)
  • Modern vehicle control solutions and their customization – directions of ETCS. Could ETCS have an alternative?
  • Intelligent solutions in passenger service.

17-18 November – Section 2
Integration – the key to a lucrative urban and suburban track-bound transport

I. Changing needs of a growing space and mobility

II. Fundamentals and notions of integration

  • Development of the notion of integration
  • Components of integration (network, timetable, passenger communication, traffic management).
  • Tariffs as one of the keys to integration.

III. Integration options in planning

IV. Manifestations of integration – practical examples

  • Interoperable rail systems in urban agglomerations (rail tunnels, interoperable suburban track-bound systems, tram-trains, etc.)
    Related matters in track and vehicle infrastructure, running technology, traffic, traffic management and antijamming, legal background and conformity assessment.
  • Intelligent solutions in integrated community transport.
  • Integration components in practice: network, timetable, passenger communication, traffic management.
  • Unified ticketing and tariff systems – practical examples.
  • Train tunnels and tunnel technology in special urban track-bound environments.
  • ROI calculations with practical examples.

V. Stations, intermodal hubs and their place in an urban environment, functionalities – practical examples

VI. Cross-border solutions – urban agglomerations on both sides of borders.

VII. Mobility challenges in the „brave normal world” to follow the pandemic.

The professional program of the conference will be defined in terms of the above topics. You are therefore kindly requested to submit your presentation drafts (abstracts) in the above topics, in English and/or Hungarian.

How to apply:

Please submit your abstract to the following email address: balla.agnes@innorail.hu

A draft abstract can be downloaded here.

Infrastructure and vehicle operators from Hungary and abroad, industrial partners, researchers, designers and theoretical and practical experts are most welcome to the conference!

Deadlines

  • 30 April 2021: Submission of abstracts (drafts)
  • 15 May 2021: Confirmation of the acceptance of presentations

Should the corona virus pandemic or restraint or other measures re the epidemic make organisation of InnoRail 2021 as a live conference impossible, we are also preparing for a hybrid or online event as an alternative. The final decision will be made on basis of the actual situation.

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We hope to see You in Budapest!