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.

In order to book your accommodation, please complete the Accommodation Booking Form (PDF) and send it directly to the hotel using the email address on the form no later than 4th May 2020. Bookings following this date will be subject to availability.

 Accommodation Booking Form (PDF)

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Additional Information

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