Introduction

The 18th International Conference on Railway Engineering Design and Operation (COMPRAIL 2022), 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), Lisbon (2018) and online in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The meeting is organised by the Wessex Institute and the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain and sponsored by WIT Transactions on the Built Environment 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 archived in the Wessex Institute eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary), where they are easily and permanently available in Open Access format to the international community.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at COMPRAIL 2022. 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
  • Singletrack 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
  • Wheel-rail contact
  • Adhesion and wear
  • CBM and new maintenance techniques applied to railway
  • Hydrogen and battery trains
  • 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 2022 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (Electronic 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 the 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 one of the WIT Press International Journals. The enhanced paper should not include more than 30% of the conference paper. Please contact the conference coordinator if you would like more information on this opportunity.

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 2022 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (Electronic 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 the 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 one of the WIT Press International Journals. The enhanced paper should not include more than 30% of the conference paper. Please contact the conference coordinator if you would like more information on this opportunity.

Location Information

Situated on the eastern coast of Spain, Valencia is the third-largest city and has one of the biggest ports on the Mediterranean, famous for having recently hosted the America’s Cup. A large historic city centre makes Valencia a popular tourist destination with many ancient monuments, museums and sights of interest. Traditionally, visitors have been drawn to the region for its food, with “Paella” having originated from the city. In recent years, the city has seen an increase in tourism due to the “The City of Arts and Sciences” project designed by Valencia’s own Santiago Calatrava. The structure houses an IMAX cinema, Europe’s largest aquarium, interactive educational exhibits in the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum and the avant-garde Opera House.

The City of Arts and Sciences Project

Starting in the mid-1990s, Valencia, formerly an industrial centre, saw a rapid development that expanded its cultural possibilities and transformed it into a newly vibrant city. Many local landmarks were restored, including the ancient Towers of the medieval city (Serrano Towers and Quart Towers), and the San Miguel de los Reyes monastery, which now holds a conservation library. Whole sections of the old city, for example, the Carmen Quarter, have been extensively renovated. The Paseo Marítimo, a palm tree-lined promenade was constructed along the beaches of the north side of the port (Playa Las Arenas, Playa Cabañal and Playa de la Malvarrosa).

Quart Towers in Valencia

The river Turia used to run through the centre of the city, but it was redirected in 1957 and replaced by a beautiful park called the Turia Gardens which covers 9km and stretches from the west to the east of the city. This is a very nice place to spend any free time you have on a sunny day.

 

Places of interest:

The City of Arts and Sciences: Just a short distance from the conference venue, The City of Arts and Sciences is the work of Valencia’s own Santiago Calatrava. This is an example of architecture at its most futuristic. The structure houses an IMAX cinema (situated in the Hemisfèric), Europe’s largest aquarium – the Oceanogràfic, interactive educational exhibits in the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum and the avant-garde opera house - Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía. Furthermore, the impressive l’Assut de l’Or bridge and the Agora.

Valencia Cathedral: The largest church in Valencia, the cathedral was built between the 13th and 15th centuries, with construction starting in 1262 and lasted until the 18th century. Before the cathedral was built, a Roman temple stood on this site, then a mosque. The building shows a range of architectural styles with Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque features. The museum contains a chalice recognised by the Vatican as possibly the original Holy Grail. You can see paintings by Goya and other major artists, and walk up the Micalet belltower for excellent city views.

The Royal Marina and Valencia's beaches: The Juan Carlos I Royal Marina is one of the city’s most important landmarks, not only due to the events that are held there but also due to its unique buildings. It houses the 19th Century Harbour Sheds, the Edificio del Reloj and the Veles e Vents building, the emblem of the new Marina. There are also shops, terraces and restaurants with spectacular views, as well as a children’s park, the Superyachts Berthing with its amazing yachts, and the North and South Marinas, filled with numerous boats.

Just a few metres away are the beaches of El Cabanyal (Las Arenas) and La Malvarrosa, next to the attractive Paseo Marítimo promenade. You can try paella in one of the seafront restaurants, or have a drink in one of the bars.

 

Weather:

Valencia enjoys a mild temperate Mediterranean climate. The average annual temperature is 17ºC with warm summers and very mild winters, rarely below 10ºC. There is only light rainfall mainly in autumn and the beginning of spring.

 

Further information about visiting Valencia can be found online using the Valencia Tourist Information website: https://www.visitvalencia.com/en

Travel Information

Arriving in Valencia by Air

Valencia Airport (VLC)

Valencia Airport is located approximately 14km from the Hotel Valencia Oceanic and offers direct flights from a number of international airports in Europe as well as Madrid and Barcelona International Airports. Some airlines include Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, British Airways, EasyJet, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Ryanair, TAP Portugal and WIZZ Air.

For information on all airlines, destinations and travel to/from the airport, visit: https://www.aena.es/en/valencia.html

Travelling from the Valencia Airport to the Hotel Valencia Oceanic

    • Underground Metro: Take Line 5 and stop at Ayora station. A train leaves approximately every 15-20 minutes between 7:00 and 22:00 (You will need to buy a ticket valid for zones ABCD which costs €3.90. From Ayora station, you can take a 5 minutes taxi to the hotel or walk to the conference venue (1.1Km).

    • Taxi: Taxis are readily available at the airport and the 20 minutes journey to the conference venue will cost approximately €25-30.

    • Hire Car: Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Sixt and Goldcar operate at the airport. We recommend that you take the V-11 and A-3 roads towards Valencia. The conference venue is located 500 metres from the City of Arts and Sciences which is well signposted. The conference venue has parking available on the ground floor.

 

Madrid Barajas Airport

It is possible to take a connecting flight from Madrid International Airport to Valencia International Airport. However, if you would prefer not to take another flight you can travel to Valencia by high-speed train from Madrid.

The train journey takes approximately two hours (approx. €60). The train leaves from Atocha-RENFE station. In order to reach the Atocha-RENFE station from the airport, you can take Linea Express bus, the Cercanias train C1 or a taxi (€35). For fares and timetables.

See section “By rail” below for instructions on how to get to the conference venue once you arrive at Valencia train station.

 

Barcelona-El Prat International Airport

It is possible to take a connecting flight from Barcelona-El Prat International Airport to Valencia International Airport. However, if you would prefer not to take another flight you can travel to Valencia by train from Barcelona.

The train journey takes approximately 3.5 hours and costs around €35.00. The train leaves from Barcelona Sants train station. To reach Barcelona Sants train station from the airport, you can take the R2 train (€5 Zones 1-4) or a taxi (€20), the journey takes around 20 minutes.

See section “By rail” below for instructions on how to get to the conference venue once you arrive at Valencia train station.

 

By Rail
Valencia is well connected to the main Spanish rail network via two main rail stations:

Valencia Estacio del Nord Station

This train station provides daily connections to Spanish cities and Port Bou (French border). When you arrive at Estacio del Nord Railway, you can take a taxi to the venue or take bus 19 to the França-Pintor Maella stop. The bus journey takes around 20 minutes and the hotel is 170m from the stop.

Valencia Joaquin Sorolla Station

This train station provides high-speed long-distance rail services from Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante and Castellón. From here can either take a taxi to the hotel or take the free shuttle to the Estacio del Nord Station (See above instructions on how to get from Estacio del Nord station to the venue).

For more information on Spanish railway services visit http://www.renfe.es


By Road

Valencia has a modern road network that makes it easily accessible from any city, both in the Iberian Peninsula and further afield.

The Mediterráneo AP-7 motorway, which runs the whole length of the Spanish Mediterranean coastline from north to south, connects with the European motorway network, the A-23 Sagunto-Somport motorway and the A-3 Madrid-Valencia motorway.

Once in Valencia City, the conference venue is located 500 metres from the City of Arts and Sciences which is well signposted. The conference venue has parking available on the ground floor.

ALSA operates long-distance bus services connecting Valencia to other cities in Spain including Barcelona and Madrid, northern regions of Spain and Portugal. http://www.alsa.es

 

Please note that all information included above is correct as of September 2021. All prices and travel details are subject to change.

Venue Information

Conference Venue Address:

Hotel Valencia OceanicHotel Valencia Oceanic
Carrer del Pintor Maella 35
46023 Valencia
Spain

The conference will take place at the Hotel Valencia Oceanic in Valencia. The hotel is situated near the centre of Valencia. Only a short distance from the City of Arts and Sciences, the harbour and downtown, the hotel is close to most that the city has to offer. With 200 rooms all with high-speed internet access, a 24-hour fitness centre, pool, sauna, bar and restaurant, the hotel has all the amenities guests may require.

Accommodation Information

Accommodation is available at the conference venue, Hotel Valencia Oceanic in Valencia.

We will add a link here for booking your accommodation with the hotel, please check back again later.

Hotel Valencia Oceanic Gym Solarium Hotel Valencia Oceanic Meeting Room Hotel Valencia Oceanic Standard Twin Hotel Valencia Oceanic Pool

Additional Information

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