18th International Conference on Railway Engineering Design and Operation

Post Conference Report

21–23 September 2022



With the main objective to preserve our delegates’ wellbeing, but also with the belief that the international contacts among the scientific community should not be stopped, WIT decided that this conference should not take place as scheduled in Valencia, Spain, but take place as an online event instead.

The conference was organised by the Wessex Institute, UK, represented by Prof Giorgio Passerini and the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain, represented by Prof Jose Manuel Mera.

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. The Conference aimed 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 emphasised the use of computer systems in advanced railway engineering.

Opening of the Conference

The conference was opened by Prof Giorgio Passerini, Wessex Institute Board of Directors, who welcomed the delegates to the event on behalf of all Chairs.

Invited Speakers

There were a series of invited lectures on advanced topics of research and applications, as follows:

  • Analysis of tram comfort using UNE EN 12299:2010 standard and Sperling Method (WZ)
    by G Novillo, N Rivera, C Ricardo Soto-Ocampo & J Manuel Mera

  • Construction of fault evolution maps for railway bearing damage level assessment
    by C R Soto Ocampo, J D Cano Moreno & J M Mera

  • Synergies between road and rail transport in the development of safe self-driving vehicles
    by A Filip

Conference Sessions

The papers presented during the conference were classified under the following headings:

  • Traffic safety, security and monitoring
  • Train and railways analysis
  • Operation of rail networks
  • Advanced train control
  • Energy efficient design
  • Traffic modelling and simulation

Q&A Live Zoom Sessions

Conference delegates were invited to participate in two Q&A live zoom sessions which took place on 22nd and 23rd September 2022. These friendly sessions were a great opportunity for participants to interact with each other and put questions to authors about their papers.

Conference Publication

Papers presented at this conference are published in Volume 213 of the WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3509). Papers presented at the meeting are available Open Access in the eLibrary of the Wessex Institute ( from where they can be freely downloaded by any interested parties.

Closing of the Conference

We are very sorry that we were not able to meet our delegates in person this time, but hope that we will be able to do so at a future event.