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2nd International Railway Symposium Aachen

26 - 28 November 2019
Aachen, Germany


Call for papers

You experts from universities and research institutions, from industry and politics are invited to take part in the conference and to submit presentation proposals addressing one of these topics.

The conference languages are German and English.The conference lectures and the slides can be presented in both languages.
A simultaneous interpretation of the German lectures into English will be offered for international participants.


Potential contributors are kindly asked to submit an extended abstract (max. three DIN A4 pages) on one of the main topics of the conference, either in German or in English, until March 31, 2019. (.dotx and .tex (as zip archive))

If you plan on presenting on our laptops, we kindly ask you to upload your presentation until 21 November 2019 for the formatting and compatibility check. Elsewise we cannot guarantee that it works.

The submitting of contributions is now open.


Registration for the conference is coming soon.

Content of the extended abstract

  • Classification regarding the topic
  • Meaningful title
  • Abstract, incl. keywords (at least one DIN A4 page)
  • Personal data of the author(s) (name, address, position)
  • Preferred language of presentation, Name of lecturer

The program committee will decide on the acceptance of the submitted contributions as well as on their classification in the corresponding program session. The program committee has to make a selection because the number of lectures is limited due to time constraints.

The authors are kindly asked to submit the accepted contributions in the form of a manuscript for the digital conference proceedings. The manuscript should be between 8-16 pages long and be submitted in either German or English.


  • 26 Nov 2019; 06:00 p.m.

    Reception and get-together at the SuperC building of the RWTH
    Aachen University

  • 27 Nov 2019; 09:00 a.m.


  • 27 Nov 2019; 10:00 a.m.

    Official opening of the Event at Eurogress Aachen

  • 27 Nov 2019; 10:15 a.m.

    Welcome speeches
    Lecture sessions

  • 27 Nov 2019; 07:00 p.m.

    Conference Dinner in former tram depot

  • 28 Nov 2019; 09:00 a.m.

    Lecture sessions

  • 28 Nov 2019; 03:30 p.m.

    Closing session

  • 28 Nov 2019; 04:30 p.m.

    End of the event

Programme committee

Prof. Dr.-Ing. D. Abel

RWTH Aachen University

Dr.-Ing. T. Büker

VIA Consulting & Development, Aachen

Dr. Gabrio Caimi

SBB, Suisse

Prof. Dr. ir. R. W. De Doncker

RWTH Aachen University

Prof. Dr.-Ing. I. Hansen

TU Delft, Netherlands

Dipl.-Ing. H.-P. Lang

DB Systemtechnik, Minden (req.)

Dr.-Ing. L. Löwenstein

Siemens Mobility, Erlangen

Dipl.-Ing. H. Mannsbarth

Bombardier Transportation, Siegen

Prof. Dr.-Ing. N. Nießen

RWTH Aachen University

Dr.-Ing. A. Priebe

Scheidt & Bachmann, Mönchengladbach

Prof. Dr.-Ing. C. Schindler

RWTH Aachen University

Dipl.-Ing. Dr.Techn. A. Starlinger

Stadler Altenrhein, Suisse

Prof. S. Stichel

KTH Stockholm, Sweden

Prof. Dr. N. Tomii

Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan

Dr.-Ing. W. Weigand

prev. DB Netz AG


Railway infrastructure management

  • Asset management
  • Failure process analysis and fault prevention

Innovative railway operation concepts

  • Robust scheduling
  • Automatic track allocation
  • Incident management

Safety, reliability and service life

  • Structural integrity, collision safety
  • Wheel-rail interaction, track guidance
  • Train protection und railway signalling systems
  • Predictive maintenance, maintenance management, diagnosis, spare parts management

Novel vehicles and compnents

  • Vehicles
  • Running Gear
  • Components

Assisted, automated and autonomous driving (3A)

  • Automated freight transport
  • Driver assistance systems
  • Car-to-X communication

Energy and resource efficiency

  • Electrification, catenary-free operation
  • Lightweight construction, additive manufacturing

Noise reduction

  • Noise prevention, aerodynamics
  • Vehicle noise reduction
  • Infrastructure for noise protection measures


Research Center Railways (RCR)

IRSA is an initiative of the following institutions of the RWTH Aachen University:

  • Institute of Rail Vehicles and Transport Systems (IFS), Prof. Schindler
  • Institute of Transport Science (VIA), Prof. Nießen
  • Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA), Prof. De Doncker
Logos vom IFS, VIA, und ISEA


« March 2019 »
Extended abstract submission
« April 2019 »
Author notification
« June 2019 »
Manuscript submission

Registration fees

All prices include VAT. The registration fee includes admission to all conference sessions, catering, the conference dinner and all conference documents.


Early booking
after Sept. 15, 2019


Early booking
after Sept. 15, 2019

Students without a master's or diploma degree *

Early booking
after Sept. 15, 2019
*without conference dinner, proof required