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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.


  • Nov 26th, 2019; 18:00

    Get-Together on the 6th floor of SuperC (Templergraben 57)

  • Nov 27th, 2019; 09:00

    Registration in the foyer on the upper floor of the Eurogress (Monheimsallee 48)

  • Nov 27th, 2019; 10:00

    Welcome adress in the Brüssel Hall
    Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. N. Nießen (for the organizing committee),
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h. c. mult. U. Rüdiger (Rector of RWTH),
    Dr. Hendrik Schulte (State Secretary in the Ministry of Transport of North Rhine-Westphalia)

  • Nov 27th, 2019; 10:30

    Keynote in the Brüssel Hall
    H. Laumen, Managing director Scheidt & Bachmann GmbH

  • Nov 27th, 2019; 11:00

    Coffee break

  • Nov 27th, 2019; 11:30

    Keynote in the Brüssel Hall
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. A. Müller-Hellmann, Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives
    K. Cuypers, Port of Antwerp

  • Nov 27th, 2019; 12:30

    Lunch in the foyer of the Eurogress (upper floor)

  • Nov 27th, 2019; 13:30

    1st session

    Conference room 1, Predictive and innovative Maintenance for Infrastructure/Signalling Systems

    Conference room 2, Capacity I

    Conference room 4/5, Industrial Session

  • Nov 27th, 2019; 15:10

    Coffee break

  • Nov 27th, 2019; 15:40

    2nd session

    Conference room 1, Assisted, Automated and Autonomous Driving

    Conference room 2, Wheel-Rail

    Conference room 4/5, Capacity II

  • Nov 27th, 2019; 17:20

    End of 2nd session

  • Nov 27th, 2019; 19:00

    Dinner in the old tram depot of Aachen
    Talstraße 2, 52068 Aachen

  • Nov 28th, 2019; 9:00

    3rd session

    Conference room 1, Predictive and innovative Maintenance for Vehicles

    Conference room 2, Train driver advisory Systems

    Conference room 4/5, Energy Efficiency and Electrical Drives

  • Nov 28th, 2019; 10:40

    Coffee break

  • Nov 28th, 2019; 11:15

    4th session

    Conference room 1, Innovative Suspension

    Conference room 2, Capacity III

    Conference room 4/5, Noise prevention

  • Nov 28th, 2019; 12:30 Uhr

    Lunch in the foyer of the Eurogress (upper floor)

  • Nov 28th, 2019; 13:30

    5th session

    Conference room 1, Innovative Braking Systems

    Conference room 2, Assisted, Automated and Autonomous Driving in Freight Trains

    Conference room 4/5, Industrial Session

  • Nov 28th, 2019; 14:45

    Coffee break

  • Nov 28th, 2019; 15:15

    Wrap-up session in conference room 1
    Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. C. Schindler (for the Organizing Committee)

  • Nov 28th, 2019; 15:30

    End of the event

The finally program of the conference is available for download.
About the venue:

For the second time, the Research Center of RWTH Aachen University will host the International Railway Symposium (IRSA 2019) from 26.11 - 28.11.2019. The range of topics of the bilingual event (German/English) covers the entire system of rail infrastructure, vehicle technology and operation.

The symposium will take place at the Eurogress Aachen (Monheimsallee 48). Eurogress Aachen is located between Hotel Quellenhof and Neues Kurhaus at the green oasis of Aachen's city park, surrounded by fountains and old trees.

The welcoming address and keynote speeches will be held in the Brüssel Hall. Conference rooms 1, 2 and 4/5 are available for parallel lecture sessions. The keynote speeches and the sessions in th conference rooms 1 and 2 will be simultaneously translated into English.

Eurogress Aachen
Eurogress Aachen, © Eurogress Aachen

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. 24, 2019


Early booking
after Sept. 24, 2019

Students without a master's or diploma degree *

Early booking
after Sept. 24, 2019
*without conference dinner, proof required