Digital technologies are already here and have the potential to deliver a revolutionary impact on rail transportation as it has been known for decades. Digitalisation, big data and Internet of Things will transform engineering and construction, operations and maintenance, business culture, organisation and management; it is beyond technologies.
Smart applications and use of the potential of digitalisation in railway organisations will unlock the human genius across all fields of rail delivery: engineering, safety, project management, operations, maintenance, customer service and business developments.
The digital revolution will only bring about its full-scale expected benefits if it is people-centric. It should help to deliver higher quality rail travel experience to customers, as well as greater employee experience by empowering them to better perform in their jobs.
In addition, this transformation of the rail business must also be considered in its impact on the local communities served by the rail services. Digital innovations will drive railways towards more secure, safe, resilient and sustainable systems in order to foster more liveable communities.
People refers to customers, but also to staff and talents, to governments and decision-makers and finally to local communities served by the system. Hence the theme “People at the heart of digital railways”. Presentations at SITCE 2018 will be delivered to an audience of authorities, policy-makers, urban planners, railway operators and other transport professionals.
The conference programme will explore the various fields for digital railways, including urban rail and high speed rail (HSR), and how central people are in leading to acceptance and success.
- Rail construction technology and productivity
- Challenges in rail construction and project management
- Environmental management and green designs
- High speed rail and cities: integration, connectivity, urban development
- Railway systems and technology
- Reliability and quality improvement through new maintenance regimes and assets management
- Automation: a path to better, greener and safer railways
- How big data, Internet of things, robotics and artiifical intelligence will support workforce and improve quality and efficiency
- Life cycle management for rail assets
- Upgrading of infrastructure and systems
- Valuing human capital: from routine to empowering tasks
- Better and more attractive jobs through automation and driverless trains
- A job landscape in transformation: planning, future jobs, profiles and skills
- Investment in digitalisation for better jobs, better staff well-being and better employer brand building capacity and expertise through education, training and development
- Integration of digital natives (Z generation) in railway culture
- How digitalisation strengthens the function of HR department in business plans
- Moving people by people
- Driverless railways for better customer care
- Digital passenger experience: social networks, travel companion, augemented reality
- Maas and connected passengers and rail systems, including data analytics
- Rail industry development and transformation roadmap
- Digitalisation cultural changes and its synchronisation among rail stakeholders
- Emerging players, new mobility platforms, first and last mile connectivity, including autonomous vehicles
- Advocacy, public engagement and behavioural shift
- Liveable people-centric communities
- Integrated rail transport hubs and value capture
- Contractual issues and risks with PPP projects for rail projects
- Risk management, safety and security
- Cyber-protection of digital rail eco-system
- The human factors of (cyber) safety and security
- Rail network and eco-system resiliency
- Passenger perception of human presence versus automated safety systems
- Incidence response ability with reduced staff
The guidelines outline the steps in the submission process. The Programme Committee strongly recommends that you carefully read through the submission guidelines before submitting your papers online.
Do not miss this opportunity to share your experiences and successful projects, latest research and insightful case studies with your fellow counterparts. Please submit your paper before the deadline is due.
30 November 2017
Full Paper Submission
15 June 2018