12th World Congress on Railway Research
- Railway Research to Enhance the Customer Experience -

October 28 (Mon) to November 1 (Fri), 2019
Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan

WCRR 2019 has successfully finished.

We would like to thank all of you who participated in this big event, and we hope you had a wonderful and fruitful time at the congress.

We look forward to seeing you again at the next, WCRR 2022 to be held in Birmingham, UK.

Publications featuring reports on WCRR 2019:
Ascent April 2020 No.7
RRR March 2020 in Japanese

Information on the next congress, to be held in Birmingham, UK:
WCRR 2022

What's New

May. 14, 2021
Link to the WCRR 2022 and reports of WCRR 2019 added.
Oct. 30, 2019
Meetup Information of Technical Visits are now available.
*For participants of Technical Visits: Please receive a ticket for the Technical Visits at Technical Visit/Travel Desk before Nov. 1.
Oct. 28, 2019
Meeting point of Technical Visits is updated.
Oct. 28, 2019
Meeting time of Technical Visit Course 8 is changed to 9:00 am.
Oct. 25, 2019
On-line Registration is now closed.
*On-site Registration will be available at the venue.
Oct. 17, 2019
Program has been uploaded.
Oct. 8, 2019
Applying for Tokyo Bay Cruise is now closed.
Oct. 4, 2019
Requesting an Invitation Letter, as part of the application process to obtain a VISA to enter Japan is now closed.
Sep. 27, 2019
Technical Program has been uploaded.
Sep. 20, 2019
Applying for WCRR 2019 Accommodation is now closed.
August 9, 2019
Oral Presentation and Interactive Poster Presentation Guidelines are now available.
August 1, 2019
Full and Final Paper submission system has been opened until August 31, 2019.
July 30, 2019
Deadline for applying Advertisement sponsorship is July 31, 2019.
July 3, 2019
The Preliminary Program is now available in the "Program" section.
June 21, 2019
Details of Cultural Visit for Accompanying Persons have been uploaded.
May 10, 2019
Deadline for submission of full papers to be provided for review is extended to May 31, 2019.
April 1, 2019
WCRR 2019 Accommodation Website has been opened.
March 1, 2019
Cancellation Policy has been updated.
February 8, 2019
The Congress Registration system (Early Bird) has been opened.
The Full Paper submission system has been opened.
A preliminary hotel list for Congress Accommodation has been uploaded.
Details of Technical Visits have been uploaded.
A preliminary list of Cultural Visits (optional) for Accompanying Persons has been uploaded.


Dear Madam and Sir,

On behalf of the WCRR Organizing Committee, I am honored to invite you to the 12th World Congress on Railway Research (WCRR 2019) that will take place in Tokyo, Japan, from October 28 to November 1, 2019 at the venue called Tokyo International Forum.

WCRR was established for the purpose of providing an overview of the world's development of railway technologies and discussing future directions to be taken by railway operators. This is the world's largest international congress on railway research, proudly unprecedented in the sense that railway researchers and engineers gather together with managers and executives of railway operators in one congress.

For some countries, ensuring the competitiveness of the railways over road and air transport is imperative, while in others, boosting railway transport capacity is still the first priority. To continue to be chosen as a transport mode in the future, the railways need to provide high quality customer experience based on novel technologies for economically-efficient operation, while maintaining high standards of safety and excellent environmental performance. Breakthroughs in research and development will be indispensable, and sometimes radical innovation to break out of the barriers of conventional railway systems might be necessary.

Therefore, at WCRR 2019, we would like to provide the time and place where railway delegates from around the world are able to share their views regarding the roles that research and development are expected to play in order to further elevate the values of railways, while railway engineers and experts are able to share information and expertise. Your participation in all possible forms will be highly appreciated, to achieve these goals.

In Japan, we have been steadily promoting the development of urban transit systems which will meet the demands of densely-populated urban areas, and expanding the Shinkansen network which will have a tremendous impact in revitalizing the Japanese local economy. I am expecting that, if you come to Japan, you can sense the impacts that the railways have had and are still having upon the Japanese society and economy, and experience how vital a role railways are playing in this country.

In the autumn of 2019 when we host WCRR, the Rugby World Cup will also come to Japan, and will be followed the next year in 2020 by the Tokyo Olympic Games. So I firmly believe that in the year 2019, you will be able to experience a highly-charged, vibrant metropolis of Tokyo.

I am very much looking forward to welcoming you in Tokyo in 2019.

Ikuo Watanabe
Chair, Organizing Committee of WCRR 2019
Executive Vice President, Railway Technical Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan

Congress Overview

Congress name
The 12th World Congress on Railway Research (WCRR 2019)
Railway research to enhance the customer experience
October 28 (Monday) to November 1 (Friday), 2019
Tokyo International Forum (3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005)
Host organization
Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI, Japan)

Under the Auspices of

・Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)
・Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
・Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Endorsed by

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