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

Call for Papers

Abstract submission is now closed.


Abstracts must be submitted through the official WCRR 2019 website (http://wcrr2019.org) using the on-line conference management system of this website.
No other means of submission will be accepted.

Please download and use the Abstract template (Microsoft Word file format) by clicking on the link shown below on this page. After writing the Abstract, you will need to convert the Abstract Word file into a PDF file. Then click on the link shown below on this page to access the on-line Abstract submission page in which you will fill in Abstract-related information and author/co-author information, and upload both the original Word file and the converted PDF file of the Abstract on this on-line Abstract submission form.

  • To download the Abstract template, click HERE or Japanese version, click HERE
  • To download the Abstract example, click HERE
  • To register and submit your Abstract, access the on-line Abstract submission page by clicking HERE


Abstract submission task flow:


There will be two types of presentations at WCRR 2019: Oral Presentations and Interactive Poster Presentations. For both types, the presenters must speak in presentations in front of an audience. Authors of Abstracts will be asked about their preferences on these two types of presentations. The authors' preferences for types of presentations will not affect the chances of their Abstracts being selected, and all selected papers will be treated as equally important in the presentation sessions and Congress Proceedings, differing only in the format of the presentation sessions (in other words, Oral Presentation papers will NOT be considered more important than Interactive Poster Presentation papers). Please consider the following characteristics of the two types of presentations, to decide on your preference. Please note that the Congress organizers will make the final decision on the type of presentation to be assigned, which may not be able to accommodate your preference.

Oral Presentations

Appropriate contents of papers for Oral Presentations may include (but are not limited to) issues of interest in a wide range of specializations and fields of research and development, leading to brief but important discussions on questions of common interest. The presentation time for each presenter in Oral Sessions will be about 15 minutes, followed by about 5 minutes for questions and discussions.

Interactive Poster Presentations

Appropriate contents of papers for Interactive Poster Presentations may include (but are not limited to) technical details and issues focused on specific fields of research and development, leading to longer detailed discussions by smaller numbers of participants with common interests. Each poster presenter will be required to make a short presentation of under 5 minutes, then all the presenters will move to their respective posters for discussions.

Optional Demonstration Material for Interactive Poster Presentations

For Interactive Poster Presentations, as an option, if you wish, you can also bring demonstration material to help explain your work, such as for "proof of concept" of the research. The demonstration material, for example, can be a notebook computer, tablet device, experiment sample, or model/mock-up. Specifications of the demonstration material will be announced by around the date of confirmation of accepted Abstracts.


When you submit your Abstract, please identify the Session Topics and appropriate Sub-Topics that best categorize your Abstract select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices). Over 65 Sub-Topics have already been identified so far as follows:

1.  Improvement of Service Quality, Speed, Time to Destination, and Functionality
  • 1.1.  Attracting customers by understanding their needs and behaviors
  • 1.2.  Operation management, train delay management
  • 1.3.  Comfort
  • 1.4.  Transport quality
  • 1.5.  High speed railway
  • 1.6.  Passenger flow, mobility from door to door
  • 1.7.  Passenger information and ticketing (onboard telematics, multimedia systems)
  • 1.8.  Door-to-door intermodal freight/logistics
  • 1.9.  Freight tracking and control, IT
2.  Economics, Policy and Planning
  • 2.1.  Open market: Business trends, new players and models, new opportunities
  • 2.2.  Investments and economic efficiency
  • 2.3.  Infrastructure financing, ownership, and public/private investment
  • 2.4.  Transportation planning, including data and predictive analytics
  • 2.5.  Improving accuracy of demand forecasting, including data and predictive analytics
  • 2.6.  Wayside revitalization along railway lines
  • 2.7.  Capacity management and timetabling, including data and predictive analytics
3.  Sustainability
  • 3.1.  More environmentally friendly railways
  • 3.2.  Low/zero carbon emission railways, carbon footprint
  • 3.3.  Life-cycle assessment (LCA)
  • 3.4.  Energy-conserving operation and sustainability, energy storage technology
  • 3.5.  Noise/vibration countermeasures
  • 3.6.  Low-cost operation, highly-competitive railways
  • 3.7.  Demographic issues: Its impact and solutions
  • 3.8.  Human resources, work force development and training
4.  Safety and Natural Hazard Management
  • 4.1.  Safety assessment/evaluation
  • 4.2.  Security, including cyber security
  • 4.3.  Level crossings
  • 4.4.  Train operation safety, driver and crew, human factors
  • 4.5.  Disasters and countermeasures/recovery
  • 4.6.  Derailment/capsizing
  • 4.7.  Infrastructure resilience in extreme events
  • 4.8.  Passenger safety
  • 4.9.  Hazardous material freight rail vehicle safety and security monitoring systems
  • 4.10. Unmanned aerial vehicle technology in inspecting hazards
5.  Rolling Stock
  • 5.1.  Rolling stock design for passenger rail
  • 5.2.  Rolling stock design for freight rail
  • 5.3.  Rolling stock components/subsystems
  • 5.4.  Brake performance
  • 5.5.  Rolling stock maintenance
  • 5.6.  Condition-based maintenance, condition monitoring, inspection and detection, including data and predictive analytics
  • 5.7.  Assessment/evaluation/examination
  • 5.8.  Asset management for rolling stock
  • 5.9.  Heavy haul; faster, heavier, longer freight trains
  • 5.10. Freight onboard monitoring and control
6.  Infrastructure
  • 6.1.  Construction of new lines
  • 6.2.  Structures (bridges, tunnels, stations)
  • 6.3.  Materials and track components
  • 6.4.  Electric power/catenary facilities
  • 6.5.  Condition-based maintenance, condition monitoring, inspection and detection, unmanned aerial vehicle technology in maintenance, including data and predictive analytics
  • 6.6.  Rail/track/infrastructure maintenance
  • 6.7.  Track maintenance and civil engineering
  • 6.8.  Asset management for infrastructure
  • 6.9.  Freight/logistics dry port; transfer technologies in intermodal transport
7.  Railway System Interface
  • 7.1.  Rail/wheel (vehicle-track) interaction
  • 7.2.  Rolling stock/pantograph-catenary interaction
  • 7.3.  Signaling and communication systems
  • 7.4.  Electromagnetic compatibility
  • 7.5.  Wayside train monitoring and train detection
  • 7.6.  Test, homologation, and cross-acceptance
  • 7.7.  Global certification for innovative product development
  • 7.8.  Automated/autonomous operation
8.  Maglev and New Transport Systems
  • 8.1.  Maglev and other fixed guideway transport
  • 8.2.  Automated guided vehicles, monorails
  • 8.3.  Construction
  • 8.4.  Other new transport systems


In the Abstract submission section of the on-line conference management system, you will be asked to describe the content of your research by writing on ALL of the following items, as is indicated in the template file that you download:

  • The link with your 1st choice of Topic and Sub-Topic
  • The reason for the research
  • The methodology
  • Results or expected results
  • What is new about the research?
  • Potential for implementation
  • Impact on railway business
  • Potential for international collaboration

Figures and Equations

  • Figure(s) are highly recommended to be included (though not required), to help explain/visualize your ideas (maximum 2 figures). The figures can be graphs, tables, photos, illustrations or anything else that will help the reader understand your research.
  • Equations are not expected or required, but may be included if needed (maximum 3 equations).

Abstract text length

The total length of the Abstract is the sum of the number of words of all the paragraphs of items 1 to 8 described above, and this total must be a minimum of 800 words and a maximum of 1200 words (words in the figures, tables, and equations, including captions, labels, and legends will not be counted towards this total), and must be written in English. The text length of EACH of items 1 to 8 should be a minimum of 1 complete sentence, and a maximum of 500 words.

Extent of content originality

Abstracts that have been submitted recently to other congresses will not be accepted. If you are submitting a paper on a subject that you have presented at previous WCRR congresses, then the paper must focus on the new developments since then. Commercial papers (i.e. advertising a product) will not be accepted so please emphasize the research content in your Abstract.


At the time of submitting your full paper, you will be asked to also agree to a copyright transfer statement to transfer publication and other rights to the Congress organizers. Details will be available on-line at a later date.

Main criteria for Abstract selection

Abstracts will mainly be assessed using the following criteria which will have weightings attached.

  • A) Customer focus - What is the impact of this research on railway customer experience?
  • B) Quality of research - Is this research technically sound? Is the method used clearly stated and applicable?
  • C) Innovation and scientific contribution - Is this research new/novel or has it been done before by someone else (or by the author)?
  • D) Pathway to implementation - Is the path leading to eventual implementation apparent? Could the results be practically implemented?
  • E) Collaboration - Does the research lend itself to international collaboration?
  • F) Relevance - Does the paper clearly identify the Topics and the Sub-Topics upon which it is based? Is the content relevant?
  • G) [For Oral Presentations] Type of audience targeted - Would the research content be of interest to a somewhat larger diverse audience and benefit from questions and comments from researchers of various fields?
  • H) [For Interactive Poster Presentations] Type of audience targeted - Would the research content trigger interactive discussions on site with a small number of individuals who wish to exchange many ideas on detailed/specific issues?

Other considerations for Abstract selection

Other considerations that will be used to determine if an Abstract is suitable to progress to full paper are:

  • I) Does the paper have a logical structure?
  • J) Is it well written and are the results and conclusions clear and easy to understand?

By submitting an Abstract, it will be expected that you have the authorization of your organization's endorsement of writing a full paper and presenting it at WCRR 2019, if the Abstract is selected in the review process.

Requirements after Abstract review

If your Abstract is accepted as a paper for presentation, you will be expected to submit a full paper and to attend the Congress to present it, regardless of whether it is an Oral or Interactive Poster Presentation. In other words, if your Abstract is selected as an Interactive Poster Presentation, you will also be expected to submit a full paper and attend the conference to present your Poster in a session (with a talk considerably shorter than the Oral Presentations).

Presenters of papers must actually attend the Congress, and must speak on and present their papers in person, for Oral Presentations as well as Interactive Poster Presentations. To do this, the presenters must also register for the Congress by on-line registration. Failure of the presenter to register for, attend, and speak/present the paper in person in the Congress may result in the paper being excluded from being published in the Congress Proceedings.

WCRR 2019 Call for Papers Timeline:

Call for Abstracts opening:
May 7, 2018
Deadline for Abstract submission:
August 10, 2018
Deadline extended to August 31, 2018
Confirmation of accepted Abstracts:
By February 8, 2019
Date for submission of full papers to be provided for review:
May 10, 2019
Deadline for submission of full and final paper:
August 31, 2019

WCRR 2019 Congress Proceedings to be accessible on-line by SPARK

All full papers accepted for WCRR 2019 will become accessible by SPARK, the designated knowledge sharing portal for the Congress Proceedings.

SPARK is a free, interactive web tool for the rail industry. SPARK, provided by the RSSB, gives you access to a range of publications, provides information on research projects and initiatives and gives pointers to test facilities, centers of expertise, and data sources. Materials are uploaded in SPARK from a wide variety of sources to give you access to the combined wisdom of organizations from across the globe.
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