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Call for Papers
RailNorrköping 2019

Planning, Simulation and Optimisation Approaches

8th International Conference on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis

Norrköping, Sweden, June 17th – 20th, 2019

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IAROR was founded in 2005 and has currently more than 220 members. IAROR combines the expertise of academic and professional railway research with the aim of enhancing the quality of service for railway passengers and customers, improving the effectiveness and efficiency of capacity management, timetabling, traffic management and ensuring the safety of railway operations. IAROR stimulates innovative theoretical approaches, high-tech concepts, new technological developments and dynamic decision support systems that contribute to a higher flexibility, performance and punctuality of trains operating on single or dedicated lines and in heterogeneous networks. IAROR contributes to the development of new international standards for railway capacity and traffic management by integration of the state-of-the-art from different scientific disciplines as engineering, mathematics, physics, economics and computer science. IAROR aims at becoming the Network of Excellence in the field of railway operations research and an acknowledged advisor to governments, railway infrastructure managers, train operating companies and the industrial suppliers with regard to the development and evaluation of research programs, innovation strategies, directives and norms for railway operations.


RailNorrköping2019 is the 8th International Conference on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis (ICROMA). It will promote interdisciplinary discussions in the railway planning and operations research area by combining the expertise of academics and professionals. RailNorrköping2019 will give researchers, consultants, and industrial practitioners the opportunity to meet, present their latest research, exchange know-how, and discuss current developments and applications.

RailNorrköping2019 solicits contributions dealing with any aspect of railway planning and operation. Typical, but not exclusive, topics of interest are:

  • Land use, mobility and line planning.
  • Transport economic modelling for railways.
  • Capacity and robustness in saturated networks.
  • Optimal network timetabling and maintenance schedules.
  • Crew and vehicle scheduling.
  • Passenger flows in stations, on platform, and dwell time distribution.
  • Impact of signalling and safety systems on capacity and punctuality.
  • Validation of stochastic analytical and simulation models.
  • Timetable stability, punctuality, temporal and spatial distributions of timetable margins.
  • Impact of train priorities, dispatching rules and dedicated lines on network capacity.
  • Scheduling and routing of passenger and freight trains.
  • Real-time rescheduling, disturbance and disruption management.
  • Energy-efficient driving and driver advisory systems.
  • Prediction of route conflicts, arrival and departure times.
  • Impact of climate change on future railway operation.
  • Governance, benchmark analysis and performance evaluation.
  • Connections between railway and other transport modes.


Prospective participants need first to specify the type of submission:

  • Type A: Research paper.
  • Type B: Professional paper.

For both types of paper, an extended abstract must be submitted emphasizing the innovativeness of the theoretical research paper (Type A) and/or the relevance of the professional paper (Type B), respectively. The extended abstract should contain a maximum of 2,000 words and a minimum of 750 words including a list of up to 10 key references and explain briefly the objective, problem, method and findings. It has to be uploaded on the website of the 8th ICROMA.

The extended Abstracts will be reviewed based on the following criteria: (1) theoretical and/or practical importance, (2) state-of-the art and technology, and (3) clarity of description.

The authors of the accepted extended abstracts of research papers (Type A) will be invited to submit a draft full paper of a maximum length of 20 pages in ICROMA format including figures and references, while the authors of professional papers (Type B) should submit a full professional paper of 10 pages at the maximum. The full research papers will be reviewed according to the standard scientific criteria: originality, consistency, relevance and English writing proficiency. The review of the full professional papers will retain the former criteria except scientific originality.


The Proceedings of the 8th ICROMA will contain all the accepted revised full research papers (Type A) and the full professional papers (type B) and will be published on the web by Linköping University Electronic Press. The revised short abstracts of the accepted full research papers (Type A) and of the full professional papers (Type B) will be included in the Book of Abstracts. The best papers selected by the Organization and Scientific Advisory Committee members will be announced and published in a special issue of the Journal of Rail Transport Planning & Management.


Leading railway scientists from different disciplines and directors from the railway industry will give a keynote speech. A short course on Railway operatinos will be offered optionally to young researchers on June 20th, 2019, preliminary with the title “Big data in Railway operations”. More details will be announced in due time.


  • Oct 15th Oct 21st, 2018 Submission of abstract
  • Nov 23rd, 2018 Notification of accepted abstract
  • Jan 28th, 2019 Submission of full paper
  • Mar 25th, 2019 Notification of accepted full paper
  • April 1st, 2019 Registration opens
  • April 15th, 2019 Final paper submission
  • April 28th, 2019 Early-bird registration closes
  • May 31st, 2019 Online registration closes
  • June 17th – 20th, 2019 Conference
    • June 17th – 19th, 2019 Conference sessions
    • June 20th, 2019 Short course


Excellent papers on innovative research carried out and presented by participants not older than 35 years are eligible for the Young Railway Operations Research Award sponsored by the Board of IAROR. The Award is worth € 2,500. The winner will be announced at the end of the conference.


  • Norio Tomii, Chiba Institute of Technology (President of IAROR)
  • Ingo A. Hansen, Delft University of Technology (Vice-President of IAROR)
  • Anders Peterson, Linköping University (Conference Chair)
  • Markus Bohlin, Royal Institute of Technology (Program Chair)
  • Martin Joborn, Linköping University (Conference organization Chair)
  • Emma Solinen, Trafikverket (Industrial Representative)
  • Johan Högdahl, Royal Institute of Technology (Program co-chair)


  • Mishra Abhyuday, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
  • Hans Boysen, Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm
  • Tyler Dick, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Rob Goverde, Delft University of Technology
  • Alex Landex, Ramboll
  • Carlo Mannino, SINTEF ICT Oslo
  • Lingyun Meng, Beijing Jiaotong University
  • Lei Nie, Beijing Jiaotong University
  • Nils Nießen, RWTH Aachen
  • Andreas Oetting, Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • Dario Pacciarelli, University Roma Tre
  • John Preston, University of Southampton
  • Stefano Ricci, University of Rome La Sapienza
  • Joaquin Rodriguez, IFSTTAR
  • Thomas Schlechte, LBW Optimization GmbH
  • Alex Wardrop, TTG Transportation Technology
  • Thomas White, Transit Safety Management


Abhyuday, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur India
Abderrahman Ait Ali, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Thomas Albrecht, DXC Technology
Lukas Bach, SINTEF
William Barbour, Vanderbilt University
Ivan Belosevic, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering
Nikola Besinovic, Delft University of Technology
Ralf Borndoerfer, Zuse-Institute Berlin (ZIB)
Hans Boysen, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Emanuel Broman, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Thorsten Büker, VIA Consulting & Development GmbH
Valentina Cacchiani, University of Bologna
Francesco Corman, ETH Zurich
Nicola Coviello, Politecnico di Torino
Andrea D Ariano, Università degli Studi Roma Tre
Tyler Dick, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jawad Elomari, RISE
Frank Fischer, University of Kassel
Huiling Fu, Beijing Jiaotong University
Taku Fujiyama, University College London
Yuan Gao Beijing, Jiaotong University
Nima Ghaviha, Mälardalen University
Rob Goverde Delft, University of Technology
Dennis Huisman, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Carl Henrik Häll, Linköping University
Johan Högdahl, Kungliga Tekniska högskolan KTH
Pär Johansson, Trafikverket
Pavle Kecman, Linköping University
Fahimeh Khoshniyat, Linköping University
Ida Kristoffersson, VTI
Alexander Kuckelberg, VIA Consulting & Development GmbH
Yung-Cheng Lai, National Taiwan University
Alex Landex, Ramboll
Tomas Lidén, Linköping University
Christian Liebchen, Technische Hochschule Wildau
Therese Lindberg, VTI
Per Olov Lindberg, KTH and VTI
Olov Lindfeldt, MTR Nordic
Ronghui Liu, University of Leeds
Sihui Long, Beijing Jiaotong University
Xiaojie Luan, Delft University of Technology
Rémi Lucas, ENSTA ParisTech
Fredrik Lundström, Trafikverket
Carlo Mannino, Sintef ict
Gabor Maroti, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Ullrich Martin, University of Stuttgart
Giorgio Medeossi, TRENOlab
Lingyun Meng, Beijing Jiaotong University
Matúš Mihalák, Maastricht University
Gemma Nicholson, University of Birmingham
Otto Anker Nielsen, Technical University of Denmark
Nils Nießen, RWTH Aachen Universitiy | Institute of Transport Science
Andreas Oetting, TU Darmstadt
Nils Olsson, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Yanfeng Ouyang, Univ of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Dario Pacciarelli, Università Roma Tre
Jörn Pachl, Technische Universität Braunschweig
Carl-William Palmqvist, Lund University
Paola Pellegrini, IFSTTAR
Pasqualina Potena, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB
John Preston, University of Southampton
Stefano Ricci, Sapienza Università di Roma – DITS
Joaquin Rodriguez, IFSTTAR
Clas Rydergren, Linköping University
Mahnam Saeednia, HaCon
Keisuke Sato, Kanagawa University
Stanley Schade, Zuse Institute Berlin
Thomas Schlechte, LBW Optimization GmbH
Christiane Schmidt, Linköping University
Marie Schmidt, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Tilo Schumann, Berlin Senate for Environment Transport and Climate Protection
Hans Sipilä, Sweco
Birgitta Thorslund, VTI
Ambra Toletti, SBB CFF FFS
Magnus Wahlborg, Trafikverket
Pengling Wang, Delft University of Technology
Pieter Vansteenwegen, KU Leuven Mobility Research Centre
Alex Wardrop, Independent consultant and researcher in railway operations research
Jennifer Warg, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Norman Weik, RWTH Aachen University
Thomas White, VTD Rail Consulting
Jing Xun, Beijing Jiaotong University
Jiateng Yin, Beijing Jiaotong University
Wuyang Yuan, Beijing Jiaotong University
Jun Zhang, The Key Laboratory of Road and Traffic Engineering Tongji University
Jinchuan Zhang, Beijing Jiaotong University China.PR
Jun Zhao, Southwest Jiaotong University