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Shift Freight to Rail: Midterm Event for S2R Projects from Call 2015-2016 & Final Event for Smart-Rail Lighthouse Project


The Shift Freight to Rail event will be an opportunity to present preliminary and final results of the Shift2Rail projects focussed on innovating the freight railways eco-system in Europe.

The Shift2Rail initiative, an EU public-private joint effort, has eight ongoing projects dedicated to the freight sector, in which it has invested more than €31 million. More than 60 universities, SMEs and large firms across Europe have participated in these Research and Innovation activities, since the first project started in 2015.

Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking freight activities took the helm from SMART-RAIL, a lighthouse project of this initiative. Research conducted within this three-year project focusses on devising solutions for improved reliability, lead-time, costs, flexibility and visibility of freight railways. SMART-RAIL will present its final results at the event as the project comes to an end in April 2018.

Six other ongoing Shift2Rail freight projects (ARCC, FFL4E, FR8RAIL, DYNAFREIGHT, SMART and INNOWAG) will show their preliminary outcomes in areas such as long trains, obstacle detection, wagon design, real time management and automated operations.

This event will take place on 18 April at Waggon-31, Vienna, from 12pm to 6 pm.

Registration is available here.


Preliminary agenda


Welcome words:

  • Elisabeth Werner, Director for Land Transport, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission
  • Thomas Jäger, Shift2Rail IP5 Coordinator; Head of Asset Management & Technology Wagons, DB Schenker Rail AG

Followed by lunch

PARALLEL SESSION 1: Smart-Rail: How to attract new customers?

Presentation 1
Presentation 2
Presentation 3
15.00 Coffee break
Presentation 4
Presentation 5
17.00 Closing remarks


13.00 FFL4E Presentation:

  • Future freight locomotive. Andrea Mazzone, Bombardier
  • Full electric last mile propulsion. Andrea Mazzone, Bombardier
  • Long trains. Niels Weigelt, DB Cargo

13.30 DYNAFREIGHT Presentation

  • Introduction. Andrea Demadonna, UNIFE
  • Next Generation of Freight Locomotive’s Bogie. Simon Iwnicki, University of Huddersfield
  • Safety precautions in train configuration and brake application. Visakh V. Krishna, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Adaptions in the rail infrastructure for long-train operation. Carlo Vaghi – FIT Consulting

14.00 FR8RAIL Presentation

  • Introduction
  • Intelligent assets supporting an automated railway.
    Presented by Jan Bergstrand, Trafikverket

14.30 INNOWAG Presentation:

  • General presentation of the project. Cristian Ulianov, NewRail, Newcastle University, UK
  • Cargo condition monitoring. Markus Hecht, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Wagon lightweight design. Cristian Ulianov, NewRail, Newcastle University, UK
  • Predictive maintenance. Daniele Regazzi, Lucchini RS, Italy

15.00 Coffee break

15.30 ARCC: 

  • Introduction
  • Automatic Train Operation
  • Real-time Yard Management

Presented by Norbert Kahl, DB Cargo

16.00 Smart Presentation

by Danijela Ristic-Durrant, TU Berlin and Miloš Simonović, University of Niš

16.30 Presentation on new/future activities
17.00 Closing remarks 

17:00 – 18:00  Networking session

Organising projects