World Congress on Railway Research (WCRR) 2022

The 13th World Congress on Railway Research (WCRR) is coming to the United Kingdom 6-10 June 2022, proudly hosted by RSSB and the University of Birmingham.

World Congress on Railway Research 2022
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As the flagship international congress on railway research, WCRR brings together the global railway community together for an exciting five – day programme. This year’s theme is: Reshaping our railways post-pandemic: Research with an impact.

Novel solutions and new knowledge generated by research are essential to rail’s recovery post-pandemic. Increasing research quality and speed, putting findings quickly into action and encouraging international collaboration on common challenges is key to rail’s ability to attract customers, deliver great value for money and lead on transport sustainability.

Join us for this congress which will champion technical development, advocate collaboration, and inspire the next generation of rail professionals.

Join us for

  • Panel discussions between senior global transport leaders on rail in a post-covid transport landscape, impactful research and success, and the journey to rapid benefit realisation.
  • Presentations of novel research in 60 sessions covering a wide variety of topics in 8 key challenge areas
  • A networking exhibition showcasing rail capabilities and activities of organisations across the globe
  • Education sessions to inspire the next generation of rail professionals
  • Expert-led masterclasses focused on successful implementation of research

What to expect

  • 5 days of activity to inform, inspire and educate, brought to life by industry leaders and experts

  • Networking opportunities to meet new and existing contacts, forge partnerships and collaborate

  • Networking Welcome Reception, Botanical Gardens Reception, Gala Dinner and a partner programme

  • Site visits to cutting edge research facilities and operator

For full details, please visit the WCRR 2022 programme

Sponsorship opportunities

WCRR is the world’s largest congress on railway research and is regarded worldwide as one of the premier congresses within the industry. Sponsorship enables a whole host of opportunities to showcase rail-related innovation, increase your brand awareness and build your contact database and profile within the industry.

To find out more, please visit the WCR22 sponsorship page.

Ticket prices

Standard Pass: £1,100 (+VAT)
Concession Pass*: £450 (+VAT)
Group booking discounts also available! *For early career researchers/professionals

To find out more, please visit the WCRR 2022 tickets page

BCRRE research at WCRR

Many of BCRRE’s research colleagues and students have successfully submitted papers covering a breadth of work that takes place at BCRRE. Areas of research that will be presented at WCRR include:

  • Introducing The Birmingham Rail Innovation Process: a framework for unlocking innovation in the rail sector: Alexander Burrows, Director of Innovation and Enterprise at BCRRE
  • Designing and delivering rail decarbonisation strategies: assessing the Birmingham Decarbonisation Maturity Matrix: Alexander Burrows, Director of Innovation and Enterprise at BCRRE
  • Cyber Security in the Rail Sector – An Integrated Approach: Dr Richard Thomas, Industrial Fellow in Data Integration and Cyber Security and Rail Cyber Security Technical Lead at BCRRE
  • Developing a 5G-enabled crowd management and passenger navigation solution for post-COVID-19 multi-modal travel: DrRichard Thomas, Industrial Fellow in Data Integration and Cyber Security and Rail Cyber Security Technical Lead at BCRRE
  • An evaluation approach to capacity enhancement of Virtual Coupling Operations: Alican Erdem, PhD student within BCRRE
  • Exploring the Virtual Coupling of Railway Vehicles: Charlotte Rawlings
  • A review of an NSA’s supervision activities & audit outcomes to enhance its monitoring of railway organisation safety management systems: Dr Hongsin Kim, Lecturer in Railway Systems Engineering at BCRRE
  • Sharing Is Caring: Redefining the Smart Ticket to Facilitate Technical Innovation Within Smart Ticketing Infrastructures: Joseph Preece, Research Fellow at BCRRE
  • A railway crew rescheduling model and solution method integrated with pre-learned constraints: Jie Yuan
  • Exploring the feasibility of running ETCS level 2 overlay over conventional signalling along the Jhansi to Bina section of Indian Railways: Dr Krishnan Venkateswaran, Senior Technical Officer at BCRRE
  • Introduction to Dyna Pan: A new automated way of hysteresis-based railway pantograph inspection and testing: DrMoussa Hamadache, Research Fellowat BCRRE
  • Smarter Health Monitoring of Rail Infrastructures through Digital Twin models for Permanent Way assets: NikhilPillai, Doctoral Researcher at BCRRE
  • Analysis, Development and Control of Dual Three-Phase Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor for Fuel Cell and Battery Trains: Nursaid Polater, PhD Researcher at BCRRE
  • Operation Optimization of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Hybrid Trains: Rabee Jibrin, Doctoral Researcher at BCRRE
  • Development of a Radical Track Switch System for Enhanced Performance: Dr Saikat Dutta, Honorary research fellow at BCRRE
  • Quantifying the climate change and heat related impacts to the London Underground Infrastructure: Sarah Greenham, Doctoral Researcher at BCRRE
  • Medium voltage DC railway electrification system: Assessment of performance: Sina Sharifi, PhD student within BCRRE
  • Optical sensor-based health monitoring system in world’s first carbon fibre rail bogie: Zhongyuan Sun, Postdoctoral researcher at BCRRE


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