Call for Abstracts

All submitted abstracts will be reviewed. Abstracts received by the original closing date of 20 February 2017
will be given priority.

We are no longer accepting abstract submissions. Thank you for your interest in the conference.

Abstracts are due by 20 February 2017.

Technical and research topics for abstract consideration includes, but not limited to:

Rolling Stock
•Rail flaws and broken rails
•Buckled track and rail stress
•Ballast condition
•Tie condition: wood, con- crete, composite/plastic, steel
•Catenary condition
•Bridge condition:
Wood - internal decay
Concrete - strength, corrosion, other
Steel - fatigue cracking, corrosion, other
•Track geometry
•Rail wear and profile
•Subgrade support
•Lateral stability
•Gage restraint
•Cracked or Broken Wheels
•Bearing defects & failures
•Cracked or broken axles
•Braking system
•Safety appliances
•Shifted loads
•Lading problems
•Car condition
Fatigue cracks
•Tank car condition
Pressure tests
•Refrigeration/heating units
•Safety and security trespasser detection
•Liquid penetrant
•Remote visual inspection
•Eddy-current testing
•Low coherence interferometry
•Acoustic emission testing
•Vibration analysis •LIDAR/Radar
•Unmanned autonomous vehicles
•Action cameras
•Remote imaging
•Autonomous data collection
•Fiber optics
•Big data analysis
•Signal processing
•Sensor data fusion
•Machine learning
•Neural networks
•Video & image processing
•Machine vision
•Image classification
•Prediction algorithms
•Degradation models
•Survival analysis
•Failure prediction
•Preventative maintenance
•Inspection scheduling
•Resource allocation
•Vehicle routing
•Inspection facility location

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Presentation topics will be evaluated based on the following criteria:


Abstract Quality - The abstract should clearly and concisely explain what the presentation will be about and its significance to railroad performance.


Timeliness - Of current and/or future interest and significance to the railroad industry.


Relevance to Railroads - Generally be on a railroad-specific application or on a topic that can be directly applied to railroad performance (but see #4 below).


Innovative - Concepts and technologies that are particularly innovative.  Sometimes these may come from another field outside railroading and warrant presentation to expose the railroad industry to their potential.


Ability to Evaluate Success (or Failure) - If the topic represents application of a method, what can the presentation tell the audience about what did or did not work and why.  The audience needs to be able to learn from the presentation.


Uniqueness - Topics that do not duplicate another in the session or conference.

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