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CRITIS 2018: Save the date

In 2018, the International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security will mark its 13th anniversary. CRITIS 2018 continues the tradition of presenting innovative research and exploring new challenges in the field of critical (information) infrastructures protection (C(I)IP), resilience and fostering the dialogue with stakeholders.

Following the successful organisation of CRITIS 2016 at UIC HQ, and the support given to CRITIS 2017 (Lucca, Italy), UIC ensures continuity with the previous editions by supporting the scientific programme of CRITIS 2018.

CRITIS 2018 aims at bringing together researchers, professionals from academia, critical (information) infrastructure operators, industry, defence sector and governmental organisations working in the field of the security of critical (information) infrastructure systems.

As in previous years, invited speakers will complement a programme of original research contributions. The conference invites the different research communities and disciplines involved in the C(I)IP space, and encourages discussions and multi-disciplinary approaches to relevant C(I)IP problems.

The Project’s Dissemination Session will be an opportunity of dissemination for ongoing European, multinational, and national projects.

Call for papers
CRITIS 2018 covers three thematic foci. Paper submission is encouraged but not limited to the following topics: Topic 1 “Technologies: Innovative responses for the protection of cyber-physical systems”; Topic 2 “Advances in C(I)IP organisation: Policies, good practices and lessons learned”; Topic 3 “Advances in Human Factors, decision support, and cross-sector CI(I)P approaches – focus on end-users”.
Post-proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. Accepted full papers will be included in full length in the post-proceedings.

Moreover, CRITIS aims to encourage and inspire early stage and open-minded researchers in this demanding multi-disciplinary field of research. Outstanding research performance demonstrated by young researchers may compete for the Young CRITIS Award (YCA). Research papers submitted to compete for the Young CRITIS Award shall cover one or more of the subjects mentioned above.

Key dates
30 April 2018 --- Full-text paper submission
1 June 2018 --- Registration (opens)
18 June 2018 --- Notification of acceptance
25 June 2018 --- Preliminary Programme
1 August 2018 --- Early-bird registration (closes)
9 September 2018 --- Camera-ready papers
16 September 2018 --- Regular registration (closes)
24-26 September 2018 --- CRITIS 2018 conference

Venue: Vytautas Magnus University, S. Daukanto g. 28, Kaunas, Lithuania

For further information on CRITIS 2018, please or contact Grigore Havarneanu:

Look for #CRITIS2018 on social media

Or visit the website:

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Save the date: UIC’s “Global debate on mobility challenges for future society” to be held from 15 – 16 November 2018 in Warsaw

From 15 – 16 November 2018, UIC in cooperation with the Director of the Polish Rail Research Institute IK - Instytut Kolejnictwa and IRRB vice-chairman, dr inż. Andrzej Żurkowski, will organise an international conference about the transportation system of the future and the role of rail as the backbone of a well-connected intermodal system. This new activity is part of the three-year strategic plan of the UIC’s IRRB – International Rail Research Board – working body as chaired by Prof. Boris Lapidus of the RZD Russian Railways. Results from this event will directly feed into the process of updating the present UIC document Global Vision on Railway Development which has been prepared by the IRRB just over two years ago.

Many international transport conferences dealing with research and innovation often focus on results from present day research projects – such as for instance the TRA – Transport Research Arena and the WCRR – World Conference on Railway Research. This of course is very valuable.

However, innovation did not change this very much and for years the market share of this reliable and environmentally friendly mode of transport has been at the same level and too low at below 10%. Even the support of national and European policy to use the most environmentally friendly modes of transport and arrange a modal-shift from road to rail hardly changed its market share. Therefore, the idea came up to go “top down” and look far ahead in the future like 2050 or 2060, look at the future challenges and needs, changing society and economies, scientific and technological progress and possibilities.

Based on a number of agreed future challenges, two or three scenarios will be designed, after which the role of ‘guided transport’ (rails and more) will be projected into each scenario. Following this, the panel of experts, supported by the audience, should then reason back from an ideal situation to the “here and now” and discuss the way forward as well as the needs for research, innovation, legislation, detect possible thresholds and discuss how to overcome them. The invited speakers and panellists will consist of (forward looking) scientists, visionaries, entrepreneurs etc. from rail, transport in general as well as from other disciplines from outside the transport sector.

The challenges we have agreed to work with are the following:

  • Competitiveness of EU transport stakeholders
  • Decision to decarbonise transport
  • Information technology – new opportunities & threats e.g. cyber security and big data
  • New mobility system concepts
  • Progress towards an integrated transport system is slower than expected
  • Resilience of transport systems

A Scientific Board has been set up to support the Organisational Committee, led by Mr Żurkowski. The event will be held in the Global Expo Centre in Warsaw, a brand new, beautiful and well-equipped venue, well fit for the occasion.

If you think – as we do – that this event is well worth participating in and contributing to, please reserve 15 and 16 November 2018 in your busy agenda!

We will pleased to answer your questions and are open to all good ideas and suggestions while organising this “Global debate on mobility challenges for the future society”.

For further information please contact Dennis Schut, UIC Research manager:

Or dr inż. Andrzej Żurkowski, Chairman of the Organising Committee:

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Station Managers’ Global Group (SMGG) met on 14 and 15 December 2017 in Rabat, Morocco

For the 4th and final SMGG meeting of the year, the SMGG members were welcomed by the ONCF under the direction of Mr Mohammed Chahid. This working group, headed by the chairman Mr Carlos Ventura of ADIF (Spain), aims to prepare stations for major challenges in the coming decades by formalising the tools and actions necessary for station managers.
The railway station is an infrastructure that has undergone significant technical and physical changes, which justifies the structural role of the SMGG. The main topic of the Rabat meeting was the LTDRS project (long-term development for railway station), a project aimed at addressing all of the station’s themes: how to evaluate the quality of services in stations? What are the “smart” opportunities for the railway station? What is and what will be the high-speed impact in urban cities and stations? What new roles can the station have in the railway but also in the functioning of the city?

This meeting was an opportunity to share and exchange constructive comments from our members once again and UIC would like to thank the actors present: ONCF, ADIF, RZD, Gares & Connexions via AREP and SNCB.

ONCF through Mr Chahid took the time to explain to members the project of the first high-speed line in Africa between Tangier and Kenitra (200km line). This will profoundly transform mobility in Morocco: the journey from Tangier-Kenitra will be completed in 47 minutes instead of three hours 15 minutes, Tangier-Rabat in one hour 20 minutes instead of three hours 45 minutes, and Tangier-Casablanca in two hours 10 minutes instead of four hours 45 minutes. To accommodate the increase in flow expected by high speed, ONCF has launched a plan to build 4 stations (2 new and 2 rehabilitations: Rabat Agdal Station, Kenitra Station, Rabat City Station, Tangier Station). To complete the meeting of the SMGG, two technical visits were made to the new stations of Kenitra and Rabat Agdal.

To build the station of Rabat city, ONCF is using the BIM system to gain efficiency and speed. BIM system (Building Information Modelling) is a parametric 3D model that is used to generate plans, sections, elevations, perspectives, details, schedules – in fact, all the necessary components to document the design of a building.

For the second presentation, the speaker of SNCF Gares & Connexions, Nicolas Augris, presented AREP’s work on traffic and flow studies. The station design enhances the flow capacity of stations users and at the same time increases passenger capacity. Design and the capacity building must be taken into account because the cost of the construction programme will be profoundly impacted. Clients became actors of the station, they need time, space. Therefore, it is important to adapt the station to the client’s vision.The best example of the French engineer comes from the refurbishment of Saint Lazare station in Paris. The programme started in the mid-1990s to finish 20 years later while continuing the passenger transport service.

It was also an opportunity to prepare the next meetings of the year 2018 with the desire of our members and UIC to integrate as many members as possible into our working group. The next meeting will be at the SNCF office in March and meetings are planned to be held in Poland, Japan and Iran.

Finally, for your information, the SMGG members and UIC are particularly pleased to inform you that work on station pictograms will soon be transformed into International Railway Solutions (IRS).

Agdal Station, Rabat

For further information please contact Clément Gautier, Junior Advisor – Passenger Department, Station and Intermodal Hubs:

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Marc Guigon appointed new Head of the UIC Passenger Department

In October 2017, Marc Guigon was appointed Director of the UIC Passenger Department, whose position was officially confirmed at the UIC General Assembly in December 2017.

Marc Guigon was born in 1956. A graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers, he started work at French National Railways (SNCF) in 1981, where he held various responsibilities including management of maintenance of rolling stock workshops, management of the Research Centre for Freight Activities including a large number of international projects, responsible for SNCF’s Freight Strategies. He then joined the French Interministerial Delegation of Spatial Planning (DATAR) as Advisor of the Prime Minister for the development of all modes of transport in France. In this position he was also responsible for relationships between a French Regional Council and the French Central Government for all activities concerning regional development such as industry, employment, culture, agriculture, city development… He also initiated bilateral cooperation between French and Chinese governments in the fields of urban-rural integration, decentralised cooperation, high level training programmes.

In June 2012, Marc Guigon was appointed Senior Advisor for Passenger Transport of UIC.
In this position he was mainly managing projects concerning railway stations and passenger distribution.

He was also involved in Chinese issues and participated in a number of high level projects for Chinese development.

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“Dream Stations – A Worldwide Odyssey” and a book on Belgian Railways presented at Train World in Schaerbeek

On Friday 15 December, Train World, the museum of Belgian Railways located in Schaerbeek near Brussels, welcomed a press conference for the presentation of two books.

Mr Pieter Jonckers, Director of Train World, warmly welcomed authors and publishers as well as the participants at the press conference, journalists, representatives of railways and railway associations including UIC.

Mrs Marie-Pascale Rauzier, author, presented the high-quality book “Dream Stations – A Worldwide Odyssey” (in French: “Rêve des Gares - Une Odyssée mondiale”), which is the result of close cooperation between the publisher ‘Langages du Sud’ – led by Mrs Patricia Defever-Kapferer – and UIC which ensured fruitful contacts with its members, the railways, to obtain photographs and documentation or organise specific photo shoots in stations.

For the first time, a book illustrates railway stations from around the world – 54 to be precise – that are considered among the most magnificent or iconic.

The purpose of this book is to illustrate that railway stations, in addition to their role to ensure mobility, are part of a country’s heritage in terms of history, architecture, arts, culture and play an essential role in the city and peoples’ lives.

The book “Dream Stations – A Worldwide Odyssey” is on sale at the ETF Publication Department:

During the same press conference, Mr Louis Gillieaux who integrated Belgian Railways SNCB in 1974 and led the Press and Public Relations Department of SNCB between 1987 and 2003, before being responsible for the Documentation Department, Historic Heritage and Archives of the SNCB Group, presented his book published in French and in Flemish.

The (translated) title is “Belgian Railways – Yesterday, today, tomorrow”. The book represents a journey in the history of Belgian railways from 1835 (opening of the line from Brussels to Mechelen) until now with perspectives for the future.

The publisher of this book in Belgium is Lannoo,

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News from UIC members

United States: Amtrak in Norfolk Marks Five-Year Anniversary

Ridership increasing for route and station

Amtrak celebrates five years of bringing passenger rail service to the waterfront city of Norfolk, Va. The Amtrak Northeast Regional connects the Hampton Roads area to the national rail network of more than 500 destinations.

Norfolk was the highest-performing city pair in the Virginia state-supported system for Fiscal Year 2017. The route, Washington, D.C., to Norfolk, served a total of 155,389 customers, with ridership for the Norfolk station at 47,493.

“The success of the Norfolk service testifies to the progressive vision the Commonwealth has brought to bringing real alternatives for residents to travel,” said Joe McHugh, Amtrak Vice President of State-Supported Services Business Development. “Increasing ridership for all the routes in Virginia speaks to how many people recognize trains as the smarter way to travel.”

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) supports six Northeast Regional trains that serve Norfolk, Richmond, Newport News, Lynchburg and Roanoke and provide a same-seat trip to other cities along the Northeast Corridor. The Norfolk station is also a stop for the Thruway bus connection for service to the Amtrak station in Newport News, Va.

“It is our mission to provide transportation options, and the success of the Norfolk line proves the Commonwealth’s commitment to its citizens,” DRPT Director Jennifer Mitchell said. “We are incredibly proud to celebrate the service’s fifth anniversary, and we look forward to continuing our work expanding passenger rail in Virginia, including two new trains serving Norfolk in the next four years.”

Amtrak, DRPT, and the city of Norfolk partnered to bring intercity passenger rail back to the city for the first time since 1977.

“Norfolk has worked hard to establish itself as the most multimodal city in the region, and is grateful that Amtrak believed that resuming passenger rail service was an opportunity and not a challenge,” Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander said. “The celebration of this milestone is further proof that Norfolk is committed to providing dynamic transportation options for all of South Hampton Roads.”

(Source: Amtrak)

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News from UIC members

Hungary: Establishment of the Executive Board of Amber Rail Freight Corridor

Representatives of the Ministries responsible for transport of Poland, the Slovak Republic, Hungary and the Republic of Slovenia signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of the Executive Board of the Amber Rail Fright Corridor at Brussels on 5 December 2017.

The Executive Board is responsible for defining the general objectives of the rail freight corridor and for supervising and taking the measures provided for in Regulation No. 913/2010.

The Amber railway corridor starts in the north from Warsaw and the Polish-Belarus border and ends in the south at Koper in Slovenia and at the Hungarian-Serbian border. The axis links important industrial centres and intermodal terminals to the Adriatic Sea and the Balkan States.

The Budapest-Kelebia railway line, which is to be upgraded, is part of the corridor.

The Amber corridor can play a prominent role in the transportation of goods to their final destination that arrive from the Far East to Poland by rail and to the port of Koper by sea.

(Source: MÁV)

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News from UIC members

Hungary/Serbia: Tender has been published for Budapest-Belgrade rail upgrade

The Chinese-Hungarian Railway Nonprofit Ltd. on behalf of MAV Co. has called for the upgrade of the Hungarian stretch of the Budapest-Belgrade railway line. The invitation to tender was published on the webpages of Tenders Electronic Daily and MAV Co. and the procurement will be a two-phase procedure. The main subject matter of the contract is to upgrade the 152 kilometre MÁV railway line No.150 between Soroksár (Budapest) — Kelebia (country border) to licensing speed 160km/h with mixed traffic, according to the specification related to the existing EU TEN-T network.

Three bidders will be chosen for the second, final phase and the winning bid will be selected 50% based on the quality of the technical bid and 50% on the financial aspect. The duration of the contract will be 86 months.

Moreover, the contract is for the full reconstruction of the current single track and the building of a 2nd track with an axle load of 225 KN. The new line will allow freight trains with maximum length of 750 m, while the facilities in stations for passenger service will also be renewed to fulfil the PRM requirements.

The upgrade is set to cut the journey time on passenger trains from Budapest to Belgrade from the current eight hours to around three and a half hours.

(Source: MÁV)

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News from UIC members

China: Pilot run of Xi’an-Chengdu dedicated passenger railway begins

On 22 November at 08:45, EMU Train 55252 set off from Chengdu East station and arrived at Xi’an North Station at 13:00 after a long journey. Xi’an-Chengdu dedicated passenger railway, the first high-speed railway which passes through Qinling Mountains, entered the pilot run stage.

With a design speed of 250km/h, the Xi’an-Chengdu Passenger Dedicated Line begins at Xi’an North Station and heads south to Sichuan Basin by way of Guanzhong Plain, Qinling Mountains, Hanzhong Plain and Bashan Mountain. The line is then connected to Chengdu-Mianyang-Leshan High-speed Railway before finally ending at Chengdu East Station.

(Source: CR)

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News from UIC members

Kazakhstan: Modern warehouses will be built on the Special Economic Zone “Khorgos – Eastern Gates” by the end of 2018

On 11 December 2017, at SEZ “Khorgos - Eastern Gates”, a capsule was laid on the site of construction of modern storage facilities.

The ceremony of laying the capsule was attended by the head of JSC NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (Kazakhstan Railways) Kanat Alpysbaev, acting head of the Board of JSC National Managing Holding Baiterek Aidar Arifkhanov, vice-president of the investment fund Verno Capital Magzhan Kenesbai.

The project was financed by JSC National Managing Holding Baiterek. Acting head of the Holding’s management A. Arifkhanov noted the importance of “supporting projects for the further development of the country’s infrastructure potential in the context of linking the Nurly Zhol programme with foreign initiatives.”

According to the head of the JSC NC KTZ the project of construction of warehouse terminals is implemented within the framework of the Plan of the Nation “100 concrete steps” (65th step) and is aimed at further development of the terminal network of Kazakhstan.

He stressed that the project for the integrated development of the “Khorgos - Eastern Gates” became an impetus to stimulate investment in the region and implemented in 2016 as part of the Nurly Zhol programme. On the territory of the Special Economic Zone, a favourable business environment, an optimal taxation regime, a lack of customs duties, and a well-developed infrastructure have been created.

Great interest in the development of SEZ of international investors is confirmed by proposals for the implementation of investment projects in 2018 for a total of about 100 billion KZT. These are projects for the construction of warehouses, feed mill, food cluster, production of building materials.

“Today’s ceremony demonstrates the willingness of foreign companies to cooperate in the framework of our project and they believe in the future development of this region,” said the chief operating officer of Management Company of the SEZ “Khorgos - Eastern Gates” Hicham Belmaachi.

Heads of Verno Capital and PNK Group presented an investment project at the logistics zone of the SEZ “Khorgos - Eastern Gates”, which is part of a large project for the construction of more than 100 thousand square metres of warehouse and industrial premises of A class in the regions of Kazakhstan. These warehouses provide the needs of large manufacturers and carriers in high-quality premises. The financial group has experience in implementing projects in Russia, United States and Europe.

Further development of the SEZ “Khorgos - Eastern Gates” provides for the integration of global logistics services into the architecture and the integration of Kazakhstan transit corridors into the international logistics network.

(Source: KTZ)

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 3 September 2019 UIC Asia-Pacific Preparatory Meeting (Web Conference) UIC HQ, Paris
  • 11-12 September 2019 TEG Plenary Meeting Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 12 September 2019 European Management committee Assistants
  • 17-19 September 2019 UIC PoSE Meeting Vienna
  • 17 September 2019 Plenary meeting and Standardisation international Conf Paris UIC
  • 23-28 September 2019 UIC-KORAIL Training Session 2019 on Railway Accessibility for the Public Seoul, Korea
  • 24-25 September 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 27 September 2019 UIC Asia-Pacific Preparatory Meeting (Web Conference) UIC HQ, Paris
  • 30 September 2019 UIC security platform - Steering committee Warsaw, Poland
  • 3-4 October 2019 UIC Digital Days Paris
  • 9-11 October 2019 5th UIC World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco
  • 16-19 October 2019 UIMC Scientific Congress and General Assembly Rome- Italy
  • 28-29 October 2019 28th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Tokyo, JAPAN
  • 28 October 2019 - 1 November 2019 WCRR Tokyo, Japan
  • 5 November 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 5 November 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 6 November 2019 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 6 November 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 6 November 2019 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2019 95th General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris
  • 11-14 November 2019 7th NEXTSTATION Tehran
  • 12 November 2019 TTI Sector Meeting Paris, UIC HQ
  • 20-22 November 2019 15th UIC Global Security Congress Praha, Czech Republic
  • 26 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 27 November 2019 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 28 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 10 December 2019 European Management committee Paris
  • 10 December 2019 29 European Regional Assembly Paris
  • 11 December 2019 Executive Board Paris
  • 11 December 2019 95th General Assembly Paris
  • 23-24 April 2020 Talent and Expertise Development Platform Valencia, Spain
  • 2-5 June 2020 6th UIC Security Week Paris, UIC HQ
  • 25-28 November 2020 16th UIC Global Security Congress Vienna, Austria

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