IRRB Webinar - Digital Tools for Railway Operation, Maintenance and Safety

8 July - Online

IRRB Webinar on Railway Technology and Innovation

July 8, Friday, 2022, 09:00-12:00 Paris Time


The world railway today is increasingly integrating new technologies and tools from the fields of IT, digitalization and intelligent technologies, and particularly, the development and application of cutting-edge technologies such as big data, cloud computing, IoT, AI, is gradually transforming the conventional railway operation. Along with the emergence and iteration of new technologies, IT, digital and intelligent tools are expected to play an increasingly important role in the future railway development, providing new opportunities for safer, greener, more efficient and quality operation of the railway system, and serving as the driver for enhancing the competitiveness of railway transport worldwide.

This seminar aims at achieving the following objectives:

  • Exchange knowledge and experiences on the applications of digital and intelligent technologies;
  • Vision on digital and intelligent technologies as the enabler for quality development of railway;
  • Explore the opportunities and progress of the emerging technologies and its application on mainline passenger and freight operation, maintenance and safety;
  • Define the potential change and challenges of the integration of new technologies;
  • Share the opinions on the research and applications of digital and intelligent tools.

Date and Time

July 8, Friday, 2022

From 09:00 to 12:00, Paris Time

Speakers and Participants

It is expected that experts from UIC, CR (China), JR-East (Japan), Korail (South Korea), DB (Germany), UK, Spain and France will speak at the webinar. UIC members and all other interested parties are strongly encouraged to participate.

Expected Results

It is widely acknowledged that the rapid development of new generation information technology has led to disruptive innovations to the conventional sectors. Amid this trend, this seminar is expected to enhance the communication and collaboration among railway research and innovation institutions worldwide, share the opinions and best practices on the digital and intelligent tools applied in the mainline passenger and freight transport, improve the common understanding of the opportunities and challenges which technological evolution may bring to the railway sector.


English and Chinese

Agenda (draft)

09:00-09:10 Opening Session
Dr ZHOU Li, Vice Chairman of IRRB, Director General of Department of Science, Technology and IT Applications, CR
Mr Christian Chavanel, Director of Rail System Department, UIC

09:10-10:10 Keynote Speeches, Part 1
09:10-09:30 Presentation on DB Mindbox projects, Ms Franka Korkus, DB
09:30-09:50 Digital tools for Railway Operation, Maintenance and Safety: UIC Projects
09:50-10:10 Digital tools for Railway Operation, Maintenance and Safety: Experience of France or UK or Spain (tbc)

10:10-10:25 : Coffee-break

10:25-11:25 Keynote Speeches, Part 2
10:25-10:45 Applications of digital technologies to Intelligent Beijing-Zhangjiakou High Speed Railway, Dr LI Ping, Chief Researcher, CARS
10:45-11:05 JR East’s Strategy for Intelligent Rail, Ms. Michiko TANAKA, Ph.D., Senior Assistant Manager, International Affairs HQ, JR East
11:05-11:25 Videotelephony customer support system at ticket reservation kiosk, Mr. Seung-min LEE, Senior manager, IT Strategy Department, Office of Future Planning and Innovative Strategy, KORAIL

11:25-11:55 Panel Discussion/Q&A
The speakers will answer the questions from the moderators as well as the participants.
Dr ZHOU Li, Vice Chairman of IRRB, Director General of Department of Science, Technology and IT Applications, CR

11:55-12:00 Closing remarks
Dr ZHOU Li, Vice Chairman of IRRB, Director General of Department of Science, Technology and IT Applications, CR


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