OptiYard final conference

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 - UIC, Paris

The Shift2Rail Funded IP5 project OptiYard, led by the International union of railways (UIC), in collaboration with 13 partners from 7 European countries, develops an innovative framework to optimise, in real-time, the operations in freight rail yards. This 24-month project will end in September 2019.

We would therefore like to invite you to the final event of OptiYard to be held at UIC in Paris on Wednesday 25 September 2019.

Join us! It will be a fantastic opportunity to look at future scenarios for railways in line with Shift2Rail goals and, of course, to boost networking.

Registration is mandatory and free of charge but only a limited number of participants can be welcomed on a first-come-first-served basis.

Project overview

OptiYard provides decision support tools to Yard Managers that consider the surrounding network, in a view to ensure smooth marshalling that is essential for the global efficiency of the transport chain.

OptiYard uses a three-pronged approach to develop an optimised decision support system for yard dispatchers by:

  • Providing enhanced, automated yard management by analysing existing processes and operations and developing appropriate optimisation algorithms to improve operations for both single wagon load and block train traffic;
  • Improving information and communications processes between the Yard Management System, the RUs and the Network (IM) by analysing data feeds and modelling an enhanced communications environment;
  • Enhancing real-time interaction with the surrounding network, giving the yard dispatcher better visibility of pending perturbations and major disruptions to the yard production schedule.


Wednesday 25 September 2019 – Welcome to Paris
Venue: UIC, 16 rue Jean Rey, Paris, France

How to get to UIC

10:00-10:30 Registration and welcome

10:30-11:00 Opening and Introduction
11:00-11:40 Optiyard Project specifications
11:40-12:30 Innovations - new data exchanges, innovative simulation-optimisation integrated framework

12:30-13:40 Lunch

13:40-14:30 Demonstration and results
14:30-15:30 Open issues, round table and conclusions

15:30 Closure


If you wish to register to the OptiYard final event at UIC in Paris, please do so on the registration form below:


For more information about the conference, please contact Christine Hassoun (UIC) at hassoun@uic.org

To know more about the Shift2Rail Funded IP5 project OptiYard, please consult our website: https://optiyard.eu/

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