UIC Digital Days

3-4 October 2019 at Paris UIC HQ

UIC is organising its third edition of the Digital Days from 3-4 October 2019 at Paris UIC HQ.
Unleashing the potential of digital railway
Current game-changing technologies and future innovations

Digital experience. Analytics. IoT. Cyber Security. Artificial Intelligence. These powerful forces are proving to be far more than a trend by rapidly evolving from promising innovations and novel approaches into full-fledged solutions for railways’ operations, maintenance & renewal, passenger and freight services. Today, these forces are demonstrating their disruptive potential and are considered foundational components not only of railway’s technological infrastructure, but of corporate strategy. Let’s make the point of the situation on how railways are embracing these state of the art technologies to achieve competitive advantage, and stay ahead of the game by sensing future innovations and possibilities.


Thursday 3 October 2019

14:00 Opening registration
14:30 Welcome speech – François Davenne (UIC)
14:45 Keynote speech – Gianluigi Castelli (UIC Chairman, FS Chairman)
15:00 C-Level Roundtable – Strategy behind Digitalisation
Digitalisation is a new element of competitiveness for rail companies and an important condition to perform well. As it can improve manufacturing, operations and maintenance, rail companies and infrastructure managers view digitalisation as a lever to improve their efficiency and management, lower their operating costs, and enhance their competitiveness with other transport modes. Rail companies and their suppliers have launched investments, start-up incubators and research to develop new digital solutions to run their businesses.
Panel Moderator: Gilbert Reveillon

  • Eugenio Fedeli – Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (Italy)
  • Evgeny Charkin – RZD (Russia)
  • Björn Westerberg – CEO ASTOC (Sweden)
  • Francisco Cardoso Dos Reis – IP (Portugal)

16:30 Coffee Break
17:00 Breakout Session 1 – Big data & digital modelling
Using measuring and inspection systems and attaching IoT sensors to assets gives railways access to massive amounts of data. Big data present rail companies with a number of challenges based on a wide variety of tasks such as data analysis, information acquisition and storage, industry-wide integration in the information domain, quality assurance. Data collected serves as well as the foundation of model replicating the reality (for instance digital twin). This pairing of the physical and digital worlds makes it possible to analyze this data and to foster predictive and preventive maintenance, and what-if analysis needed to understand the behaviour of the assets by creating scenarios that are difficult to replicate in real life.
Keywords: Unmanned Solutions for distributed data collection, Data Fusion and Image classification, Digital Twins, RTM & Ontology for Rail
Panel Moderator: Gilbert Reveillon

  • Henri Beringer – Dassault Systems: “The 3DExperience platform to foster Innovation in Mobility”
  • Stéphane Callet – SNCF Réseau: “Using Digital twins for complex mass transit system design and integration”
  • Alan Jeanmaire – UIC: RTM & Ontology for Rail
  • Bertrand Minary – SNCF: Reinventing rail freight with Lean digitalisation
  • Luca Carotti – MERMEC/Almaviva: Asset digitalisation and monitoring
  • Q&A Session

18:30 Conclusion
19:00 Networking Dinner

Friday 4 October 2019

09:00 Keynote – Evgeny Charkin – CIO RZD – Chairman UIC Digital Platform
09:15 Breakout Session 2 – The enablers to new digital systems
New products and services are becoming an integral part of the operations of railway undertakings, infrastructure managers and manufacturers for the industry. e-ticketing, digital train control, signalling and traffic management, digital platforms for predictive maintenance, cyber security are the key areas of digitalisation in the rail sector.
Keywords: Telecom network for Digital Railways (FRMCS), Cyber Security, Asset Management, Future of ticket distribution
Panel Moderator: Gilbert Reveillon

  • Matteo Pertosa – SITAEL: Solutions, process and technologies to drive customer in a full digital world
  • Luca Mariorenzi – FSTechnology / UIC: “Digitalisation Initiatives in UIC Passenger Services Groups”
  • Thomas Chatelet – ERA: Cybersecurity for Rail: constraint or opportunity?
  • Hirotaka Yokouchi – JR West: The Usage of Vision System Technology To Make Automatic Patrolling And Periodical Inspection A Reality – T
  • Amir Levintal – CYLUS: Detecting Cyber Threats in Rail Signaling and Onboard Networks
  • Rokia Belkebir – ONCF: ONCF Digital Transformation, Adopted strategy and examples of digital initiatives
  • Q&A session

11:00 Coffee Break
11:30 Breakout Session 3 – Knowledge management & AI
The use of digital data processing is revolutionizing maintenance of infrastructure and rolling stock. Based on millions of data points captured from measuring trains, sensors on critical components, analytics can detect impending part defects, ensuring maintenance is only done when required, but before a defect occurs. Reliable knowledge of which parts are likely to fail in the near future allows for close to 100% availability and safety. By consolidating volumes of maintenance data with business processes, IT systems and using cloud computing as well as artificial intelligence there are now a number of new digital solutions providing all rail-specific content and tools to monitor, diagnose and improve the performance of rail assets.
Keywords: Predictive Maintenance, AI, Application
Panel Moderator: Gilbert Reveillon

  • Evgeny Charkin – RZD - «Artificial intelligence technologies on Russian Railways»
  • Didier Guillonnet – BRAIN Z: Semantic Web - from Inter-Linked Data to Computer Reasoning
  • Jonathan Partouche – ORIGONE - AI empowered by Quantum Computing: a real rail use case!
  • Lucas Philibert – SNCF – OpenGov – A new digital approach for traffic Management in stations
  • Q&A session

Conclusion by Evgeny Charkin – CIO RZD – Chairman UIC Digital Platform and Francis Bédel – UIC Chief Digital officer and

Biography of the speakers

Francisco J. Cardoso dos Reis

Currently Senior Adviser of IP´s Board of Directors, and the Coordinator of international affairs, he is member of UIC´s European Management Committee since 2016, Chairman of the European Region and Chairman of UIC’s Rail System Forum since 2018.

Prior to that, following a career in as a civil engineer in the railway sector (1982), his professional profile, have outstanding positions like:

  • Chairman of Lisbon Underground Company (2010- 2012);
  • Chairman of CP – Portuguese Railways Undertaking (2006-2010);
  • Member of the REFER’s first Board of Directors – Portuguese Railway Infrastructure Manager (1997), and its Chairman (2000-2002);
  • Chairman of RAVE – High-Speed Rail National Company (2000-2002);
  • Vice-Presidency of GNFL – Lisbon’s Railway Node Office (1992-1997).
    In the international institutions:
  • Vice-President of the EIM (2002);
  • Member of the MC (Management Committee) of CER (2007-2010);
  • Member of the MC of UIC (2007-2010);
  • Member of the Policy Board of UITP, of the Metro Assembly and of the European Union Committee of UITP, on behalf of Portugal, (2010-2012).

Henri Beringer

Business Consultant Director Transportation & Mobility Industry Dassault Systèmes

In his current role, Henri leverages innovative software solutions to help the Transportation & Mobility industries optimize their customer experiences.

In his career, Henri had various roles relating to prescriptive analytics software: Optimization Consulting director in IBM and ILOG, founder of TempoSoft for human resource planning optimization.

Finally, as a Quintiq director, Henri facilitated the adoption of advanced applications for Operations Planning and Optimization in the Transport & Mobility Industries.

Henri graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, France and holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence.

Bjorn Westerberg

CEO of ASTOC, Association of Swedish Train Operating Companies

Bjorn Westerberg has a background as head of strategy at SJ AB, the Swedish passenger rail operator. At SJ, he also was head of ERTMS signaling and High Speed Train procurement. At UIC, he was co-chairman of the UIC digital platform 2016-18. Bjorn has a background as partner at a technology strategy advisory firm as well as senior management positions with a listed IT professional service firm. Bjorn has more than 15 years management consulting experience advising top management of client firms on strategic issues and operational change. Bjorn holds business degrees from Stanford University and Stockholm School of Economics.

Matteo Pertosa

Chief Executive Officer at SITAEL

Mr. Pertosa was born in Monopoli (BA) on August 23, 1984.

He is a third-generation entrepreneur who leads the growth of ANGEL, the Italian industrial group internationally recognized for its excellence in the design and development of high-tech solutions in the aviation, space, rail transport and Internet of Things (IoT) industries (mobile payment, e-mobility and e-ticketing services).

Mr. Pertosa is Chief Executive Officer at SITAEL, the largest privately owned Space Company in Italy, and personally manages the IoT Business Unit for innovation and electric mobility.

He launched the ESB system, product innovation for Light Electric Vehicles: the first connectivity system for the e-bike industry, already adopted by international premium brands. SITAEL earned the prestigious Honoree award at the CES 2018 Innovation Awards in Las Vegas, thus resulting the only Italian Company to receive this honor that year.

In January 2019, for the second consecutive year at the Consumer Electronic Show held in Las Vegas, Mr. Pertosa’ team was awarded at CES 2019 Innovation Awards with a completely different solution: MatiPay. It is a mobile payment and telemetry system that transforms vending machines into intelligent points of sale.

Currently installed on more than 40,000 machines that already engage half a million users, MatiPay, as well as the other IoT and Space projects, confirms SITAEL’s ability to develop and introduce ‘disruptive’ innovation in all the sectors in which it operates.

Stéphane Callet

Project manager, senior system engineer, expert in CBTC, signalling and ATS system

Stéphane Callet worked over 20 years in signalling systems (ATC/ATS/ Interlocking systems).
15 years experience by Matra and Siemens as system and design engineer on SACEM and CBTC projects (Paris, Hong Kong, ...).
CBTC reference trainer - operation and maintenance expert (on Paris RATP Line 1 GOA4 Project).
Joined SNCF in 2012 as Signalling engineer and CBTC project manager.
Currently in charge of installation, configuration and validation activities on EOLE NEXTEO Project in Paris.

Francis Bédel

UIC – Chief Digital Officer

Francis took responsibility of the IT service of the Worldwide Railway Organisation (UIC) in 2015 and endorsed the position of UIC Chief Digital Officer with the development of the UIC Digital Platform. UIC Digital Platform aims at supporting UIC Members in their digital activities and developments on a worldwide basis and following the philosophy “Share, Open, Connect”. These words could be the motto which leads all his actions.
The Railway Industry is currently facing new digital challenges. Key words are today mobility interoperability, inter-modality. Francis and UIC Digital Platform are deeply involved in UIC mission and focus on the way to help Members to give every journey by train a touch of enchantment.
Francis started his career at French Railways SNCF in 1982, filling such roles as traffic manager and manager of freight stations.
In 1990, he joined SNCF’s IT Department to work on the rollout of a national project aiming to redesign the management of Freight wagons and, from 1993 to 1997, was responsible for the operation of Freight IT local bases.
Francis has been in charge of International Affairs for Freight IT at SNCF and among other issues, was European interoperability projects and ensured the relationships with the European Commission.
Francis was RAILDATA President from 2013 until the end of 2016. He is also active in many other international activities and projects.
Francis is personally committed for over 15 years in volunteer social activities and mostly in humanitarian missions in Western Africa focusing on childhood and education.

Luca Mariorenzi

FS Technology S.p.A., IT Trenitalia, GDS and International Systems

Luca Mariorenzi (Electrical Engineer) gained within Trenitalia over 15 years’ experience in a variety of roles in Information Technology and Project Management with focus on International Systems for Trenitalia Group in Europe for Freight and Passenger business.
He’s well known in the international community thanks to the current Chairmanship of the UIC Technical Group and more than 8 years Chairmanship in the ISR Special Assembly of Raildata UIC Special Group (Freight Business), TAF-TSI CCM Deputy Speaker position within CER and the previous membership within the Technical Group, TAG and TAP-MD Groups of UIC as Trenitalia representative.
Currently in charge of GDS and International systems for Trenitalia within FS technology, the new IT Company of FS Group, he’s focused currently on UK business caring about the integration of Trenitalia sale’s system within that market.
Additional experience comes from having been the unique point of contact for IT demand and Project management for Trenitalia subsidiaries in France and UK and customers in other European Countries.

Didier Guillonnet

Director Cognitive Engine

Engineer in Computer Science from Ecole Centrale Paris, Didier Guillonnet worked in various industrial and start-up environments: IBM Research Center (NY), French Telematics companies (before and during the Internet arrival)...
He has always been interested and working around organising and managing Heterogeneous Data (cf. PimKey patent).
More recently he is developing a Cognitive Engine able to simulate potential evolutions of complex environment. That tool is especially useful for Strategic Management and Decision Making.

Luca Carotti


Luca Carotti was hired in MERMEC in 2001 to design the OHL measuring system for "Archimede", the first high speed diagnostic train in Europe. After starting as a SW developer in 2007 became the leader of the vision system team, where he was at the head of the team designing the first V-CUBE (system for automatic inspection and measurement of permanent way).
In 2013 he was nominated head of application engineering for all railway diagnostic systems, taking part in development of a series of innovative solutions including: unmanned track geometry, deep learning applications, asset inventory, virtual track inspection.

Thomas Chatelet

European Union Agency for railways

The European Union Agency for railways is the system authority for the European Railway Traffic Management System. Within the Railway Systems Unit of the Agency, Thomas Chatelet is in charge of the standardisation activities related to telecommunication, spectrum and cybersecurity, respectively in ETSI, ECC/CEPT, CEN/CENELEC and Shift²Rail.
He is coordinating actions and initiatives relevant in the frame of the ERA Program “Evolution of Railway Radio”. Thomas is also Vice Chairman of the ETSI Technical Committee on Rail Telecommunication.

Alain Jeanmaire

UIC Digital Modelling Coordinator

After 20 years as CIO in major French and International industries, Alain Jeanmaire worked for 10 years as consultant to introduce the digital transformation at SNCF Réseau.
During this period Alain initiated the UIC RailTopoModel project, and more recently the convergence of main international railway projects for standardisation toward a unified digital dictionary.
He recently joined UIC team for coordination of UIC contribution to digital modelling and standardisation.

Rokia Belkebir

Director of Information Systems at ONCF

Rokia BELKEBIR started her career at ONCF and has acquired over 15 years of experience in a variety of roles in information technology and project management, with a focus on freight and passenger transport systems.
She has held the position of Director of Information Systems at ONCF. She was also Project Manager for the TELECOMS ONCF project as part of ONCF’s partnership with the telecom operator Orange, with the initial task of drawing up and negotiating the agreements signed with this operator concerning the rental of existing optical fibres and secondly the construction, along the railway line, of two fibre optic networks. A second partnership was concluded with the operator INWI Telecoms for the rental of the Fibre Optic network, signed in 2012.
In 2013, she was appointed Director of ONCF’s Passenger Business Department with the principal task of designing the range of services for passenger transport and the development of the marketing mix adapted to the different segments of the customer base. The task involved the development and monitoring of the implementation of the marketing strategy to define the range of services in terms of timetabling, frequency, capacity offered, price, quality, communication and services to passengers in stations and on trains.
In 2016, she joined the ONCF IT Department once again to work on the national AL BORAQ high-speed train project and to rethink and launch, among other things, the management of the company’s ticketing system with the launch of new offers in 2018. She was also responsible for the ONCF Digital Transformation project launched in 2017 and the ISO 27001 office ISD Certification obtained in 2018. The ONCF launched its Open Innovation #ONCFDIGITAL project initiated by the company’s first HACKATHON held in March 2018.
Rokia Belkegir graduated from the Mohammedia School of Engineering (EMI) in Rabat, Morocco and was decorated with the Order of the Throne (Wissam al-Arch) of the class of Officer by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, during the inauguration of the new Taourirt-Nador railway line and the inauguration of Nador railway station in 2009.

Lucas Philibert

After studying at the Graduate School of Civil, Environmental and Urban Engineering (ENTPE), Lucas Philibert, joined SNCF where he trained for traffic operations. He then joined the entity in charge of network studies for the Paris Basin. Soon the need for specific study tools emerged and he contributed to the genesis of optimisation tools both for studies and operational uses. Within DGEX Solutions, he was specifically in charge of a tool which enables the optimal distribution of platform capacity in stations. Open GOV Real Time is currently being used in Paris Montparnasse, one of the major Parisian stations.
To rise to the standards expected by SNCFs’ clients in terms of operational performance, especially for mass transit, the need for innovative tools emerged. In this context, DGEX Solution was created as a specific division within SNCF Réseau. DGEX Solutions has gradually built a software ecosystem that strives to master the railway production process be it preoperational or for real time operations. In this context, Lucas Philibert will be explaining how operational research techniques are currently being used in software to resolve practical and complex railway issues related to train platforming. The benefits of machine learning to support real-time operational decisions will also be addressed.

Gilbert Reveillon

CCE Emeritus, President ICT & Digital Economy at CNCCEF (4000 CEOs in 140 countries, 7th Mandate of 3 years)

MBA graduated from HEC Montreal and as Associate Professor at the prestigious French Institut Mines Telecom he dealt with Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management within an ecosystem of 350 startups, 30 incubators & accelerators.
CEO Mobile LOOV he managed major international projects including the launch of the Eurostar High Speed Train JV in London (1994), then Executive Aviation within the Virgin Group but also several MDs positions in Digital Transformation, IoT, Big Data, Wearable Tech, Cyber Security, M2M, Virtual Social Networks, Virtual Assets & Crypto currencies, blockchain, ICOs & STOs for supply chains, logistics & multi-modal transport, Quantum Computing & Quantum Sensing.
As a seasoned executive his expertise covers USA-Canada, UK-Europe and China-Asia territories leveraging two « innovation awards » at the CES Las Vegas (2014 & 2015) in Smart Sensing respectively in Digital Health and Wearable Technologies and leading to be the European Chair of GBEF / CES Government. Today he specializes in Smart Sensing applications in industry 4.0, A.I., Machine Data, Machine Learning & Big Data within IoT Ecosystems and industrial implementation throughout EMEA, now part of FATRI Group enhancing the world smallest MEMS.
Speaker & Administrator of CDO Alliances (Chief Digital Officer) & ANDESE (French PhD association’s board member electing with Group Les ECHO-INVESTIR the French FINANCE PERSON OF THE YEAR) ; he bridges best practices from Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Taizhou, Tokyo), North America (NYC, Boston, LA, SFO, Washington DC, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal) and EUROPE his living hub.

Evgeny Charkin

Chief Information Officer, JSCo Russian Railways

Date of birth: September 2, 1977.
1999: graduation from the Russian Government’s Financial Academy with a degree in Economics, Finance and Credit.
2002–2003: Head of IT Projects, PJSC MMC NORILSK NICKEL.
2003–2006: Managerial positions in IT Department, ZAO SEVERSTAL GROUP Moscow Subsidiary.
2007–2009: Managerial positions in IT Department, PАО SEVERSTAL General Directorate.
2009–2012: Chief Information Officer, PАО SEVERSTAL.
2012–2014: Chief Information Officer, ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation.
2014–2015: Chief Information Officer, METALLOINVEST Management Company LLC.
Since December 28, 2015: Chief Information Officer, JSCo Russian Railways.

Bertrand Minary

Chief Innovation & Digital Officer at Rail and Intermodal Division (Fret SNCF, CapTrain, VIIA, VFLI, …)

Bertrand Minary is Chief Innovation & Digital Officer at Rail and Intermodal Division (Fret SNCF, CapTrain, VIIA, VFLI, …), which is the third railway freight company in Europe. With its important experience in logistics and rail, he is in charge of reinventing rail freight services and optimising techniques, using a lean startup and agile approach, with the help of news technologies. He is also in charge of the management of innovation, to make possible for every worker to enhance the company.

He entered at SNCF in 2000, as project leader dealing with freight techniques at international level.

He began to work for Fret SNCF in 2006, as projects manager for the CEO. Then he had differents rail freight operations positions during 10 years: customer center manager for automotive clients, Sales&Operations planning program manager, operations manager for Fret SNCF in the Rhone Alpes region (270 employees – 280,000 wagons per year).

He previously worked at Michelin as Supply Chain Manager.

Bertrand Minary is graduated in Transport and Logistics. He also teaches logistics and international transport at Ecole Centrale de Lille and IAE Business School in Lyon.
He was certified on July 2018 as “Digital Transformation Facilitator” (Moonshot) by Nextexplo / ESC Paris, one of the first course dedicated to digital transformation in Europe.


Keynote Gianluigi Castelli


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Round table


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Session 1 Big Data & Digital Modeling


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Session 2 The enablers to new digital systems


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