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Program

JRC 2022 Conference Tracks

Track Description Chair Co-Chair
1 Railroad Infrastructure Engineering Design, engineering, and construction of track, bridge structures and grade crossings; Geotechnical engineering of track substructure and right-of-way; Best practices and advances in technology for the inspection and maintenance of the railroad infrastructure.    
2 Rail Equipment Engineering Motive power technology; vehicle/track interaction; wheels, couplers, components, and other equipment; rolling stock design, manufacturing, materials, and maintenance.    
3 Signal and Train Control Engineering Systems integration; track and wayside components; equipment components; positive train control; interoperability, and microprocessor control. Dave Thurston, CP Rail Lamont Ward, Amtrak
4 Service Quality and Operations Research Service availability and reliability; capacity models; impacts of aging equipment on service quality; transport mode integration, especially with high-speed rail; passenger information systems and reservation systems; freight railroad network optimization; asset planning; train scheduling. Clark Cheng, Norfolk Southern Rapik Saat, AAR
5 Planning and Development Project management, planning & financing; new start and expansion; transit-oriented development; service planning; environmental impact; workforce development.    
6 Safety and Security System safety approaches; safety data mgt; risk analysis; accident avoidance, survivability, and investigation; operations safety; human factors; safety improvements; hazmat risk mgt; security assurance; emergency preparedness and response. Dave Schlesinger, Parsons  
7 Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Energy conservation, efficiency and storage; modeling; hybrid vehicles; emissions reduction and control; alternative energy sources. Brian Donohue, WSP  
8 Urban Passenger Rail Transport Investigations, insights, innovations, and implementations in all aspects of urban passenger rail transport. Brian Donohue, WSP  
9 Electrification Catenary and third rail design; materials; efficiency; electrification approaches; design for high speeds; electromagnetic compatibility (EMC); corrosion control; load flow simulation; energy savings storage devices; regenerative braking; smart electrical supply. John Grantham, IEEE Bih-Yuan Ku, National Taipei University of TechnologyNational Taipei University of Technology
10 Vehicle Track Interaction Wheel/rail contact; best practices in testing methods and modeling; tools; passenger and freight applications. Anand Prabhakaran, Sharma & Associates  
11 Railroad History Notable structures, equipment, facilities, events and people of historical interest to the railroad engineering community. Michael Iden, Tier 5 Locomotive LLC Timothy Mast, Wabtec
12 New Technologies System health monitoring, diagnostics, and prognostics; cloud technologies; data analytics, engines, mining, and management; business intelligence; autonomy; internet of things; machine learning; high-speed rail; and hyperloop. Mehdi Ahmadian, Virginia Tech Milad Hosseinipour, IEEE