Conference Day one:    registration opens at 07:30am / conference starts at 08:40am / conference closes at 06:00pm / Guggenheim reception at 09:00pm  
Conference Day two:    registration opens at 07:30am / conference starts at 09:00am / conference closes at 03:30pm


Exhibition Day one:   registration opens at 08:30 / exhibition opens at 10:00am / Official opening ceremony at 10:20am / Exhibition closes at 05:00pm  
Exhibition Day two:   registration opens at 10:00am / Exhibition closes at 03:30pm


Metro Stream


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Metro, Wednesday 18 April 2018




Mark Wild

Keynote CEO Interview

Mark joins us to discuss the future of the tube, the world’s oldest underground railway network. Looking at how TfL are using connectivity and data to help improve operations and reduce costs. Learn about London Undergrounds latest projects including the rollout of full mobile coverage on the 249-mile network, new state of the art signalling systems and their most recent innovation programme.
Phillip Washington

Keynote CEO Interview

Infrastructure evangelist Phil Washington sits down with Nicholas Owen to talk about the $140 billion of planned projects in the LA region. With the 2028 Olympics on the way and a city overrun by motor congestion it has become more important than ever to transform Los Angeles into a world leader in integrated urban transit. Join Phil to exclusively hear about the innovative ways they’re approaching PPPs and understand the challenges ahead to meet their targets.
Panel discussion

Keynote Panel: How can the rail industry fully embrace the digital revolution and bring us into the 21st century?

  • What will be the ultimate impact of IoT, artificial intelligence and sensor led technology on our business and our passengers?
  • Are future integrated transport networks still going to rely on systems that feed the metro, or more point-to-point solutions?
  • How will maintenance systems change and what will we need to do to integrate and effectively use all the data now becoming available?
  • The future for artificial intelligence in rail, how can it help keep trains moving, avoid delays and improve customer service?
  • Passenger expectations are rising – How do operators cater for the modern multimodal ‘always connected’ passenger?
Andres Arizkorreta

How the CAF Group are harnessing new technologies and digital innovation to deliver rail solutions worldwide


Networking refreshment break


Exhibition Opening Ceremony

round tables


Delivering service without disruption: How to ensure an effective migration from ATO to UTO?
Charles Hoskins

Charles Hoskins, Senior Director, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

How can administrations, operators and railway stakeholders match trends in urban transport needs?
David Moris

David Moris, Product manager - Transport Rails, ArcelorMittal

How can operators benefit from enhanced safety and evacuation through glow in the dark products and new technologies?
Oscar Ramon Alaman

Oscar Ramon Alaman, Export Director, Implaser

How can operators benefit from intelligent turnouts and diamond crossings for center-guided trams?
Angel San Segundo

Angel San Segundo, Head of Technical Department, JEZ Sistemas Ferroviarios

How is rolling stock adapting to the birth of intelligent materials?
Laia Garriga

Laia Garriga, Business Development Manager, Rail Industry, Eurecat Centro Tecnológico De Catalunya

Identifying next trends for On board Energy Storage Systems in Rolling Stock vehicles.
Xabier Larrea

Xabier Larrea, ESS Platform Manager, CAF POWER & AUTOMATION, SL

IOT & Maintenance: The digitisation of mobility: how can rail operators invest wisely in the mobility revolution?
Enrique Torres Verdasco

Enrique Torres Verdasco, Director of Sales, Mobility Division, Siemens

Kaohsiung tram. First catenary less integrated project in the world
Ander Montes Pozo

Ander Montes Pozo, Kaohsiung Tram Technical Manager, CAF Turnkey & Engineering

Milan Metro: What are the most important factors to consider when designing and building Metro systems in an age of flexible urban mobility?
Andrea Bruschi

Andrea Bruschi, Transportation and Mobility Planner, Metropolitana Milanese SpA


Mohammad Montazeri

Tehran’s rail renaissance: An update on £25 billion investment in rail projects

Guzman Martin

INNEO: Fully-automated metro solutions for Santiago de Chile Metro Lines 3 & 6

José Luis Domingo Zayas

Urban Mobility: From automated metros to a new passenger experience making the most of digital solutions.

  • How automated metros have changed our perception of mobility?
    Which are the next challenges in terms of urban mobility?
    How the digital solutions will impact the passenger journey experience?
Lorenzo Aguilar Camelo

Integrating Linea 3 into Metrorrey's diverse system


Networking Lunch


B.C. Yen

Taipei Metro: Raising the bar in urban rail reliability and frequency– How Taipei Metro plans to improve MKBF by 2020 to make it one of the most reliable networks in the world today

  • Setting high targets and standards to create operational excellence
  • Maintaining a high level of service and reliability while balancing new projects and extensions
  • The future – What is the highest possible level Taipei can achieve? 
David Alvarez Diez

How can railway stakeholders test their actual and future rails to maximise lifecycle?

  • Industry update: Advance testing for in-use service prediction
  • The effect of corrugation on metro rails and how to reduce this problem
Juan José Gainza

How City Transport adapts to the rapidly changing sector of Metro and Trams

  • New grades of Low Carbon Vanadium
  • Delivering increased passenger comfort
Jon Lamonte

The future of transport in Manchester 2040

  • Creating world class connections that support long­­-term sustainable solutions
  • Exploiting new technology and innovative approaches that can add real value to your urban rail network
  • Understanding the future of journey planning, wayfinding, fares, ticketing and the latest vehicle technology to prepare your network for the future


Mathieu Dunant

How will Paris tackle mobility challenges in the build-up to the Olympics?

  • How Paris are deploying automation to make transport more efficient
  • How will AVs change the face of mobility
  • The benefits of open data to Europe
  • Future vision: How to leverage BIM modelling to create the Smart Cities of the future
Kilian Ulm

Orchestrated Mobility - A seamless and contextual mobile experience

  • Orchestrated end-to-end mobility enabled by customer insights gained through smart location analytics.
  • AI powered travel assistance to reduce friction of public transport users.
  • Contextual communication, seamless ticketing and ancillary revenue.
Gabriel Goulet-Langlois

How are TfL using Wi-Fi and data analytics to improve journeys in London?

  • Analysing depersonalised travel patterns and grouping them into different segments to build a richer understanding of passenger demand.
  • Enabling greater sophistication in providing real-time information to customers, helping prioritise investment to improve services and ease congestion points.
  • Providing better insight on customer flows which could help increase commercial revenue for advertising companies or rental units on the transport network.

Afternoon networking break

Closing keynote – Innovation and funding

Miguel Nieto

Smart stations and their effect on the mobility of the future

  • How Spanish high-speed stations, are currently immersed in a process of digital transformation that will turn them into smart and personalized stations
  • The concept of a "Smart Station" seen from the point of view of management and technology but also from the human and environmental perspective
  • The station as the center of an electromobility chain within the city, favoring sustainable door-to-door transport
  • Creating hyperconnected buildings that will provide the stations with the necessary intelligence
Panel discussion

Closing keynote panel: How can we make sure that the urban rail investments that we make now will pay dividends for our cities in the future?

  • Weighing up the initial investment in new technologies such as predictive maintenance when your current infrastructure is in need of repair?
  • How can we deliver higher levels of sustainability, cost-efficiency and drive capacity on our existing budgets?
  • What more can we do to get the most out of our existing infrastructure and what technologies can help us?
  • What are the latest innovative ways to fund new projects and raise money for improvements?

Close of Day 1

Evening Drinks Reception begins at Guggenheim Museum at 9 pm. Private guided tours from 8 – 9 pm .
last published: 16/Apr/18 10:55



Metro, Thursday 19 April 2018



K D Adamson

Industry 4.0: How will advances in autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence and even blockchain impact the rail industry?

  •     How AI could transform your networks by leveraging the hidden power of internal and external data streams to improve operational efficiency in real-time
  •     Autonomous vehicles: Are they a threat or an opportunity for urban mobility?
  •     Driving intelligent mobility and offering your passengers hyper personalised and multi-modal journey’s, how can blockchain help enable this ecosystem? 
  •     The importance of collaboration with start-ups, and how the rail industry can become more customer-centric and less reactionary 
Mark Joseph

The future of autonomous vehicles and MaaS – Can we make this the Amazon of urban Transportation?

  • New age of partnerships – when it comes to MaaS how do you get all the different stakeholders to play in the same sandbox? Will MaaS platforms be built from the bottom up, or driven/mandated from the top down (by government)?
  • Anticipating journeys using big data to help reduce friction. Will blockchain technology help develop the MaaS ecosystem?
  • What will be the most significant parts of the new mobility value chain?
  • Understanding the future of AV integration in cities around the world. Electric AVs could cut the cost of transporting a passenger by 80% per mile. Will we just add more cars on the road? How can cities manage these low-cost AVs and ensure people still use public transit?
  • How will AVs cope in a world with human drivers?
  • What new mobility modes can we expect, in addition to AVs?
Nick Earle

Commercialising the Hyperloop

  • How we plan to combine Hyperloop technology and Virgin’s expertise to accelerate Hyperloop to commercialisation 
  • Emerging routes in the EU and beyond
  • Integrating hyperloop with existing transport infrastructure
  • Milestones in testing the first full-scale Hyperloop system in the world
Meike Niedbal

How Deutsche Bahn and “ioki” are bringing on-demand autonomous driving into the public transport industry?

  • Developing a fully integrated AV solution to compliment your existing rail infrastructure and offering a more personalised and environmentally friendly urban transit ecosystem  
  • Using artificial intelligence and machine learning to offer real time routing that makes daily journeys easier and more flexible
  • Creating a digital eco system for open and on-demand transit
  • Results and findings from integration in German cities

Networking refreshment break



Luis Miguel Martinez Palencia

How are Madrid going to meet the challenges of decongestion, environmental responsibility and smart mobility?

  • How Madrid are using real-time data to maximise efficiency in their transport system?
  •  The future for innovating financing and PPP projects in Madrid
Yuri Eros Barros Zulaica

Resilience and Security in Smart Metro, a new challenge?

  • The interoperability of systems as key of the Smart Metro.
  • The importance of confidentiality and exclusivity in communications systems in the railway environment
Panel discussion

CEO PANEL: The future of new projects and expansion in the LATAM region

  • Is infrastructure key to lifting Latin America’s competitiveness?
  • What is the scope for new projects in Latin America and how has policy changed to make new projects more viable?
  • What will LatAm rail need to overcome to become stronger in the next 10 years?
Cesar Augusto Peñaloza Pabón, Viceministro de Transporte, Ministerio de Transporte de Colombia
round tables

Global Project Roundtables

At each round table, the project leader will talk for 5 minutes, following the format as below
  • Project introduction, highlighting particular challenges specific to that project
  • Project progress, emphasising supplier and partner relations
  • Project summary – what would we do differently if we tackled this project again?
The table will then move on to discussion for 25 minutes.
There will then be one rotation, giving participants the opportunity to have joined two round tables in total
Blue sky thinking with SNCF’s Drones Team
Cécile Saint-Marc

Cécile Saint-Marc, Project Manager, SNCF Reseau

Contract and procurement design: preparing operators for the future of transport in Manchester
Creating zero emission stations – Using solar power to create a sustainable network
Marcelo Dourado

Marcelo Dourado, CEO, Metro DF - Companhia do Metropolitano do Distrito Federal

Crossrail: how the London megaproject became a success story
Terry Morgan

Terry Morgan, Chairman, Crossrail Ltd

Designing cyber security in the design phase: implementing a first class cyber security strategy from the very start
Maz Mirza bin Mohd Aminurashid

Maz Mirza bin Mohd Aminurashid, Head, Information Technology, Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd

Hear how operators are investing in braking energy recovery and optimising the forecasted benefits
How Dublin is transforming their transport system through smart, cost-effective technologies.
Paolo Carbone

Paolo Carbone, Head of Public Transport Capital Programmes, Transport Infrastructure Ireland

How high-speed rail will be the new gateway to the Baltics.
Kaspars Rokens

Kaspars Rokens, COO, Rail Baltica

IIoT in the railway sector: how Lithuania is deploying the latest tech to improve the network’s performance
Paulius Valiulis

Paulius Valiulis, Head of Innovation Labs, Lithuanian Railway

Intelligent ticketing: leveraging ancillary revenue for increased ridership
Tomás Andrés Elejalde Escobar

Tomás Andrés Elejalde Escobar, Managing Director, Metro de Medellín

Lessons learnt: Growing the DLR Network for future capacity and technology challenges
Mark Davis

Mark Davis, General Manager, D.L.R.

Maintaining quality and consistency when combining light rail and metro systems
Dr. Cheng-chiou Chang

Dr. Cheng-chiou Chang, Committee Member, Department of Rapid Transit Systems

Reducing risk and gathering objective information through drone operations
Wendy Welsh

Wendy Welsh, Head of Air Operations, Network Rail

Satellite applications as part of railway digitalization
Efim Rozenberg

Efim Rozenberg, First Deputy General Director, JSC NIIAS, Russian Railways

Sistemas de Protección Automática en Explotaciones Tranviarias
José Pla Tormo


Toulouse Aerospace Express: Collaborating with the local smart mobility ecosystem and Airbus to innovate and future-proof TISSEO’s new line
Emilie Baer

Emilie Baer, Project Manager, SMTC - Tisséo

Traffic Management as a Service: the future of urban congestion management?
Ivana Semanjski

Ivana Semanjski, City of Ghent

Transforming and organizing stakeholder management in large-scale projects
Mogens Hagelskær

Mogens Hagelskær, CEO, Odense Tramway

Unlocking the potential of Metrolinx’s system through the implementation of future mobility solutions.
Leslie Woo

Leslie Woo, Chief Planning and Development Officer, Metrolinx


Networking Lunch


Closing Keynote


Close of Conference – See you next year!

last published: 16/Apr/18 10:55

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