May. 19, 2020


2nd Railroad Infrastructure Diagnosis and Prognosis Symposium

May 19 – 20, 2020

Organized by

RailTEAM – DOT Tier 1 University Transportation Center (UTC)

Railway Technologies Laboratory

Virginia Tech

Roanoke, VA 


RailTEAM will host a two-day railroad infrastructure symposium where professionals and experts will present new technologies and methods in monitoring and maintaining railroad infrastructure. The results of the research conducted at the RailTEAM will be presented at the symposium with both oral and poster presentations. An open discussion will be provided with panels of experts and participating professionals on the current and proposed technologies and methods.


Preliminary Program


Tuesday, May 19, 2020

8:00 am – 10:00 am

Opening Session

Plenary Lecture

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Coffee Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Session I: Key elements of Track Diagnostics and Prognostics

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch Break

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Session II: Going Beyond the Immediate: Prognostics Methods

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Coffee Break

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Session III: Condition-based Maintenance Challenges and Promises

4:30 pm




















Wednesday, May 20, 2020

8:00 am – 10:00 am

Session IV: Mechanical Equipment Maintenance Practices

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Coffee Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Session V: Diagnosis and Prognosis Methods for High-speed Rail

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch Break

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Session VI: Lessons Learned and Path Forward (Panel Discussions)

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Coffee Break

3:00 pm

End of Symposium

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Virginia Tech’s Railway Technologies Laboratory Tour and Open House



















Free Registration

Symposium Location

The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center

110 Shenandoah Avenue

Roanoke, VA 24016 


With a new high-tech Conference Center and other contemporary services and amenities, the Hotel Roanoke still retains the gracious flavor of the old Hotel: antique-filled lobby, original Czech-made chandeliers, a restored Regency Room (home of our signature Peanut Soup), Pine Room (formerly an Officers' Club in World War II), and the Palm Court, the original ceiling of which was painted to show the constellations as they appeared in the skies the day the first train came to Roanoke in 1852. Located at 110 Shenandoah Ave NE in Roanoke, The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center is dedicated to promoting heritage and cultural travel to prestigious historic treasures, and it's ready to greet and captivate guests just as it did for more than a century!

European Plan:

$149.00 per room/per night based on single occupancy plus applicable taxes

$169.00 per room/per night based on double occupancy plus applicable taxes

$20.00 each additional person, per day plus applicable taxes

Includes sleeping room rate only. These prices are net non-commissionable.



The following is The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center’s parking fee structure:

  • Overnight Hotel Guest: Self-Parking: $11.00 Valet Parking: $17.00
  • Daily Parking: Self-Parking: $1.00 - $8.00

Note: Prices are subject to change without prior notification.


Reservations will be made by Individual Call-In or On-Line no later than Friday, April 17, 2020. Any additional reservation requests by the UTC DOT symposium attendees received after this date will be honored on a rate and space available basis only.

  • Dedicated website:
  • Call the hotel directly at 540-985-5900 or toll-free at 866-594-4722 (between the hours of 8:00 am – 5:30 pm Monday thru Friday) and ask for the UTC DOT Symposium room block.

The block of rooms at the government rate will be sold to the general group they must show government ID at check-in. All group reservations must be guaranteed. To guarantee your reservation, a credit card or first night’s deposit is required.

Should it be necessary to cancel a guestroom that has been guaranteed for late arrival, please do so 48 hours prior to the scheduled date of arrival. If we do not receive notice 48 hours prior to a “no-show” charge (equal to one night’s European Plan, rate plus applicable taxes) will be assessed and the reservation will be canceled.

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