1st Symposium on Railroad Infrastructure Diagnosis and Prognosis

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October 16-17, 2018
Hosted by USDOT Tier 1 University Transportation Center on Railroad Durability and Sustainability at University of Nevada Las Vegas -Main Campus
Stan Fulton Building, 801 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89154

The 1st Symposium on Railroad Infrastructure Diagnosis and Prognosis took place on the main campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas between October 16 -17, 2018. This two-day event consisted of presentations, posters, and panel discussions from several experts of railroad engineering.

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Agenda

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
     
7:30 AM Breakfast  
8:10 Safety Briefing Allan Zarembski
8:15 Welcoming remarks

Dr. Diane Chase: UNLV Provost
Dr. Rama Venkat: UNLV Dean of College of Engineering

8:30 Keynote: A Update on the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Railroad Research Program

Dr. Maryam Allahyar: Director, Office of Research Development and Technology, Federal Railroad Administration

9:00 Keynote: Railroad Track Monitoring

Dr. Mehdi Ahmadian, Dan Pletta, Professor and Director, Railway Technologies Laboratory, Virginia Tech

9:30 Break  
  Session 1: Track Monitoring Technologies and Practices Moderator: Michael Craft, Manager, Track Geometry, Amtrak
10:00 Identifying curvepoints using machine learning and optimization techniques

Dr.Mild Hosseinipour, Sr. Engineer Track, Data Science, Big Data, Amtrak

10:20 Field investigation of derailment caused by broken spikes

Brad Kerchoff, Norfol Southern Railroad

10:40 Qualitative assessment of rail lubricity

Campbell Neighborgal, Timothy Mast, Dr. Andrew Peterson, and Dr. Mehdi Ahmadian, Railway Technologies Laboratory, Virginia Tech

11:00 Machine learning methods for automated monitoring of track

Dr. Farrah Jazizadeh and Dr. Mehdi Ahmadian, Railway Technologies, Virginia Tech

11:20 Panel Discussion  
11:45 Lunch  
1:00 PM Keynote: An Overview of Track Maintenance Planning

Dr. Allen Zarembski, Professor and Director, Railway Engineering and Safety Program, University of Delaware

  Session 2: Track Maintenance Advancements Moderator: Brad Kerchof, Director, Research and Tests, Norfolk Southern
1:30 Relating Data Systems to Maintenance Planning and Work Practices on the NEC

Michael Crat, Manager, Track Geometry, Amtrak

1:50 Upgrading Existing Lines for Higher Speed and its Big Data Implications

David Staplin, former Amtrak Deputy Chief Engineer

2:10 Infrasructure Investment in the U.S.

The Honorable Alice Costandina "Dina" Titus, US Representative (D-NV 1st District)

2:20 Break  
2:40 Big Data in Track Geometry Degradation and Forecasting

Dr. Nii Attoh-Okine, Professor, University of Delaware

3:00 Big Data in Rail Wear Forecasting and Maintenance Planning

Joseph Palese, University of Delware

3:20 Big Data in Wheel Wear Forecasting and Maintenance Management

Kyle Ebersole, University of Delaware

3:40 Panel Discussion  
4:00 Adjournment  
6:00 Reception University of Nevada, Las Vegas -- Main Campus, Stan Fulton Building 801 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89154
Wednesday, October 16, 2018
     
7:30 AM Breakfast  
8:20 Keynote: Connecting and Transforming California Frank Vacca, California High Speed Rail Authority
  Session 3: High Speed Roll Monitoring and Maintenance Moderator: Dr. Milad Hosseinipour, Sr. Engineer Track, Data Science, Big Data, Amtrak
9:00 Maintenance Experience in High Speed Rail David Staplin, Former Amtrak Deputy Chief Engineer
9:20 More than Providing Trains: Providing Transportations Solutions Nicolas Flix, DFS Manager, Avelia Research and Development, Alstom SA
9:40 Break  
10:00 How Big Data Becomes Information Then Decisions for Asset Management Nicolas Flix, DFS Manager, Avelia Research and Development, Alstom SA
10:20 The Adequacy of Communication Diagnostics for High Speed Rail Nicholas DiSaia Jr. and Joe Greco, Bombardier Transportation
10:40 Panel Discussion  
11:00 Adjournment  

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