RailBeijing 2021 is the 9th International Conference on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis (ICROMA). It will promote interdisciplinary discussions in the railway planning and operations research area by combining the expertise of academics and professionals. RailBeijing 2021 will give researchers, consultants, and industrial practitioners the opportunity to meet, present their latest research, exchange know-how, and discuss current developments and applications.

RailBeijing 2021 will be conducted in the form of a combination of online and offline, and the specific details will be released later.


Organization Committee

Norio Tomii, Nihon University (President of IAROR)

Ingo A. Hansen, Delft University of Technology (Vice-President of IAROR)

Huawu He, Chinese Academy of Engineering (Conference Honorary Chair)

Chunfang Lu, Chinese Academy of Engineering (Conference Honorary Chair)

Jiaqiong Wang, Beijing Jiaotong University (Conference Chair)

Hexiang Yan, National Railway Administration of the People's Republic of China (Conference Vice Chair)

Lei Nie, Beijing Jiaotong University (Conference Vice Chair)

Fang Sun, Beijing Metro Network Control Center (Conference Co-Vice Chair)

Enjian Yao, Beijing Jiaotong University (Conference Program Chair)

Lingyun Meng, Beijing Jiaotong University (Conference Organization Chair)

Shiwei He, Beijing Jiaotong University (Conference Program Co-chair)

Yun Bai, Beijing Jiaotong University (Conference Organization Co-chair)

Scientific Advisory Committee

Norio Tomii, Nihon University

Ingo A. Hansen, Delft University of Technology

Lei Nie, Beijing Jiaotong University

Lingyun Meng, Beijing Jiaotong University

Shiwei He, Beijing Jiaotong University

Abhyuday, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur India

Alex Wardrop, TTG Transportation Technology

Alex Landex, Ramboll Group

Andrea D’Ariano, University of Rome Tre

Andreas Oetting, Technische Universität Darmstadt

Anders Peterson, Linköping University

Carlo Mannino, SINTEF ICT Oslo

Christian Liebchen,Technische Fachhochschule Wildau

Dario Pacciarelli, Università degli Studi Roma Tre

Francesco Corman, ETH Zürich

Giorgio Medeossi, University of Trieste

Ivan Belošević, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering

Joaquin Rodriguez, Université Gustave Eiffel         

Joern Pachl, Technical University of Braunschweig

John Preston, University of Southampton

Luis Cadarso Morga, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

Markus Bohlin, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and RISE

Maged M. Dessouky, University of Southern California

Nils Nießen, RWTH Aachen University

Nikola Besinovic, Delft University of Technology

Otto Anker Nielsen,Technical University of Denmark

Paola Pellegrini, Université Gustave Eiffel

Pieter Vansteenwegen, KU Leuven Mobility Research Center

Rob Goverde, Delft University of Technology

Ronghui Liu, University of Leeds

Steven Harrod, Technical University of Denmark

Stefano Ricci, University of Rome

Thomas Schlechte, LBW Optimization GmbH

Thomas White, Transit Safety Management

Tyler Dick, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Xuesong Zhou, Arizona State University

Yung-Cheng (Rex) Lai, Taiwan University

Call for paper

Important date

Draft paper submission deadline
Draft paper acceptance notification
Final paper submission deadline

Submission Topics

Scientific Topics 

RailBeijing2021 solicits contributions dealing with any aspect of railway operations modelling and analysis. Typical, but not exclusive, topics of interest are:

    Land use, mobility and line planning.

    Transport economic modelling for railways.

    Capacity and robustness in saturated networks.

    Impact of signaling and safety systems on capacity and punctuality.

    Impact of train priorities, dispatching rules and dedicated lines on network capacity.

    Optimal network timetabling and maintenance scheduling.

    Crew and vehicle scheduling.  

    Timetable stability, punctuality, temporal and spatial distributions of timetable margins.

    Scheduling and routing of passenger and freight trains.

    Real-time rescheduling, disturbance and disruption management.

    Prediction of route conflicts, arrival and departure times.

    Passenger flows in stations, on platform, and dwell time distribution.

    Multimodal transportation.

    Energy saving in railways.

    Impact of emerging technology on future railway operation.

    Governance, benchmark analysis and performance evaluation.

    Connections between railway and other transport modes.


Due to the on-going worldwide crisis of COVID-19, we choose the hybrid conference model with physical local as well as remote online participation. The conference will be executed with an approved safety concept to ensure maximum safety for the participants in compliance with the applicable practice and regulations in China. With its hybrid model, RailBeijing aims at maximizing the quality of experience for all participants:

    The classic conference experience for those who can and want to travel;

    An interactive virtual experience for those who participate remotely.

Details will be announced in due course.

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  • Conference Date

    Nov 03



    Nov 07


  • May 08 2021

    Draft paper submission deadline

  • Jul 01 2021

    Draft Paper Acceptance Notification

  • Jul 20 2021

    Final Paper Deadline

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The International Association of Railway Operations Research
Supported By
Beijing Jiaotong University
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