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Special Session #1: Electrical Railway Systems - VPPC 2021
IEEE VTS Special Session on Electrical Railway Systems

Co-chair: Zedong Zheng (Tsinghua University) – China
Co-chair: Zhongbei Tian (University of Liverpool) – UK

Call For Papers

This special session intends to be the seed of an Electrical Railway Workshop inside the VPPC Conference. The full day workshop would be organized by the IEEE Ad’hoc Committee for Electrical Railway Systems.  The workshop will consist on a Keynote speaker, several special sessions (oral/poster) (depending on the number of papers received) and a panel session.  The workshop will be focused in the technology and systems relating to high speed rail, urban transit, heavy haul freight, metro, fixed guideway transit, and electric railway systems, including the components and systems used in both automated and non-automated systems. The workshop will cover topics such as: communications, Train control, cybersecurity, simulation and modeling, traction power and distribution, Overhead Contact Systems and other feeding systems, power systems, system safety, reliability, environmental and system requirements.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to technologies and systems for high speed rail, urban transit, heavy haul freight, metro, fixed guideway transit, and electric railway systems such as:

  • Simulation and modeling
  • Power Systems (Traction Power and Distribution, Overhead Contact Systems, and Other Feeding Systems)
  • Communications
  • Train Control
  • Cybersecurity
  • System Safety
  • Reliability
  • Environmental and System Requirements

Applications of interest:  This workshop will try to activate the networking within the railway community inside the VPPC conference in particular and also at IEEE VTS level.

Zedong Zheng Bio: Zedong Zheng,IET Fellow, IEEE Senior Member, Associate Professor and deputy dean of the of Dept. Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, China. He also serves as the Conference Activities Chair of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Technical Committee on Transportation Electrification, Secretary of IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Ad’hoc Committee of Electrical Railway Systems. His research interest includes High Performance AC motor control, Power electronics transformer, Multi-level converter, Electric traction system, Electric propulsion system. He has more than 150 research papers peer-reviewed top ranked journals and top class international conference.


Zhongbei Tian Bio:  Dr Zhongbei Tian is a Lecturer in Electrical Energy Systems at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, at the University of Liverpool, UK. He is also an Honorary Researcher at the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), the University of Birmingham. Dr Tian received the BEng degree in Electrical Engineering at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and PhD degree at the University of Birmingham. Dr Zhongbei Tian’s research interests include railway traction power system modelling and analysis, energy-efficient train control, energy system optimisation, and sustainable transport energy systems integration and management. He has been working on a number of projects funded by Horizon 2020, Network Rail, RSSB, and Innovate UK. His research has been implemented in projects across the world, including Network Rail, Edinburgh Tram in the UK, Madrid Metro in Spain, SMRT in Singapore, Beijing and Guangzhou Metro in China. He was the winner of the prestigious 2016 European Partnership for Railway Energy Settlement Systems (ERESS) Award for Best Energy Efficiency Project for Railways.

Submission Deadline Extended: 10 May 2021
Acceptance notification: 5 July 2021
Final paper submission deadline: 2 August 2021

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