Thursday, March 29, 2018

[DMANET] Deadline extension: Symposium on Rail Transport Demand Management – RTDM 2018

Symposium on Rail Transport Demand Management – RTDM 2018
Strategies, Methods and Digitalization across all Disziplines
October 24th – 25th, 2018
Darmstadt, Germany

Scope and Topics
Efficient rail traffic management and high customer satisfaction do not
only need an optimization of train operations but also a control of
transport demand. Besides long-term and mid-term strategies to influence
the demand, e.g. by ticketing and pricing strategies, also short-term
measures are needed in cases of incidents to avoid overcrowded trains
and to guide passengers towards the most suitable connection. The
symposium addresses both, passenger and freight transport. The focus of
this symposium is on (but not limited to) the following
interdisciplinary topics related to Rail Transport Demand Management:

Collection of travel demand data
- Methods to model and forecast rail transport demand
- Methods and technologies to collect train occupancy data

Strategies and measures
- Strategies for long-term and mid-term control of demand
- Strategies for cases of incidents
- Pricing strategies, traveller information systems and other measures
to control demand
- Impacts of specific measures on demand
- Approaches to influence the decision-making behaviour of passengers

Acceptance of route suggestions
- Factors influencing the acceptance
- Modelling acceptance and traveller behaviour
- Influences of information quality and information media on acceptance
- Dependence of acceptance rates on traveller characteristics and
situation characteristics

Digital transformation in rail transport
- Big data driven innovation of business models
- Artificial intelligence, autonomous driving and their influence on demand

Data driven services
- Technological advances, value creation and benefits for demand management
- Information systems and their influence on demand

Target audience
The symposium addresses researchers and practitioners concerned with the
manifold aspects of rail transport demand management and interested in
discussing scientific and application-oriented approaches. Relevant
disciplines are transport planning, railway engineering, information
technology, economics, marketing, psychology and many others.
Politicians, managers and representatives of public authorities are
invited to benefit from the symposium as a platform for
knowledge-exchange and transfer. During the two-day symposium,
distinguished speakers will address selected interdisciplinary topics in
key notes. Designated innovative research and practice approaches will
be presented in 20-minute talks during parallel sessions. In addition,
the best overall contributions to the symposium will be awarded as
wellas the best (post-)graduate student contribution.  Furthermore,
there is plenty of opportunity to network, especially at the symposium
dinner which will be hosted at the end of the first symposium day.

Call for Abstracts
We are pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for this
interdisciplinary symposium jointly hosted by Technische Universität
Darmstadt and German Rail. RTDM 2018 will be held in Darmstadt, Germany.
The symposium will start at 10 a.m. on Wednesday October 24th, 2018 and
will continue until 4 p.m. October 25th, 2018 on Thursday.

Experts from research and practice with experience in the relevant
fields of rail transport demand management are invited to submit their
contributions. They are requested to submit a short abstract until 1st
April, 2018. Online submission is possible from January 31st, 2018
( These short abstracts should contain no more than 500
words. The short abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee
by means of a single-blind procedure until May 31st, 2018. By this date,
the authors will be informed about the acceptance of their contribution.
For authors with accepted abstracts, symposium registration will be
requested by 30 June 2018 (early bird rate). The deadline for submission
of the extended abstracts, with a maximum length of 1500 words, is
September 15th, 2018. The language of the abstracts has to be English.

Templates and guidelines for submitting extended abstracts will be
available on the symposium website

The selected extended abstracts will be made available for all attendees
in a symposium proceeding. On the symposium, a presentation by the
authors of selected abstracts is expected. We welcome submissions from
advanced experts in this field but at the same time encourage
(post-)graduate students to contribute to a successful symposium.

We are looking forward to receiving your outstanding abstract and having
the opportunity to welcome you in Darmstadt!

Registration and Fees
Online registration for the RTDM 2018 is possible from January 31st,
2018 up to September 30th, 2018 only through our website. The rates
below, covering all expenses incl. taxes, apply:

Target Group Early Bird Regular Late Bird
Students        100 €        150 €     200 €
Others            250 €       350 €      450 €

These rates do not include expenses for travel and accommodation.

The early bird discount is available until June 30th, 2018. The regular
rate is available until September 15th, 2018. The late bird rate applies
for registrations after this date and on site. For refunds before
September 30th, 2018 a fee of 85 € is charged. Please note that there
will be no refunding for cancellations after September 30th, 2018. We
accept payment by credit card and bank transfer.

Venue and Accommodation
The conference venue is the Maritim Konferenzhotel Darmstadt, centrally
located at the main railway station.

The Maritim Konferenzhotel offers single bed rooms as well as double bed
Due to its central location you can also choose to stay in one of the
other hotels located nearby:

B&B Hotel (350 m) Zweifalltorweg 4,64293 Darmstadt
Best Western Plus Plaza Hotel (400 m) Am Kavalleriesand 6, 64293 Darmstadt
Intercity Hotel (550 m) Poststraße 12, 64293 Darmstadt
Ibis Hotel (1,0 km) Kasinostraße 4, 64293 Darmstadt

Chairmen of the Organisation Committee
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Boltze (Chair), Technische Universität Darmstadt,
Chair of Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering
Prof. Dr. Peter Buxmann (Co-Chair), Technische Universität Darmstadt,
Chair of Software Business & Information Management
Prof. Dr. Karsten Weihe (Co-Chair), Technische Universität Darmstadt,
Chair of Algorithmics

Scientific Committee
Prof. Dr. Kay W. Axhausen, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich,
Institute for Transport Planning and Systems, Switzerland
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Boltze (Chair), Technische Universität Darmstadt,
Institute of Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering, Germany
Prof. Dr. Ralf Borndörfer, ZIB – Zuse Institut Berlin, Mathematical
Optimization and Scientific Information, Germany
Prof. Dr. Peter Buxmann (Co-Chair), Technische Universität Darmstadt,
Information Systems, Germany
Prof. Dr. Francesco Corman, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich,
Institute for Transport Planning and Systems, Switzerland
Prof. Dennis Huisman, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Department of
Econometrics, The Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Eng. Bhargab Maitra, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur,
Civil Engineering Department, India
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ullrich Martin, Universität Stuttgart, Institute of
Railway and Transportation Engineering, Germany
Prof. Dr. Fumihiko Nakamura, Yokohama National University, Faculity of
Engineering, Japan
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Oetting, Technische Universität Darmstadt,
Institute of Railway Engineering, Germany
Dr. Joaquim Rodriguez, IFSTTAR, Villeneuve d'Ascq Cedex, Evaluation of
Automated Transport Systems and their Safety Laboratory, France
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schlag, Technische Universität Dresden, Chair of
Traffic and Transportation Psychology Germany
Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel, Universität Göttingen, Institute for Numerical
and Applied Mathematics, Germany
Prof. Dr. Karsten Weihe (Co-Chair), Technische Universität Darmstadt,
Field of Algorithmics, Germany

Symposium on Rail Transport Demand Management RTDM 2018
Technische Universität Darmstadt
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64287 Darmstadt, Germany
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Prof. Dr. Ralf Borndoerfer

Zuse Institute Berlin, Optimization
Freie Universität Berlin, Mathematics
Takustrasse 7, 14195 Berlin, Germany
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