Call for Abstracts

On behalf of the Organising Committee, I thank you for your interest in the eleventh RTSA Conference on Railway Excellence (CORE) and Exhibition.

The call for abstract submissions has now closed and we are not accepting any further submissions.

CORE is the premier technical event in the Australian rail conference market, with a reputation for high quality papers covering a wide range of rail engineering, operations, planning and management topics.

In addition CORE2018 will be celebrating 20 years of RTSA and will be the first CORE conference to be held in Sydney. The conference will give participants a platform to exchange ideas, discover novel opportunities, reacquaint with colleagues, meet new friends, and broaden their knowledge.

The theme of CORE2018 is “Rail: smart, automated, sustainable”. Technology is constantly evolving and this has presented both solutions and challenges in the way we plan and deliver rail services and infrastructure. The conference will provide a knowledge exchange platform between emerging technologies and our existing infrastructure and projects, maximising the efficiency and benefits for the end customer and industry. It will broadly cover all disciplines of railway from fundamental research to “blue sky” applications, highlight global scientific interactions and collaborations, and feature the unique location, culture and beautiful geography of Sydney.

CORE regulars will note we have departed from the traditional discipline based streaming this year, in order to encourage papers in business focus areas that are emerging in many railways, particularly in assurance and customer facing systems.  

Kind Regards

John Watsford
Technical Committee Chair, CORE2018 Organising Committee


Professionals, student, young professionals, institutes, universities and organisations were invited to submit abstracts and share their experience under the technical streams listed below. Selected and presented papers will be published after the conference by Informit/RMIT.

  1. Advances in traditional rail technology.
    Civil Infrastructure, Rolling stock, Survey, Research and development, materials, methods.
  2. Assurance, configuration and security.
    Controlling the beast: Best practice in new safety procedures, delivery frameworks and contract management. Standardisation, Human Factors and Psychology, Systems Engineering, Risk assessment and management, Training Programs; Competence management; configuration control. Customer data security.
  3. Automation and expert systems.
    Metro systems, Autohaul, signalling and communications, remote monitoring, operations; maintenance decision support systems. Smart diagnostics.
  4. Customer facing systems and applications systems.
    The digital world: Tablet/Smart Phone Applications, Ticketing and smart card systems, Technologies and Software Analytics, on-board and platform information (wifi and other systems), Community Engagement, Customer Experience, logistics tracking.
  5.  Operational and external interfacing (non-customer facing) systems.
    The  back office smarts: timetabling, incident management and recovery, data-sharing, patronage, service delivery, ITS, Multimodal revenue sharing Sustainability & efficiency through the asset lifecycle.
  6. Sustainability & efficiency through the asset lifecycle.
    Project Financing, Procurement, Environmental Assessment, Value Capture, Energy utilisation and efficiency, smart design tools, Asset Information Modelling, Social Benefit. Sustainability in standards and contracts. Rail neighbour impact.

Terms & Conditions

Please read the attached Terms & Conditions for Abstract and paper submissions click here

Key Dates

Call for Abstracts opens – 17 March 2017
Abstract submission deadline – 11 June 2017 (Extended date)
Conference Registration opens – October/November 2017
Abstract review / acceptance – 14 July 2017
Full paper submission deadline – 24 October 2017
Paper review completed – November 2017
Edited Final paper submission – December 2017
Full paper acceptance – February 2018
Speakers notified of session allocation – March 2018
CORE2018 Conference- 30 April -02 May 2018