Morning Session

(in parallel)

9 am to

12:30 pm



(in parallel)

1:30 pm

to 5 pm

Tutorial 1: Why Human Factors Remain an Essential Consideration in Railway Systems
by Prof. Roderick Ian Muttram, Fourth Insight Ltd, United Kingdom

Tutorial 3: Eco-friendliness of Electric Railway and Some Recent Topics to Improve It
by Dr. Hitoshi Hayashiya, East Japan Railway Company, Japan

Tutorial 2: Condition Monitoring of Mission Critical Railway Assets
by Dr. Kang Kuen Lee, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Tutorial 4: Smart Railway and Disruptive Technologies
by Mr Tai Chong Chew, ARUP, United Kingdom

Tutorial Schedule

Tutorial 1: Why Human Factors remain an essential consideration in Railway Systems

Human error is undeniably at least a contributory factor in the causation of most accidents. People are prone to making errors for a wide range of reasons, some of them beyond their reasonable control. Yet people are often held responsible for the consequences of those errors regardless of the contribution made by the system and the environment within which they were working. Whilst it remains reasonable for Employers, Regulators and the public to expect those employed in delivering transport to be diligent in their duties, performance must be judged in the light of all the circumstances that contribute to any failure. Those designing systems and processes (including operational procedures and the design processes that produce the systems) need to understand human performance and take it into account to minimise potential failure/error rates and mitigate consequences. With the excellent safety performance currently being delivered by most railways it is vital that managements do not become complacent and miss new risks emerging from a combination of incremental changes. Automation can help but there are still many risks resulting from human errors that need to be manged. This session will examine some of the issues and how to minimise adverse impacts.

Prof.Roderick Ian Muttram

Independent Consultant, Fourth Insight Ltd, United Kingdom

Roderick (Rod) Muttram is system and safety engineer with over 40 years’ experience in four industry sectors. After early roles in the Nuclear and Heavy Process industries he joined defence contractor Ferranti in 1980 where he became a Divisional General Manager then Group Director, Engineering and Quality with responsibility for seven companies. Joined Thorn EMI Electronics in 1990 as Director and General Manager, Defence Systems Division, a high-tech sensor and systems integration company. Headhunted to join Railtrack in late 1993 as Director, Electrical Engineering and Control Systems. Promoted to the main Board of Railtrack Group PLC (FTSE 100) in 1997 as Director, Safety and Standards. Chief Executive of independent Railtrack subsidiary ‘Railway Safety’ from 2000 to 2003 at the end of which he set up the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB). Network Rail replaced Railtrack in 2002. Held various external posts during this period including Chairman of the European Rail Research Institute (ERRI), Vice-Chairman of the Association Européenne pour l'Interopérabilité Ferroviaire (AEIF) and Chairman of the Rail Industry Training Council. Left Network Rail in 2003 and joined Bombardier Transportation (then the world’s largest transportation equipment supplier). Held various Vice President level posts at Bombardier both at Headquarters and within an Operating Division and was a lead auditor for critical projects worldwide. Rejoined the AEIF as an industry Director and was vice-chair of the European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC). In May 2012 he left Bombardier and established Fourth Insight Ltd, an engineering consultancy. Rod is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) and a Senior member of the IEEE. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of Beijing Jiaotong University.

Tutorial 2: Condition Monitoring Of Mission Critical Railway Assets

During the past 20 years there has been ever increasing customer expectation on the performance of railways, in particular metros and passenger lines. New technologies, devices and techniques relating to asset maintenance have also been emerging including smart sensors, computing power, reliability centred maintenance, data analytics, machine learning and risk modelling. Together they have motivated and led to significant evolution to the management of railway assets, in particular systems and components which will have major operational and safety impacts to the railways when they fail. This tutorial will introduce to the participants the latest trends of railway asset management, use of smart sensor-based condition monitoring system for mission critical systems and components of the railway and sharing of real life examples on how smart sensor-based condition monitoring systems have helped to foster predictive maintenance for railway assets. Real life examples in the railway industry will also be shared during the tutorial.    

Dr Kang Kuen Lee

Professor of Transportation Practice, Hong Kong Polytechnic University; International Advisor, SMRT, Singapore; Advisor, Sydney Metro Project, Hong Kong MTR; Principal Railway System Advisor, Arup.

Dr. KK Lee has 50+ years of experience in the railway industry covering asset maintenance/ upgrading/ replacement, railway operation, management for the planning and building of new railway lines and consultancy both in Hong Kong and globally. Currently he is serving as the Professor of Transportation Practice in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He also holds the following positions:

  • Deputy Director, National Rail Transit Electrification and Automation Engineering Research Centre (Hong Kong Branch) of the Ministry of Science and Technology, China

  • Advisor on Sydney Metro Project, MTR, Hong Kong

  • International Advisor, SMRT, Singapore

  • Principal Railway System Advisor, Arup, Hong Kong   

Dr. Lee holds a B Sc degree in applied computing, an M Sc degree in Electrical Engineering and an Engineering Doctorate degree. He is also a Chartered Engineer (UK), member of the IET (UK) and a fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. His current area of research is on the application smart sensors to the condition monitoring systems for mission critical assets of railways.

Tutorial 3: Eco-friendliness of Electric Railway And Some Recent Topics To Improve It

Railway transportation is recognized as one of the most eco-friendly transportation modes. According to Japanese statistics, CO2 emission from railway to carry one passenger for 1km is about 1/5 of airplane and 1/8 of car. The total electric energy consumption for railway, however, is not small. In Japanese case, electric railway consumes about 2% of annual electric energy generation. So, a lot of railway companies are making efforts to improve energy utilization for railway transportation. In this tutorial, some recent topics such as regenerative energy utilization in d.c. railway and introduction of renewable energy utilization around railway premises will be explained including some case studies to help better understanding of practical applications.

Dr Hitoshi Hayashiya

Electrical Power Division, Tokyo Branch Office, East Japan Railway Company (JR East)

He graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1994 and received master degree and doctor degree in 1996 and 1999 from the University of Tokyo, respectively. He was Assistant Professor of the University of Tokyo from April, 1999 to June, 2002. He entered East Japan Railway Company in July, 2002 and worked for R&D center of East Japan Railway Company from 2002 to 2006, maintenance of traction substation for high speed railway in Omiya Branch Office from 2006 to 2008 and Railway Operation Headquarters from 2008 to 2016, respectively. He has been a manager of Electric Department, Tokyo Branch Office since April, 2016 and is responsible for traction power supply system around Tokyo metropolitan area. He is Professional Engineer of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Applied Science and Comprehensive Technical Management. He won the first prize paper award in IPEC2005 and the 73th IEEJ Technical Development Award in 2017. He is one of the expert members of Working Groups or Maintenance Teams of IEC-61992, DC Switchgear, IEC-62128, Electrical safety, earthing and the return circuit, IEC-60850, Supply voltages of traction systems, IEC62505, Particular requirements for a.c. switchgear and so on. His previous research area was, high voltage engineering, electric discharge, linier motor and magnetic levitation applications, plasma diagnosis, compact torus plasma confinement, and power supply system of electric railway

Tutorial 4: Smart Railway and Disruptive Technologies

What is a smart railway? Is it one that simply embraced all the new technologies to deliver a more reliable and quality service or one that is more customer centric that achieved the expectation of stakeholders and citizens? More and more, the concept of smart city shifted from a focus on technologies and systems, to a focus on citizens and services for them. Metro system is becoming an urban structuring tool, around which policies are developed with one key factor in improving quality of life. The purpose of this tutorial is to serve as a platform to share and review some of the technological changes in transforming into a smart railway, then an attempt to formulate the basic concept of rail transit services that can really make a difference in meeting our long term urban mobility and expectation of our citizens.

Mr Tai Chong (TC) Chew 

Director, Global Business Leader; ARUP, United Kingdom

Mr. T C Chew is a Chartered Engineer and a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK. He is also a fellow of a number of UK professional institutions. He has been involved with the railway and construction industries globally for over 40 years. On January 2017, TC joined Arup family in London as Director, Global Rail Business Leader. Prior to that, he was President, Global Business & Operations for Samsung C&T Corporation based in Singapore. Between May 2009 to October 2015, he was the Projects Director with Hong Kong MTR Corporation, overseeing all the railway projects in Hong Kong As well as the MTR overseas ventures. Previously, he was a Divisional President for Bombardier Transportation on the London Underground modernization public-private partnership program. Up to 2003, he spent eight years with Singapore Land Transport Authority as their Senior Director for Projects and Engineering, overseeing all the Singapore railway and road projects. TC also have the privilege to work on the London Underground Jubilee Line Extension project. He graduated from Manchester University, holding a Bachelor and Master degree.

Organized by
Co-Organized by
Technically Co-Organized by
Supported by
Platinum Sponsor
Silver Sponsor
Bronze Sponsor

© 2018 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Rail Transportation

12 - 14 December 2018

Marina Bay Sands | Singapore

2018 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Rail Transportation