Learning from others: RIA Technology and Innovation Conference 2015

The Railway Industry Association’s seventh Technology and Innovation Conference took place last week at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Leamington Spa.

Carrying a theme of ‘Technology Transfer’ the conference looked to focus on new technologies, systems and applications from other sectors which could potentially benefit the railways.

There was a strong academic presence at the event, with both an RRUKA  stand, and a joint Track 21 and University of Birmingham /  University of Southampton stand, in the conference exhibition. RRUKA also held a breakout on day two which focused on “Using the R&D capability and outputs of our universities” with research posters and interactive content featured from a selection of our members including:

  • University of Birmingham
  • Cranfield University
  • University of Huddersfield
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Loughborough University
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Southampton


who collectively covered research topics such as bridge scour monitoring (Southampton),  rail grinding (Sheffield), wheel damage scanning (Huddersfield), data fusion (Cranfield), fault tolerance (Loughborough) traffic management (Birmingham) and control systems (Liverpool John Moores).

We had steady stream of interest in the research displayed at the exhibition, and a lively Q&A session with our Co-Chairs at the breakout session, with questions ranging from IPR issues, to access to test facility information, and quicker proto-typing.

The conference always provides excellent opportunities for RRUKA and its members to engage with the supplier community, and we were delighted to see the formation of RRUKA noted as one of the key rail innovation milestones by RIA’s Technical Director Francis How.

We would like to thank the RIA team, and all of our breakout participants for an enjoyable and successful two days.

Materials from the poster display can now be found on SPARK here.

 Why not find out more about what took place via the Twitter feed? 




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