Professor Wanming Zhai

  • Chairman of SWJTU Academic Committee
  • Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Rail Transportation
  • Editor-in-Chief of Railway Engineering Science
  • Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • International Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering

The Second International Conference on Rail Transportation (ICRT) will be held in Chengdu, China, on July 5-6, 2021 (originally scheduled on 6-8 July, 2020) per the decision made by the Organizing Committee, in consultation with the Conference Chairman. The 2nd ICRT will be a virtual-physical combined conference considering the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and growing public health concerns. Those who are engaged and interested in rail transportation technology are welcome to participate in the ICRT.

The aim of the ICRT conference series is to provide an international forum for scientists, researchers, and engineers around the world to exchange the knowledge, ideas and experiences in rail transportation planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance. The first ICRT conference held in Chengdu in July 2017 with great success, and over 350 innovator and contributors from 24 countries, including 102 delegates from outside China, presented and shared their innovative research stimulating railway development. The Proceedings of ICRT 2017 published by ASCE in 2018 and indexed by the EI Compendex and the Web of Sciences. We welcome your suggestions and comments for the organizing committee of ICRT2020 (


We have protected the work already done for creation of the scientific program of the conference and the plenary keynote presentations on different research topics. This conference has received tremendous supports from all over the world, and considering many requests from potential delegates, the online submission system for full length papers remains open until 15 May, 2021 for everyone. Please submit your full paper(s) as soon as possible via It is note that all the scientists, researchers, and engineers in the rail transportation community are encouraged to participate this conference no matter whether your papers were accepted or not. As planned before, accepted papers can be chosen by authors to be published by ASCE (6-10 pages, subjected to peer-review by the International Scientific Committee) or just electronically included in the conference proceedings (no requirement for the pages). The details of conference program including the registration information will be announced later.


We hope everyone stays safe and healthy, keeps the interest alive and joins us in the new planning with same enthusiasm. If you have any question please contact us on


Conference Chairman: Prof. Wanming Zhai

Conference Secretary: Dr. Shengyang Zhu & Dr. Liang Ling

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  • Abstract submission (1~2 page)


  • Acceptance of Abstracts

    (January 15, 2020)

  • Early bird registration

    (June 15, 2021)

  • Full Paper Submission Due

    (May 15, 2021)

  • Arrival

    (July 4, 2021)

  • Conference Dates

    (July 5-6, 2021)


Please send any inquiries to the Conference secretariats:

  • Dr. Shengyang Zhu
  • Dr. Liang Ling

State Key laboratory of Traction Power
Southwest Jiaotong Univesity, Chengdu 610031, China

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