Reliability, Safety and Security of Railway Systems:
Modelling, Analysis, Verification and Certification
November 14-16, 2017
The RSSR conference began in 2016 addressing critical problems faced by the modern railway – how to deliver reliable service to passengers and to freight operators, while maintaining very high levels of safety. This year the RSSRail International Conference will be held in Pistoia - Italy’s 2017 Capital of Culture.
So what’s new? While these are problems that the railway sector has faced for almost 200 years, new factors and new trends demand new solutions. One of the biggest challenges stems from ever increasing automation, driven by requirements for increased capacity and greater efficiency that are further compounded by increased integration of the railway network with other transport systems. The outcome is incorporation of ever more digital systems, with increasing complexity. This, together with the increased openness and interconnection of the railway systems, brings an ever-greater need for effective cyber security, guarding against malicious threats that could compromise both safety and operational performance.
So what can be done? Techniques and tools are needed for modelling, analysis, verification and validation that can cope with the new more complex systems; these techniques must support rather than impede the development process and must address and ensure:
The conference will bring together practitioners and researchers from the railway industry as well as members of the relevant academic communities.
The Call for Papers for the conference is now available and gives details of the range of topics that are anticipated. Elsewhere on the website are details of the organizing committees and important dates.
What will the conference achieve? First and foremost, the RSSR 2017 conference aims to bring together engineers and researchers who are interested in building critical advanced railway applications and systems. This will be a working conference in which research advances will be discussed and evaluated by both researchers and engineers, focusing on their potential to be deployed in industrial settings.
Pistoia is a city proud of its history and vestiges, which are almost hidden from hasty observers, only revealing themselves fully to those who are willing to devote some time. Around Cathedral Square, rightfully considered one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, lies a city full of treasures: churches, cloisters, palaces and monuments that date as far back as Medieval times. Near the old churches, noble buildings and many countless museums, it is still possible to find Pistoia’s trade and craft shops or you can sample traditional food in cozy, characteristic surroundings.
At the city's margins are small towns, parish churches and castles of extraordinary beauty, along with one of the world's biggest collections of land-art (Fattoria di Celle). Then there is the zoological garden immersed in the green valleys of Vincio, and a most unusual "Eco-museum" that offers ecological and cultural itineraries for travel through the mountains.
For music lovers, Pistoia's annual celebration is not to be missed: the famous Blues Festival held each summer in the cathedral square, featuring musicians like John Mayall, B.B. King and Bob Dylan. Those prefer folklore can stop and admire the "Giostra dell'Orso” a performance of a Medieval tournament in period costume. It takes its name from the city’s heraldic animal, is held in the suggestive Cathedral Square on 25 July, on the occasion of the festival of Saint Jacopo, the city’s patron saint. Both events occur in July, during the "Luglio Pistoiese". Besides tourism, Pistoia's main economic attractions are its handicrafts and plant nurseries. Known for its train and bus systems, planned and built by the Breda Railway Company, the city is famous for its many acres of planting beds, filled with decorative trees, shrubbery and flowers, as well as for its shops filled with home linens and clothing and such unique products as hand-cast percussion cymbals and embroidery using the Casalguidi point stitch.
The cuisine of Pistoia is, like all of the tastes of Tuscany, tied to the culture of the countrymen. Traditional recipes handed down from generation to generation, where chefs' mastery is further highlighted by the use of local original ingredients.
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