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Shift2Rail funded IP5 project OptiYard

We have the pleasure to invite you to the mid-term conference of the Shift2Rail JU funded IP5 project OptiYard  to be held at UIC in Paris on 5 October 2018

Join us! It will be a fantastic opportunity to look at future scenarios for railways in line with Shift2Rail goals and, of course, to boost networking.

Registration is mandatory and free of charge but only a limited number of participants can be welcomed on a first-come-first-served basis.

Shift2Rail funded project OptiYard objectives

OptiYard will provide decision support tools to Yard Managers that consider the surrounding network, in a view to ensure smooth marshalling that is essential for the global efficiency of the transport chain.

OptiYard uses a three-pronged approach to develop an optimised decision support system for yard dispatchers by:

  1. Providing enhanced, automated yard management by analysing existing process and operations and developing appropriate optimisation algorithms to improve operations for both single wagon load and block train traffic;
  2. Improving information and communications processes between the Yard Management System, the RUs and Network (IM) by analysing data feeds and modelling an enhanced communications environment;
  3. Enhancing real-time interaction with the surrounding network, giving the yard dispatcher better visibility of pending perturbations and major disruptions to the yard production schedule.


09:30Registration and welcome  
10:00-10:30Opening and Introduction
Introduction to the project, its contextualization in Shift2Rail (IP5 and TDs involved)
Mr. Giancarlo de Marco Telese, UIC, Project Coordinator
Data Analytics addressing current data handling capabilities as well as identifying new data models needed for the yard management system optimisation
Ms. Birgit Jaekel, Technische Universität Dresden
Development of Specifications that apply to the new optimisation modules
Ms. Ronghui Liu, University of Leeds
Dual Modelling of the yard & network environments
Mr. Riccardo Licciardello, DICEA
Process Optimisation
Mr. Joaquin Rodriguez, IFSTTAR
12:30-14:00Lunch break
14:00-16:00Round table, wrap-up and conclusions
Real-life utilisation of OptiYard decision support tool
16:00End of meeting


If you wish to register for the OptiYard mid-term conference at UIC in Paris, please click on the following link: Optiyard mid-term Conference registration form


Practical information:

Venue: Union Internationale des Chemins de fer (UIC)
16 rue Jean Rey – 75015 PARIS
Tel 00 33 1 44 49 20 20

How to get to UIC:
Map of the area

Metro: Line 6, Bir Hakeim station
RER: Line C, Champ de Mars station
Bus: 42, 69, 82, 87
Taxi station just in front of UIC
« Le Bus Direct » “Tour Eiffel” station:

Information and contact:

For more information about the conference or the project, please contact Christine Hassoun (UIC) at