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ERTMS 2022 Conference: the Detailed Agenda and all the Slides

All the available slides delivered during the conference can be retrieved in this agenda, by clicking directly on the title of the presentation of each speaker.

Time Item
12:00 – 13:00 Registration and welcome coffee
13:00 – 13:15

Opening: Introductory remarks

Matthias Ruete

European Coordinator

ERTMS

Matthias Ruete is the European Coordinator for ERTMS since January 2019. He was the Director General at the European Commission for Transport (2006-2014) and Home Affairs (2014-2018). He served as Director for Competitiveness (2005), Director for enlargement negotiations (2000-2004) and Director for International Transport, Galileo and Trans-European Infrastructure Networks (1998-2000). He holds a master’s in law (London) and a doctorate in intellectual property law (Giessen).

As the ERTMS rollout is reaching a tipping point, this intervention will focus on presenting the state of play of the current deployment, both on-board and trackside and outline a forecast for the years to come. Furthermore, challenges and opportunities linked to an accelerated and synchronised deployment of ERTMS on the whole TEN-T network, and the vehicles using it, with a deadline for phasing out of national signalling systems by 2040, will be identified and analysed.

Karel Vinck

Former ERTMS Coordinator of the European Commission

After a long career as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman in several Private European Industrial Groups and the Belgian Railways, Karel joined DG Move of the European Commission in 2005 as the ERTMS Coordinator until 2018. Working as an advisor, Karel currently supports a project of introducing ERTMS in the Southeast Asian region.

ERTMS is the instrument to lead the Railways into the 21st Century. The European Union has a recognized technology and leadership in deploying it. The model of different stakeholders working together to make it an European success is unique. Let us implement it faster in the European Union and further promote it worldwide as an industrial project which can contribute to the economic and social well-being of countries or regions.

13:15 – 14:45

Workshop Session A

Workshop #1 – ERTMS deployment trackside and on-board. Opportunities and Challenges

The objective of this workshop is to present some best practices and discuss the opportunities and challenges linked to the accelerated and synchronised trackside and on-board ERTMS deployment.

Marcin Wojcik

DG MOVE

Marcin Wójcik graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Krakow (Poland). He also studied at the University of Mainz (Germany) and the College of Europe (Natolin Campus in Poland). Since 2005 he has been working at the European Commission, where he dealt among others, with the implementation of the regional policy and the transposition of the EU law in Member States. Since 2018, he has been working as an adviser to the European Coordinator for ERTMS and in this capacity, he has been following the ERTMS deployment.

Workshop #2 – Existing challenges for ERTMS retrofitting and installation

The main objective of this workshop is to present the key steps to carry out an ERTMS installation or ERTMS retrofit project within a vehicle, with a particular focus on the technical aspects. During the workshop, we will also be discussing on how to organise the project in order to achieve optimal type authorization and conformity to type, and how to prepare for the next steps.

Christian Klecha

Project Officer

ERA

After graduating in 2002 with an engineering degree in physics, Mr Klecha started his career in automation, automotive and space industries. He further worked in the field of ERTMS where he occupied functions from product development and validation to certification and authorisation of subsystems. Since 2019, as Project Officer at ERA, he is in charge of coordinating the ERTMS NSA network, evaluation of CCS national rules and supporting the activity of the ERTMS accredited laboratories. 

Oscar Rebollo

Project Officer in the Planning and Approvals Delivery Unit

ERA

Mr Oscar Rebollo started his career implementing signalling solutions for several High-Speed Lines in Spain, such as Madrid-Barcelona, Segovia-Valladolid or La Sagra Toledo. During that period, he held several positions within two main signalling suppliers. He later joined the EU Agency for Railways in 2006 working as Project Officer in the ERTMS Unit. In 2018, he was re-allocated to the Fixed and Rolling Stock Unit and later to the newly created Planning and Approvals Delivery Unit, which is in charge of issuing legal acts according to the 4th Railway Package. Today, he works as Vehicle Authorisation Programme Manager at ERA.

Workshop #3 – On-board and trackside architecture as foreseen in the TSI CCS 2022

This workshop will provide information about the trackside and on-board signalling architecture as it is foreseen for the TSI CCS 2022. Based on this input, the participants will be invited by the moderators to ask questions and discuss the architecture from different perspectives. Finally, the attendees may provide their feedback on the current status and their expectations about the future evolution of the architecture.

Klaus Mindel

UNISIG

UNISIG General Manager

Klaus Mindel studied electrical engineering and graduated as Dr.-Ing. (PhD) in mechanical engineering. He is since around, being 28 years active in the railway signalling domain, mainly for Thales Transport Solutions. He started his career in Systems Engineering and developed via Sales and Project Management into a Main Line Product Strategy responsibility. Mid of 2021 he was appointed as UNISIG General Manager.

Workshop #4 – Implementing ATO over ERTMS early feedback from implementation

This session will be the occasion for participants to get information on key pilot lines, demonstrations and projects that have already tested or implemented ATO over ETCS. 

This will include feedback from: 

  • ATO GoA2 – Betuwe line 
  • Hamburg S-Bahn operation with ATO 
  • ATO tests in Switzerland and United Kingdom in the framework of S2R

Participants will be provided with insights on these projects and will be able to get more insight on technical and operational aspects surrounding them.

Lea Paties

Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking

Léa Paties joined the Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking in March 2017 and is since then, in charge of the sub-programme dedicated to Advanced Traffic Management and Control Systems which includes, amongst others, research activities related to automatic train operation, moving block, train positioning and virtual coupling.

Workshop #5 – Maximum performance through ETCS

This workshop is aimed at capacity experts and others who would like to get a much broader idea of what can actually be done to maximize capacity with the current “toolbox” of ETCS. Topics might include issues such as braking curves, block divisions, system delays as well as planning details and technologies.

Peter Reinhart

Railway System Issues @ Stuttgart Digital Node

Deutsche Bahn AG

Mr Reinhart has been Deutsche Bahn Employee since 2015, mainly occupied with operational, optimization and (human) networking issues at the (interlinked) Stuttgart-Ulm/Stuttgart 21/Stuttgart Digital Node projects.

Daniel Scherrer 

Head of network- and technology-concepts

Swiss Federal Railways

Mr Daniel Scherrer is a former Forklift driver with various training courses in logistics. He also possesses Business studies and is a Network developer at SBB where he acts in:

  • Development of intermodal terminals
  • Development of timetable for expansion programme 2035
  • Head of Network and Technology Concepts: little think tank group for out of the box strategies

Workshop #6 – TSI CCS modifications and expected impact

The presentation focuses on providing the main changes in the TSI CCS 2022 text.  These can be categorised in the following 2 main areas, the main technical changes within the ERTMS specifications and the impact of these specification changes on the implementation frameworks for vehicle and trackside projects.

Wouter Malfait

Project Officer – ERTMS and Telematics Unit

ERA

Wouter Malfait has a Master of Science in electromechanical engineering (option: electrical engineering) from the University of Ghent and obtained a specialised master’s in management (option: management control) during his professional career from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Faculty of the Université libre de Bruxelles).

Wouter started his professional career as research and development engineer in power-electronics at the University of Ghent and at Barco. He then worked for more than 10 years as signalling engineer at Infrabel and later for 3 years within the financial department of the SNCB-holding. Wouter joined the Agency in November 2010, working as economic evaluation project officer, mainly dealing with TSI related subjects. Since 2020, Wouter Malfait joined as project officer in the ERTMS and Telematics Unit.

Juan Hernández Fernández

ERA ERTMS & Telematics Unit Project Officer

ERA

Juan joined the European Union Agency for Railways in 2017 in the ERTMS Unit as a Project Officer. He is the chairman of the TSI CCS Revision Working Party. He has collaborated in the 4th RP adaptation of the TSIs and is currently managing the TSI CCS changes for the 2022 Digital Rail and Green Freight TSI revision package. Juan additionally contributes to the ESC/RSC management and the ERTMS Trackside Approval applications.

A general summary of main TSI CCS modification foreseen will be presented, considering the inputs received during workshop #6: 

  • Specification’s maintenance and error correction procedure
  • The transition and migration framework and the introduction of new functionalities
  • Single set of specifications
  • Partial fulfilment 

These modifications will be considered in the context of the expected European deployment in the coming years, with an increased number of ERTMS networks connected with vehicles operating across them. 

Workshop #7 – FRMCS introduction: strategies and perspectives

The introduction of a new Class A radio system requires an update of the TSI CCS and its Annex A documents. This presentation gives an overview of the changes in this TSI, related to the basic parameters, the interoperability constituents and the implementation and migration conditions. It will also give a brief overview of the system characteristics, as covered in the new specifications in Annex A.

Chiel Spaans

Project Officer

ERA

Chiel is the project manager of the Agency’s EVORA project, preparing the inclusion of the next generation railway radio system FRMCS in the TSI CCS. Chiel joined the Agency in 2014, after 30 years of working in the railway telecom domain in the Netherlands.

Dan Mandoc

Head of FRMCS

UIC

Mr Dan Mandoc is working for UIC, as the Head of FRMCS.

Workshop #8 – CCS Beyond 2022: introducing Europe's Rail Programme 

I look forward to discussing the objectives of the System Pillar, and what it means for the future evolution of ERTMS and CCS more broadly.

Ian Conlon

Head of Unit, System Pillar

Europe’s Rail JU

Following a period in DG MOVE, leading on ERTMS and CCS issues, Ian is now heading up the System Pillar in Europe’s Rail JU. Before DG MOVE, Ian has worked in public and private sectors on transport, rail, and infrastructure finance.

Giorgio Travaini

Head of Programme

Europe’s Rail Joint undertaking

Mr Giorgio Travaini is responsible for the 1,2Bn€ EU-Rail R&I Programme since 2022. Giorgio has been supervising also the S2R Programme, since 2015. He was a Senior Corporate advisor at UNIFE and Senior Technical Manager since 2007. Prior to that, he assisted Mr Paolo Costa, Chairman of Transport Committee of the European Parliament. Giorgio has experiences in the European Chamber of Commerce association and the Valle d’Aosta Regional representation office in Brussels. He worked for Procter & Gamble in Rome and for BNP Paribas Cardiff in Paris. Giorgio has an Engineering and a master’s degree in public Affairs.

Providing an outlook at key technical enablers needed to achieve the expected system evolution that will respond to the EU and sector objectives.

Workshop #9 – Trackside Approval – return of experience

Outcomes of the Workshop Trackside Approval will be presented during the conference. Based on the feedback collected from the participants we will report on interesting topics, possible proposals for improvement and experience from our first applicants.

Jo De Bosschere

Head of Unit ERTMS & Telematic Applications

ERA

Active in the Railways since 1991, Jo has worked for Infrabel (Infrastructure Manager BE) from 1991 till 2021 in different positions. His latest position was Head of Signalling Projects, being responsible for Strategy and deployment of ETCS and Interlockings on the Belgium network. Jo has joined the Agency since March 2021 as the Head of Unit ERTMS and Telematic Applications.

Workshop #10 – ETCS trackside engineering rules and their effect in operations

The workshop will elaborate on the close link between engineering and operational rules. It will also elaborate on how the ETCS toolbox that is used on the trackside creates different “user experience” on the onboard and requires different reactions from the driver. We will approach the Engineering guidelines produced by EUG as best practice and the role of harmonised marker boards to operational interoperability. To be debated: should more trackside engineering rules be harmonised at TSI level? 

Georgios Kouparousos

ERA Project Officer ERTMS and Telematic applications Unit

ERA

Georgios is an Electrical Engineer BSc DEA with 24-year background in signalling and ETCS projects for both trackside and on-board. He is the Chair of the ERTMS Operational Harmonisation workgroup at ERA since 2015 with a strong interest in operational interoperability and its effects on drivers’ tasks and procedures. He previously worked in GR Regulatory Body/NSA with responsibilities on access and interoperability.

14:45 – 15:15 Coffee break
15:15 – 16:45 Workshop Session B

Session A replicated
16:45 – 17:15 Coffee break
17:15 – 18:45 Workshop Session C

Session A replicated
18:45 End of day 1
Time Item
08:30 – 09:00 Registration and welcome coffee
09:00 – 09:15

OFFICIAL OPENING

Josef Doppelbauer

Executive director

ERA

Josef Doppelbauer took office in January 2015 and led the Agency to a new era as a European authority, where EU-wide vehicle authorisation, safety certification, and ERTMS trackside approval are granted.

ERA’s Executive Director is committed to a forward-looking approach and to making the railway system work better for society, while promoting the Agency, a respected authority, as the engine for change, driving the Single European Railway Area.

Josef Doppelbauer has 25 years of experience in key aspects of railway technology, including signalling and control command systems, and has been involved since the early 1990's with the development of the European Rail Transport Management System (ERTMS). From 2012 to 2014, he was chairman of the European Rail Research Advisory Committee (ERRAC), the European technology platform of the rail sector. From 2011 to 2014, he was the chairman of the Steering Committee of the Joint Technology Initiative Shift2Rail.

Dominique Riquet

Member of the European Parliament, Member of the committee of Transport and Tourism

Dominique Riquet has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2009, where he specialises in transport, industry and infrastructure financing. He has recently been appointed rapporteur of the revision of the Trans-European Transport Network, and is President of the long term and sustainable investment intergroup, which he founded. Before his European mandate, he was mayor of Valenciennes and practiced urological surgery.

More than ever, in the context of the ecological transition of the transport sector, the time has come to make the modal shift policy led by the European Union a reality. The European institutions, and more specifically the European Parliament, are very favourable to accelerating the deployment of ERTMS. The revision of the TEN-T regulation currently underway is an opportunity to review the problems that arise and to increase our level of ambition.

Adina Vălean

European Commissioner for Transport

European Commission

Adina Vălean is the European Commissioner for Transport. Before taking office on the 1st of December 2019, she was a Member of the European Parliament for 12 years. As an MEP she served as the Chairwoman of ITRE Committee (July-December 2019), Chairwoman of ENVI Committee (2017-2019) and as Vice-President of the European Parliament (2014-2017). She was also a Member of the Romanian Parliament between 2004-2007. Adina Vălean holds a master’s degree in European Integration Studies and Security and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.

09:.5 – 10:00

WHO IS WHO

EC, ERA, EUG, CER, EIM, UNIFE, EU-Rail, NB-RAIL, EAL

10:00 - 10:05

Session 1: 2000-2022 ERTMS ACHIEVEMENTS

Introduction

10:05 - 10:25

ERTMS deployment. Where do we stand now? Where are we going?

Matthias Ruete

European Coordinator

ERTMS

Matthias Ruete is the European Coordinator for ERTMS since January 2019. He was the Director General at the European Commission for Transport (2006-2014) and Home Affairs (2014-2018). He served as Director for Competitiveness (2005), Director for enlargement negotiations (2000-2004) and Director for International Transport, Galileo and Trans-European Infrastructure Networks (1998-2000). He holds a master’s in law (London) and a doctorate in intellectual property law (Giessen).

As the ERTMS rollout is reaching a tipping point, this intervention will focus on presenting the state of play of the current deployment, both on-board and trackside and outline a forecast for the years to come. Furthermore, challenges and opportunities linked to an accelerated and synchronised deployment of ERTMS on the whole TEN-T network, and the vehicles using it, with a deadline for phasing out of national signalling systems by 2040, will be identified and analysed.

10:25 - 10:40

ERTMS evolution

EU Railways will increasingly use ERTMS. The Commission and the Agency will facilitate it in the revision of TSI CCS. This will improve the quality by providing a more robust mechanism for specification changes (inc. error corrections) and flexibility by creating the basis for a modular architecture. It will open the door for performance enhancing innovations: Automatic Train Operation and FRMCS. Future improvements (e.g., train positioning) will be handled in a consistent framework.

Wawrzyniec Perschke

Policy officer

DG MOVE

Wawrzyniec Perschke is a Policy Officer in the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission. He is working on the policy of rail interoperability, TSI CCS and ERTMS, Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking and TAF TSI. His experience in the Commission includes work as an economist on intellectual property, on industrial policy and analysis of Member States microeconomic reforms. Previously, he worked as an academic assistant at the College of Europe.

10:40 - 10:55

The future

ERTMS establishes a single command, control and signalling systems for the EU. Yet, it needs to become more harmonised, add game changing functionalities and make it easier to deploy innovations added to it. JU’s System Pillar will deliver a joint vision and a common system architecture for future development of CCS addressing this and ensuring coherence for development of the digital railway more generally. The rail sector will deliver game changing innovations through the Innovation Pillar of the JU.

Keir Fitch

DG MOVE

Head of Unit

Mr Fitch is Head of Rail Safety and Interoperability Unit in the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport in the European Commission. He is the former Deputy Head of Cabinet of Siim Kallas, Vice-President and Commissioner for Transport where Mr. Fitch is responsible for land transport, security and state aids, inter alia. He was also the coordinator of the White Paper of the Future of Transport. Mr Fitch studied mathematics and law at Cambridge, was a lawyer at Herbert Smith and then moved on to the UK civil service in 1993. He joined the European Commission's Legal Service in 1999. Before joining the cabinet of Mr. Kallas in 2004, he was a Member of Cabinet of Vice-President Kinnock, responsible for Administration.

10:55 - 11:05

Feedback from Workshop 1 | ERTMS deployment trackside and on-board

Opportunities and challenges

The objective of this intervention is to report on the discussions that will take place in the workshop 1 scheduled for 26 April. The aim of workshop 1 is to present some best practices and exchange on the opportunities and challenges linked to the accelerated and synchronised on-board and trackside ERTMS deployment, coupled with decommissioning of class B systems.

Marcin Wojcik

DG MOVE

Marcin Wójcik graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Krakow (Poland). He also studied at the University of Mainz (Germany) and the College of Europe (Natolin Campus in Poland). Since 2005 he has been working at the European Commission, where he dealt among others, with the implementation of the regional policy and the transposition of the EU law in Member States. Since 2018, he has been working as an adviser to the European Coordinator for ERTMS and in this capacity, he has been following the ERTMS deployment.

11:05 - 11:25 Questions and Answers session
11:25 - 11:30 Conclusions
11:30 - 11:45

Keynote speech

Andre Rodenbeck

CEO

Siemens Rail Infrastructure

Mr Rodenbeck has been the CEO of Rail Infrastructure since April 2019. Before that, he performed the following roles within the company:

  • 2015-2019 General Manager Mass Transit – Braunschweig
  • 2011–2015 Head of Sales for Mainline Signalling – Madrid
  • 2008–2011 Director Sales and Projects Turnkey – Erlangen
  • 2006– 2008 Business Development – Erlangen
  • 2005–2006 Project Manager – Bangkok
  • 2003–2005 Sales Manager Transrapid (MAGLEV) - Berlin
11:45- 12:15 Coffee break
 

Session 2: TSI CCS REVISION PACKAGE 2022

Josef Doppelbauer

Executive director

ERA

Josef Doppelbauer took office in January 2015 and led the Agency to a new era as a European authority, where EU-wide vehicle authorisation, safety certification, and ERTMS trackside approval are granted.

ERA’s Executive Director is committed to a forward-looking approach and to making the railway system work better for society, while promoting the Agency, a respected authority, as the engine for change, driving the Single European Railway Area.

Josef Doppelbauer has 25 years of experience in key aspects of railway technology, including signalling and control command systems, and has been involved since the early 1990's with the development of the European Rail Transport Management System (ERTMS). From 2012 to 2014, he was chairman of the European Rail Research Advisory Committee (ERRAC), the European technology platform of the rail sector. From 2011 to 2014, he was the chairman of the Steering Committee of the Joint Technology Initiative Shift2Rail.

12:15 - 12:35

TSI CCS ETCS - Modifications and its resulting impact and feedback from Workshop 6

Wouter Malfait

Project Officer – ERTMS and Telematics Unit

ERA

Wouter Malfait has a Master of Science in electromechanical engineering (option: electrical engineering) from the University of Ghent and obtained a specialised master’s in management (option: management control) during his professional career from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Faculty of the Université libre de Bruxelles).

Wouter started his professional career as research and development engineer in power-electronics at the University of Ghent and at Barco. He then worked for more than 10 years as signalling engineer at Infrabel and later for 3 years within the financial department of the SNCB-holding. Wouter joined the Agency in November 2010, working as economic evaluation project officer, mainly dealing with TSI related subjects. Since 2020, Wouter Malfait joined as project officer in the ERTMS and Telematics Unit.

Juan Hernández Fernández

ERA ERTMS & Telematics Unit Project Officer

ERA

Juan joined the European Union Agency for Railways in 2017 in the ERTMS Unit as a Project Officer. He is the chairman of the TSI CCS Revision Working Party. He has collaborated in the 4th RP adaptation of the TSIs and is currently managing the TSI CCS changes for the 2022 Digital Rail and Green Freight TSI revision package. Juan additionally contributes to the ESC/RSC management and the ERTMS Trackside Approval applications.

A general summary of main TSI CCS modification foreseen will be presented, considering the inputs received during workshop #6: 

  • Specification’s maintenance and error correction procedure
  • The transition and migration framework and the introduction of new functionalities
  • Single set of specifications
  • Partial fulfilment 

These modifications will be considered in the context of the expected European deployment in the coming years, with an increased number of ERTMS networks connected with vehicles operating across them. 

12:35 - 12:50

Managing Baseline compatibility

The CCS TSI should consider a compatibility roadmap to provide visibility of future evolutions and a stable and consistent deployment framework. The goal of the stable Baseline roadmap is to carefully manage each individual delivery program in a balanced way while considering the evolutions of the state of the art, reflected by the regulation, and the life cycle costs and revenues of the assets. The capacity of the sector to supply and integrate the changes must be considered.

Hélène Arfaoui Kaynak

CER Speaker at the CCS Working Party, ERTMS Control Group, Coordination on Radio Evolution

CER

Helene ARFAOUI KAYNAK is the ERTMS Director at SNCF since 2018 and an international expert in the fields of ERTMS, signalling, telecommunications and interoperability.  She is an active member promoting the definition of a modular architecture for the railway system. Helene holds a PhD degree in Computer Science from Tokyo Institute of Technology and a MSc in Telecommunications from both Telecom Bretagne (IMT Atlantique, France) and Aston University (UK).

12:50 - 13:05

TSI CCS modifications on the communication systems and its resulting impact and feedback from Workshop 7: FRMCS introduction: strategies and perspective

Chiel Spaans

Project Officer

ERA

Chiel is the project manager of the Agency’s EVORA project, preparing the inclusion of the next generation railway radio system FRMCS in the TSI CCS. Chiel joined the Agency in 2014, after 30 years of working in the railway telecom domain in the Netherlands.

 

13:05 - 13:20

PAD Vehicle Authorisation - Return of experience and feedback from Workshop 2: Existing challenges for ERTMS retrofitting and installations

Thierry Breyne

ERA / VA Team Leader

ERA

Mr Breyne is leading the ERA team responsible for issuing vehicle (type) authorisations and vehicle authorisations for placing on the market. From April 2015 until July 2018, Mr Breyne was the ERA programme manager in charge for preparing the Agency for its new tasks related to the 4th Railway Package. Before this, Mr Breyne was the Director of the Belgian National Safety Authority.

Christian Klecha

Project Officer

ERA

After graduating in 2002 with an engineering degree in physics, Mr Klecha started his career in automation, automotive and space industries. He further worked in the field of ERTMS where he occupied functions from product development and validation to certification and authorisation of subsystems. Since 2019, as Project Officer at ERA, he is in charge of coordinating the ERTMS NSA network, evaluation of CCS national rules and supporting the activity of the ERTMS accredited laboratories. 

13:20 - 13:35 Questions and Answers session
13:35 - 13:45 Conclusions
13:45 - 15:15 Lunch break
 

Session 3: System evolution towards digital rail

Carlo M. Borghini

Executive Director

Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking

Mr Carlo Borghini is responsible for the overall management of Europe’s Rail (successor of the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking) activities since he took up the position of Executive Director in February 2016; in 2021, his mandate has been extended up to May 2026.

Prior to the current role, Mr Borghini held senior management positions in different domains in private and international organisations, at corporate level. He was the Deputy Executive Director for the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) in Brussels from 2008 to 2014, and prior to this was Director and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialised Agency of the United Nations based in Rome.

Mr Borghini holds a master’s degree equivalent in Business Economics and speaks Italian, French and English. He is married with three children.

15:15 - 15:20

EU-Rail Vision for rail transport

Carlo M. Borghini

Executive Director

Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking

Mr Carlo Borghini is responsible for the overall management of Europe’s Rail (successor of the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking) activities since he took up the position of Executive Director in February 2016; in 2021, his mandate has been extended up to May 2026.

Prior to the current role, Mr Borghini held senior management positions in different domains in private and international organisations, at corporate level. He was the Deputy Executive Director for the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) in Brussels from 2008 to 2014, and prior to this was Director and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialised Agency of the United Nations based in Rome.

Mr Borghini holds a master’s degree equivalent in Business Economics and speaks Italian, French and English. He is married with three children.

15:20 - 15:25

Feedback from WS 3- On-board and trackside architecture as foreseen in the TSI CCS 2022

The presentation shows the main statements made by participants when the on-board and trackside architecture was discussed.

Hartwig Schuster

Head of RAMS, Authorization and Validation for on-board CCS

Siemens Mobility GmbH

Mr Hartwig Schuster is the Head of RAMS, Authorisation and Validation for on-board CCS. In his career, he has undertaken several roles such as:

  • 2004 – 2006: on-board CCS safety assessor at TÜV Rheinland InterTraffic in Cologne
  • 2006 – 2013:  Safety and Authorization Manager for on-board CCS at Siemens Mobility in Berlin
  • 2003 – 2015: Authorization Manager for CCS at Thales Transportation Systems in Berlin
  • Since 2015: Authorization Manager for on-board CCS at Siemens Mobility
  • Since 2016: UNISIG work package leader for Certification & Authorization
  • Since 2020: UNIFE work package leader for the on-board architecture
15:25 - 16:05

System view: On-board and trackside architecture as foreseen in the TSI CCS 2022

Steffen Schmidt

Coregroup Member (in the Ramp Up Project)

EURAIL System Pillar

Mr Steffen Schmidt studied computer science and worked as a consultant in large automation projects in the media, military, and railway sector. He was member of the executive board of SBB Infrastructure between 2004 and 2010. Since 2015 he is part of the management team of smartrail4.0 and the succeeding implementation projects, responsible for the future CCS architecture.

The panel discussion will cover opportunities, outputs, and challenges of the System Pillar

Paolo Ciucci

System Pillar Core Group

Dr Paolo Ciucci has a PhD in Physics and is Technical Director in Alstom group Mainline systems. During his career, he has been responsible of the Research & Development department for railway signalling products as well as for the engineering organisation to execute large signalling projects in different countries in the world. Currently he is in cooperating with the System Pillar Core Group of the Europe’s Rail programme.

Antonella Trombetta

Director of European Affairs

Hitachi Rail STS

Antonella Trombetta is an electronic engineer with experience in innovation and satellite, RBC and wayside Application, metro and Conventional and Freight lines. She is S2R IP2 Coordinator, member of the S2R/Europe’s Rail Governing Board, the RSI Expert Group on Competitiveness, the UNIFE Strategy Committee and Secretary of the Italian CTN Trasporti 2020.

Fabio Senesi

Head National ERTMS Program

ERTMS

Mr Fabio Senesi has an MS in Engineering, and a PhD: RFI. He is the Head of ERTMS National Program, formerly Head of Command-and-Control Systems, ERTMS and Telecommunications RFI Department. His degrees are an MSc Engineering and Telecommunications, a PhD in Applied Electromagnetism and an MBA. Fabio has around 20 years of experience in the railways, signalling and telecommunications. He is the former President of the EUG.

Presentation of RFI technological strategy driven by ERTMS . Accelerated ERTMS National Plan by funded by Recovery Plan Next Gen.

16:05 - 16:35

Innovation view and feedback from Workshop 8: CCS Beyond 2022: introducing Europe's Rail Programme

Lars Deiterding

Executive Director

Hacon

Lars Deiterding is a transport engineer with more than 25 years of experience in timetabling, railway simulation, rail freight and logistics. Coordinator of several large-scale European R&D projects, Mr Deiterding is Chairman of the UNIFE freight committee, as well as a Board Member of EU-Rail, ALICE and NewOpera. He is also leader of the Flagship Area 1 of EU-Rail and the Seamless cluster of Flagship Area 5.

Jean-Baptiste Simonnet

FA2 coordinator

FA2 consortium

Mr Jean-Baptiste SIMONNET is an industrial engineer graduated in 2000. Until 2007, he worked in the defense and aeronautic industry. In 2007, Jean-Baptiste acted as SNCF Project Buyer for new-build train public tenders and contracts. From 2012, as CER Senior Technical Adviser, he covered a large range of issues, from TSIs to safety and ERTMS regulations. Since 2018, he was co-founder of OCORA, contributor to Linx4Rail architecture framework and active in EU Rail JU preparation.

Michael Klocker

Head of Solution Management Rail

Nokia Networks CNS Enterprise

Michael Kloecker is working as Head of Solution Management Railway in the Nokia Enterprise Business Unit and is responsible for strategic positioning of the current GSM-R solutions as well as for future evolution of the railway communication systems (FRMCS). In his role he is representing Nokia in relevant international bodies as the European Union Agency for Railways, UIC and the UNIFE/UNITEL committee, as well as conferences and fairs, and finally the Horizon 2020 5GRail project.

We will present and discuss UNITEL’s view on the success conditions for the transition towards FRMCS, covering the Challenges and Solutions, Market and Ecosystem, the FRMCS Preparation of today’s networks, benefits of coordinated and funded trials, and finally the Migration towards FRMCS and GSM-R support.

Jean-Michel Evanghelou

Director, Telecom, Signaling & Digital Applications

UIC

Mr Jean-Michel Evanghelou is the Director of Telecom, Signalling and Digital Applications of UIC, and Deputy Director of Rail Systems. In his career, Jean-Michel held various positions as Director within the Orange Group and joined afterwards Nortel Networks where he had different international business roles, serving as Vice-President for various technologies and segments. More recently he was the Director for Railway Business in Kapsch. Jean-Michel graduated as engineer from the Ecole Centrale of Paris.

What’s the State of Play of FRMCS for European Railways ? Such ambitious objective remains to be market ready for first implementations in the horizon 2026, in order to enable the emergence of new digital railway applications such as ATO, TCMS or video security. What is on track to meet this objective, what is at risk, and where EU-Rail should help the case ?

16:35 - 16:55

Transport view

Ralf-Charley Schultze

President

UIRR

With a law degree, a fluency in 5 languages and a 15-year-experience in senior positions in freight and multimodal transport as well logistics (a.o. at SBB Cargo, GEFCO), Ralf-Charley Schultze has a solid international background and understanding of the logistics processes and real market needs.

16:55 - 17:00 Conclusions
17:00 - 17:30 Coffee break
17:30 - 18:30

Round table discussion

Josef Doppelbauer

Executive director

ERA

Josef Doppelbauer took office in January 2015 and led the Agency to a new era as a European authority, where EU-wide vehicle authorisation, safety certification, and ERTMS trackside approval are granted.

ERA’s Executive Director is committed to a forward-looking approach and to making the railway system work better for society, while promoting the Agency, a respected authority, as the engine for change, driving the Single European Railway Area.

Josef Doppelbauer has 25 years of experience in key aspects of railway technology, including signalling and control command systems, and has been involved since the early 1990's with the development of the European Rail Transport Management System (ERTMS). From 2012 to 2014, he was chairman of the European Rail Research Advisory Committee (ERRAC), the European technology platform of the rail sector. From 2011 to 2014, he was the chairman of the Steering Committee of the Joint Technology Initiative Shift2Rail.

Stanislas Pinte

CEO

The Signalling Company

Mr Pinte is currently the CEO of TheSignallingCompany, creating a better ETCS Onboard Solution. He was previously the CEO & Sales Director of ERTMS solutions between 2004 and 2019. Stan has studies in Business Admnistration and Entrepreneurship Development. He is a technical expert in the field of ETCS Onboard solutions and can communicate in many different languages.

Wolfgang Küpper

Secretary General

OTIF

Mr KÜPPER is a lawyer. At the German Ministry of Transport, he was responsible for all aspects of railway policy at national, European and international levels and relations with the railway industry. Today, Mr KÜPPER, is pressing for the even swifter harmonisation of railway law and strongly believes that making railways the foremost means of transport is our common aim in the context of the urgent social issues of climate change, urbanisation and demographic change.

Alberto Parrondo

VP Strategy & Marketing

THALES Ground Transport System

Mr Alberto Parrondo is VP Strategy & Marketing, Ground Transport System for THALES, since 2017. He is in charge of the Strategy for the worldwide Ground Transportation activities in THALES, including Signalling, Telecommunications, Supervision and Ticketing for Urban and Main Lines. He is experienced in setting up and managing international and multinational teams, with a focus on delivering transformations.

Despite huge investments in recent decades, the main rail sector is not changing fast enough. This is mainly due to national fragmentation and non-harmonised concepts of operations. But EU-Rail should improve the situation, bringing innovations that will make the rail more responsive and competitive, and taking full advantage of the digitalisation and automation of operations.

Kristian Weiland

Board Representative Digital Rail Germany / Head of Corporate Program Digital Rail Germany

Deutsche Bahn AG / DB Netz AG

Dr. Kristian Weiland is Head of the Corporate Program Digital Rail Germany at Deutsche Bahn AG as well as Board Representative Digital Rail Germany and CTO of DB Netz AG. He has a doctor’s degree in electrical engineering and studied at Humboldt University in Berlin. After working in the industry, he worked in the technology department of DB AG from 1997 and at DB Energie from 2001. From 2015-2019, he was Head of Major Projects Southwest at DB Netz AG.

18:30 - 19:00 Today's conclusions
19:00 - 22:00 Cocktail
22:00 End of day 2
Time Item
08:30 – 09:00 Registration and welcome coffee
09:00 - 09:10 Opening speech
09:10 – 10:00

Railway sector representatives and policy makers share their views

Izaskun Bilbao Barandica

MEP - member

Committee on transports and tourism

Ms Izaskun Bilbao Barandica is currently a Member of the European Parliament. She is the Vice chair of Delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean Community.  She is also Member of Committee on Transport and Tourism and Committee on Fisheries. Substitute on Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and Delegation with USA.

Izaskun has held a number of positions which range from being a Member of Bermeo town council with responsibilities in the fields of town planning and culture (until 1991) to Director of services in the Basque Government's Department of Culture and City secretary controller in the town of Kortezubi (1996) and other roles.

She later performed roles as Member of the Basque Parliament, Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries, and member of the Committee on Institutions and Home Affairs, the Committee on Industry, Trade and Tourism, the Committee on Women and Youth, and the Committee on the Control of Reserved Expenditure (7th parliamentary term) until 2005. Izaskun possesses a degree in law (from Deusto University) and an MBA (University of Basque Country).

Matthias Ruete

European Coordinator

ERTMS

Matthias Ruete is the European Coordinator for ERTMS since January 2019. He was the Director General at the European Commission for Transport (2006-2014) and Home Affairs (2014-2018). He served as Director for Competitiveness (2005), Director for enlargement negotiations (2000-2004) and Director for International Transport, Galileo and Trans-European Infrastructure Networks (1998-2000). He holds a master’s in law (London) and a doctorate in intellectual property law (Giessen).

Luc Lallemand

CEO

SNCF Reseau

Mr Luc Lallemand, 55, is a commercial engineer with a postgraduate degree in foreign exchange and international finance. He equally holds a Merchant Navy Deck Officer degree. His career started in 1988 as a Deck Officer with Ahlers Shipping. In 1991 he joined the Belgian National Railway Company (SNCB) as Treasurer. From 1995 onwards, he was appointed, by the Belgian Government, to carry out a number of initiatives aiming to reform the transport sector (rail, air, waterways and maritime) and to improve public finances. In 2002, he was appointed as financial director and member of the Management Committee of SNCB. In 2004, he became General Manager and Chairman of the Management Committee of Infrabel (Belgian railway infrastructure manager), by then an independent company. A former director of Réseau Ferré de France (RFF), he is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Vinçotte Group.

Alberto Mazzola

CER

Alberto Mazzola has been CER Executive Director since January 2021, representing its members towards EU policymakers and advocating rail as the backbone of a competitive and sustainable transport system in Europe. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration and Doctorate cum Laude in Nuclear Engineering from Politecnico Milan. His past roles have included Head of International Government Affairs for Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FS), cabinet member of Italy’s State Holding Minister, adviser to the Romanian Minister of Industry and contributing to the worldwide business section of Leonardo Finmeccanica. Alberto Mazzola is also active in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) since 2015.

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break
  Session 4: Feedback from the ERTMS projects, part 1

Michel Ruesen

Managing Director

EEIG ERTMS Users Group

Michel Ruesen is the Managing Director of the ERTMS Users Group since 2010. He is active in the Railway business since 2003, when he joined the Dutch Infrastructure manager ProRail as a deputy director of Maintenance and Asset Management. While working for ProRail, he was the President of the ERTMS Users Group from 2006 to 2008 and the President of the EEIG Corridor Rotterdam – Genoa (now called Rhine Alpine Corridor) from 2008 to 2010.

10:30 – 10:45

Towards ETCS over FRMCS in Finland - Return of experience on LTE/5G based deployment

The presentation will provide information about the Finnish ERTMS programme called Digirail and will share details about the use of FRMCS (5g/LTE) solution. Finally, it will show the results gained by the programme so far.

Jari Pylvänäinen

Project officer

DigiRail

Jari Pylvänäinen has worked at Fintraffic Railway Ltd since 2019 as a Project officer and his main area of responsibility is project management and administration tasks related to the Digirail project which is planning national ERTMS implementation. Pylvänäinen has worked in the railway sector close to 20 years and he has held several positions ranging from design to business and product development. Pylvänäinen has a M.Sc. and B.Sc in Engineering and he is also a member of the IRSE.

Juha Lehtola

Project Manager

Finnish Transport Infrastructure

Juha is a signalling engineer since 2009. Juha has been working with signalling systems during his whole professional career. Juha first started with design and commissioning tasks later on moving to construction and subsequently to the current position as a project manager at the infrastructure manager. Juha is very keen on pushing railway digitalisation forward and prefers co-operative project management in the multi-contractor business.

10:45 - 11:00 Norway ERTMS - National Implementation

The purpose of the presentation is to give an overview of the ETCS deployment in the Norwegian fleets. I will explain what are the main challenges, the embedded technical solutions and what is put in place to perform such a massive deployment at country level.

Vincent Garin

Project Manager

Alstom

Mr Vincent Garin has been working at Alstom for nearly 18 years, almost exclusively in signalling. First working on generic development of ETCS solutions, then moving on projects’ execution where he had the opportunity to work on both mainline and urban projects, in different countries such as Italy, Singapore, France, Denmark and currently Norway. Today, Vincent is in charge of ETCS deployment of a baseline 3 release 2 solution in the Norwegian fleets.

11:00 - 11:15

Preconditions for successful rollout of ERTMS in Germany

Window of opportunity for innovation vs. stable specifications and availability of products needed for advanced vehicle equipment and to upgrade existing routes to ETCS L2 only

Philipp Bührsch

Head of Strategic Rollout Planning Digitale Schiene Deutschland

DB

Philipp Bührsch is the Head of Strategic Rollout Planning Digitale Schiene Deutschland (DSD). Before that he was Head of Investment Management DSD and responsible for all aspects concerning finance and investment. In his previous 19 years with DB Netz and the DB Group he has held various positions such as project manager for developing a new approach to timetabling, as well as for construction and operations management. Philipp Bührsch studied civil engineering and project management.

11:15 - 11:20 Feedback from Workshop 5: Maximum performance through ETCS 

Daniel Scherrer 

Head of network- and technology-concepts

Swiss Federal Railways

Mr Daniel Scherrer is a former Forklift driver with various training courses in logistics. He also possesses Business studies and is a Network developer at SBB where he acts in:

  • Development of intermodal terminals
  • Development of timetable for expansion programme 2035
  • Head of Network and Technology Concepts: little think tank group for out of the box strategies
11:20 - 11:35

New scopes for certification

The presentation is divided in two parts: the first one is dedicated to ERTMS Accredited Laboratories activities not only for today’s needs but also in light of the preliminary numerous developments of ERTMS/ETCS in Europe; the second part, is dedicated to the Notified Bodies activities that are facing new challenges linked both to the TSI CCS updates and to the growing number of cross-border projects.

Luca Macchi

Member of EAL and NB-Rail

EAL

Mr Luca Macchi is the Head of the Control-Command and Signalling & Energy Department at RINA Services S.p.A. He has contributed to the development of the Railway Certification Laboratory of RINA dedicated to testing including ETCS, Eurobalise, Euroloop and Axle-Counters. Luca has managed the Laboratory for 10 years. Since 2006, he has been involved as Safety Assessor and NoBo Assessor in a vast number of projects dealing with both with Interoperability Constituents and ERTMS/ETCS Track-side and On-Board Subsystems Certification.

11:35 - 11:50 Trackside approval - Return of experience and feedback from Workshop 9: Trackside approval

The aim is to present the current status, the return of experience and the coming improvements of the ERTMS trackside approval.

Jo De Bosschere

Head of Unit ERTMS & Telematic Applications

ERA

Active in the Railways since 1991, Jo has worked for Infrabel (Infrastructure Manager BE) from 1991 till 2021 in different positions. His latest position was Head of Signalling Projects, being responsible for Strategy and deployment of ETCS and Interlockings on the Belgium network. Jo has joined the Agency since March 2021 as the Head of Unit ERTMS and Telematic Applications.

 

Maria Bueno

ERA

Maria is an Expert on ERTMS and very linked to ERTMS deployment in Europe for more than 21 years.

11:50 - 12:05 Questions and Answers
12:05 - 12:15 Conclusions
12:15 - 13:45 Lunch
  Session 5: Feedback from the ERTMS projects, part 2

Klaus Mindel

UNISIG

UNISIG General Manager

Klaus Mindel studied electrical engineering and graduated as Dr.-Ing. (PhD) in mechanical engineering. He is since around, being 28 years active in the railway signalling domain, mainly for Thales Transport Solutions. He started his career in Systems Engineering and developed via Sales and Project Management into a Main Line Product Strategy responsibility. Mid of 2021 he was appointed as UNISIG General Manager.

13:45 - 14:00 ERTMS on the Spanish commuter network and regional lines

Jaime Pereira

Signalling & ERTMS Manager

ADIF

Mr. Pereira is the Spanish ERTMS National Programme Manager at ERTMS Users Group (EUG), and ADIF representative for ERTMS and System Pillar Expert at EIM (European Infrastructure Managers). Since 2011, he has been Project Manager in several CCS & ERTMS projects in the Spanish rail network.

Context, current situation and development plans for ERTMS roll-out in commuter and regional lines in Spain.

José Antonio Quintano

Innovation & EU Affairs Area Manager

CAF SIGNALLING

José Antonio has an Industrial Engineering BSc and an Embedded Systems MSc. He joined CAF Signalling in 2007 where he has developed most of his professional career. Starting as software developer for the first ETCS trackside products, he became Project Manager for simulation tools and automatic testing, and the full range of Data Preparation tools and processes of the company. From 2017 he represents CAF at the UNISIG Steering Committee and other European Forums.

José Antonio’s part of the presentation will focus on several projects developed by CAF Signalling on ADIF’s lines summarizing main characteristics and challenges implementing the projects. It will be presented some ideas for compliant low cost ETCS on low density lines exchanged with ADIF, and also some disruptive ideas for ERTMS-based solutions to reduce the total cost of ownership for regional lines.

14:00 - 14:15

Suppliers view on implementation of ATO and ETCS L3 Siemens

 

Ralf Kaminsky

Director Mainline Regulation & Standards

Siemens Mobility

Ralf Kaminsky is a civil engineer for railway operation and construction with a Phd in the field of railway timetabling and simulation of railway operation. He has worked for Siemens Mobility for more than 20 years in different positions around mainline signalling. Among others, he led the strategy department for the business in Germany and was responsible for the business with onboard equipment. All along he represents Siemens in different Committees (UNIFE, UNISIG; VDB) and EU funded projects.

Status, benefits, challenges of L3/HL3, ATO and a conclusion including the combination of ATO with HL3.

14:15 - 14:20 Feedback from Workshop 4: Implementing ATO over ERTMS early feedback from implementation

Lea Paties

Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking

Léa Paties joined the Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking in March 2017 and is since then, in charge of the sub-programme dedicated to Advanced Traffic Management and Control Systems which includes, amongst others, research activities related to automatic train operation, moving block, train positioning and virtual coupling.

14:20 - 14:35 Level crossing optimization with the help of ETCS

Jens Holst Møller

Chief Engineer

Banedanmark, Danish Railway infrastructure manager

Mr Møller is the Chief Engineer for the Danish Signalling programme. He is in charge of the Technical Stage gate acceptance for the Fjernbane, S-bane and related Projects. He is the Design Authority for ERTMS in Denmark and member of the Enterprise Architect Group. He is also the Danish member of the ERTMS Users group NPM committee and EIM ERTMS CCM.

Activation of Level Crossings - finding a balance between blocking road traffic and train traffic.

Danish signalling renewal Level 2 Baseline 3

Details about the used level crossings and operational needs

Evolution of the technical solution

Feedback from operation and outlook

Christian Löffler

Senior Portfolio Architect

Thales

Christian Löffler has been working for Thales since 2003, spent over 16 years in the development of safety critical railway systems and is currently Senior Portfolio Architect for vital trackside systems. Christian participates in standardization work since 2014.

Level crossing optimization with the help of ETCS

Activation of Level Crossings - finding a balance between blocking road traffic and train traffic.

1st part: Details about the used level crossings and operational needs

2nd part: Evolution of the technical solution

3rd part: Feedback from operation and outlook

14:35 - 14:50 Harmonisation of operational concepts
  • The main goal is to develop a working and efficient meta-process for harmonising Operational Harmonization within CCS+
  • Proof the efficiency of the meta-process by applying it to chosen relevant operational scenarios including relevant degraded situations
  • Achieve a common understanding regarding the actors and their capabilities
  • Find an adequate way of documentation for proof of concept, at the beginning in a semi-formal ay, later on to be refined to match the chosen level of detail of specifications

Michael Leining

Managing Director

Nextrail

Dr Leining has been Managing Director of NEXTRAIL GmbH since 2018, which is a Europe-wide engineering firm for railway signalling technology. Dr Leining holds a degree in industrial engineering (mechanical engineering). After working in industry and start-up companies, he first held a management position in railway telecommunications at DB Netz AG. Subsequently, Dr Leining headed the signalling department (technology and maintenance) at DB Netz AG for many years.

Danilo Iovino

Senior On-Board Signalling Engineer

Hitachi Rail

Danilo Iovino holds a degree in Electronic Engineering complemented with a Master in Transportation Systems. This allowed him to practice as Software Engineer for real-time embedded safety critical railway and space applications. Also, Mr Iovino was a Product Development Engineer in on-board railway and metro applications, and a Senior On-Board Signalling Engineer. His experience brought him to the role of Coordinator for On-Board Train Integrity and Virtual Coupling in Shift2Rail.

14:50 - 14:55 Feedback from Workshop 10: ETCS trackside engineering rules and their effect in operations

Georgios Kouparousos

ERA Project Officer ERTMS and Telematic applications Unit

ERA

Georgios is an Electrical Engineer BSc DEA with 24-year background in signalling and ETCS projects for both trackside and on-board. He is the Chair of the ERTMS Operational Harmonisation workgroup at ERA since 2015 with a strong interest in operational interoperability and its effects on drivers’ tasks and procedures. He previously worked in GR Regulatory Body/NSA with responsibilities on access and interoperability.

 

14:55 - 15:10 Questions and Answers
15:10 - 15:20 Conclusions
15:20 - 15:50 Coffee break
15:50 - 17:10

Session 6: Window of opportunity

ERTMS2022 - Lessons learned

Flemming Jensen

CEO

DSB

Flemming Jensen started his professional career as fighter pilot in the Danish Airforce and later served as a commercial pilot and Captain in Scandinavian Airlines (SAS). In his time in SAS he hold a number of management positions and was COO before he joined DSB as CEO in 2015.

Jean-Francois Beaudoin

President Digital and Integrated Systems

ALSTOM

Mr Jean-Francois Beaudoin, President of Digital & Integrated Systems, is a member of the Alstom Leadership Team. He is driving the signalling, infrastructure and turnkey business of the Alstom organisation worldwide including future driven core technologies such as autonomous driving, multi-modal mobility orchestrating tools using artificial intelligence, as well as cybersecurity. Born in 1977, Jean Francois graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1998 and further obtained a PhD in Mathematics & Automatics from Mines Paris Tech in 2004.

Antonella Trombetta

Director of European Affairs

Hitachi Rail STS

Antonella Trombetta is an electronic engineer with experience in innovation and satellite, RBC and wayside Application, metro and Conventional and Freight lines. She is S2R IP2 Coordinator, member of the S2R/Europe’s Rail Governing Board, the RSI Expert Group on Competitiveness, the UNIFE Strategy Committee and Secretary of the Italian CTN Trasporti 2020.

Keir Fitch

DG MOVE

Head of Unit

Mr Fitch is Head of Rail Safety and Interoperability Unit in the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport in the European Commission. He is the former Deputy Head of Cabinet of Siim Kallas, Vice-President and Commissioner for Transport where Mr. Fitch is responsible for land transport, security and state aids, inter alia. He was also the coordinator of the White Paper of the Future of Transport. Mr Fitch studied mathematics and law at Cambridge, was a lawyer at Herbert Smith and then moved on to the UK civil service in 1993. He joined the European Commission's Legal Service in 1999. Before joining the cabinet of Mr. Kallas in 2004, he was a Member of Cabinet of Vice-President Kinnock, responsible for Administration.

17:10 - 17:30 Closing remarks
17:30 End of Conference