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UMD Issues Call for Papers on Rail Cybersecurity

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
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The University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) is seeking papers on cyber and digital information in railway engineering and operations for a short course and workshop, to be held March 7-8, 2024.

The “Short Course on Cyber Rail” is designed to “equip railway professionals and decision-makers with the expertise needed to identify and take action against cyber threats, including threats targeting train control systems, signaling systems, data storage, passenger information systems, and track station infrastructure,” according to UMD. It is slated to cover digital technology, including Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence; cybersecurity fundamentals; railway cybersecurity challenges and threat vectors; requirements and standards for rail transportation cybersecurity; and examples of cyberattacks.

Among the suggested paper topics are:

  • Data Sharing and Railway Maintenance and Operations.
  • Theory-Guided Machine Learning.
  • Digital Twins in Railway Track Engineering.
  • Quantum Computing and Information in Railway Operations.
  • Blockchain Applications.
  • Detecting Cyber-attacks in Railway Systems.
  • Implementing Digital Safety in Rail Systems.
  • Adapting Cybersecurity to Rail Environments.
  • Applications.

Abstract submissions are due Jan. 15 and can be sent via email to Nii Attoh-Okine ([email protected]), Professor and Chair of the UMD Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Director of the Digital and Cyber Railway Engineering and Operations Center, which opened in March 2023. Acceptance notifications are scheduled for Feb. 1.

The Short Course on Cyber Rail will take place March 7, with a workshop to be held March 8, at UMD’s Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building in College Park, Md. Download the brochure below for more details.

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