The International Forum on High-Speed Railway (IFHR) 2017 was held in Changsha from December 17 to 18. The Forum was co-organized by the Central South University, Zhantianyou Development Foundation for Science and Technology, China Academy of Railway Sciences, China Railway Group Limited, CRRC Corporation Limited, University at Buffalo of the State University of New York, University of Southampton, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, and Key Laboratory of Traffic Safety on Track of the Ministry of Education. It brought together more than 210 experts, 11 academicians, 200 student representatives and 50 institution representatives from China, America, England, Canada, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and Thailand.
In the opening ceremony, Chen Chunyang, Vice President of Central South University (CSU), delivered a speech.He said that, with “cohesion, exchange, sharing, mutual reference and mutual improvement” as aim, the Forum responds to the national key strategies on the “Belt and Road” and “Go Global” initiatives, that the forum is a place where domestic and foreign academicians, experts and scholars gather to make a cooperative research on the development status and tendency and technology innovation of high-speed railways all over the world and a discussion on the technology problems faced during sustainable development planning, construction, manufacturing, operation, management and service of high-speed railways, and actively promote the construction of an international exchange platform.
Over 30 famous domestic and foreign academicians including Sun Yongfu, Wang Fuming, Yang Yongbin, Ahsan Kareen, William Powrie and Carlos E.Ventura and experts and scholars including Yu Zhiwu, Ding Sansan, Ni Yiqing, Dai Gonglian and He Xuhui were invited to make speeches and reports at the Forum. From the aspect of opportunities and challenges faced in the “Go Global” strategy for railway development in China, Academician Sun Yongfu proposed the guiding ideology, basic principles and strategic objectives of “Go Global” in the context of “Five Major Development Concepts” and “Belt and Road”. Academician Ahsan Kareen from the University of Notre Dame proposed a tool for analyzing and modeling the non-static load effect on structures and vehicles under complicated and changeable weather conditions, leading the technology innovation for high-speed railway construction.The participating academicians and experts presented 35 multidisciplinary reports. They exchanged views on development trends of China and the world’s high-speed rails and gave advice on further accelerating construction, service, and management of high-speed railway, and making new economic growth poles.
The experts of CSU said, as an important research base for high-speed railway, plateau railway and heavy-duty transportation, CSU will proactively further deepen research on application technologies and fundamental and prospective theories and intensify talent cultivation based on the demands of industrial development in its “Double First-class” construction, thus to provide better science and technology support, talent support and innovation support for the development of rail traffic, especially high-speed railway.
Source: College News Agency