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Eleventh Unlocking Innovation Workshop

The eleventh workshop in the series that provides resources to help address the obstacles to innovation in the rail sector and nurture a dialogue between clients and suppliers.  Organisations are eligible to participate if they have a technological presence in the UK and capabilities that have potential to benefit the rail sector (domestically or internationally).  The workshop is free to attend but places are limited and available on a 'first come - first served' basis, subject to the need to ensure a good mix of organisations.

The line-up for the day is:

  1. Challenges for more efficient and safe working of high output plant that may be addressed by innovation – Gordon Williams, Programme Manager – High Output Track Renewals, Network Rail
  2. Head up displays for rail vehicle driving cabs?  Michael Jacks, Fleet Reliability Manager and Graham Lewis, Head of Drivers, Virgin Trains
  3. How to obtain funding and find a route to market with Shift2Rail, the first EU railway research and innovation public private partnership - Daniel Persson, Rail Technical Specialist, FutureRailway
  4. Creative behaviours and putting them into practice on public road vehicle level crossings  – Jonne Ceserani, Power and Grace; Carl Duranthon, Network Rail
  5. Case Study: Find the Point – how Thales are going about improving the way they do innovation – Graeme Burden, Chief Engineer, Thales UK, Research and Technology
  6. Seeing The Future: Defining The Next Generation Rail Technologies – Darrell Mann, CEO, Systematic Innovation
  7. An update on the work and funding available from the FutureRailway Team (formerly the Enabling Innovation Team) – Marcus Mayers, Programme and Portfolio Manager, FutureRailway
  8. An opportunity to help delegates form partnerships by presenting ‘elevator pitches’ on the capabilities they’re seeking to help them progress their innovations
  9. Networking opportunities to meet and talk to clients, innovation organisations and suppliers from inside and outside the rail sector
  10. Plenty of other opportunities to make connections using our Innovation Angels, the Knowledge Transfer Network and information in our Market Place
  11. Breakout sessions – to be run in two separate sessions:
  • Network Rail Problem Solving:  How to get more efficient and safe working of high output plan through innovation
  • Network Rail Problem Solving:  How might we configure public road vehicle level crossings to make sure that trains can never contact people or vehicles
  • UK Tram/Centro Focus Group:  Briefing on the structure of the light rail industry, who is responsible for procurement and what the likely opportunities may be in the future.
  • London Underground Focus Group:  Inception to Implementation: How to work with LU to get your innovations onto the Underground.
  • FutureRailway (Enabling Innovation Team) Focus Group:  Shift2Rail leaving the platform late 2014 - are you going to be on-board?
  • FutureRailway (Enabling Innovation Team) Focus Group:  Simplifying the innovation landscape - your chance to help shape guidance and tools
  • UIS Focus Group with Frazer-Nash (repeated):  Innovation guidance for companies working in the rail industry - putting it into practice!
  • UIS Focus Group with UDL:  Intellectual Property – is it good for business or an unnecessary evil?
  • Transport Systems Catapult Focus Group (repeated):  Exploiting a new Sentiment Mapping tool - the Catapult is developing a tool to help train operators understand their customers’ experience in real time; a tool that could generate a range of data sources, channels between operators, customers and the supply chain for the supply chain to exploit.

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10:00 – 16:30
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Railway Industry Association

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Venue :
Melton Mowbray