Smolenice, Slovakia, May 29th - June 1st, 2018

SIRWEC 2018 - 19th International Road Weather Conference

Conference Program

29.05.2018 (Tuesday)

Time Place Session
15:30 Bratislava Shuttle bus departure
16:00 Entrance Hall Registration
19:00 Conference Hall Welcoming Icebreaker and Sponsor Meeting Session

30.05.2018 (Wednesday)

Time Place Session
9:00 - 9:40 Conference Hall Welcome and Introductions
(Session Chairman: Jozef Vivoda and Vladimir Rak)
  1. Norbert Kurilla (State secretary of Ministry of Environment of Slovakia) - Official opening of 19th Road Weather Conference
  2. Jozef Csaplár (Director of Forecast Department of SHMÚ) - Welcome speech
  3. Richard Habrovský (Slovakia, SHMÚ) - Overview of the RWF activities at SHMI
9:40 - 10:40 Conference Hall Novel Approaches in Road Weather Systems (1)
(Session Chairman: Thorsten Cypra)
  1. Lee Chapman (UK, University of Birmingham) - Network design considerations for a new generation of high resolution road weather information systems
  2. Rhonda Kae Young (USA, Gonzaga University) - Wyoming connected vehicle pilot to manage road weather impacts
  3. Esben Almkvist (Sweden, Klimator) - RSI - a glimpse of the future for winter maintenance
10:40 - 11:00 Coffee break, Companies Exhibition
11:00 - 11:40 Conference Hall Novel Approaches in Road Weather Systems (2)
(Session Chairman: Thorsten Cypra)
  1. Arto Niskanen (Finland, RoadCloud) - Fleet based road weather monitoring
  2. Liping Fu (Canada, University of Waterloo) - Image-based Automated Winter Road Condition Monitoring – a Deep Learning Approach
11:40 - 12:20 Conference Hall Road Weather Management and Winter Maintenance
(Session Chairman: Lee Chapman)
  1. David Konecny (Czech Republic, CROSS) - Advanced road weather and maintenance information system in the Czech Republic
  2. Arnaud X. Varé (Switzerland, Boschung Mecatronic) - Optimizing surface condition management
12:20 - 13:50 Castle Restaurant Wednesday Lunch
13:50 - 15:30 Conference Hall RWIS Sensors & Equipment
(Session Chairman: Rhonda Young)
  1. Horst Badelt (Germany, Federal Highway Research Institute) - Test methods for sensors of road weather stations
  2. Tomáš Juřík (Czech Republic, MetSense) - Innovative detection of road surface conditions in two dimensions by 2DRoad
  3. Janne Miettinen (Finland, Finnish Meteorological Institute) - Digitalization and road weather forecasts to help decision making for road maintenance
  4. Jan Szczerbiński (Switzerland, Boschung Mecatronic) - Selected weather facts on the example of a fixed automated spraying system in Pilisvörösvár (Hungary)
  5. Kimmo Kynnös (Finland, Vaisala) - Amount of salt versus freezing point
15:30 - 15:50 Coffee break, Companies Exhibition
15:50 - 17:30 Poster room Poster session
(Session Chairman: Jozef Csaplár)
  1. Erika Toivonen (Finland, Finnish Meteorological Institute) - Validation of road weather model roadsurf in fennoscandia using regional climate model data
  2. Zacharov Petr (Czech Republic, Czech Academy of Sciences) - ICEWARN – road weather forecasting for Prague city
  3. Joris Van den Bergh (Belgium, Royal Meteorological Institute Belgium) - Road weather forecasting in Belgium
  4. Olga Gladysheva (Russia, Voronezh State Technical University) - The winter maintenance of roads sites with snowdrift
  5. Hella Riede (Germany, Deutcher Wetterdienst) - FloWKar: Using high-resolution data from vehicle sensors to improve operational weather products
  6. Mark Vinogradov (Russia, Institute of Radar Meteorology) - Automatic anti-icing spraying system on the west high speed diameter in Saint-Petersburg
  7. Satoshi Omiya (Japan, Civil Engineering Research Institute for Cold Region) - Proposal of a correction coefficient for the estimation of ground snowfall amounts based on x-band multiple parameter radar precipitation data
  8. Peter Fabo (Slovakia, University of Zilina) - Detecting the hydrometeors based on multi-frequency passive monitoring of mobile network stations signals
  9. Ján Barani (Slovakia, Barani design Technologies) - Title not yet available
  10. Pavel Sedlák (Czech Republic, Czech Academy of Sciences) - Influence of shading and sky-view factor on road temperature forecast
17:30 - 18:30 bus transport to Modra
18:30 - 21:00 Restaurant Stary Dom in Modra Conference dinner
21:00 - 22:00 bus transport to Smolenice
16:15 - 17:15 Library SIRWEC Committee Meeting (Closed)

31.05.2018 (Thursday)

Time Place Session
9:00 - 10:00 Conference Hall Systems / Decision Support Systems
(Session Chairman: Alenka Šajn Slak)
  1. Samo Carman (Slovenia, CGS Labs) - MDSS in Slovenia – experiences after 2 years of operation
  2. Samu Karanko (Finland, Foreca) - MDSS snow accumulation percentage based on road segment maintenance requirements
  3. Lauryna Šidlauskaité (Lithuania, Vilnius university) - Thermal mapping in flat lowlands and undulating uplands – a comparison of results
10:00 - 10:40 Conference Hall Advances In Road Weather Forecasting (1)
(Session Chairman: Jörgen Bogren)
  1. Jan Sulan (Czech Republic, CHMI) - Operational experience with ICEWARN model (METRO-CZ) in comparison with other tools
  2. Henry Odbert (UK, Met Office) - Decision guidance with probabilistic road forecast
10:40 - 11:00 Coffee Break, Companies Exhibition
11:00 - 12:40 Conference Hall Advances In Road Weather Forecasting (2)
(Session Chairman: Torbjörn Gustavsson))
  1. Karl E. Schedler (Germany, KS-Consulting) - Route based road condition forecast using mobile sensors
  2. Teruyuki Fukuhara (Japan, Hiroshima Institute of Technology) - A route-based forecasting model of road surface friction and snow/ice conditions
  3. Ingeborg Smeding (Netherlands, MeteoGroup) - Use errors in observation data to discover valuable information for road forecasting
  4. Andre Simon (Hungary, Hungarian Meteorological Institute) - Experimental road weather forecasting in Hungary
  5. Virve Karsisto (Finland, Finnish Meteorological Institute) - Verification results for road surface temperature forecasts utilizing mobile observations
12:40 - 14:10 Castle Restaurant Thursday Lunch
14:10 - 15:10 Conference Hall Meteorological & Climatological Studies (1)
(Session Chairman: Henry Odbert)
  1. Danny Chereshnick (USA, Global Weather Corporation) - A road state climatology from the global weather corporation road weather forecasts
  2. Justas Kazys (Lithuania, Vilnius University) - Future climate conditions for summer roads in Lithuania
  3. Hirotaka Takechi (Japan, Civil Engineering Research Institute for Cold Region) - Relationship between the development of a snowdrift and snow transport rate on a road section with a cut on one side - observation in Teshikaga-cho during wintertime in FY2016 and FY2017
15:10 - 15:30 Coffee Break, Companies Exhibition
15:30 - 16:30 Conference Hall Meteorological & Climatological Studies (2)
(Session Chairman: Rose Webster)
  1. Tae J. Kwon (Canada, University of Alberta) - A Geostatistical Approach to Classification of Topography and Climate Zones for RWIS Network Planning
  2. Branislav Jaros (Slovakia, Microstep-MIS) - Visibility monitoring and forecasting system for traffic safety
  3. Marjo Hippi (Finland, Finnish Meteorological Institute) - Visibility estimation based on camera data and weather parameters
16:30 - 16:45 Conference Hall Closing Session
(Session Chairman: Jozef Vivoda)
18:00 - midnight Garden Restaurant Farewell party

01.06.2018 (Friday)

09:00 Transport to Bratislava and leaving home