The First International Conference on Vehicle Body Engineering will take place at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2023.

This conference will be chaired by Professor Lucas F. M. da Silva (University of Porto, Portugal) and Dr. Eduardo A. S. Marques (INEGI, Portugal).

The focus of this conference is the study on the design of the structural components of the vehicle body and by including other transportation sectors (aerospace and railway). Novel research works carried out in various topics within these wider themes will be accepted.

Among the topics covered are:
-road vehicle structural design;
-aeronautical structural design;
-rolling stock structural design;
-material testing;
-structural testing;
-manufacture of complex structures;
-structural joining methods;
-structural monitoring;
-self-healing structures;
-numerical simulation of structures;
-numerical simulation of structural components;
-multibody simulation;
-impact performance of structures;
-dynamic behaviour of structures;
-durability of structures;
-fatigue design of complex structures;
-structural ligthtweighing techniques;

Abstract submission deadline

June 16, 2023

Notification of acceptance to authors

June 30, 2023

Early bird registration deadline

July 21, 2023

Full article submission deadline (not mandatory)

November 2, 2023

Call for papers

Download the abstract template

The abstracts (one-page) should be sent by June 16, 2023 to the organizing committee via email to lucas@fe.up.pt. Please indicate if you wish an oral or poster presentation and if you want your abstract to be included in the "Artificial Intelligence for Railway Safety: Advancements in Data Analysis" mini-symposium.


The registration for the conference can be made in the following link. Each participant, including the authors, must pay the respective registration fee.

Early bird (Until July 21, 2023)
Regular delegate - 600 EUR
Student (MSc or PhD) - 500 EUR
Online - Videoconference - 350 EUR

Standard (From July 22, 2023)
Regular delegate - 700 EUR
Student (MSc or PhD) - 600 EUR
Online - Videoconference - 450 EUR

The conference registration includes the book of abstracts, lunches, coffee-breaks, conference dinner and reception at the end of the first day.

Cancellation policy
In case of cancellation, written notification should be sent to the chairs of the conference. If received before September 2, 2023, the registration fees will be refunded with a deduction of 75 €. Refund will not be possible for cancellations after September 2, 2023.

Payment can be made by bank transfer or by credit card.

 Abreu events - Porto office
 Contact: Ms. Maria João Coelho
 T.: +351 22 204 3571
 M.: +351 931 699 477


Conference chairmen
Lucas F. M. da Silva
Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Eduardo A. S. Marques
Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal

Organising committee
Ricardo J. C. Carbas
Instituto de Ciência e Inovação em Engenharia Mecânica e Engenharia Industrial, Portugal
Alireza Akhavan-Safar
Instituto de Ciência e Inovação em Engenharia Mecânica e Engenharia Industrial, Portugal

Scientific committee

Alessandro Scattina (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)
Andreas Oechsner (Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, Germany)
Andris Chate (Čate) (Riga Technical University, Latvia)
Araliya Mosleh (University of Porto, Portugal)
Brunetto Martorana (Centro Ricerche Fiat, Italy)
Bruno Castanié (INSA Toulouse, France)
Carlos Chaves (EMBRAER, Brazil)
Fausto Freire (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
Giovanni Belingardi (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)
Giuseppe Catalanotti (Queen’s University Belfast, Ireland)
Guangyong Sun (Hunan University, China)
José Correia (University of Porto, Portugal)
Krzysztof Żur (Bialystok University of Technology, Poland)
Nicolas Carrere (ENSTA Bretagne, France)
Nuno Peixinho (University of Minho, Portugal)
Paulo Lage (Airbus, UK)
Paulo Martins (Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Rakesh Goyal (John Deere, United States)
Venkat Aitharaju (General Motors Company, United States)
William Altenhof (Engineering University of Windsor, Canada)
Wim Desmet (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Volnei Tita (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
Xiao Han (Dalian University of Technology, China)
Yasuhiro Matsui (Japan Automobile Research Institute, Japan)


Conference proceedings with the accepted abstracts can be downloaded with a password.

Papers presented at the conference may be published in special and regular issues of Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering (SAGE), Discover Mechanical Engineering (Springer), UPorto Journal of Engineering (University of Porto), Composites Part B: Engineering (Elsevier), Thin-Walled Structures (Elsevier), Applied Composite Materials (Springer) and in the book series Proceedings of Engineering Mechanics: Research, Technology and Education (Springer), provided they meet the necessary standards.

Full articles (not mandatory) should be sent to the organising committee via email to lucas@fe.up.pt until November 2, 2023.


The updated conference programme can be downloaded from the following link:

Updated programme


"Artificial intelligence for railway safety: Advancements in data analysis"

The VBE2023 conference will include a mini-symposium on artificial intelligence for railway safety, focusing on the advancements brought by data analysis. This mini-symposium aims to promote the use of advanced techniques in numerical analyses and experimental field tests to improve railway safety and efficiency and resilience. By bringing together experts from academia and industry, the symposium offers an opportunity to share insights and foster collaborations and partnerships towards more resilient and adaptive infrastructure systems.

This mini-symposium is organized by Araliya Mosleh (University of Porto, Portugal), Diogo Ribeiro (Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal), Cecilia Vale (University of Porto, Portugal), Amir Garmabaki (Luleå University of Technology, Sweden), Abdollah Malekjafarian (University College Dublin, Ireland) and Pedro Montenegro (University of Porto, Portugal).

Within these sessions, the following issues will be addressed:

-Damage identification

-Wayside/drive-by condition monitoring

-Artificial Intelligence techniques

-Structural health monitoring (SHM)

-Big data

-Computer vision and image analysis

-Operation and maintenance

-Climate adaptation

-Climate-resilient infrastructure

Posters and links for online poster sessions

Poster 1

Poster 2

Poster 3

Poster 4

Poster 5

Poster 6

Poster 7

Poster 8

Poster 9


The best presentation and poster will be elected by a vote of the scientific board members and the winners will receive a free registration in the next edition of the VBE conference.

Conference venue and hotels

Conference venue: Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
If you arrive via Metro, please exit on the IPO station (a short walking distance from FEUP).
If you arrive directly from the Sá Carneiro airport or from Campanhã station, please take the Metro to Trindade station, and then head to the IPO station. Additional information on the Metro.

Please consult the list of hotels, available at special rates soon in the registration website.
For further information on hotels and travel, please contact:
Ms. Maria João Coelho

Abreu events - Porto office
T.: +351 22 204 3571
M.: +351 931 699 477