Professor of Railway Traffic Management & Operations, Department of Transport & Planning, TU Delft, The Netherlands
Railways are essential for the sustainable accessibility of the big cities and the national and international mobility. Many urban and national railway networks face increasing capacity saturation issues, while the transport demand keeps growing for both passengers and freight. Likewise, high-speed networks in Europe and China are expanding rapidly and attract more and more passengers as sustainable and fast alternative for flying. And similar to the demand for international freight train corridors that often share tracks with national passenger railway networks. To enable this growth the railways are in a transition to modern digital railway traffic systems with continuous wireless communication for efficient signalling and traffic management. The timetable becomes increasingly more accurate to allow optimized infrastructure occupation, while train operation is supported by driver advisory systems connected to intelligent traffic management systems. Automatic train operation is already the standard in modern metro systems and will also be applied to other railway systems to realize the highest capacity consumption. The transfer to this modern digital technology is a challenge to the railway sector and requires an innovative integrated approach with the aim to achieve a safe, efficient and reliable transport system. This presentation gives an overview of the challenges ahead and the role of railway operation research in these innovations.
About Rob Goverde:
Rob Goverde is Professor of Railway Traffic Management & Operations and Director of the Digital Rail Traffic Lab at Delft University of Technology. He has an MSc in Mathematics from Utrecht University, a Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) in Mathematical Modelling and Decision Support from Delft University of Technology, and a PhD in Railway Operations from Delft University of Technology. He has more than 25 years of experience in railway traffic planning and management. He is the author of more than 135 peer reviewed papers, and supervised 12 PhD students and 50 MSc students. He is also Editor in Chief of the Journal of Rail Transport Planning & Management, Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on ITS, Fellow of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE), and board Member of the International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR).