The Smart Public Transport Lab develops new solutions and methods for public transport planning, operations and management. In the Smart PT Lab we are passionate about performing high level scientific research with a practical relevance and impactful outcomes. Welcome on-board!

 

The Smart Public Transport Lab develops new solutions and methods for public transport planning, operations and management. In the Smart PT Lab we are passionate about performing high level scientific research with a practical relevance and impactful outcomes. Welcome on-board!

Smart Public Transport Lab Seminar (Thursday 13 December): 'Towards a digital railway' by Egidio Quaglietta and 'Hyperloop' by Bernat Goñi-Ros

Date: Thursday 13 December 2018
Time: 11:30 - 13:00
Location: 02.110
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Towards a digital railway: how research and technology will transform the future of rail industry
In a rapidly changing world where an ever-growing demand for faster and denser mobility opposes to the urgency of reducing transport pollution, railways will play a major role to balance socio-economic and environmental needs. A massive modal shift of people and goods to railways is indeed envisaged in 2030 and 2050 by strategic plans on sustainable mobility such as the EU White paper on Transport. European railways are hence facing significant challenges to upgrade existing networks which already today work close to capacity saturation, struggling to deliver planned operations due to overcrowding, heavy infrastructure utilisation and frequent natural calamities. Infrastructure enhancements are not always an option because of high costs and limited availability of physical space, especially within densely built-up areas, where most of capacity bottlenecks usually are. The industry is therefore moving towards the “digitisation” of railway operations by leveraging on digital platforms, advanced technologies and innovative concepts to boost service capacity and efficiency in a cost-effective way. The seminar will delineate future directions for the railways, particularly referring to high-priority innovations including automatic optimal traffic management systems and next-generation signalling technologies such as ETCS Level 3 and Virtual Coupling. Research performed on these technologies will be presented, illustrating potential benefits as well as hurdles to their implementation which go beyond the mere technological sphere, involving cross-sectorial implications. Interesting case studies are shown, where higher acceptance of research progress from the industry could have led to a faster digitisation of railway operations. An overview is provided on how these innovations and a joined cooperation between industry and research could pave the way for next-generation railways and for other future guideway green transport modes like the Hyperloop.

Egidio Quaglietta is Assistant Professor in Railway Traffic Management at the Department of Transport and Planning, TU Delft. He has been intensively working in the field of railway signalling since 2008 when he started his PhD research in a joined three-year project on simulation-based signalling optimisation with the Italian railway system supplier Ansaldo STS and the University of Naples, Federico II. Later on, he mainly worked on the development, integration and testing of automated algorithms for railway traffic planning and management for the European FP7 funded project ON-TIME. Egidio then joined the British railway infrastructure manager Network Rail where he was actively involved in the business analysis and impact assessments of innovative signalling (ETCS Level 2 and Level 3) and traffic management technologies for the UK railway industry programme “Digital Railway”, funded by the UK Ministry of Transport. He also successfully led the sub-project on “Operations for Enhanced Capacity” for the European FP7 funded project Capacity for Rail (C4R) which contributed to the development of ground-braking tools for integrated strategic and tactical railway planning as well as a roadmap for increasing levels of automation in European railways. Main interests are in the areas of advanced simulation methods, railway traffic and infrastructure optimisation, innovative signalling technology and automated railway operations. Egidio is a member of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE).

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Hyperloop: what is it, why do we need it and how will it work?
In recent years, the Hyperloop has attracted significant attention in the transportation community. The Hyperloop is a fully-automated magnetic levitation system where pods transporting people or cargo travel at ultra-high speeds inside a depressurized tube. In this talk I will discuss the basic principles of Hyperloop technology and the potential benefits of implementing this technology, particularly in terms of connectivity and sustainability. Later on, I will discuss the operational principles of Hyperloop systems as currently envisaged. The planning and control of Hyperloop operations needs to address significant technical challenges, such as short-term scheduling and high-speed merging.

Bernat Goñi-Ros is lead engineer at Hardt Hyperloop, a Delft-based start-up company specialized in the development of hyperloop transportation technology. He manages the team that is developing the hyperloop operations planning & control systems. Bernat holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Autonomous University of Barcelona and a master’s degree in Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics from Delft University of Technology, where he graduated after carrying out a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of the new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system of Barcelona. Furthermore, Bernat holds a PhD degree in Traffic Engineering from Delft University of Technology. The main goal of his PhD research project, which was funded by Toyota Motor Europe, was to develop new traffic management strategies to mitigate congestion at sag vertical curves of freeways. Upon completion of his PhD, Bernat worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the same university, where he focused on developing theories and models to explain and predict the dynamics of pedestrian and cyclist flows (within the ALLEGRO project). Bernat’s interests include transportation operations simulation, planning and control, and intelligent transportation systems, with a focus on sustainability.

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