Alex Cunillera

Alex Cunillera is a PhD candidate at the Department of Transport and Planning of TU Delft, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Rob Goverde, Dr. ir. Niels van Oort and Dr. Nikola Bešinović.

He received his BSc in Mathematics and Physics at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, and his MSc in Physics of Complex Systems at Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC) in Palma de Mallorca, his hometown. In 2019 he worked in Madrid as a research assistant.

His research topic is robust train trajectory optimization. Even two trains of the same model running on the same line show significant differences in their dynamics. This might be due to different passenger loads, weather, fault history, driving style of the train driver, etc. Moreover, there are uncertainties in the track data that may also have a strong influence on the train operation. This research focuses on determining the uncertainties and stochastics of these variations and developing methods to compute robust train trajectories that optimize the energy consumption and minimize delays in the presence of the mentioned variations. This research is developed in collaboration with NS, the principal passenger railway operator in the Netherlands.


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