The activities and experts‘ know how of EURNEX members are structured in 10 Poles of Excellence that cover a broad range of the railway research topics.
The Scientific Poles of Excellence take the lead in detailed discussion of research and technical issues within the EURNEX association and in the preparation of research project proposals. The Scientific Poles of Excellence promote research collaboration and projects within the association’s framework.
The Scientific Poles of Excellence bring together the exchange and dissemination activities in a sufficiently coherent and consistent manner, with the following objectives:
- to promote state-of-art research,
- to foster scientific and technological cooperation between the members,
- to optimize the rail research and education potential within the EU, and
- to realise the concept of a “European Research Area” in this industrial sector.
The scientific Poles of Excellence encourage the interdisciplinarity with other poles with the objective to facilitate the rapid transfer of knowledge and innovation in well identified railway areas.
- 1. Strategy & Economics
- 2. Operation & System Performance
- 3. Rolling stock
- 4. Product Qualification Methods
- 5. Intelligent Mobility
- 6. Safety & Security
- 7. Environment & Energy Efficiency
- 8. Infrastructure & signaling
- 9. Human Factor, Cognitive Engineering and Social Sciences
- 10. Training & Education
This pole focuses on research that develops and supports business case for railways. Issues looked at by this pole include the main drivers of demand and costs in railways; potentials and limitations of quality of service rendered by railways to the various market segments; actions from regulators and policy makers that could help to improve railway performance.
The general objective of this pole is to understand and to evaluate the complex nature of the railway system and to assist its operational management. The specific areas looked at by the pole members are: stakeholders‘ requirements; interoperability; functional analysis and designing of system architecture and components relationships; modelling and simulation; operation planning and management; capacity management and optimization.
The Pole aims at developing innovative solutions to the challenges of tomorrow’s rolling stock. Specific objectives of the pole include: improving the performance and the attractiveness of passenger and freight vehicles; maintaining and enhancing safety and reliability; provide scientific and technical foundation for innovative solutions and supporting the establishment of new standards for rolling stock.
- TU Berlin Schienenfahrzeuge: Markus Hecht
The pole aims at improving the effectiveness of testing and modeling and at developing product qualification methods for new techniques and technologies supporting the implementation of TSIs throughout the enlarged Europe. Activities would include research and development to improve methods of assessment; test procedures; test facilities (equipment); modeling; knowledge management system on PQM and the application of simulation methods. The pole would also tackle assessment of conformity of standards and cross-acceptance procedures, as well as education and training for product qualification and TSI implementation through enlarged Europe.
- IK Warsaw: Witold Olpinski, Marek Pawlik
„Intelligent mobility“ covers new communication, navigation and surveillance (inside or outside the vehicle) technologies able to answer the needs for lean, clean and clever transport systems. The pole would look into the following domains: information systems (passenger, freight, remote diagnostics, predictive maintenance, traffic management), ticketing and payment/refund systems, security (systems and users), railway system management.
- IFSTTAR: Marion Berbineau
- EHU: Marina Aguado
The objective of the pole are to monitor safety, develop new technology and to promote safe and secure systems of operation that reduce risks with diminishing costs. The pole will cover the following areas: safety and security management; active safety and passive safety requirements and assessment; incident/accident database and learning; risk analysis and assessment; technical and operational safety; occupational health and safety; safety impact of maintenance; new technology for security; psychological aspects of security; prevention of terrorism.
- IFSTTAR: El Miloudi El Koursi
- SUT Katowice: Szymon Surma
This pole will cover the following environmental topics: energy consumption and saving in electrified and diesel traction systems; electromagnetic pollution; noise and vibration not only on board but also on ground; influence of weather conditions on railway operation; water and air pollution. This is a transversal pole, where the knowledge coming from infrastructure, rolling stocks, signaling systems, operation and economy are oriented to the analysis of environmental impact of the railway systems.
- BPTW: Thomas Meißner
The main objective of the pole is to optimise the cost, reliability and availability of the railway infrastructure. The pole will cover the following areas of research: track including sub-grade and rail; switches and crossings; level crossings; wheel/rail interface; signaling and control systems; line-side equipment; railway structures, cuttings and embankments; remote condition monitoring; electrical power distribution; maintenance procedure; catenary; life cycle cost (e.g. in relation to maintenance); noise, vibration and corrugation; signalling compatibility; interlocking.
- TU Munich: Bernhard Lechner
- IFSTTAR: Laurent Bouillaut
- ZAG: Stanislav Lenart
Human Factor, Cognitive Engineering and Social Sciences
The pole objectives will focus on new challenges related to the design, the analysis and the evaluation of human-machine systems applied to railway. Several mains strategic centers of joint interest are planned:
- Human in the loop
New challenges are required for developing efficient methods integrating human factors and organizational factors when designing or operating guided transport systems
- Positive and negative human contribution
Humans can contribute to the resilience of a human-machine system and to the occurrence of incidents or accidents. Databases related to feedback of field experience focus mainly of accidents or incidents due to human actions. Human behaviors are then interpreted as possible negative impacts for a system because of the occurrence of human errors or violations.
- Cooperate and learning from the past
Technology has to adapt to human behavior by cooperating with humans and learning from these interactions. Auto-learning or co-learning capacities and cooperative capacities have then to be developed for technology.
The pole has the following objectives: to create a pool of short training courses; to support the running of short training courses; to implement international PhD and Master programs; to launch a European University of Railway; to promote interdisciplinary contacts (collaboration across poles); to be a permanent forum for prospective studies; to promote exchange of knowledge ((e)-learning material, publications etc); to promote dissemination of knowledge out of research project results and publications; to use research results in education programs and short training courses.
- CERTH: Evangelos Bekiaris
- UPCE Pardubice: Tatiana Molkova