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KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Name of Member: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, (Kungliga tekniska högskolan) Railway Group
Acronym: KTH
Telephone: +46 8 790 60 00
Address: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 100 44 Stockholm, Sweden

KTH Railway Group is a multidisciplinary centre for research and education with more than 25 years of experience. It consists of ten research groups , each of them representing one or more disciplines which together, in principle, cover all competencies in the railway area.

The purpose of KTH Railway Group is to contribute to the development and increased competitiveness of the railways and the Swedish rail industry by providing expertise in rail-related topic

This unique organization is able to carry out major research programmes with a broad approach in collaboration with our partners, covering not only technical aspects but also commercial ones, e.g. market analysis.

The Railway Group is very international. We have been involved in about 10 Shift2Rail projects where we worked together with basically all European stakeholders as vehicle suppliers, infrastructure owners, operators, universities and consulting companies. The amount of scientific exchange with partner universities in Europe, USA, China, India, Australia, Thailand and Indonesia is continuously increasing.

The KTH Railway Group is also very active in Railway education. We teach railway students in mechanical, civil and electrical engineering. We have a two-year master program in Vehicle Engineering (Road and Railway), which is fully taught in English. In fall 2018 a new master program in Railway Engineering in cooperation with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) started. Students enrolled at KTH spend one term at UIUC and vice versa. The railway group is regularly arranging training courses for engineers in industry and railway operators/infrastructure managers.

  • Rail Vehicles
  • The Marcus Wallenberg Laboratory for Sound and Vibration Research
  • Lightweight Structures
  • Transport Planning
  • Structural Engineering and Bridges
  • Soil and Rock Mechanics
  • Electrical Energy Conversion
  • Information Science and Engineering
  • Network and Systems Engineering
  • Railway transport
  • Railway infrastructure
  • Operation of railways
  • Railways strategy
  • Freight railways
  • Logistics
  • Economics
  • Container transport
  • Railway dynamics incl. aerodynamics

Professor Sebastian Stichel, in Rail Vehicle Dynamics at KTH since 2010. Director of the  KTH Railway Group since 2011 and Deputy Head of the Department of Engineering Mechanics since 2020.

  • Board member SWEDTRAIN – Swedish Association of Railway Industries – since 2019.
  • Vice-Chair Academia of the European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC) since 2017.
  • Head of Department of Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering from 2017 to 2019.
  • Chairman of the Shift2Rail Scientific Committee from 2016 to 2018.
  • Adjunct Professor at Beijing Jiaotong University since 2017.
  • Member of the International Advisory Board of the National International Science and Technology Cooperation base on Railway Vehicle Operation Engineering of BJTU.
  • Associate Editor of Journal of Railway Engineering Sciences.
  • Visiting Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2013, at Southwest Jiaotong University in 2017 and 2019 and at Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee in 2019.
  • Worked more than 10 years at Bombardier Transportation. From 2003 to 2010 Manager Vehicle Dynamics with responsibility in Sweden, Germany, UK and France.
  • Master and PhD. degree in Vehicle Technology at Technische Universität Berlin. Supervisor Prof. Klaus Knothe.
  • Current research interests are wheel and rail wear and rolling contact fatigue, freight vehicle dynamics, ride comfort and active suspension, dynamic pantograph-catenary interaction (cf. Rail Vehicle Research Group).


A selection of projects, activities and papers:


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