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Skills and competences development of future transportation professionals at all levels


Partners Contacts


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Boulevard de la Woluwe 42

1200 Brussels


TEL: +32 2 775 82 45

FEHRL – Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories 

Formed in 1989 as the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories, FEHRL provides a structure for the coordination of road and transport infrastructure research. Comprising members from over thirty European nations and international affiliates from USA, Australia, Israel and South Africa, FEHRL’s aim is to encourage collaborative research and knowledge transfer, as well as, to provide relevant knowledge and advice to governments, the European Commission, the road industry and road users on related technologies and policies. Through the national groups established in many countries, the national research centres are complemented by a dozen universities and Regional Transport Offices, FEHRL has a permanent presence in Brussels for the coordination of activities with other organizations, communications, dissemination, training and events.


Dr Adewole Adesiyun 

Denisa Nela

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6th Km Charilaou - Thermi Rd.

PO Box 361 - 57001 Thermi,

Thessaloniki - Greece

Tel: +30 211 10 69 556

CERTH - Centre for Research and Technology Hellas

CERTH is the largest research centre in Northern Greece with the mission to carry out basic and applied research with special emphasis in exploiting research results and developing new products and services with industrial, economic and social impact. In 2012, CERTH ranked first among all research centres in Greece regarding the absorbed funding from the FP7-ICT Programme during the period 2007-2011. The Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT) is the Greek National Institute for the promotion of Transport Research and Policy support. It focuses on applied research in all fields and modes of Transport, providing input for policy formulation, documentation of major trends and impacts, formulation of operational rules and procedures, improvement of the operation and management in the field of Transport.


Dr Evangelos Bekiaris  

Matina Loukea


8-9 Northumberland Street

London, WC2N 5DA

United Kingdon

Tel: +30 697 17 30 802

 WEGEMT is a non-profit European Association of Marine related Universities. It was formed in 1978 with the aim of increasing the knowledge base, and updating and extending the skills and competence of practising engineers and postgraduate students working at an advanced level in marine technology and related sciences. At present, the Associates are drawn from universities in Europe, including Scandinavia, former Eastern Europe, and the CIS. They have in common, a capability, expertise and experience to teach and carry out research in marine technology and related sciences and an active interest in collectively delivering initiatives that support marine industries and education.

WEGEMT activities include supporting, encouraging and participating in programmes of Research and Development (R&D), Education and Training (E&T), and Information Exchange and Dissemination. 


George Smyrnakis




Hardenbergstraße 12, 10623 Berlin


Tel: +49 30 31997022

EURNEX the European Rail Research Network of EXcellence, is an association representing European institutional scientific knowledge, research and education. It comprises 44 scientific institutes in the area of rail transport and mobility all over Europe.

The objective of the association is to promote research and development of the rail system, particularly:

- to enhance co-operation in research and education as well as the knowledge transfer between the Members of the Association, European Universities and Research Establishments being interested in railway research, incl. multidisciplinary capabilities

- to facilitate the scheduling and implementation of joint research projects between Members and to build up a sustainable research environment for the railway sector

- to develop links between Members of the Association, industrial partners and operators within the railway sector

- to increase the awareness of specific high-quality research needs and opportunities for cooperation with the railway sector

- to promote the railway contribution to sustainable transport policy

- to improve the competitiveness and economic stability of the railway sector and industry


Dr.Armando Carrillo Zanuy

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Stephenson Building, Newcastle University, 

Claremont Road, Newcastle upon Tyne


United Kingdon 

UNEW -Newcastle University is a Russell Group University. 95% of our students are in a job or further training within six months of graduating. We have a world-class reputation for research excellence and are spearheading three major societal challenges that have a significant impact on global society. We get a 92% satisfaction rating from our international students (ISB 2013).

For the purposes of SKILLFUL, Newcastle University is represented by NewRail, which has a wide experience in applied research for railways focusing on the development and strategic implementation of innovative technologies, with links to the major international players in the industry as well as institutions and end users. Newcastle University will be represented by the NewRail's Education Group, which is led by Dr. Marin Marinov. The group provides a range of education and training for both home and international students. The curriculum frameworks are based on innovative research-based block teaching and provide the skills and qualifications necessary to pursue a management and/or engineering career in rail freight and logistics.


Sian Evans

Dr. Marin Marinov

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Univerzitna 8215/1

010 26 Žilina


Tel: +421 41 5135761

University of Žilina with its long history coming back to 1953 offers public education and independent research and development. It consists of seven faculties, mainly technically oriented. At present, there are about 9,000 students being educated at seven faculties in 196 accredited study programmes in all forms of university studies. In its over 60 years of successful existence, University of Žilina has become the alma mater for more than 73,000 graduates, highly skilled professionals specializing mostly in transport and technical fields as well as in management, marketing or humanities.

The Faculty of Civil Engineering comprises eight departments, Centre of Excellence in Transport Engineering, Centre for Applied Research, Research and Education Centre for Young Researchers VYCEN and accredited laboratory. At present, there are about 900 full‐time students, 90 part‐time students and 40 doctoral students. In its scientific, research and professional activities, the Faculty focuses on theoretical problems solving connected with designing of transport structures and buildings, new technological processes and modelling of strain analyses and computer‐based numerical simulations. Significant results have been achieved in theoretical analyses, measurements and diagnostics of transport structures subjected to dynamic loading.


Dana Sitanyiova

Veronika Meskova 

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P.O. Box  1000, 02044 Finland

Tel: +358 20 722 111

VTT -Technical Research Centre of Finland  - VTT  is a state-owned and controlled non-profit limited liability company established by law and operating under the ownership steering of the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy.VTT’s activities are focused on three areas: Knowledge-intensive products and services, Smart industry and energy systems, and Solutions for natural resources and environment. VTT is impact-driven and from its wide multi technological knowledge base, VTT can combine different technologies, produce information, upgrade technology knowledge, and create business intelligence and value added for its stakeholders.VTT has a staff of 2192, net turnover in 2015 was M€157,9M€ and other operational incomes were 92,6M€. Over the years, VTT has gained vast experience from participation in numerous European R&D Framework Programme projects and within various thematic programmes. VTT is ranked among the leading European



Anu Tuominen

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Friedrich-Barnewitz-Str. 3 Haus 1 (bis 15.12.2016)

D- 18119 Rostock-Warnemünde


Tel: +49 381 5196 203 

ISV - Institute for Security Technology / Maritime Safety - The ISV was founded in 1991 as a non-university and non-profit organization in Warnemünde with the purpose of promoting science and research, education and training in the fields of security technology and ship safety. This purpose is served in particular the protection of people and the environment from the dangers in the use of technical facilities and systems and the prevention or minimization of ecological and economic losses due to breakdowns and accidents. The ISV e.V. has set itself the task of improving the safety and security of the maritime sector through intensive research and training. To achieve this goal, the ISV e.V. supervised several research projects that deal with a variety of topics and leads training courses in accordance with the STCW regulations for seafarers and shipping company employees through. The courses are all examined to ensure the quality by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany.  Since October 15, 1997, the ISV e.V. is certified by BVQI according to DIN EN ISO 9001: 2000 standard.


Jeannette Edler

Dr. Dana Meissner  


Piazza Buenos Aires 20

00198 Roma 


Tel:+39 06 85 55 208

DEEP BLUE - Deep Blue is an Italian research and consultancy SME specialized in safety, human factors, security, and validation. The company was created in 2001 by a group of senior researchers from major Italian

Universities and Research Centres. Deep Blue aims to optimize the relationship between people and their activities, considering human needs, abilities and limitations. The company operates in the domain of Transportation dealing with the design, analysis and evaluation of interactive systems. Deep Blue has abroad experience in carrying out facilitation processes and dissemination activities with different types of stakeholders in R&D projects. Training services are provided to the industry and the public sector. We design, develop and deploy high-quality professional development and training courses on User-centred design, Human Factors, Safety and Validation.


Linda Napoletano 

Alessia Golfetti

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16 rue Jean Rey

75015 Paris

Tel: +33 1 44 49 20 20

 The International Union of Railways (UIC) is a non-profit organization aiming at:

- Promoting rail transport at world level with the objective of optimally meeting current and future challenges of mobility and sustainable development,

- Promoting interoperability, and as a Standard-Setting Organisation, create new world IRSs (International Railway Solution) for railways (including common solutions with other transport modes),

- Developing and facilitating all forms of international cooperation among Members, facilitating the sharing of best practices (benchmarking)

- Supporting Members in their efforts to develop new business and new areas of activities

- Proposing new ways to improve the technical and environmental performance of rail transport, improve competitiveness, reduce costs.


Nathalie Amirault  


Newstead Building

Dublin 4


Tel:+353 1 7163218

University College Dublin is one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities, where a comprehensive suite of strong disciplines forms the foundation of high-quality interdisciplinary research, scholarship and innovation. UCD is the national leader in research funding, attracting quality investment that has helped the university to establish a reputation as a world-class destination for leading researchers. UCD is ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide and is the largest University in Ireland with more than 1,500 academic staff across a range of disciplines. There are also more than 33,000 students registered in UCD, including over 1,550 PhD students and over 3,400 Masters students. UCD produces 22% of Irelands PhD graduates each year.

The UCD School of Civil Engineering is home to our University’s community of staff and students engaged in research, teaching and learning on many facets of the designed environment. Their interests are diverse – buildings, urban spaces, rural environments, transport systems, water supply, flood control, bridges, tunnels and historical fabric. Their specializations may be diverse but they share a common desire to advance the boundaries of knowledge in an atmosphere that fosters curiosity, the joy of discovery and empowerment for life-long learning.


Dr Aoife Ahern

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Technopôle du Madrillet

Avenue Galilée – BP 20060

76801 St Etienne du Rouvray Cedex


Tel: +33 2 32 91 54 50

Mov’eo is a Mobility and Automotive R&D competitiveness cluster, which since 2006 has been mobilizing its energies at the service of its members to meet the objectives assigned by the State to competitiveness clusters: to foster the development of collaborative projects between members, to contribute to the development of companies, in particular SMES, and to promote innovation in the sector. 

With 380 members, the Mov’eo Cluster is one of the largest French communities of innovation activity for products and services in the field of mobility. Major industrials, cutting-edge SMEs, prestigious research organizations, national players and important agencies in the innovation ecosystem, as well as European networks. Furthermore, Mov’eo forged links with research and training centres and universities in order to prepare the skills of tomorrow and respond to the needs of our members with a dedicated action plan.


Vinciane Meroux 

Mathilde Petit

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C/ Serpis 29 -  Edificio Institutos de Investigación

46022 Valencia 


UVEG - The University of Valencia - The UVEG with more than 60,000 students, is one of the most important universities in Spain. The Institute of International Economics (IEI) ( at the University of Valencia is an autonomous inter-university centre set up by the Universities of Alicante, Jaume I of Castellón and Valencia in 1995 to promote economic research. The IEI's main objective is to promote high-level research, develop opportunities for young researchers and create an atmosphere of scientific co-operation among the university scientists in their research activities. The co-ordination facilities and headquarters are located at the University of Valencia. The IEI's is a non-profit making organization whose main mission is to provide a public service, seeking to respond to the demand for applied research from both public and private sectors.


María Feo Valero

Bárbara Vázquez Paja  



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Haachtsesteenweg /Chaussée de Haecht  1405

1130 Brussels


Tel:+32 2 244 15 11

Vias Institute" is a private organization with a social goal, that is partially funded by public sources. The core mission of the institute is to improve road safety, along with mobility and safety in general. Ever since its creation in 1986, Vias Institute has initiated and deployed a large and varied number of activities such as research, consultancy and expertise, assessments, training and awareness campaigns.

Currently VIAS employs some 120 people and its operation activities are structured into three pillars. The “Knowledge Centre” (= research and analysis department) has a multilingual team of some 25 experienced researchers with the various profile (e.g. master/doctoral degrees in engineering, transportation science, psychology, criminology, health sciences, statistics and political sciences). Its research activities span 12 research lines covering broad areas within the fields of road safety, mobility and safety in general. The Department “Public Affairs, Innovation and Regulatory” include experts who monitor innovative developments and anticipate future trends in transport modes/systems and safety/security. The Department “Advice & Consulting” has long-lasting experience in education and training development based on evidence-based knowledge.

VIAS is an active member of several international organizations (such as FERSI, HUMANIST, CORTE, ETSC, IRTAD, TPI …).”


Wouter  Van den  Berghe

Jean-Christophe Meunier

Anne Marione

Sofie Boets

Ludo Kluppels


Sede APV - Fase III, Avda. del Muelle del Turia, s/n



Tel:+34 96 393 94 00

VPF - The Valenciaport Foundation for Research, Promotion and Commercial Studies of the Valencian region is private non-profit research created in 2004 through an agreement between the most representative associations and companies of the Valencia logistics-ports community and various institutions of the Valencia region, all of which are involved in logistics and maritime transport.

The Valenciaport Foundation is presently active in numerous cooperation and internationalization projects in well over twenty countries, principally located in Europe, the Far East and Latin America.


Alexandre Sánchez 

Ana Rumbeu

Mari Carmen Estela

Vincent Ernoux

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Rue du Trône 98

1050 Brussels


Tel : +32 2 500 56 87/88

ECTRI - European Conference of Transport Research Institutes - ECTRI, the European Conference of Transport Research Institutes, is an international non-profit organization registered in Belgium that was founded in April 2003. ECTRI as the leading European research association for sustainable and multimodal mobility is committed to providing the scientifically based competence, knowledge and advice to move towards a green, safe, efficient, and inclusive transport for people and goods. It does so by

1. Promoting transport research and enhancing its scientific quality and effectiveness,

2. Providing independent, evidence-based advice to decision-makers in Europe and

3. Incorporating and representing the foremost European transport research Institutes and Universities.

Its members are currently 28 major transport research institutes or universities from 21 European countries. Together, they account for more than 4000 European scientific and research staff in the field of transport.


Caroline Alméras

Ana Pereira


Via Santa Marta, 3 – 50139 Firenze 


Tel: +39 055 275881

The University of Florence (Università di Firenze - UNIFI) is a public body with a non-profit organization status devoted to research and higher education. With a research income of €135 M and a staff of more than 4’000 people (approximately divided in 1’600 professors, 800 researchers and 1’700 technicians), UNIFI facilities extend over several sites all-round the Florentine province as well as three major Tuscany cities. UNIFI participates to the Project with its Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (DICEA) and it’s LASIS Laboratory (interdepartmental laboratory for crash reconstruction, full-scale crash tests and virtual reality simulation including civil and mechanical expertise) that operates an advanced 6 Degrees of Freedom Driving Simulator.


Prof. PhD, PE Francesca La Torre

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PO.Box 5 (Kiljavantie 6)

05200 Rajamäki


Tel: +358 9 2904 1200

TTS is a research, development and training institute. It was established in 1924 and operates in 16 localities all over in Finland. TTS is a non-profit-making registered association. TTS membership includes private individuals, associations and companies. TTS Institute’s staff is 190 persons. TTS activities are financed through proceeds from research and development projects and publications, training services, membership fees and government appropriations. TTS is supervised by the National Board of Education and organizes employment training, voluntary vocational training, apprenticeship training and personnel training. TTS provides research, development and training services mainly in the following fields: transportation, logistics, automobile engineering, agriculture and productivity. TTS is the biggest training institute for heavy vehicle drivers in Finland. TTS has trained professional drivers since 1956. TTS is the biggest bus and coach driver trainer and one of the biggest truck driver trainers. TTS has both initial and periodic training for drivers. The driver training is occurred in 16 cities all over Finland. TTS has experience of semi-autonomous and smart mobility research and developing projects e.g. DESERVE. TTS is also the participant in many cooperation national and international forums on ITC and autonomous driving areas. TTS has Simulator Centre (two high-end-simulators and eight low-end-simulators) in Vantaa where we provide research, development and training to bus and truck drivers and companies. In Finland, TTS is the leading organization to provide and to develop simulator-based research and training. TTS cooperates closely with transportation companies to assist their operations and driver skills development.


Arto Kyytinen





Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24

10129 Torino


Tel:+39 0110906937

Founded in 1859, Politecnico di Torino (POLITO) is a leading institution in Italy and in Europe in the field of technical-scientific research (, with a yearly budget of about €300 million and over 30000 students attending 115 different courses (15% of them are international students).

POLITO employs 900 people among professors and tenured researchers, covering also all disciplines of relevance for green transport areas.  Each year POLITO draw up about 800 contracts with industries, government-funded institutions, local organizations.

POLITO international education network features about 150 bilateral and 40 double-degree agreements with EU and non-EU universities, active participation in university networks (CESAER, CLUSTER, E.C.I.U, EUA, CMU) and the establishment of international campuses (e.g. Sino-Italian campus of Tongji University in Shanghai). These contacts allow spreading and disseminating project results to a wide number of institutions.

POLITO is interested in further developing permanent partnerships in research and education with industries that want to take advantage of university collaboration for innovation, and development. The Cittadella Politecnica (the 170,000 m2 recent expansion of the main campus in a central position of Torino city) is the place dedicated to cooperation between POLITO and industries.

POLITO has also a strong experience in project coordination: the Research Fund Raising Division has been involved in the management of EU RTD projects since 1995. Politecnico di Torino is also active in many activities and projects aiming at the citizens’ involvement in science. POLITO offers excellence in technology and promotes the ability to carry out theoretical or applied research in automotive-related focus areas (Conventional and Alternative Powertrains, Energy Efficiency & Fuel Economy, Body, Chassis, Interiors, Electronics, ICT & Connectivity, Materials and Manufacturing, Dynamics) and also the capacity to achieve concrete and reliable productive processes or organize services and facilities.


Giovanni Belingardi

Cristina Pronello

Valentina Rappazzo

Ezio Spessa 


 Av. Rovisco Pais, 

1049-001 Lisboa


Tel: +35 121 841 7643

IST - The Instituto Superior Técnico, founded in 1910, is an Engineering, Science and Technology School, belonging to the Technical University of Lisbon. Today 8500 students are enrolled in 21 different first cycle programmes and 33-second cycle programmes, covering a broad range of areas including all traditional engineering domains and modern specializations in Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and Technological Physics Engineering. 1500 students are enrolled in 22 PhD programmes. The Instituto Superior Tecnico has close to 800 faculties, of which 700 are PhD holders, that develop their activity in our campus and provide the necessary guidance to our students. Higher Education and Research and Development of high quality and excellence and in close cooperation with society are developed in several Research Centers providing the most suitable conditions for reinforcing a Research University model. More then 50% of the total budget stems from research projects directly contracted with the industry within the different EC FP contracts.


Virginia Infante

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Heroon Polytechniou 5,

Zografou, GR-15773



Tel: +30 210 772 1326

NTUA- National Technical University of Athens - The Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering of the School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) studies the transportation of persons and goods. NTUA has significant experience in traffic analysis, safety research, transportation planning and optimization of transportation operations. In the last 25 years, emphasis has been given to basic and applied research on traffic analysis, road safety, mobility, road user behaviour, transportation modelling, infrastructure design and management at national and international level. NTUA participated in numerous projects of the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and Horizons 2020, EU RTD Framework Programmes (e.g., PROMISING, ADVISORS, ROSEBUD, IN-SAFETY, HUMANIST, 2BeSafe, SafetyNet, DaCoTA, PARIS, AMADEUS, SkidSafe etc), in other EU-projects (SARTRE 2, 3&4, COST-329, CAREPLUS 1 & 2, COST-254, COST 1208) and projects for the CEDR, the WHO, ITF and UNECE, as well as in several national research projects for Transport Authorities and Municipalities in the field transportation planning and engineering with emphasis on road safety and management. Furthermore, NTUA has a key role in the development and update of the ERSO - European Road Safety Observatory.


Prof. George Yannis





Boulevard Newton 14-20–

Cité Descartes

77477 Marne-la-vallée cedex 2


Tel:+33 1 81 66 80 00

IFSTTAR - The French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks

The harmonious development of human societies depends on our capacity to live together and share public space and time, quite as much as resources. Society is becoming not only increasingly mobile, urbanized, globalized and digital, but also more and more participative, environmentally responsible, aware of the limited nature of its resources and safety conscious. In addition – at least in developed countries – populations are ageing rapidly. Each of these factors is a challenge for the 21st century.

IFSTTAR has made a non-exhaustive list of the areas where it could make a valuable contribution:

- Mitigating climate change, adapting to it and limiting energy demand

- Protecting our built heritage and making it versatile, increasing the resilience of systems

- Preserving biodiversity and natural resources

- Enhancing living environments and reducing socio-spatial inequalities at various scales

Responding to demographic changes, improving public health and human safety

- Adapting to and implementing technological and socioeconomic changes to improve the design of public space and transport

Its role of advancing, disseminating and exploiting knowledge in the area of human and freight transport, urban and non-urban spatial planning and networks, both physical (transport, energy, water) and non-physical (expertise and knowledge), makes IFSTTAR able to play a part in taking up these major challenges which it will tackle while giving a central role to considering people in their spatial and social setting.


Claude Marin-Lamellet



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Linkmenu str. 28

08217 Vilnius


Tel: +370 5 251 2354

Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU) is one of the largest technical universities in Lithuania with 940 employees and 11 000 students. VGTU as leading research and high-education organization in Lithuania deals with innovation and research for the transport sector and prepares a large number of highly trained students and specialists for the transport sector. Study programmes cover areas of road, rail, structures and transport engineering as well as aviation.

VGTU is a leading road research organization in Lithuania having high-quality personnel with long-term experience in road research activities, mainly focusing on scientific research and engineering works, development and application of road building materials, construction technologies, road and pavement structures, structural design and performance assessment, surface characteristics, maintenance and asset management, ITS, environment and safety improvements as well as creating national standards and other normative documents. VGTU RRI is also deeply involved in the European road and transport research activities, personnel of VGTU RRI are members of a number of transport sector international organizations. The quality of activity is assured by the quality management system according to standards LST EN ISO 9001, LST EN ISO 14001, BS OHSAS 18001 (LST 1977). VGTU RRI each year organize the number of qualification courses for road sector professionals (for private and public sectors).


Prof. Dr. Audrius Vaitkus

Dr Migle Paliukaite


5 avenue François Mitterrand – 69675 Bron Cedex 


Tel: +33 04 72 14 23 15

HUMANIST Virtual Centre of Excellence, is an association of research organizations that was established in 2007 in Lyon. It is composed of universities, research institutes and research-intensive companies.HUMANIST aims to be a Virtual Center of Excellence in 4 areas:

-HMI – Human Machine Interaction

-Human behaviour in Traffic

-ITS – Intelligent Transport Systems

-Vehicle automation

Its members are active in these areas and in the interaction between them. The activities of HUMANIST are determined by the needs and interests of its members. As a general rule, all HUMANIST activities involve the active cooperation of at least three members.


Lucile Mendoza 


Sekr. SG 18 - Salzufer 17-19

1058 Berlin 


Tel: +49 0 30 314 23 31



TUB - Technische Universität Berlin - The Chair of Track and Railway Operations at Technische Universität Berlin does research in the fields of track constructions, rail operations and signalling systems. The Chair includes the railway laboratory with two driver cabins and nine signalling boxes of nine different types, operating a model railway. Currently, the Chairs’ main research fields are the noise reduction of trains, the operation of battery trains and electronic tokens in case of a signalling failure.


Armin Emde