The Signalling Lab, which exists from the early 1960s, will start its operation after an extensive modernisation. In the last years, the model railway system was rebuilt using nowadays standards (H0, digital train control) and an Electronic Interlocking with a modern Ks-Signal were added. The reopening of the Signalling Lab will be celebrated at the end of November with a colloquium exclusively with invited guests.
A report of the Seedfund-Project "Capacity management of railway lines based on queuing theory and high-dimensional Markov-chains" (only in german) in cooperation with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anke Schmeink (ISEK) is now available at the Exploratory Research Space (ERS) homepage.
From November 13 to 14, 2018, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Braunschweig will host the VDI Expert Forum on "Automation of Rail Operations - Opportunities and Risks ". More information can be found here.
Trade visitors from rail industry and politics visited the booth of the Research Center Railways (RCR) of the RWTH Aachen at this year's Innotrans in Berlin. One of the highlights was the visit of the Bavarian Minister of Transport, Ilse Aigner, on September 19th. The professors Nießen and Schindler explained her the current research projects at the RCR.
At this year's leading trade fair for rail transport "Innotrans", Prof. Nießen gave an impulse on innovations in railway operation at DB Innovation Forum. At this event, a top-class interactive panel discussion took place together with Peter Lang, Dr. Ben Moebius, Philippe Citroën, Carlo Borghini, Prof. Sabina Jeschke, Dr. Josef Doppelbauer, Prof. Nils Nießen and Jürgen Mues.
On 28th September, the VIA undertook its company outing to many different stations of the Hambachbahn. In unfortunately bad weather, the special railway system was explained. The trains serve to transport the lignite.
As chairman of the Technical Division for Railway Technologies at the Association of German Engineers, Prof. Nießen has handed over the VDI Medal of Honor to Dipl.-Ing. Udo Stahlberg (VDV) at the "InnoTrans" in Berlin on 19 September 2018.
This semester's topic for the seminar on Railway Engineering and Transport Economics will be "Digitalization for Railway Operation". The introductory meeting and assignment of the topics will take place on October 29, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in room 105.2 of the civil engineering building. You can register until October 26, 2018.
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