Master thesis | RSE

If you are interested in a master thesis in the specialization Railway Systems Engineering (RSE) at VIA, please contact Mr. Felix Lampe (lampe@via.rwth-aachen.de) with up to three topic preferences from the list.

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1 Development and analysis of financing systems for non-individual means of transport. Comparison of financing (of all means of transport) (passengers and goods) transport worldwide, europe-wide and in Germany, with focus on state subsidies - Development of a combined financing system that a) is uniformly designed for all modes of transport, b) fairly distributes the funds among the modes of transport, c) promotes sustainable forms of transport - The financing system should be specified on the example of the federal state of Germany and should not significantly change the total volume of the total funds available to all current finance instruments combined.
2 Analyzing the premises and effects of substituting domestic flights in Germany by train rides Description and analysis of approaches to shift domestic passenger flights to train rides (for example a prohibition of domestic passenger flights) – Analysis of the effects of these measures onto the environment and the passengers
3 Artificial intelligence in the railway sector The potentials of artificial intelligence in the railway sector are to be analysed. What distinguishes artificial intelligence from established algorithms and what problems can it solve? Particular focus will be placed on the challenge of applying it in context of safety-critical systems
4 Analysis of the financing and quality of European station infrastructure Comparison of different countries and their structures in terms of station infrastructure Comparison of quality measurements and funding - Comparison and critical analysis of quality measurement from the operator and visitor perspective (survey) - Pro and contra comparison of methods
5 Mining Train Delays and its Causes First, research data mining techniques to find delay pattern and their causes. Then apply a suitable method to operational data.
Programming experience is mandatory to apply for this topic!
6 Cybersecurity in Railways Overview of data communication in the railway sector. Evaluation of current cyber threats faced by the railway system. Description of projects regarding cyber security with special emphasis on Europe. Ideas for the development of a common European framework against cyberattacks.
7 Analysis of timetable structures in relation to the structures of the railway network Literature review of globally applied timetable structures (e. g. national/regional/local scale) in comparison with the underlying railway network. Identification of characteristics by which (the investigated) network structures can be categorized.
8 Potential analysis of driverless rail freight transport Analyses of the current and future freight transport market - Potentials to improve current processes in rail freight transport by technol - Creation and evaluation of operational concepts for driverless rail freight transport
9 Comparison of European countries’ strategies to reduce bottlenecks in their rail networks Examination of strategies how selected countries and operators detect bottlenecks in their network and of the criteria that is applied for infrastructure expansion - Assembling of basic information on the legal framework within which adjustments can be made to tracks in the respective countries - Deeper exposition and comparison of bottleneck reducing measures in Europe (routes and nodes) - Comparison of the advantages and disadvantages of different strategies and conclusions for improving bottleneck reduction in the German rail network
10 Disruption Management in Railway Systems Classification of different types of disruptions - Analysis of the impact of disruptions - Development of methods for resolving disruptions - Development of esilience strategies against disruptions