The Railway Systems Group is part of the multidisciplinary Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education within the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Research in the School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer engineering considers: bespoke instrumentation and condition monitoring; novel traction systems; energy and power simulation; traffic simulation, control and management; system engineering; and data management using ontology. The group undertakes a large number of projects for the European Commission, international railway administrations, governments and industry suppliers.
Facilities and opportunities
The Railway Systems Group benefits from its own electronics and sensing system development laboratory, an electric traction teaching laboratory, a railway systems integration laboratory for large scale traction experimentation, as well as, various railway equipment test rigs.
A fortnightly railway seminar series is run in the group during term time, furthermore, students are able to attend lectures of the Centre’s MSc in Railway Systems Engineering and Integration and MRes in Railway System Integration (see www.railway.bham.ac.uk).
The group has longstanding links with industry, policy makers and academics in the UK, Europe, Japan, Singapore and China. Over recent years funding has been secured from the European Commission, EPSRC, the UK Department for Transport, and numerous companies including: Network Rail, Atkins, Invensys, Balfour Beatty, Southern Railways, Arup, the Railway Safety and Standards Board, Association of Train Operating Companies, General Electric, Singapore Land Transit Authority, National Science Foundation of China.
Current projects include:
Condition monitoring of railway assets (point machines, track circuits, train doors) supported by Network Rail, RSSB, EPSRC, Southern, Arup and the European Commission (www.automain.eu);
Condition monitoring of the wheel/rail interface supported by the EPSRC (www.track21.org.uk);
Non-destructive testing of rails supported by the European Commission (www.saferail.eu and www.interailproject.eu);
Railway data modelling using ontology – support by the European Commission (www.integrail.info), EPSRC, Invensys and Network Rail
Traffic management and capacity assessment – supported by the European Commission, EPSRC and UK Department for Transport.
Energy simulation for improved energy efficiency – supported by the UK Department for Transport, ATOC, Atkins, National Science Foundation of China and Singapore Land Transit Authority.
Novel railway traction system design – supported by AWM (www.birminghamsciencecity.co.uk), General Electric and the UK Department for Transport
School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education
Power & Control Group
Our research and teaching stretches from materials, devices and systems - with close links with physics - through the generation and distribution of electrical energy, the railwaynetwork, communications and applied computing, to activities in serious games and human interaction technologies, which border on applied psychology.
With 30 academic staff andnearly 40 support staff, it's likely that we will be active inwhichever aspect of Electrical and Computer Engineeringis of interest to you. Our turnover on research is around £3million per year, which comes from a variety of sources includingUK government and industry as well as the EU. We are keen to welcome new students who have ability, enthusiasm and commitment.
Over 25 years, the Institution of Engineering and Technology(IET) has recognised our taught programmes as the first stepstowards professional chartered engineer status, and accreditationof our courses was confirmed by the IET in 2008.
In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 85% of our research was judgedto be of international standing while 60% was internationally leading. Our aim is to maintain and improve on this high qualityin all aspects of our work.
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