Dr Krishnan G Venkateswaran MIET

Dr Krishnan G Venkateswaran

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Assistant Professor of Railway Systems

Contact details

School of Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Krishnan is an Assistant Professor of Railway Systems at the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education. He has extensive experience and experience in signalling systems and the simulation of railway control and operational environments, and supports the delivery of teaching and training at BCRRE.

He has previously supported organisations including RAIB, Network Rail and CAF integrate digital systems and knowledge to develop new capabilities, including the development and validation of a new continuous train protection system, benchmarking it against existing systems, through to carrying out feasibility studies into the use of cost-effective, portable, ETCS Level 2 units for charter trains, reducing the cost and risks associated with national fitment of ERTMS.


  • PhD in Railway Systems Engineering, 2019, University of Birmingham,
  • MSc in Railway Systems Engineering and Integration, 2013, University of Birmingham
  • BTech in Information Technology, Amrita School of Engineering, Bangalore


  • MSc, Railway Systems Engineering and Integration

Postgraduate supervision

Supervise MSc dissertations in the areas of systems engineering, provide supervision to degree apprenticeship students.


  • Testing and validation of new technologies on the railway
  • Simulation of railway networks for measuring performance impact on introduction of new technology

Other activities

  • CPD programs for private companies
  • Representative for BCRRE research areas in India
  • Visiting lecturer at National Railway and Transportation Institute (now GSV), Vadodara


  • Venkateswaran, K.G. et. al, 2022, 'Exploring the feasibility of running ETCS level 2 overlay over conventional signalling along the Jhansi to Bina section of Indian Railways', Paper presented at World Congress on Railway Research, Birmingham
  • Venkateswaran K.G. et al., 2022, 'Assessing a low cost ETCS portable solution for low priority railway traffic', paper presented at IRSE signalling conference, New Delhi
  • Guruvayur Venkateswaran, K., 2019. Evaluation of railway system performance under changing levels of automation using a simulation framework (Doctoral dissertation, University of Birmingham
  • D3.3.2– Analysis of European best practices and levels of automation for traffic management under large disruptions,Krishnan G. Venkateswaran, Gemma L. Nicholson, Lei Chen, Paola Pelligrini,Capacity for Rail project, IFFSTAR, UIC: 54-80.
  • Impact of Automation on the Capacity of a Mainline Railway: A Preliminary Hypothesis and Methodology, Krishnan G. Venkateswaran, Gemma L. Nicholson, Clive Roberts, Robert Stone, IEEE 18th International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC), 2015

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