Professor Felix Schmid Dip.El.Ing.ETH, PhD, CEng., FIMechE, FIRSE, Eurailing

Professor Felix Schmid

Department of Civil Engineering
Professor in the School of Civil Engineering
Programme Director MSc in Railway Systems Engineering and Integration & Railway Risk and Safety Management

Contact details

Address
Centre for Railway Research and Education
Gisbett Kapp Building
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Professor Felix Schmid is the programme director for the MSc in Railway Systems Engineering and Integration.

Teaching

Professor Schmid teaches aspects of railway systems engineering, notably, train control, signalling, economics and strategic management. Together with Charles Watson and Piers Connor he has developed railway systems engineering short programmes for Bechtel, HMRI, London Underground and other organisations.

Other activities

Membership of Professional Organisations

  • Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Fellow of the Institution of Railway Signalling Engineers
  • European Railway Engineer (EurailIng)
  • Councillor, Union of European Railway Engineers’ Associations
  • Railway Study Association

External Examining

  • University of East London, Undergraduate programmes in engineering and doctorate
  • Kingston University, Foundation and BEng degrees in Railway Rolling Stock Systems
  • External examiner for doctorates at University of Birmingham, Loughborough University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Staffordshire University, Universidad de Ciudad Real

External Speaking Engagements

  • Lecture on Isambard Kingdom Brunel (presented 10 times, in different forms)
  • Lecture on Swiss Approaches to Railway Capacity Management (presented 3 times, in different forms)
  • Lecture on Straw-bale Construction of multi-storey buildings (presented 2 times)

Honorary Lectureships

  • University of Sheffield
  • École Centrale Lille
  • ENPC, École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris

University Committees

  • Committee member of the AUT at Brunel University
  • College computer committee at University of Birmingham

External committees / working groups

  • Qualifications committee of the Union of European Railway Engineers’ Associations
  • Councillor, Union of European Railway Engineers’ Associations

Other Interests

Straw-bale construction of multi-storey buildings, promotion of railway transport, development of a railway training and test facility in the West Midlands

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Wemakor, W, Jack, A & Schmid, F 2017, 'Establishing the Relationship between Railway Safety & Operational Performance' International Journal of Transport Development and Integration, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 98-114.

Blumenfeld, M, Roberts, C & Schmid, F 2016, 'A systems approach to developing a new metro for megalopoleis' Institution of Civil Engineers. Proceedings. Transport, vol. 169, no. TR5, pp. 249-261. https://doi.org/10.1680/jtran.16.00018

Evans, R, Roberts, C & Schmid, F 2016, 'A systems study of influential railway strategy documents' Institution of Civil Engineers. Proceedings. Transport, vol. 169, no. 5, pp. 272-282. https://doi.org/10.1680/jtran.16.00023

Akena, R, Schmid, F & Burrow, M 2016, 'Driving style for better fuel economy' Institution of Civil Engineers. Proceedings. Transport. https://doi.org/10.1680/jtran.15.00116

Hasegawa, D, Nicholson, GL, Roberts, C & Schmid, F 2016, 'Standardised approach to energy consumption calculations for high-speed rail' IET Electrical Systems in Transportation, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 179-189. https://doi.org/10.1049/iet-est.2015.0002

Xue, X, Smith, R, Schmid, F & Robinson, M 2016, 'Rail vehicle impact analysis: the instable propensity of structural responses and the critical scenarios of structural failure' Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit, vol. 230, no. 3, pp. 681-696. https://doi.org/10.1177/0954409714555382

Hasegawa, D, Nicholson, G, Roberts, C & Schmid, F 2016, 'Analysis of the robustness of terminal turnaround arrangements for railways' IET Intelligent Transport Systems, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 41-49. https://doi.org/10.1049/iet-its.2015.0039

Umiliacchi, S, Nicholson, G, Zhao, N, Schmid, F & Roberts, C 2016, 'Delay management and energy consumption minimisation on a single-track railway' IET Intelligent Transport Systems, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 50-57. https://doi.org/10.1049/iet-its.2015.0054

Douglas, H, Roberts, C, Hillmansen, S & Schmid, F 2015, 'An assessment of available measures to reduce traction energy use in railway networks' Energy Conversion and Management, vol. 106, pp. 1149-1165. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enconman.2015.10.053

Nicholson, G, Kirkwood, D, Roberts, C & Schmid, F 2015, 'Benchmarking and evaluation of railway operations performance' Journal of Rail Transport Planning and Management, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 274-293. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrtpm.2015.11.004

Conference contribution

Wemakor, W, Jack, A & Schmid, F 2018, Modelling the Relationship(s) Between Safety and Operational Performance. in Proceedings of the 2018 Joint Rail Conference. ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), Joint Rail Conference, 2018, Pittsburgh, United States, 18/04/18.

Blumenfeld, M, Schmid, F & Roberts, C 2017, A systems approach to developing future urban systems: creating a metro that fits the megalopolis. in The International Conference on Railway Engineering (ICRE) 2016. Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2016 International Conference on Railway Engineering, ICRE 2016, Brussels, Belgium, 12/05/16. https://doi.org/10.1049/cp.2016.0519

Zolfaghari, MR, Roberts, C & Schmid, F 2016, Application of system dynamics tools to model 24-hour metro systems: integration of system engineering and operation management. in 2016 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Rail Transportation, ICIRT 2016., 7588736, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), pp. 224-230, 2016 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Rail Transportation, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 23/08/16. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICIRT.2016.7588736

Douglas, H, Schmid, F, Roberts, C & Hillmansen, S 2016, Evaluation of Permanent Magnet Motor energy saving technology for different types of railways. in 2016 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Rail Transportation, ICIRT 2016., 7588721, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), pp. 123-129, 2016 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Rail Transportation, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 23/08/16. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICIRT.2016.7588721

Schmid, F & Goodman, C 2015, Overview of electric railway systems. in IET 13th Professional Development Course on Electric Traction Systems. Institution of Engineering and Technology, IET 13th Professional Development Course on Electric Traction Systems, London, United Kingdom, 3/11/14. https://doi.org/10.1049/cp.2014.1430

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