Trains are in my DNA

Dr Emma Baker-Langman, Project Director talks about her specialist interest in systems thinking and her take on being a neurodivergent individual in the railway sector. Ever since my first train set in the 1980s, I have had a fascination with trains. Later, this expanded to include other critical infrastructure like roads, water systems and power … Continue reading “Trains are in my DNA”

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Evaluation and optimisation of hybrid railway vehicles traction system

By Tajud Din, Research Fellow in Hydrogen Traction. Energy and environmental sustainability in urban rail transport have gained significant attention in recent years. The UK government has pledged to remove all diesel-only trains by 2040, with about 29% of the current train fleets running solely on diesel fuel. One option to achieve this ambitious goal … Continue reading “Evaluation and optimisation of hybrid railway vehicles traction system”

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A Journey of Engineering and Empathy: Advancing Accessibility and Inclusivity 

By Kimberley Harding  Having grown up in a world of complex engineering concepts and innovative designs, I’m passionate about weaving accessibility and inclusivity into the fabric of everyday life. As a railway engineer of over ten years and a researcher specialising in design inclusion, ergonomics, and railway engineering, I greatly advocate for change and user-centred … Continue reading “A Journey of Engineering and Empathy: Advancing Accessibility and Inclusivity “

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Paving the Way for Blind Passengers: Bridging the Transport Divide with Technology

In support of the IBSA World Games taking place on campus, here at the University of Birmingham; Dr Joe Preece talks about some of his recent research and how this can be applied more specifically for blind and/or isually impaired passengers. In the bustling society of the 21st Century, transport isn’t merely a convenience – … Continue reading “Paving the Way for Blind Passengers: Bridging the Transport Divide with Technology”

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Mind the Data Gap: Bridging DfT’s Transport Data Strategy with tomorrow’s tech

Dr Joe Preece’s researches explores the intersection of computer science and the rail industry, applying innovative solutions to drive improvement. For this piece he takes a closer look at the route of the strategy and the potential delays in the way (pardon the railway puns). We must harness the potential of AI to revolutionise the … Continue reading “Mind the Data Gap: Bridging DfT’s Transport Data Strategy with tomorrow’s tech”

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Education for Innovation

Dr Holly Foss, Director of Education provides her account on the RIA Innovation Conference 2023 and the takeaways from the event. Last week I had the pleasure of attending the RIA Innovation conference alongside colleagues from BCRRE, Southampton, and Huddersfield as part of UKRRIN. Now in its 13th year, the RIA Innovation Conference is an … Continue reading “Education for Innovation”

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The UK Science and Technology Framework: We like it, we support it, we want to make it happen!

This week saw the publication of the Science and Technology Framework setting out the current government’s strategy and ambition to become a Science and Technology Superpower. Fronted by the newly created Department for Science, Innovation, and Technology and under the leadership of MP Michelle Donelan, the Framework outlines ten key areas of focus in developing … Continue reading “The UK Science and Technology Framework: We like it, we support it, we want to make it happen!”

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Railways in the future of sustainable transport

Dr Marcelo Blumenfeld, Assistant Professor in Future Transport Systems talks about railways in the future of sustainable transport. On Monday, Prof Stuart Hillmansen highlighted the crucial role of railway systems in decarbonising transport and supporting the country towards its Net Zero strategy. The transport sector is responsible for around 25% of all global greenhouse gas … Continue reading “Railways in the future of sustainable transport”

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