"The proposed project: 'RISEN' is collaborative and interdisciplinary by nature, and it synergises world-class laboratories and ground-breaking technical capabilities of staff across the globe."

"New insights into rail infrastructures will be derived in RISEN to improve response and resilience of rail infrastructure systems to climate change, extreme events from natural and human-made hazards, and future operational demands. The high-impact outcomes will unleash significant benefits to both public and industry sectors."


Social and economic growth, security and sustainability in Europe are at risk of being compromised due to aging and failing railway infrastructure systems. This partly reflects a recognised skill shortage in railway infrastructure engineering. This project, RISEN, aims to enhance knowledge creation and transfer using both international and intersectoral secondment mechanisms among European Advanced Rail Research Universities/SMEs and Non-EU, world-class rail universities including the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (USA), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), Southwest Jiaotong University (China) and University of Wollongong (Australia). This project adds research skill mobility and innovation dimension to existing bilateral collaborations between universities through research exchange, joint research supervision, summer courses, international training and workshops, and joint development of innovative inventions. It spans over 4 years from April 2016 to March 2020.

RISEN aims to produce the next generation of engineers and scientists needed to meet the challenge of providing sustainable, smart and resilient railway infrastructure systems critical for maintaining European competitiveness. The emphasis will be placed on the resilience and adaptation of railway and urban transport infrastructures using integrated smart systems. Such critical areas of the research theme will thus be synergised to improve response and resilience of rail infrastructure systems to climate change, extreme events from natural and human-made hazards, and future operational demands. In addition, researchers will benefit from the co-location of engineering education, training and research alongside world-class scientists and industry users through this initiative. Lessons learnt from rail infrastructure management will be shared and utilised to assure integrated and sustainable rail transport planning for future cities and communities.

UK-JAPAN Synposium on 'Highspeed Rail' was successfully organized and extremely well received

RISEN UOB successfully hosted the "UK-Japan Symposium on Highspeed rails" on the 21st of September 2018 at the University of Birmingham. This event was sponsored by the JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) and JSPS London. "UK-Japan Symposium on Highspeed Rails" addressed one of the most pressing issues in the U.K. Read more...

WCRR 2019 Congress Announcement and Call for Papers

We are very pleased to announce that the 12th World Congress on Railway Research - WCRR 2019 will be held in Tokyo, Japan, at the venue called Tokyo International Forum from October 28 to November 1, 2019 hosted by the Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI), of the Japan Railways (JR) group.

WCRR is the world’s largest international congress on railway research, where railway researchers and engineers gather together with managers and executives of railway-related organizations in one congress. WCRR 2019, with the congress theme “Railway Research to Enhance the Customer Experience,” will provide a perfect opportunity for railway delegates from around the world to gather and share their views regarding the roles that research and development are expected to play in order to further elevate the value of railways, while railway experts are able to share information and expertise.

We invite you and your colleagues to submit abstracts of papers for presentation at the congress. Abstracts are being accepted at the WCRR 2019 official website up until August 10, 2018.

For details, please see:

Session Topics are as follows, under which there are Sub-Topics (please refer to the Call for Papers for details): - Improvement of Service Quality, Speed, Time to Destination, and Functionality
- Economics, Policy and Planning
- Sustainability
- Safety and Natural Hazard Management
- Rolling Stock
- Infrastructure
- Railway System Interface
- Maglev and New Transport Systems

WCRR 2019 Call for Papers Timeline:
Deadline for Abstract submission: August 10, 2018
Confirmation of accepted Abstracts: By February 8, 2019
Date for submission of full papers to be provided for review: May 10, 2019
Deadline for submission of full and final paper: August 31, 2019

If you have any questions please contact the congress organizers as shown below.
Contact: Professional congress organizer (PCO) of WCRR 2019 The WCRR 2019 Headquarters of RTRI has appointed ISS, Inc. to take care of logistics for this congress.

Correspondences regarding WCRR 2019 should be addressed to:
ISS, Inc. Mita MT Bldg. 8F, 3-13-12 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0073, JAPAN TEL: +81-3-6369-9984 FAX: +81-3-3453-1180

For questions about abstracts/papers, please contact: wcrr2019-paper@issjp.com For questions about sponsorship and exhibitions, please contact:
For other general questions about WCRR, please contact:

LEARN MORE ABOUT WCRR 2019 at: http://wcrr2019.org

Student experience


RISEN researchers participated in UKRRIN 2018

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Invited lectures in China and Thailand

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CARS warmly welcomed RISEN coordinator

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