3rd RISEN ECR Workshop

In July 2018, BRNO University of Technology in Czech Republic will proudly host the third RISEN ECR Training Workshop to provide training in public speaking and engagement, research commercialisation skills, intellectual properties and open access publication strategies for RISEN young researchers and scholars. If you would like to participate, please send an email to RISEN Project Researcher Chayut Ngamkhanong (chayut.ngam@gmail.com). The deadline for registration is June 1, 2018.


25 October 2017



Welcome to WCCMXIII and PANACM II

The 13th World Congress in Computational Mechanics is expected to be one of the largest Computational Mechanics gatherings in the United States, with an expected participation from all parts of the globe, representing multiple sectors, including academia, government and industry. The conference will be held on July 22, 2018 - July 27, 2018 in New York City, USA.
RISEN Team (Sakdirat Kaewunruen(UOB), Akira Aikawa(RITI), Raid Karoumi(KTH), Alex Remennikov (UOW)) will chair a mini-symposium on Computational Mechanics and Dynamics in Transportation Infrastructures This mini-symposium will address some of the most essential issues currently affecting the safety, reliability and functionality of transportation and transit systems. Rebuilding and enhancing urban rail infrastructure faces problems, beyond the search from experimental and empirical solutions. This symposium will accept various novel and original research topics related to computational mechanics and dynamics in transportation infrastructure systems
www.wccm2018.org


25 October 2017



RISEN UOB warmly welcomed Dr.Keiichi Goto from RTRI

UOB RISEN Team has welcomed Dr.Keiichi Goto, Assistant Senior Researcher from Railway Technical Research Institute, as an academic visitor to the University of Birmingham. He will carry the research in the following areas: railway track simulation, evaluation of prestressed concrete sleeper of railway and design, railway vibration.


25 October 2017



Risen partner won prestigious geotechnical award

Congratulations to our international partner, Professor Chonlachat Rujikiatkamjorn from University of Wollongong. He won the prestigious geotechnical award at The 15th International Conference of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (15IACMAG) held in Wuhan, China, during October 20-23, 2017.


25 October 2017



The 2nd Czech-Japan Tribology Workshop

The 2nd Joint Workshop on Tribology will be held in Takamatsu Japan from 15 to 16 November 2017. This workshop is jointly organised by RISEN Brno University of Technology (Prof M Hartl) and RTRI (Dr Chen). You all are invited to attend this event. The event program will be posted on RISEN website (www.risen2rail.eu). Note that the participation is free. Please kindly RSVP via e-mail: chen@rtri.or.jp (Dr Chen) by the end of October 2017.


27 September 2017



RISEN UOB participated IMST 2017

RISEN UOB Team (Dr Kaewunruen) participated and gave research presentations in the 3rd International Conference "Innovative Materials, Structures and Technologies" (IMST 2017) organized by the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Riga Technical University in Riga, Latvia, on 27th - 29th September 2017. Dr Kaewunruen also chaired a session on structural control and health monitoring.


27 September 2017

RISEN UOB participated BESTINFRA 2017

RISEN UOB Team (Mr Ngamkhanong) participated and gave research presentations in The Building up Efficient and Sustainable Transport Infrastructure (BestInfra 2017) held in Prague, Czech Republic 21th - 22th September 2017. Mr Ngamkhanong also chaired a session on railway infrastructure.


21 September 2017

ISO standard committee meeting in Paris

RISEN UOB Team (Dr Kaewunruen) has been appointed as the UK Expert on ISO Standard Working Group for Railway Concrete Sleepers and Bearers. This appointment will enhance RISEN outcome in order to make strong and lasting impact on international standardization. The kick-off meeting, sponsored by British Standard Institute (BSI), was carried out in Paris, France. Dr Kaewunruen will fully assist on both design and testing review of the standard. After the meeting, he had also given a talk on railway research and RISEN at CentraleSupélec.


20 September 2017

RISEN UOB participated DENORMS Action’s Workshop

RISEN UOB Team (Dr Kaewunruen) participated in the DENORMS Action’s Brainstorming Workshop “Sandpit: New approaches to design of noise reducing materials and structures” on 14th -15th September 2017 in Novi Sad (Serbia), organized by University of Novi Sad. In this workshop, a novel development using meta-materials in railway industry was formed.


14 September 2017

The upcoming concrete society events on "Incorporating carbon nanotubes to enhance intelligence in rubberised concrete"

The upcoming concrete society events on "Incorporating carbon nanotubes to enhance intelligence in rubberised concrete"

By Dr. Sakdirat Kaewunruen (Senior Lecturer in Railway and Civil Engineering, Birmingham University)

Please email regional-events@concrete.org.uk to ensure your place at this event.
For more information(click here)


14 September 2017

RISEN UOB arranged seminar by guest speaker from University of Zagreb

Dr.Ivo Haladin, Postdoctoral Researcher at Department for Transportation Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Zagreb, Croatia, narrated on topic "The Effect of Rail Fastening System Modifications on Tram Traffic Noise and Vibration". The event was considerably paid attention by UOB's students, postdoctorals and researchers. Dr.Ivo also specialises in railway noise and vibration, RUCONBAR (Rubberized concrete noise barriers), Ballastless concrete railway track ECOTRACK, Noise and vibrations on tramway and railway tracks, Effect of dampers on rail vibrations, COST Action CA15125 etc.

Abstract (to download click here)

7 September 2017



RISEN UOB warmly welcomed the guest from RailTEC

Chen-Yu (Chenyo) Lin, the fourth year PhD student from Rail Transportation and Engineering Center (RailTEC), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, shortly visited University of Birmingham. Chenyo worked on "Risk Assessment of adjacent track accidents on shared-use rail corridors" topic. His research focuses on the safety and risk analyses on the passenger and freight shared-use rail corridors. Major research topics include, but not limited to: causal train accident analysis, adjacent track accident risk assessment, and high-speed rail safety.




5 September 2017

RISEN welcomed Prof.Ping Liu and Erasmus+ engineers

Prof.Ping Liu from Jiangsu University of Science and Technology has joined RISEN UOB Team. Prof.Ping will work on the principle of membranes structure based on the compressed air flow. UOB RISEN Team has also welcomed Clement Bourgoin and Mathieu Cellan, Erasmus+ engineers from France. They will work on the dynamic behvaiour of over head line equipment(OHLE).



22 August 2017




2nd RISEN ECR Workshop and International Symposium on Rail Infrastructure Systems Engineering (i-RISE 2017)

In July 2017, UPV successfully hosted the 2nd RISEN ECR Workshop and International Symposium on Rail Infrastructure Systems Engineering (i-RISE 2017). On behalf of RISEN Consortium, we would like to thank UPV (Prof Julia Real and Jose Luis Velarte Gonzalez) for their kind and superb hospitality. Our RISEN ECRs had successfully engaged with over 75 local school students (12-14 years old) to help them gain some understanding in STEM and railway engineering. Also, congratulations to the best presentation winners: Daniel Kvarda (Brno University of Technology) and Araliya Mosleh (University of Porto). All participants are invited to submit a contribution for a special issue on "Railway infrastructure engineering" in Infrastructures. This gold open access journal complies with European Commission H2020 Article 29. The submission is free until the end of 2017. For more details, please visit http://mdpi.com/si/9564

Please kindly note in your diary that we will have the Project Midterm Review on Friday 20 October 2017 (9.00-15.30) at Poli Milan, Italy. I would like to ask every partner to prepare the summary of your institution secondment and future plan. Any reason or potential cause for secondment delay should be recorded, highlighted and justified so we could help you effectively. Hope you all enjoy the summer! For those who are on a secondment, please kindly let us know your twitter, Instagram or social media. We will try our best to promote you and your research.

Best wishes and take care,
RISEN Coordinator Dr Sakdirat Kaewunruen, the University of Birmingham, UK











21 July 2017



Appointment on ISO Standard Working Group

RISEN UOB Team (Dr Kaewunruen) has been appointed as the UK Expert on ISO Standard Working Group for Railway Concrete Sleepers and Bearers. This appointment will enhance RISEN outcome in order to make strong and lasting impact on international standardization.


12 July 2017





RISEN Partners honored at the 1st International Conference on Rail Transportation

RISEN Partners (including the University of Wollongong, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, University of Birmingham, University of Porto, Poli-Milan, TU Delft and Brno University of Technology) actively participated and gave invited and keynote presentations in The 1st International Conference on Rail Transportation, hosted by Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU) in Chengdu, China. The event was successfully organized and extremely well received by both international and domestic research and industrial communities. Technical visit to one of the world largest railway simulation and railway engineering laboratories at SWJTU was very impressive. Note: currently, two RISEN secondments at SWJTU include Andreas (from KTH) and Dan (from Birmingham). Brno will carry out two secondments at SWJTU in early 2018. In return, two PhD students from SWJTU will attend TU Delft and University of Birmingham in September and October 2017, respectively. On this ground, we are very grateful to Prof Wanming Zhai for his kind help and excellent hospitality.





12 July 2017

Congratulations to Rimas Janeliukstis, Erasmus+ Intern

Congratulations to Rims Janeliukstis, a PhD student from Riga University of Technology. He had done his experiment on railway concrete sleepers and developed a new advanced signal processing algorithm that can detect damage localisation and predict severity for track maintenance prioritisation.



19 June 2017



RISEN UOB participated COMPDYN 2017


RISEN UOB Team (Dr Kaewunruen) participated and gave research presentations in 6th International Conference on Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (COMPDYN 2017) , Rodos Palace's Convention Center in Rhodes Island, Greece. Dr Kaewunruen also chaired a session on extreme dynamics.



17 June 2017

RISEN UOB Team participated WMCAUS 2017

RISEN UOB research students (Serdar Dindar, Chayut Ngamkhanong and Dan Li) participated and gave research presentations in The World Multidisciplinary Civil Engineering-Architecture-Urban Planning Symposium WMCAUS 2017 held at Hotel Duo in Prague, Czech Republic from 12-16 June 2017. WMCAUS was a forum for discussion of the latest findings and technologies in different fields of the Civil Engineering, Architecture, City and Urban Planning.


16 June 2017

RISEN welcomed Erasmus+ Intern and PhD student

Theo Marchal, a master student from ESTACA and Ms Panrawee Rungskunroch , scholarship student from Thai government, have joined RISEN UOB Team. Theo will work on the railway thinking approach in maintaining the infrastructure and Panrawee will develop a benchmarking operational readiness of high speed rail systems.



1 June 2017

RISEN visited IAF2017 in Munster Germany

RISEN Team visited International Exhibition on Track Technology (IAF 2017) in Munster, Germany. The exhibition was one of the world largest track technology forum and attracted a large number of attendants. RISEN team met with a number of SMEs and railway enterprises to discuss potential collaboration.



1 June 2017

RISEN UOB Team participated in Transportation Geotechnics in St Petersburg

RISEN UOB Team presented new research work at TGG2017 (Transportation Geotechniques and Geoenvironment), held at St Petersbugh State Railway University in Russia. Dr Kaewunruen also chaired a session on advanced problems in noise and vibration.

18 May 2017

RISEN Team Participated in Railtex 2017

RISEN UOB team participated in Railtex 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham from 9th to 11th May 2017. Railtex was the all-encompassing showcase for technological innovations across the entire rail supply market. Railtex 2017 offered an exciting variety of feature areas and associated events, which were open to all visitors to attend.

9 May 2017

RISEN ECRs Participated in the 1st PGR Symposium

RISEN UOB research students participated in and gave research presentations in the School of Engineering First Annual PGR Symposium at Civil and Mechanical Engineering Building, the University of Birmingham. The symposium was an opportunity to discuss various research activities in the School and gained various soft and hard skills. RISEN Team Participated in Railtex 2017

9 May 2017

RISEN UOB Team presented new work in railway uncertainties in Jordan

RISEN UOB Team participated in CESARE 2017 hosted by Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST). The presentation on railway under climate uncertainties was very well received.


4 May 2017

RISEN UOB Team visited RITI

RISEN UOB Team (Dr Kaewunruen) took part in ISO Standard Committee Meeting hosted by Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI) in Tokyo Japan in April. During this visit, Dr Kaewunruen also visited the University of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Laboratories at RTRI to discuss potential joint research via RISEN. RTRI's Dr Keiichi Goto will join UOB Team in October 2017 for collaborative research on railway sleepers.

24 April 2017

RISEN UOB Team visited Oman

RISEN UOB Team was also invited by Omani Ministry of Higher Education to take part in 2017 Global Higher Education Exhibition and Conference held in Muscat. RISEN research outputs have been promoted to over 2,000 audiences. An invited presentation was also given to students and academic staff about RISEN Project at Sultan Qaboos University (20 March).

16 April 2017

RISEN UOB Team visited Saudi Arabia

RISEN UOB Team was invited by Saudi Ministry of Higher Education to take part in International Conference and Exhibition in Higher Education 2017 held in Riyadh. Over 5,000 visitors had visited and discussed on various educational and research aspects. A couple of students plan to join RISEN project in the near future.

14 April 2017

RISEN participated UKACM Conference

RISEN UOB team has participated and gave a presentation in the 25th UKACM Conference on Computational Mechanics held by University of birmingham. UKACM 2017 will be the ideal forum to foster ideas and establish new collaborative research links, helping to build strong research networks within UK and at an international level.

12 April 2017

UOB RISEN Team hosted 2017 Concrete Society Workshop

UOB RISEN Team helped organising the 2017 Concrete Society West Midlands Workshop on 'Back to the Basics'. This workshop attracts over 20 participants from construction industry. Concrete is an important materials in railway built environment and has been utilised in various components in railway infrastructures. In this workshop, various aspects have been discussed such as durability, fundamental mechanisms and chemistry, performance and recent advances in concrete, cement, and aggregates.

11 April 2017

UOB visited ICE London

UOB Team visited Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in London to take part in improving resilience of built environments and smarter cities. Presentations by industry have confirmed and given strong evidences supporting RISEN research themes. There exists the urgency for improving rail infrastructure resilience and advanced sensing to monitor and manage risks and uncertainties.

27 March 2017

UOB RISEN Team participated in IET Tribology Conference

UOB RISEN researchers participated in IET Tribology Conference to learn more about issues on wheel/rail interface under extreme climate. This event was organised in Birmingham by Institute of Engineering and Technology.

15 March 2017

RISEN participated in Climate Change Adaptation Workshop

RISEN UOB team has participated in climate change adaptation workshop. The workshop aims to help researchers improve resilience of transport and urban mobility infrastructure. The practical case of Rio de Janeiro has been demonstrated as an example in vulnerability and sensitivity identification. RISEN UOB Team has exchanged our research outcomes with the Brazilian researchers from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

9 March 2017

KTH RISEN researchers in Sweden

KTH RISEN researchers in Sweden are rigging up the country’s bridges with multiple sensors that allow early detection of wear and tear.

28 February 2017

RISEN welcomed academic visitor from China Academy of Railway Sciences (CARS)

UOB RISEN Team has welcomed You Ruilin, Assistant Professor of China Academy of Railway Sciences (CARS), as an academic visitor to the University of Birmingham. He will carry the research in the following areas: fatigue life and service state evaluation of prestressed concrete sleeper of railway and design, construction, inspection, operation and maintenance of railway track.

27 February 2017

RISEN UOB Team visited Kasetsart University in Thailand

RISEN UOB Team (Dr Kaewunruen) was invited to give a presentation on recent research in railway engineering innovation at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand. The presentation involves current research funded by H2020 RISE RISEN Project and the research trend in railway industry. The talk also discussed railway matter in Thailand and the potential collaboration to disseminate RISEN outcome to Thai railway sectors. The talk has also enabled a new joint project (funded by NERC) to investigate transport resilience in Thailand. Dr Jaroszweski will spend a couple weeks at Kasetsart University in March to interview experts from various authorities for the project.

21 February 2017

RISEN Team invited to Newton Fund Workshop on Geopolymer

RISEN UOB Team (Dr Kaewunruen) was invited to give an invited talk in a forum organised by King Monkut's University of Technology Thonburi in Bangkok Thailand. Dr Kaewunruen gave a presentation on the applications of geopolymer and material specifications in railway industry. The workshop attracted more than 100 participants from governments, universities and industry sectors. The workshop was sponsored by Newton Fund from UK Royal Academy of Engineering and from Thailand Ministry of Education.

18 February 2017

RISEN Team invited to 12th Annual Concrete Conference

RISEN UOB Team (Dr Kaewunruen) was invited to attend and give an invited presentation at 12th Annual Concrete Conference in Cha Am, Thailand between 15 and 16 February 2017. The talks were focussed on the applications of low carbon cement and concrete and sustainable and self-sensing concrete in railway industry. The talks were extremely well received with over 500 audiences from industry, government and academia. The printed booklets were highly sought after. The low-carbon session and the trips were kindly sponsored by Newton Fund from UK Royal Academy of Engineering.

15-16 February 2017

RISEN UOB Team visited Indonesia

RISEN UOB Team visited Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), Universitas Pembangunan Jaya and University of Indonesia in Jakarta. The visits were to disseminate the research outcomes and to build relationships with Indonesian government and universities. A number of presentations and talks were conducted to provide research information based on RISEN and railway engineering innovation. The visit was kindly sponsored by Newton Fund from UK Royal Academy of Engineering.

13 February 2017

The 9th Samaggi Academic Conference

RISEN UoB researcher has participated in the The 9th Samaggi Academic Conference (SAC9) run by the Samaggi Samagom ("Samaggi"), The Thai Association in the UK. This year will mark the 9th anniversary of our annual Samaggi Academic Conference (SAC9) with the over-arching theme “Driving Thailand and ASEAN Through Innovation”. The conference will run for a full day on Saturday 11th February 2017 at Imperial College London.

11 February 2017

RISEN planned to help improve Dubai transport systems

RISEN UOB Team (Dr Kaewunruen) has visited UOW in Dubai and gave a presentation on railway innovation. The visit was aimed to collaborate with UAE researchers to improve transport systems. This visit was kindly sponsored by Newton Fund from UK Royal Academy of Engineering.

9 February 2017

RISEN welcomed Erasmus+ Intern

Rims Janeliukstis a PhD student from Riga University of Technology has joined RISEN UOB Team. He will work on the damage detection technologies for railway sleepers. Rims will develop a new advanced signal processing algorithm that can detect damage localisation and predict severity for track maintenance prioritisation.

7 February 2017

RISEN helped solving NetworkRail Drainage Challenges

RISEN UOB Team has participated in the NetworkRail Drainage Challenges Workshop. This workshop was conducted at Coventry Training Facility of NetworkRail. A series of presentations and discussions to generate collaboration among industry partners and academia were a key highlight in the workshop. RISEN team has provided a recommendation and offered to collaborate with NetworkRail in the area of risk-based inspection of track and drainage for enhancing predictive track maintenance.

3 February 2017

RISEN provided support to JSPS and STW

RISEN UoB team had been invited to evaluate proposals for Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS) and Dutch Technology Platform (STW). These appointments help RISEN to play a key role in setting strategic priorities in engineering research for future uncertainties.

30 January 2017

RISEN Team invited to EU-COST Action: DENORMS

RISEN Team has been participated in an Action of European Corporation in Sciences and Technology (EU-COST). This action (CA15125) invited RISEN UoB Team to present a research 'Engineered crumbed rubber concrete for vibroacoustic reduction in railway built environment' in its first workshop "Modelling of high performance acoustic structures Porous media, metamaterials and sonic crystals", held at Rome Tre University in Rome. DENORMS (Designs for Noise Reducing Materials and Structures), CA 15125, is funded by EU-COST. DENORMS activities were launched on 9th March 2016 for 4 years. In this event, we have developed new collaborations to enhance RISEN project.

23 January 2017

RISEN helped enrich STEM education

RISEN UoB Team had took part in Engineering Eduction Scheme (EES). Dr Kaewunruen has been appointed as an Academic Leader to help EES run a competition for school students (Year 10-12). This EES project is to develop positive perception in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics for school students. EES is the largest STEM project in the U.K. and this year there are over 150 school students participated from Midlands and Wales. EES has been kindly supported by many industry partners, including those in railway sectors such as NetworkRail, High Speed Two, Arup, Amey, Atkins and so on.

14 December 2016

RISEN visited Crossrail Project

RISEN UOB Team visited Crossrail Project in London. This visit was carried out to enhance researchers and students’ practical experience in railway construction and advanced sensors, which are currently equipped on railway infrastructure. We were very grateful to Crossrail Team at Whitechapel (including Ka Ho Li, Youssef Matta and many others).

12 December 2016

RISEN participated in IMechE Tribology Challenges

RISEN UoB Team has participated in the Tribology Challenges run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). In this event, a number of tribology problems and novel initiatives on modelling and innovative solutions have been presented. One of the key challenges found in the UK is the low adhesion at wheel/rail contact due to wet leaves. This outcome will help RISEN researchers to develop new inspection regime that takes into account this uncertainty.

7 December 2016

RISEN helps EPSRC and British Council in Grant Evaluations

RISEN UoB Team (Dr Kaewunruen) has been appointed by UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council on its Associate Peer Review College. In addition, British Council has appointed Dr Kaewunruen on Grant Evaluation Panel. These appointments will help RISEN disseminate research experience and set new research priorities that truly resolve the grand challenges in transportation and transit systems.

18 November 2016

RISEN advised NSTDA on railway matters

RISEN UOB Team had been invited by the Thailand's National Science and Technology Development Agency to give a presentation on railway research, industry best-practices and doctoral study in Europe. The presentation was given to governmental officials and Royal Thai Scholars. The presentation also illustrates the benefits of research collaboration funded by EU-H2020 to improve railway systems globally.

14 November 2016

RISEN participated in Thailand's OCSC Education Fair

RISEN UOB Team (Dr Kaewunruen) has participated in the Educational Fair organised by the Office of Civil Services Commission (OCSC), Royal Thai Government. OCSC Educational Fair is the largest educational exhibition in Thailand and organised annually for governmental officials and the public participants. During the exhibition, RISEN UOB Team has introduced the audiences on the EU-H2020 RISEN Project and the impact of the research on railway infrastructure resilience. The exhibition was very well received with over 10,000 participants who seek to study and carry out research in this field.

11 November 2016

UoB Team Won 2016 Research Award

The research team from the University of Birmingham has won 2016 Research Award from the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE, Midlands Region). Dr Kaewunruen and his team has accepted the award during the Annual Dinner and Award Ceremony at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham. The University of Birmingham has celebrated the recognition, together with the second and third prizes from Coventry University and University of Warwick, respectively.

3 November 2016

RISEN plays an impact to International Standards

The research outcome of RISEN has been acknowledged and played a key role in the development of a new ISO standard for recyclability of rolling stocks (TC296/WG4). The progress and challenges of the new development has also been disseminated in the 13th UIC Sustainability Conference in Vienna, Austria. The presentations can be downloaded from http://uic-environment.org/.

11 October 2016

UIC Track Engineering Group visited UOB

Track engineering experts from International Union of Railway (UIC) gathered at the University of Birmingham for technical and campus tours as well as for annual UIC track engineering workshop discussing on the progress and development of track standards and UIC leaflets. In addition, the UIC group and UOB enjoyed the special dinner together in Birmingham.

28 September 2016

New collaboration has been forged at Innotrans 2016

A new collaboration in railway research between UOB and RTRI has been officially announced and signed at Innotrans 2016 in Berlin. RTRI or Railway Technical Research Institute (Tokyo, Japan) has been considered as one of the world best and largest railway research institutions. RTRI has kindly supported new pilot research exchange in the areas of railway concrete sleepers (supplementing RISEN Project) and train aerodynamics.

21 September 2016

UK-Thailand workshop on Low Carbon Concrete

UOB RISEN team has hosted the UK-Thailand workshop on Low Carbon Concrete at the University of Birmingham, UK between 19 and 20 September 2016. A number of presentations have been presented to over 30 participants by both UK and Thai researchers and practitioners to enable greener and more sustainable built environments.

19-20 September 2016

BRIDGE Visiting professorship at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Dr Kaewunruen (UOB RISEN Team) has received a BRIDGE Grant to visit Sustainability and Nano-mechanics Laboratory and RailTEC Laboratory the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. During this period, he has also visited New York University, Columbia University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

29 August 2016

UOB welcome Prof Akono from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

UOB RISEN Team has welcomed Professor Ange-Teresa Akono Director of Sustainability and Nano-mechanics Laboratory from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Prof Akono has visited RISEN Team to build new collaboration on advanced sustainable materials for concrete infrastructures in railway built environment. She had also given a distinguished lecture series for academic staff and students.

7 July 2016

ECR Training Workshop

Between 27 and 29 June 2016, the University of Birmingham proudly hosted the inaugural RISEN ECR Training Workshop to provide training in public speaking and engagement, research commercialisation skills, intellectual properties and open access publication strategies for RISEN young researchers and scholars. 20 participants from our network attended the workshop.

The ECRs engaged in public speaking exercises including a 10-minute presentation on their research project assessed by Dr Jaroszweski, explored around Birmingham in an orienteering exercise, and prepared then presented two railway-based STEM activities towards Year 9 students at the local secondary school in Birmingham; Swanshurst School. The project presentations were held on the second day where every participant presented an overall look into their various research theses, from MRes to PhD and even an industrial presentation by Roadscanners Oy. All of the participants successfully passed the workshop with excellent marks, with special congratulations to Matteo Caccialanza (POLIMI) and Sarah Radestrom (KTH) for winning the ‘Best Presentation’ award. The training certificates were presented to all participants by Professor Anson Jack, Director of Birmingham International Rail Academy.

The STEM activities took place on the third and final day of the RISEN workshop and included investigating drag forces on various shapes of trains using a scale-model wind tunnel apparatus, and constructing a single-battery maglev train track using coiled copper wire. Thank so much to everyone who attended the 3-day workshop, we hope you had a wonderful time in the UK and hopefully have taken away vital public communication skills from the event. RISEN will be holding another workshop session in Spring 2017, hosted by the Polytechnic University of Valencia and welcomes all of our networking partners to attend the upcoming workshop.



26-29 June 2016

2016 World Congress on Railway Research

RISEN researchers from POLIMI, UOB, TUDelft, U of Porto, NTNU, KTH, TUT have participated and given a number of presentations at the 2016 World Congress on Railway Research in Milan, Italy between 30 May and 1 June 2016.

1 June 2016

Prof Barkan from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign visit UOB

Professor Chris Barkan Director of RAILTec Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign has visited UOB Team to reinforce collaboration on railway operations research. A international rail research workshop was arranged as part of BRIDGE Workshop for academic staff and students in Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education.

22 May 2016

RISEN Link with Mathematician Community

UOB RISEN team has hosted a workshop on Mathematics in Railways to build links between railway and mathematician communities. This workshop has been sponsored by the European Cooperation in Sciences and Technology (EU-COST). The event was held at RISEN HQ on 6 May 2016 and attracted over 40 participants from industry, governmental sectors and academia.


6 May 2016

RISEN plays a key role in ISO/BSI standards for railway sleepers

ISO/BSI standard working group on railway sleepers has acknowledged RISEN work on this area. Dr Kaewunruen (UOB) has been appointed on the working group to provide independent engineering advice on the area from practical and research viewpoints.

3 May 2016

Congratulations to Professor Indraratna

With kind support from Professor Zhai from Southwest Jiaotong University, we plan to arrange a mini-symposium for RISEN at the first International Conference on Rail Transportation in Chengdu, China from 10 to 12 July 2017. Please visit http://www.icrt-swjtu.org/ for more information.

Congratulations to our international partner, Professor Indraratna from University of Wollongong. He will deliver the Inaugural Proctor Lecture at the 3rd International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics in Portugal between 4 and 7 September 2016. More details can be found here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214391216300174.

30 April 2016

RISEN Kick off meeting

RISEN commences.

21 April 2016