RISEN UOB hosted the 'UK-Japan Symposium on Highspeed rails' on 21st September 2018 at the University of Birmingham (Gisbert Kapp Building, 52 Pritchatts Road, Edgbaston B152TT). 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. High speed rail systems make significant difference to the public and provide positive contribution towards the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the communities they serve. They exist to provide social and economic connections, and people quickly take up the opportunities offered by increased mobility. Globally, high speed rails have proven to be the essential catalyst for regional growth and enhanced the quality of everyday life. This symposium thus presented a great opportunity for the UK industry to access to extensive expertise from the pioneer in highspeed rails. The event was fully booked with anticipated 120 attendants from academia, rail industry, governments and suppliers. There were 3 invited speakers from Japan and 2 from the U.K. Also, additional oral presentations will be expected from practical engineers, researchers and students. A poster session was also organized during lunch and coffee break from RISEN researchers. The event was successfully organized and extremely well received by both international and domestic research and industrial communities.
RISEN UOB had warmly welcomed Dr Olivier Mirza Dr Olivia Mirza, Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia. She narrated on topic "Rehabilitation for Ageing Infrastructures through Innovative Retrofitting Method". The talk focused on the repairing and strengthening of ageing infrastructures, especially bridges, in order to prolong service life and take increasing loads. The event was well received by UOB's students, postdoctorals and researchers. Several external industry partners had also participated. Abstract (to download click here)
RISEN UOB (Mr Dan Li) Participated in InnoTrans 2018 held in Berlin, Germany. InnoTrans is the lea ding international trade fair for transport technology and takes places every two years in Berlin. The fair was sub-divided into the five trade fair segments railway technology, railway infrastructure, public transport, interiors and tunnel construction.
RISEN UOB (Mr Chayut Ngamkhanong) Participated and gave poster presentation in The International Conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering (ISMA 2018) in conjunction with International Conference on Uncertainty in Structural Dynamics (USD2018) held in Leuven, Belgium. The conference provided a forum for engineers, researchers, students and other professionals active in the field of modelling, analysing, testing and improving the noise and vibration characteristics of mechanical systems and civil structures including railway infrastructure.
From 3 to 7 September 2018, RISEN Team chaired and gave presentations in Railway Conference held in Sitges, Barcelona, Spain. The themes for this conference included rolling stock, infrastructure, energy and environment, signalling and communication, planning and operations, strategies and economics. RISEN UOW (Prof. Buddhima Indraratna) was also invited to be a keynote speaker on the topic of “The role of energy absorbing materials in heavy haul rail for minimising track degradation”.
From 22 to 27 July 2018, RISEN Team (Sakdirat Kaewunruen (UOB), Akira Aikawa (RITI), Raid Karoumi (KTH) and Alex Remennikov (UOW)) chaired and gave four presentations in a mini-symposium on Computational Mechanics and Dynamics in Transportation Infrastructures, as part of the World Congress on Computational Mechanics 2018 in New York. This mini-symposium addressed 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 accepted various novel and original research topics related to computational mechanics and dynamics in transportation infrastructure systems. The symposium attracted over ten presentations (e.g. from SNCF, TUWien, etc.)
In June 2018, BRNO University of Technology successfully hosted the 3nd RISEN ECR Workshop and International Symposium on Rail Infrastructure Systems Engineering (i-RISE 2018). We would like to thank BRNO (Prof Milan Omasta, Dr Radovan Galas and BUT team) for their kind and superb hospitality. Our RISEN ECRs had successfully engaged with over 30 local school students (10-12 years old) to help them gain some understanding in STEM and railway engineering. Our creative idea using LEGO to build MagLev prototypes for competition had attracted and engaged the students extremely well. All school students were excited. The event was very successful. Also, congratulations to the best presentation winners: Mika Knuutu (TUT) and Yunlong Guo (TuDelft).
RISEN team visited 2018 Infrarail Exhibition in London in early May. Fruitful discussions with UK-based rail suppliers took place; and many SMEs and UK suppliers are willing to support RISEN research translation in the future. Several companies have also helped supplied some materials (geosynthetic materials, FFU sleepers, concrete bearers, etc.) to enhance research collaboration with RISEN.
Professor Thanatchai Kulworawanichpong, Dr Tosaphol Ratniyomchai and PhD students from Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand visited UOB RISEN Team to discuss potential collaboration on railway research and education. They also planned to help RISEN researchers build further relationship with Siam Synchrotron Light Source Laboratory for advanced rail material research.
UOB Team attended 2018 RSSB Research Showcase in Birmingham. The showcase provided interactive discussion on research impact and RISEN's role in shaping European Rail Innovations in the future to come. The discussion was very positive among participants and RSSB with the acknowledgement that RISEN has been officially recognized by the European Commission's Innovation Radar as 'Excellent Innovations'.
RISEN UOB Team (Dr Kaewunruen) was invited to visit Dura-Stress Inc. in Florida, USA. Dura-Stress Inc. is the Florida's largest precast concrete company, manufacturing precast prefabrication components for buildings, road and rail construction. Dura-Stress kindly offered the help to expand RISEN pathway to industrial impact.
UOB Team (Dr Kaewunruen) participated in 2018 Research Symposium held by American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) in Orlando, Florida, USA. RISEN research on the damage monitoring of railway concrete bearers in switches and crossings using acoustic emission was very well received. Various international companies (in USA, Singapore, and Japan) have been in contacts for further collaboration in this topic of research.
My name is Andreas Andersson and I have spent 1 year at the State Key Laboratory of Traction Power (TPL), SWJT, Chengdu, China. I have been working in the research group led by Prof. Wanming Zhai and my main research topics included dynamic train-track-bridge interaction and dynamic soil-structure interaction, both with application to high-speed railways. It has been a great privilege to be part of this vibrant and experienced research group and to learn from the best. I am very impressed by the research produced at TPL, both in various aspects of vehicle engineering as well as the infrastructure side, e.g. railway bridges. I felt included in the group from day one and have made many good friends. It has been a great experience to live in China for one year; Chengdu feels like my second home. Also, the Chinese work mentality really appeals to me, contributing to a very stimulating work environment.
Andreas Andersson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Yuki Nishinomiya, Assistant Senior Researcher at Track Technology Division, Railway Technical Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan, narrated on topic "Expansion of the application range of the continuous welded rails in the slab tracks". The event was considerably paid attention by UOB's students, postdoctorals and researchers. The talk focused on the field monitoring together with robust finite element modelling for design and maintenance of continuous welded rail (CWR) for both plain tracks and turnouts (switches and crossings) over ballastless tracks. Abstract (to download click here)
Six national-level case studies presented in the two-day UIC workshop should be sufficient enough to demonstrate how powerful the social media is to gain extra reputation points for railway organizations despite during crisis situation. Getting bigger crowds understand follower's behaviours, mastering analytics tools, and become active and creative in posting have been acknowledged as top ingredients to be social media champion. Forget about it if you bound your creativity on data exploration and adopting a conventional approach. This is spirit what I have carried along my research study. Mohd Haniff Bin Osman, University of Birmingham
UOB RISEN Team (Miss P Rungskunroch) attended the UIC meeting on topic "Energy Efficiency Time Tabling" in Brussel, Belgium. The meeting aims to make positive impacts to global by reducing the number of CO2 emission from railway section. The core discussion is to create efficient train timetable without conflict with some spare time, avoid any conflicts and stops, and use DAS (Driving Advisory System) systems.
UOB RISEN Team (Mr Ngamkhanong) visited State Railway of Thailand to build new collaboration and improve railway research. In Thailand, the construction of the long-awaited high-speed railway connecting Thailand and China is set to start very shortly. This visit will enable the relationship between RISEN and SRT in sharing track inspection data. This data will help UOB validate the new Bayesian-Network AI for adaptive inspection planning.
RTRI held the 17th China-Korea-Japan Railway Research Technical Seminar with delegations from CARS, Chinese Academy of Railway Sciences, and KRRI, Korean Railroad Research Institute on November 20 and 21. Researchers of three organisations reported the results of their 10 collaborative projects, and discussed and set up seven new projects.
UOB RISEN Team (Ms Rungskunroch) participated and gave a poster presentation in the RRUKA conference 2018 held in Kings Place, London on 16 November 2018. The Rail Research UK Association (RRUKA) is a partnership between the British rail industry and UK universities. It has presented numerous opportunities to find out about technology transfer and applications to rail-related issues. Her work is among a few that have been selected from over 100 submissions to present in the conference.
The 2nd Joint Workshop on Tribology held in Takamatsu Japan from 15 to 16 November 2017. This workshop was jointly organised by BUT and was attended by Dr. Chen from RTRI Japan a new partner of RISEN project. This event has supported development of engineering network in tribology of wheel/rail interface, a key aspect for resilience of rail infrastructure.
UOB RISEN Team has warmly welcomed Dr Keiichi Goto from Railway Dynamics Division, Railway Technical Research Institute, Japan. Dr Goto has visited RISEN Team as a visiting scholar to build new collaboration on railway research. He will carry the research in the following areas: railway track simulation, evaluation and design of railway prestressed concrete sleepers, and railway vibrations. He will be based in the University of Birmingham UK from November 2017 to November 2019 (2-year term).
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 (email@example.com). The deadline for registration is June 1, 2018.
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
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dr Chen) by the end of October 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com to ensure your place at this event. For more information(click here)
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)
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
RISEN BUT Team (Dr Omasta) participated and gave research presentation in The Stephenson Conference: Research for Railways held in London from 25 to 27 April 2017. Presented topic contributes to resilience and adaptation of railway and urban transport infrastructure using smart integrated systems.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KTH RISEN researchers in Sweden are rigging up the country’s bridges with multiple sensors that allow early detection of wear and tear.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.