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Railway Systems

The Railway Systems research unit is an interdisciplinary research group specifically focused on the railway sector. The principal activity of the area is the development of models and advanced applications for the system optimization: - traffic planning and operation - ecodriving - signalling systems and transport capacity design - power supply systems - mechanical design and dynamic simulation of overhead contact lines - exchange protocols, communications and on-board embedded digital systems - composite materials and adhesive bonding - RAMS and safety analysis and quality control. The rapid expansion and modernization of railway technology requires a capacity to rapidly update the research techniques applied: simulation, optimization, numerical modeling, data analysis, control, digitalization and artificial intelligence. The Rail Systems research unit applies these techniques to research projects in collaboration with railway administrations and industry with financial support from both the public and private sectors. The area’s research work is complemented by the academic training given in the University’s Master’s Degree in Rail Systems in collaboration with the leading companies in the sector.

Research topics

  • Composite materials and adhesive bonding
  • Railway traffic planning and regulation systems
  • Energy efficient timetabling and Ecodriving
  • Design of signalling and transport capacity
  • Railway power supply systems
  • Safety analysis, RAMS, quality control and assurance
  • Railway cybersecurity
  • Data modelling and exchange protocols. Remote control
  • On-board digital communications
  • Embedded digital systems
  • Mechanical design of overhead contact lines


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She obtained her Ph.D. degree in 2003 and the Industrial (Electronic) Engineering degree in 1995 both from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICAI. She is currently a senior associate professor in the department of Computer Science of ICAI and a member of the IIT, coordinating the Railway Systems research group. Additionally, she currently coordinates the Master Degree in Railway Systems. She has worked extensively on research projects applied to the railway industry, mainly focused on the optimization of railway traffic planning and regulation, energy efficiency, and transport capacity by means of simulation modeling, optimization and data analysis.rnrn