"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."

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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.

Congratulations to RISEN researchers named in the top 2% in the world

Professor John Ioannidis and his team from Stanford University have published the study in PLOS BIOLOGY in October 2020 The study lists the data include all scientists who are among the top 100,000 across all fields according to the composite citation index. The data also include scientists who are not in the top 100,000 according to the composite index but are nevertheless within the top 2% of scientists of their main subfield discipline, across those that have published at least five papers.

RISEN researchers named in the top 2 percent in the world by subject areas:

- Professor Stefano Bruni - Politecnico di Milano - Automotive Design and Engineering (7)
- Professor Wanming Zhai - Southwest Jiaotong University - Civil Engineering (28)
- Professor Buddhima Indraratna - University of Wollongong - Geological and Geomatics Engineering (35)
- Dr Sakdirat Kaewunruen - University of Birmingham - Civil Engineering (55)
- Professor Alex Remennikov - University of Wollongong - Civil Engineering (345)
- Professor Erol Tutumluer - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Logistics and Transportation (416)
- Professor Raid Karoumi - The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) - Civil Engineering (423)

Call for papers

Special issue on Road and Rail Infrastructures on Infrastructures (ISI/Scopus Indexed) Read more

Special issue on Extreme Sciences and Engineering featured on Applied Sciences (ISI/Scopus Indexed) Read more

Special issue for book publication on Best Practices on Advanced Condition Monitoring of Rail Infrastructure Systems, featured on Frontiers in Built Environment (Scopus indexed). Read more

Adapting to climate change in Japan: a railway perspective

Sarah Greenham, RISEN researcher and PhD Student in Civil Engineering talks about what we can learn from other countries. An approach to resilience and adaptation. Read her blog

Student experience


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RISEN Research Seminar

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Thailand-World Rail Expansion Conference 2020

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Rail Infrastructure Systems Engineering Network

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 691135.