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19.12.14

Safety researchers to develop next generation of risk models

A new research team has been set up to work with the RSSB on a range of projects to develop the next generation of risk models that exploit modern information infrastructures. 

The team, set up by the strategic partnership between RSSB and the Institute of Railway Research (IRR) at the University of Huddersfield, combines safety and risk experience from railways abroad and from other risk-industries. 

Dr Coen van Gulijk, previously of TU Delft, will lead the research programme for the Strategic Partnership and is joined by Dr Miguel Esteban from the University of Valencia and Peter Hughes who has 20-years’ experience in the Australian railway industry. 

The research programme, initially planned to last for five years, will work on a range of projects. These include shorter term research to allow the industry to make better use of currently available data to long term projects which will help RSSB to maintain its world-leading position in risk-based decision-making and safety solutions. 

“Risk-based decision making is imperative to the efficient use of the railways, especially at a time when the industry is seeing such significant growth,” said Dr Van Gulijk. “The mainline railway in Britain is amongst the safest in Europe and we hope that our research will help RSSB maintain its position as a world-class provider of safety and risk knowledge for the industry.” 

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