Public transportation and railway

Pendeltåg och buss i kollektivtrafik

We develop computational support tools for good planning of railway traffic and public transport. The tools can be used for evaluating systems and making better decisions. 

A good transport system is essential to allow access to work places, schools, service establishments and health care institutions and necessary for transportation of goods. Railway and public transport are energy efficient, environmentally friendly, fast, safe and secure. There is a strong will from society to extend and develop these systems.

The research group for public transport and railway is interested in developing models and methods, which describe the traffic and can be used as decision support tools by infrastructure managers and operators.

On a strategic level, we are interested in evaluating the imposed effects of changes in the infrastructure. At a tactical level, timetables and schedules are being made and on the operational level these have to be adjusted in (close to) real time.

Most of the methodological approaches come from the academic field of operations research, where we use optimization, simulation and statistics. An objective is often formulated as to gain time, cost, capacity, energy, stability or robustness.

Our research is often carried out together with stakeholders and funders from industry and society. The research group for public transport and railway is partner of the national research program Capacity in the Railway Traffic System (KAJT)
and some of our collaborators are SICS – Swedish ICTSwedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) and Swedish Transport Administration.

The group consists of some ten researchers, half of which are doctoral students in the scientific area of infra informatics.

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