Delft University of Technology

About Delft University of Technology

Founded in 1842, Delft University of Technology (TUD) is the oldest and largest university  of technology in the Netherlands. With over 20,000 students and 2,500 staff members divided over eight faculties, it is an establishment of national importance and of significant international standing. The University collaborates on a structural basis with other international education and research institutes and has partnerships with governments,  branch organizations, numerous consultancies, industry partners and companies from the small and medium business sectors. TUD ranks 54th in the QS World University Rankings 2018, and 4th in the field of Civil Engineering. In the field of Transportation Science & Technology TUD ranks 1st in the Shanghai Global Ranking 2017.

The Department of Transport and Planning (T&P) at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences aims at fundamental research that contributes to a more efficient and robust design and reliable operation of transportation systems that meet mobility demands  and respect scarce resources of land, environment and people. It is part of the mission to produce and disseminate new insights and tools to support transportation professionals (planners, authorities, infrastructure managers, transport and traffic operators). The research is predominantly knowledge-driven with a clear perspective to society-driven applications using a multidisciplinary approach. T&P was awarded the maximum score at all research assessments over the last 15 years. The department is an internationally oriented organization and participates in a large number of international networks and projects. T&P has a strong track record in railway traffic management and train control, automated (road) vehicles, and simulation. It includes the Digital Rail Traffic Lab which develops innovative concepts, models and methods for advanced digital railway traffic systems. 

The Valorisation Centre (VC) at TUD supports, stimulates and facilitates scientists and supporting staff of the TU Delft in transforming results of research and technology developments to practical, commercially viable, applications. Within the VC Europeanproject management team professional project managers provide non-scientific project management for international collaborative projects. They support the scientific coordinators in a proactive, efficient and quality way, on financial, legal, administrative and organizational matters. The team’s portfolio contains H2020, FP7, Europe Aid (with partners from Asia including UNEP and UNIDO) and Interregprojects.

Role in the Project

TUD is the coordinator of the proposed project. Prof. Rob Goverde will be the scientific and technical coordinator. Eva Spoorfrom the Valorisation Centre of TUD will be project coordinator and will be responsible for the overall management of the project and financial reporting. In addition, two Associate Professors and a PhD student will work on the project. TUD will be responsible for the Business Case analysis of the Virtual Coupling concept, and participate in the evaluation of the Moving Block operational and engineering rules, the analysis of automated car driving technology and its applicability to the railway field, and simulation of the capacity impact of Moving Block and Virtual Coupling. The group has a strong track record in these areas as is reflected from the previous projects and publications.


The project will bring forward innovative concepts of “moving-block” railway traffic operations by (1) advancing testing methods for ETCS Level 3 and (2) Analysing Virtual Coupling which will lead to convoys of automated trains under cooperative adaptive control.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 826347.