Technische Universität Braunschweig

About Technische Universität Braunschweig

Founded in 1745 the academic community of Technische Universität Braunschweig (TUBS) comprises some 20,000 students and 3,500 staff members. The academic focus is on engineering and natural sciences, closely linked with humanities, economics, social sciences and education. Technische Universität Braunschweig is part of TU9 German universities, and constantly ranking in the top five engineering schools in Germany.

The Institute of Railway Systems Engineering and Traffic Safety (IfEV) is part of the Fakultät Architektur, Bauingenieurwesen und Umweltwissenschaften (School for Architecture, Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences). Founded in 1951, the institute has become known as a competent partner for central questions concerning railway engineering. The institute’s primary fields of research are railway operation and railway safety technology. Both areas are central parts of the railway system and are very important when it comes to answering questions about safety, operational activities and capacity. In this spirit our key activities are operational practice and rules, operational requirement specification, operational security, and risk and safety analysis.

In our staff we have engineers who are specialized in civil engineering, transport engineering, electrical engineering and IT. They work together in industrial projects as well as in publicly aided research projects (DFG, BMBF, EU). Concerning its course program, the IfEV accommodates the closely intermeshed, multidisciplinary character of the  railway system. That is why the range of IfEV's teaching is an important part of study courses like civil engineering, transport engineering, computer science and industrial engineering.

Role in the Project

The Technische Universität Braunschweig is one participant of the proposed project. Prof. Dr. Jörn Pachl is the Head of the Institute of Railway Systems Engineering and Traffic Safety (IfEV) und will be the scientific and technical coordinator in this department. Two PhDs and one Post doc will work on the proposed project. They will be supervised by Prof. Dr. Jörn Pachl. TU Braunschweig will be responsible for dissemination, communication and exploitation of the project. According to the main expertise the institute will work on generic functions, operational and engineering rules and Capacity Impact of the Moving Block and the Virtual Coupling.


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.