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Alfredo Núñez Vicencio

Full-time Assistant Professor, Data-based Maintenance for Railway Infrastructure.

Section of Railway Engineering, Department of Engineering Structures,

Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology.

Stevinweg 1, 2628 CN Delft, The Netherlands.

Office: Stevin 2 Lab, S2 2.31.

Phone: +31 (0) 15 27 89355

E-mail: a.a.nunezvicencio@tudelft.nl

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  • September 28, 2018, we are very happy to have enjoyed a memorable CM2018 11th International Conference on Contact Mechanics and Wear of Rail/Wheel Systems, 24-27 September 2018. In the Youtube Channel CM2018-TUDelft you can see all presentation that were video recorded. The videos are being uploaded, by end October you will find the complete set of videos.

  • July 11, 2018, for a term of two years I will join the editorial board for the journal Applied Soft Computing. The journal is Q1 with a current IF 3.907. The journal promotes an integrated view of soft computing to solve real life problems. The editorial board can be seen in this link: Editorial Board.

  • June 28, 2018, I participated in a seminar organized by Kivi: Machine learning with Big Data. A photo can be found in this link.

  • May 24, 2018, the final conference of the H2020 project NeTIRail-INFRA was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia. TUDelft participated mainly in two task: in WP2 with research about short pitch corrugation and in WP4 with research about deployment of ABA measurements using trains in operation. Here the links to the two presentations I did: (WP2 Corrugation), (WP4 ABA in Romania). You can find more videos about the project in the Youtube channel: NeTIRail-INFRA Youtube Channel. Overview of WP4 Monitoring and smart technology can be seen here WP4 NeTIRail-INFRA, and a summary of our tested ABA system in Romania here WP4 ABA.

  • May 12, 2018, I was interviewed by Paloma Avila from Panorama Chile, broadcasted by CNN Chile, about the difficulties on bringing back more trains to Chile. Here the link to the interview: (Youtube).

  • January 8, 2018, I was interviewed by Francisco Eguiluz from Radio La Clave, about the high speed railway line project between Santiago and Valparaiso, in Chile. Here the link to the interview: (Youtube).

  • January 5, 2018, we are organizing the 11th International Conference on Contact Mechanics and Wear of Rail/Wheel Systems (CM2018). The final deadline for abstract is 20th January 2018. We have already received more than 180, it is a great sucess! We are really looking forward to seeing you all in Delft.

  • 22 October- 1 November, 2017, we have conducted a succesfull measurement campaign for the project NeTIRail-INFRA in the test rig of AFER near Faurei (link AFER). We managed to measure the condition of the rails on board and track side, with speeds up to 220km/h. Here you can find some photos and videos: (photos), (photos), (photos 1), (photos 2), (photos 3), (photos 4), (photos 5), (photos 6), (photos 7), (photos 8), (photos 9), (photos 10), (photos 11), (photos 12), (photos 13), (video 1), (video 2), (video 3), (video 4), (video 5), (video 6), (video 7), (video 8), (video 9).

  • July 10-18, 2017, I attended the First International Conference on Rail Transportation (ICRT2017), Chengdu, China. I gave three presentations, here some photos: (photos), (photos), (photos). July 14th, I gave a colloquium at the School of Electrical Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China, invited by Prof. Zhigang Liu, here a link and here some photos: (photos). July 18th, I gave a colloquium at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, invited by Prof. Ni Yiqing. Here a link. Here some photos: (photos).

  • June 21, 2017, I was invited to be Track Editor for the topic "Decision and Control in Railways", 15th IFAC Symposium on Control in Transportation Systems (CTS2018) at Savona Campus, University of Genova, Italy. The Proceedings of the symposium are indexed by Scopus and ISI-WOS.

  • May 31, 2017, I have talked about my work as researcher and teacher in railway infrastructure (in Spanish) for the chilean magazine Heureka. Here is the article: (link).

  • March 31, 2017, I gave the seminar "Rail condition monitoring in The Netherlands: A Big Data problem" (in Spanish), Seminario ISCI, Universidad de Chile, Chile. Here some photos and links: (banner), (photos), (short video intro).

  • March 16, 2017, I was invited to give a lecture at the Rail Center, Amersfoort, for the InnoRail Network Day about Big Data. My lecture was "Big data in railway maintenance planning". Photo and text from Facebook account and website of RailCenter: (photo), (link in Dutch).

  • February 10, 2017, During the first meeting of the Network of Chilean researchers in The Netherlands (IN.NL), organized in Delft, I had the chance to give a short lecture "Section of railway engineering and case study on rail defects" (in Spanish). Here some photos during the event: (during my presentation), (photo rail and wheel), (group photo), (photos welcome), (photo timeline of INNL), (photo Organization), (photo Amsterdam), (photo Wageningen).

  • December 15, 2016, I gave the talk "Automatic detection of rail surface defects using vibration and video image: A case study in the Dutch railways", during the Conference “Big Data” in Railroad Maintenance Planning 2016 University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA. Here some photos during the conference: (Dr. Allan Zarembski), (Photo1), (During my presentation), (Photo2), (Watson working for a railway company), (Photo3), (Photo4), (Photo5), (Prof. Attoh-Okine), (Photo6), (Trip back home).

  • November 2, 2016, I wrote an opinion about the functionality of the infrastructure for elderly users (in Spanish). Here the link: ElDesconcierto-Vida Sustentable (link).

  • September 16, 2016, I have written a couple of columns about the development of railways in Chile (in Spanish). Here the links: ElDesconcierto-Vida Sustentable (link), El Quinto Poder-Chile 2030 (link).

  • June 6, 2016, Getting ready for #TristanAruba. Follow the news via Twitter:

  • December 15, 2015, Starting from Feb. 2016, I am a permanent docent/researcher of the Section of Railway Engineering. My research area is structural condition monitoring and maintenance of railways.

  • July 20, 2015, I'm a member of the international program committee of the 14th IFAC Symposium on Control in Transportation Systems, 18-20 May, 2016, Istanbul, Turkey (link).

  • June 19, 2015, Interview by Peter Juijn for the section "Human interest" of the newsletter of the faculty CEG: (in Dutch), (in English).

  • January 20, 2015, I am a member of the editorial board of the conference RAILWAYS 2016, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. Also, together with Dr. Zili Li, we will organize a special session over Maintenance and Health Condition Monitoring for Railways. More details will come soon.

Old good news:

  • December 3, 2014, Maider Oregui won the Young Researcher Award of the International Union of Railways UIC to recognize young engineers and researchers who have made significant contributions in rail research and innovation. See more about the award at: (link)

  • October 8, 2014, Maria Molodova won the Dutch Institute World Class Maintenance Innovation Research Award for her PhD thesis. Prof. Dollevoet received the award on her behalve. A picture of the ceremony can be seen in this link.

  • August, 2014, I'm a Senior Member of the IEEE, Computational Intelligence Society, Control System Society and Intelligent Transportation Systems Society.

  • October 24, 2013, announcements of a new TUDelft master program on Railway Engineering, (Link 1), (Link 2).

  • October 8, 2013, Maria Molodova won the best student paper awards at the 16th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, (Link 1), (Link 2).