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IN2TRACK3: we are very happy to work as third linked party of ProRail in the Shift2Rail project IN2TRACK3. We will be working together with my colleagues from TUDelft Zhen Yang (tribometer), Chen Shen (track stiffness), Jan Moraal (ABA), Jurjen Hendriks (ABA), the professors Zili Li and Rolf Dollevoet, partners from ProRail including Arjen Zoeteman, and partners from Trafikverket in Sweden. Our work will focus on three challenges: 1) demostration of ABA based rail defect detection in a freight dominated line in Sweden (Iron Ore Line), 2) further development of a new tribometer using our V-Track, and 3) development of track stiffness estimation techniques. Information from this project can be found here: IN2TRACK3 and Twitter.

Demostration and final conference H2020 Project NeTIRail: we extended the capabilities of ABA measurement to detect defects under different speeds and monitored a regional railway line with a passenger train that was in operation. We also investigated switches and crossings, rail waves, and corrugation. Other videos in the youtube channel of the project.


Abril 1, 2021, together with colleagues from Pavement and Railway Engineering, Anupam Kumar, Katerina Varveri, and Zhen Yang, we are organizing a special issue about the topic Monitoring Transportation Infrastructures in the Open Access journal Materials - MDPI. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any question about the special issue.

December 16, 2020, I presented our work on multiobjective optimization for railway maintenance in regional railways, at the 2020 Big Data Conference organized by the University of Delaware. The slides are available here PDF, and the video of the presentation is next here:

December 1, 2020, Dr. Hongrui Wang started his tenure track period as assistant professor in the field of Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Structures, at Delft University of Technology.

July 1, 2020, we have organized open meetings to talk about railway infrastructure projects in Chile. Find the videos in this link: Youtube Play List.

February 5, 2020, call for papers for special issue Monitoring and Maintenance Systems for Railway Infrastructure in the Open Access journal Applied Sciences MDPI. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any question about the special issue.

December 4, 2019, Hongrui Wang defended his PhD thesis "Data-based Dynamic Condition Assesment of Railway Catenaries". Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3.

September 3, 2019, Ali Jamshidi defended his PhD thesis "Intelligent rail maintenance decision support system using KPIs". Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3.

April, 2019, for a term of two years I will join the editorial board for the journal IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. The editorial board can be seen in this link: Editorial Board.

November, 2018, I am a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley for three months. Funded by the H2020 project RISEN. I had the chance to interact with many colleagues, in the photo with Prof. Carlos Daganzo.

October 20, 2018, invitations to CM2018 special issue of the journal WEAR were sent on Saturday. The remit of the Wear Special Issue is narrower than the conference (only about 50 papers can be accepted); thus, some very good papers could not be selected for this volume, though some of them might be selected for Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit and Tribology: Materials, Surface and Interfaces. The guest editors of the special issue WEAR are: Zili Li - chair CM2018 (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands), Mats Berg (Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden), David Fletcher (University of Sheffield, UK), Paul Meehan (University of Queensland, Australia), and Alfredo Núñez (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands).

October 19, 2018, I'm very happy to officially have concluded all my tenure track related agreements. Since November 2018, I'm assistant professor (universiteit docent) in the topic "Data-based maintenance for railway infrastructure".

September 28, 2018, we are very happy to have organized 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 presentations that were video recorded.

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.

July 8, 2018, I am attending and participating at the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence, IEEE WCCI 2018, 2018 Congress on Evolutionary Computation (IEEE CEC 2018), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 8-13 July, 2018. I had the chance to meet Paul Werbos, thanks to him we can train neural networks using backpropagation.

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.

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 1), (photos 2), (photos 3), (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). 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.

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), (group photo), (photos).

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: (Photos).

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).

Opinions and interviews

  • 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).

  • 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).

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