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Dr. Alfredo Núñez Vicencio – Team and visitor scholars

Current team

Full-time PhD researchers

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Wassamon Phusakulkajorn, topic: Condition-based maintenance of railway systems using artificial intelligence. PhD researcher, Section of Railway Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisor: Prof. Zili Li. Daily Supervisor: Dr. Alfredo Núñez. Current position: PhD researcher, since October 2020.

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Yuanchen Zeng, topic: Condition monitoring of railway slab track based on vehicle-mounted laser Doppler vibrometer. PhD researcher, Section of Railway Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisor: Prof. Zili Li. Daily Supervisor: Dr. Alfredo Núñez. Current position: PhD researcher, since February 2020.

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Jianfeng Fu, topic: Big data methods for maintenance of smart energy systems. PhD researcher, Delft Center for Systems and Control, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisor: Prof. Bart De Schutter. Daily Supervisor: Dr. Alfredo Núñez. Current position: PhD researcher, since October 2018.

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Siwarak Unsiwilai, topic: Railway track parameter estimation for maintenance operations. PhD researcher, Section of Railway Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisor: Prof. Zili Li. Daily Supervisor: Dr. Alfredo Núñez. Current position: PhD researcher, since September 2018.

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Marko Kapetanovic, topic: Improving sustainability of regional railway services. PhD researcher, Department of Transport and Planning, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisors: Prof. Rob Goverde and Prof. Serge Hoogendoorn. Daily Supervisors: Dr. Niels van Oort and Dr. Alfredo Núñez. Current position: PhD researcher, since July 2018.

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Pan Zhang, topic: Corrugation elimination methods by fastening system design: numerical and experimental investigations. PhD researcher, Section of Railway Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisor: Prof. Zili Li. Daily Supervisor: Dr. Alfredo Núñez. Current position: PhD researcher, since September 2016.

Part-time PhD researchers

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Tim Vernaillen, topic: Rail wear and rolling contact fatigue. PhD researcher, Section of Railway Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisors: Prof. Rolf Dollevoet and Prof. Zili Li. Daily Supervisor: Dr. Alfredo Núñez. Current position: Part-time PhD researcher since July 2018, and Track Maintenance Civil Engineer at Infrabel, Belgium.

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Jurjen Hendriks, topic: Big data based structural health monitoring to optimize railway maintenance. PhD researcher, Section of Railway Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisor: Prof. Rolf Dollevoet. Daily Supervisor: Dr. Alfredo Núñez. Current position: Part-time PhD researcher, since February 2018.

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Zulkifli Hidayat, topic: Distributed sensing and state estimation. Part time PhD researcher, Delft Center for Systems and Control, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisors: Prof. Robert Babuska and Prof. Bart De Schutter. Daily supervisor: Dr. Alfredo Núñez.

Full-time PDEng researcher

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Martin Butijn, topic: Data-based analysis of embankment instability. PDEng researcher, Section of Railway Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisors: Prof. Zili Li, Dr. Alfredo Núñez, and Paul Kootwijk (ProRail). Current position: Full-time PDEng researcher, since February 2020.

Full-time MSc student

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Noa Peteroff, topic: Improving tramway infrastructure maintenance operations - the Amsterdam case study. MSc student, Section of Railway Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisor: Prof. Zili Li, Dr. Alfredo Núñez, and Janneke Tax (GVB-Amsterdam). Committe members: Dr. Yuguang Yang and Michel Huijsmans (GVB-Amsterdam). Current position: Full-time MSc researcher, since April 2021.

Former team

Postdocs

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Dr. Hongrui Wang, topic: Big Data and AI methods for railway catenary asset management. Postdoc researcher, Section of Railway Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisor: Prof. Rolf Dollevoet. Daily Supervisor: Dr. Alfredo Núñez. Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Structures, since December 2020. Publications in this period: [In press], [C69]

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Dr. Ali Jamshidi, topic: Multiobjective design for rail maintenance optimization. Postdoc, February 2018 - July 2018, Section of Railway Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisors: Prof. Rolf Dollevoet and Dr. Zili Li. Daily Supervisor: Alfredo Núñez. Publications in this period: [BCh02], [C64] and [J39]. Last known position: Researcher at Strukton, since July 2018.

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Dr. Maider Oregui, topic: Needs Tailored Interoperable Railway. Postdoc, August 2015 - March 2016, Section of Railway Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisor: Dr. Zili Li. Daily Supervisor: Alfredo Núñez. Journal publications: [J17], [J21], [J24], [J26]. Conference papers: [C34], [C35], and [C37]. Last known position: ProRail, Consultant of Switches and Crossings. Maider was awarded 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 (link 1)(link 2).

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Dr. Maria Molodova, topic: Axle box acceleration modelling and validation. Postdoc, January 2013 - December 2015, Section of Railway Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisor: Dr. Zili Li. Daily Supervisor: Alfredo Núñez. Journal publications: [J10], [J12], [J15], [J17], [J18], [J21]. Conference papers: [C30], [C32], [C33], [C34], [C35], [C37] and [C46]. Last known position: Director OkazoLab Ltd. Maria won the Dutch Institute World Class Maintenance Innovation Research Award for her PhD thesis (link). Maria also won the best student paper awards at the 16th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (link 1)(link 2).

PhD researchers

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Dr. Hongrui Wang, topic: Data-based Dynamic Condition Assesment of Railway Catenaries (.pdf) (TUDelft repository). PhD researcher, Section of Railway Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisor: Prof. Rolf Dollevoet. Daily Supervisor: Dr. Alfredo Núñez. Current position: Full time Postdoc researcher, since August 2019. Journal publications: [J23], [J33], [J35], [J38], [J42] and [J47]. Conference papers: [C54], [C58], [C62], and [C64]. PhD Defense: 4th of December 2019.

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Dr. Ali Jamshidi, topic: Intelligent rail maintenance decision support system using KPIs. (.pdf) (TUDelft repository). PhD researcher, Section of Railway Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisors: Prof. Rolf Dollevoet and Dr. Zili Li. Daily Supervisor: Alfredo Núñez. Journal publications: [J28], [J29], [J32], [J36], [J38] and [J41]. Conference papers: [C64], [C57], [C48], [C46], [C44], [C41] and [C39]. Last known position: Researcher at Strukton, since July 2018. PhD Defense: 3th of September 2019.

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Dr. Luis Marin, topic: Hierarchical energy management system based on fuzzy prediction intervals for operation and coordination of microgrids (.pdf) (UChile repository). PhD researcher, Electrical Engineering Department, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile. Supervisor: Prof. Doris Saez Hueichapan. Co-supervisors: Prof. Mark Sumner and Alfredo Núñez. Journal publications: [J43], [J39] and [J25]. Conference papers: [C50] and [C45]. PhD Defense: December 2018.

PDEng Researchers

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Paul Le Lan, "RSD-TDS: Rail Surface Defect Treatment Decision Support". Professional Doctorate, Section of Railway Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisors: Alfredo Núñez and Maarten van Riel. Advisor: Zhen Yang. Thesis committee: Prof. Pieter van Gelder, Prof. Zili Li, Ellard Groenewegen, Ilse Oonk. PDeng defended: 21st February 2020.

MSc students

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Jeremy Aarts, topic: Simultaneous multi-robot task scheduling and path planning - An integrated approach to task scheduling and path planning for mobile robots in production environments. MSc thesis, Systems and Control Master Program, Delft Center for Systems and Control, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisor: Prof. Bart De Schutter. Daily supervisor: Alfredo Núñez and Bas van der Oest. In cooperation with Prodrive Technologies. Defense: 13 November 2018, cum laude. (TUDelft Repository)

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Arif Nurhidayat, topic: Deep learning for monitoring the health condition of railway crossings. MSc thesis, Embedded Systems, specialization Control Systems, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisor: Prof. Bart De Schutter. Daily supervisors: Alfredo Núñez and Anthonie Boogaard (Railway Engineering). Defense: 24 January 2018. (TUDelft Repository)

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Muhammad Faris, topic: Distributed optimization for railway track maintenance operations planning. MSc thesis, Systems and Control Master Program, Delft Center for Systems and Control, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisor: Prof. Bart De Schutter. Daily supervisors: Alfredo Núñez, Zhou Su, Ali Jamshidi. Defense: 18 January 2018. Publication: [C66]. (TUDelft Repository)

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Suzan van Ginkel, topic: Multi-oobjective project portfolio optimization, application in railway infrastructure networks. MSc thesis, Systems and Control Master Program, Delft Center for Systems and Control, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisor: Prof. Bart De Schutter. Daily supervisors: Alfredo Núñez and Daphne de Poot. In cooperation with ORTEC. Defense: 27 November 2017. (TUDelft Repository)

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Wei Xie, topic: Decision support for the maintenance regarding tram wheel-rail interface based on multisource data analysis. MSc thesis, Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics Master Program, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisor: Dr. Zili Li. Daily supervisors: Alfredo Núñez and Ron Maas (Sensornet). In cooperation with Sensornet. Defense: 19 October 2017. Publication: [C61].

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Franka Veltman, topic: Hybrid human in the loop model predictive control for polder management, case study Ommoord. MSc thesis, Systems and Control Master Program, Delft Center for Systems and Control, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisor: Prof. Bart De Schutter. Daily supervisor: Alfredo Núñez. Defense: 24 October 2016. Franka was awarded an ACM-W scholarship for attendance 2015 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence in South Africa (link). Publication: [C45].

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Rick Schalk, topic: Data analytics for RCF damages on the Dutch HSL track. MSc thesis Construction, Management and Engineering Master Program, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Supervisors: Prof. Rogier Wolfert and Dr. Arjen Zoeteman. Daily Supervisors: Alfredo Núñez and Aad Hertogs (Infraspeed). Defense: 23 September 2016. Publications: [C65], [C56], [C55].

Researchers and PhD visitor scholars

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Dr.(c) Junping Zhong, topic: Fault Diagnosis for the Catenary Components in High-speed Railway based on Computer Vision. PhD researcher, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China. Supervisor: Prof. Zhigang Liu. Visit period: October 2019 to October 2020. Journal publication: [In press]. Conference paper:[C69].

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Dr.(c) Wenqiang Liu, topic: Fault Detection and Diagnosis Theory of Electrified Railway Catenary and Track. PhD researcher, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China. Supervisor: Prof. Zhigang Liu. Visit period: September 2017 to February 2019. Journal publications: [J45] and [J49]. Conference papers: [C62], [C68] and [C69].

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Siamak Hajizadeh, topic: Large-scale rail image processing for detection and classification. Researcher, Section of Railway Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Journal publications: [J28] and [J36]. Conference papers: [C47], [C51] and [C57].

Visiting scholars

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Prof.Dr. Doris Saez Hueichapan, topic: fuzzy modelling. Visitor scholar: June 2017, July 2018, July 2019.