The Research Center Railways (RCR) was founded in 2017 by the Institute of Transport Science (VIA), the Institute of Rail Vehicles and Transport Systems (IFS) and the Institute of Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA) at RWTH Aachen University. Thereby, RCR comprises all three major fields of railway transportation engineering: rail vehicle engineering, railway infrastructure and -operation as well as electrical drives. The interdisciplinary cooperation aims to investigate and implement future research in the area of railway technology, lightweight construction, autonomous driving, digital networks, optimized railway operation as well as railway related drive and storage systems.
In 2020, with the Institute of Urban and Transport Planning (ISB) and the Institute of Automatic Control (IRT), two further associated members were added to the RCR. Thus, the portfolio of the virtual institute expands around the research focus on urban mobility, electromobility, assistance systems and sensors as well as networked information and communication technology. By launching the specialization course "Railway System Engineer", which is lectured in English as part of the M.Sc. course Transport Engineering and Mobility, and by setting up the biannual conference International Railway Symposium Aachen (IRSA), RCR has set the course for a long term study and development of railway technologies.
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