Research at UIC

A fundamental activity for the future of railways

Rail transport is a future-oriented global industry and is striving to offer an even more attractive, affordable, safe, clean, competitive and reliable transport mode, well placed within and interlinked with the other modes of the global transport system. Therefore, innovating and harmonising products and technologies are a necessity for the rail market to deploy all its potential and to deliver cost effective services for all its customers.

Research is a core value of the International Union of Railways (UIC) in order to provide its members with the best answers and solutions to meet the challenges that will lead train to become the backbone of tomorrow’s transport.

Initiated by UIC through its International Rail Research Board (IRRB), Railway Research offers a unique opportunity for all stakeholders involved in rail research to benefit from a more efficient use of resources, to convey ideas from one region to another, avoid duplication, develop innovative solutions to problems and identify topics for future collaborative research.

Above all, it represents a unique opportunity to strengthen the rail research community and think globally of the future of railways through innovation.

UIC Research team

**Mr. Jerzy Wisniewski

Polish, engineer of mechanics (specialization: rail transport), second faculty: MSC of transport economics.

To date: member of the Board of Directors at International Union of Railways (UIC) - Director for Fundamental Values Department responsible for cooperation and supporting the UIC core activities such as railway infrastructure, passengers and freight transportation - paying special attention to the transversal issues like: sustainable development, safety, security, expertise development and research coordination.
Seconded to the UIC from Polish Railways where fulfilled managerial duties for heading the office for international relations.
From 2006 to 2009: nominated PKP expert on planning and operations including crisis management for railway infrastructure (PBIST - NATO), dedicated case: an advice on West-East freight railway corridors to facilitate the nonmilitary cargo transportation to IASF.
From 1999 to 2005: worked already for the UIC being responsible for pan-European railway system integration – technical, operational, legal harmonization within Eastern and Central European Countries – close cooperation with related organizations like CER, OSJD, CIT, ECE UN, and ECMT. Transport Academy of Russia - fellowship since 1998.

**Mr. Dennis Schut

Project coordinator ERRAC Roadmap FP7 Project at ERRAC - European Rail Research Advisory Council
Head of the Research Unit/ Research Manager at UIC - International Union of Railways
EU Research Manager at UIC - International Association of Railways
Rail research project officer at European Commission - DG Research
Senior policy officer - EU Policy & Research at Ministerie van Verkeer en Waterstaat - Netherlands Department of Transport
Education at Rijks Universiteit Leiden

**Mr. Jacques Colliard

French, Graduated in economics and statistics, diplomas from French Universities of Paris I and Paris VI, and of French national institute of economic and statistical information.

He joined the SNCF in 1976. From 1995 to 2003 he became the deputy director of security.
He was a member of French minister’s staffs in social topics, in police, in transportation, and in urban policy.
As the manager of the previous Security Centre of Competence in International Union of Railways (Paris) since March 2003, and now head of the Security Division, he is registered as railway security expert by various international organizations (European Commission, OSCE, UNECE, IWGLTS….). He leads the work of the UIC security platform with its Chairman and Vice-Chairman

**Mr. John Lutz

American/French Senior Rail professional with 25 years experience in System Integration, IT Development, Railway Data Exchange and IT Standardisation in a multi-modal environment.
Currently Mr. Lutz is managing the UIC Data Coordination Unit, supporting UIC transverse activities for IT integration between infrastructure, passengers and freight domains.
Since 2007, Mr. Lutz has been responsible for the development, rollout and operations of the Common Software Components used for the implementation of the TAF-TSI, representing a 10 million euro development effort. He is also responsible for coordination of the TAF-TSI deployment activities, including technical analysis and timeline development for the sector.
He has received grants and provided project management for numerous international software development projects for the European Commission, including CroBit, CEN Codification Standards for Railway Applications, the TAF-TSI Strategic European Deployment Plan and the Common Software Components (CCG).
Prior to joining the UIC in 2002, he worked in North America at Railinc and the Union Pacific Railroad, where he implemented the Rail Automated Customs Manifest for US and Canadian Customs Service under the Automated Customs Environment (USA) and the Forward and Store system for automated waybills, creating a 100% paperless environment in North America for wagon interchange.
Mr. Lutz has strong technical expertise in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), XML Development, UML modelling and codification schemes that incorporate freight railway business processes and needs.

Research at UIC ranges from collecting information and best practices to developing new knowledge and demonstrating the feasibility of its results.

Research Coordination Group (RCG)

Research can be carried out through internal UIC projects, or by taking part in external projects such as those funded by the European Commission’s Framework Programme for Research (also open to non-EU based UIC members), which in FP7 has roughly 500 million euros available for the co-funding of railway research projects, as well as through other forms of collaboration and funding. One of our
tasks is to conduct a global survey of additional funding possibilities for rail research.

The mission of the UIC Research Department is to provide a support to the UIC bodies dealing with technological development and research, related transversal matters such as safety, security, expertise development, energy and environment with a view of ensuring the coherent system approach to the improvement of the overall performance of the railway system and assuring full interoperability.

The Research Coordination Group (RCG) was set up by UIC with the aim to assure a sustainable and efficient support to UIC members in their effort for coordination of research activities in order to avoid duplication of research, strengthen UIC participation and its members in collaborative research programmes and thus increase efficiency of use of scarce research resources of operators and funding available for rail research.

All major European operators - Railway Undertakings and Infrastructure Managers - have actively contributed to setting up this group and at present, the following UIC members have nominated their research programme coordinators/managers into this group: ADIF, ATOC, BV, CD, Connex (Veolia Transport), DB, Infrabel, NS, Network Rail, ÖBB, PKP S.A, PKP Cargo, ProRail, RENFE, RFF, RFI, RSSB, SBB-Infra, SNCF, Trenitalia.
In addition, CER and EIM representatives are also members of RCG.

The effort of RCG is focused on coordination of UIC members research activities, in particular aiming at:

  • Supporting European Rail Research Council (ERRAC) activities and formulation of common operators position with regard to other stakeholders in ERRAC, namely member states, supply industry, customer associations, etc.
  • Positioning with regard to the proposals of other stakeholders for research programmes and projects
  • Identifying common research topics for project initiation and submission with partners to respond EC calls
  • Exchanging information on own research programmes and national projects
  • Coordinating efforts in current EC projects and defending common operators position in strategic EC projects resulting in technological harmonisation and standardisation
  • Interfacing with worldwide UIC research and active support of International Railway Research Board (IRRB).

On May the 10th 2012, this Plenary was the occasion to introduce the new Chairman of RCG, Mr. Bo Olsson from Trafikverket.

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Bo Olsson from Trafikverket, new co-Chairperson of RCG with Andrea Schaer

Coordination Technical Group (CTG)

The Coordination Technical Group has now been in operation for over 2 years. It ensures that the European Rail Agency (ERA) work programme and the resources required to effectively discharge it are well coordinated and efficiently deployed.
In addition, CTG ensures that the collaboration between CER, EIM and UIC in relation to the ERA work programme is well connected to UIC’s working bodies. Detailed CTG activities are linked to the ongoing ERA work programme as ERA seeks to develop the mandates it is set by the European Commission.


Andrea Schaer from Deutsche Bahn AG, new co-Chairperson of RCG with Bo (...)