Speakers of EITRT2015

Keynote Speakers of EITRT2015

Prof. Lothar H. Fickert

PhD at Graz University of Technology. International work with ELIN UNION and BROWN BOVERI, Vienna, as commissioning engineer and project manager in the field of power plants. Work as protection engineer in the field of grid operation with WIENSTROM. Since 1998 full time professor and the head of the Department for Electrical Power Systems at Graz University of Technology.

National and international activities comprise participation “National High-end Foreign Experts” in China, in the Austrian Electrotechnical Association (OVE) / the Austrian Association of Electricity Suppliers (VEOe), as well as being Austrian delegate to CENELEC-TC77A and member of IEC-TC77A, WG9 (Power Quality Parameter Measurement) and CIGRE WG B5.40 - Education, Qualification as well as CIGRE-CIRED WG B5-35 “Substation earthing system design optimisation through the application of quantified risk analysis“

Research areas: traction power system/ efficient utilization of electrical energy / power quality / supply reliability / production, transfer und distribution of electrical energy /decentralized power generation / EMF and EMC.

He has authored 211 technical papers, holds 7 patents and several honors and awards.

Tel.: +43 (0)316 873-7550;E-Mail: lothar.fickert@tugraz.at

Address: Technische Universität Graz;Institut für Elektrische Anlagen;Inffeldgasse 18/1, 8010 Graz Austria

Title: Determining the effects of energy feedback in traction power system upon the Power Quality and test-set-up design

Abstract: Due to the lack of verification with reliable testing methods and testing equipment, the power quality and the safety operation of the energy feedback device (EFD) in the urban rail traction power system should be more deeply investigated. Therefore, the application of EFDs will not become widespread and this lead to a lot of braking energy wasted. This paper presents a power hardware in the loop (PHIL) testing methods and equipment. With the real-time simulation of both AC and DC side of EFD, the EDF will have a comprehensive test in a near real grid environment in the laboratory.

Through the research on characteristics of energy feedback of the traction power supply system, a quantitative study of the precision and stability of the PHIL testing system is given. A detailed basic study in frequency domain of the relationship between delay and accuracy of PHIL system, and gives the system stability criterion with Ruth-Hurwitz rule.

Then taking into account the energy feedback, the modeling method of a typical traction power supply system is proposed. With Multi-Rate partitioning and different modeling complexity, greatly reduces the simulation time and improve computational efficiency and accuracy.

The IGBT based PHIL testing system is built in the TU Graz-Tongji Research Laboratory on Measurement Technique of Railway Electrical Equipment. The function of the PHIL testing system is verified.

Keyword: Hardware-in-the-loop test, HIL, traction power system, energy feedback

Dr. Tatsuhiko Fujihira

Dr. Tatsuhiko Fujihira is the CTO for Electronic Devices, Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., Japan. He has more than 30 years of experience in the research and development of power semiconductor devices, for example IGBT, power MOSFET, and high-voltage and/or -power ICs. He has authored more than 30 papers, including the world-first technical paper of superjunction devices, in which he named the device as “Superjunction”, holds more than 100 patents, and is the receiver of three scientific awards.

Title: The State-of-The-Art and Future Trend of Power Semiconductor Devices for Electric Rail Transportations

ABSTRACT: Growing population and economy of this planet require us to build up a sustainable society system. Electric rail transportations are one of the most promising ones to enhance the sustainability of our society. In electric power conversion for rail transportations, more energy-saving and more resource-saving, efficient systems must be developed. Power semiconductor devices are the key to develop more efficient electric power conversion systems for rail transportations. In Si IGBT, state-of-the-arts are the 7th generation (7G) standard IGBT, 1G RC-IGBT, and 2G RB-IGBT. The era of SiC devices are also starting these years. Those new devices increase the output power density per weight or per volume, reduce the consumption of natural resources, and increase the efficiency of electric power conversion systems. Especially the impacts of SiC devices are dramatic.

Prof. JIA Limin

Limin Jia, Professor of Beijing Jiaotong University, Ph. D. supervisor, Chair Professor of China State Key Laboratory of Railway Traffic Control and Safety, Chairman of RITS (Railway Intelligent Transportation System) Committee of ITS China, Chairman of Committee of Electrical and Information Technologies for Rail Transportation of China Electrical Technology Association, Vice Chairman of Intelligent Automation Committee of China Automation Association. 

Title: Railway Intelligent Transportation Systems---A Future Perspective



Prof. JIANG Jiuchun

Professor Jiuchun Jiang is the Dean of the School of Electrical Engineering at the Beijing Jiaotong University, China. He has more than 17 years research experiences in renewable energy technology, management of advanced batteries and EV infrastructural facilities. He has more than 50 publications and holds 8 patents. His research has contributed to the commercial battery management system (BMS) products. The developed BMS products ranked first in the domestic market in the last three years. He has also designed a number of large scale battery charging stations, such as for the Beijing Olympic Games, the Shanghai World Expo, and the Guangzhou Asian Games. He was the winner of China National Science and Technology Progress Award and Ministry of Education Science and Technology Progress Award.

Title: Application of Lithium-Ion Batteries in Rail Transportation


Prof. Paramjit Singh

An Electrical Engineer by profession, Paramjit worked in the Power Industry before moving over to the Railway Industry in 1998. From 1998 to 2007, Paramjit was employed by the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) where he reviewed the design of the first heavy rail driverless trains on the North East Line (NEL) driverless railway project. Subsequently Paramjit led the team in the comprehensive testing and commissioning of the driverless trains. From 2002, Paramjit assumed responsibility for the project & engineering management of the NEL driverless trains. He also provided guidance to the team working on Singapore’s second driverless metro project - the Circle Line Project. Concurrently he acted as the principal consultant on rolling stock and depot with MRT Singapore International (MSI) providing consultancy services on rolling stock and railway depots to emerging economies in the region.

Paramjit joined Bombardier Singapore in January 2008 as an Advanced Engineering Manager where he promoted solutions for metro trains to prospective clients in the region. After Bombardier won the tender for the Singapore Downtown Line (DTL) trains, Paramjit was naturally selected to lead in the engineering management of the DTL driverless trains.

Paramjit brings with him a wealth of experience in the railway industry which includes 16 years’ experience in driverless metros. His key competencies include rolling stock design, integrated testing, commissioning, selection of trains for rail transport and promoting benefits of emerging technologies in the rail industry. 

Title: Design and Operation of Driverless Metro Trains

ABSTRACT: Over the last two decades, developed and emerging economies have been embracing large scale technological advances in the rail industry.

Singapore is viewed by many as a leader in embracing driverless technology. Since the success of its first heavy driverless metro system which began passenger operations in June 2003, Singapore has continued to build more driverless lines and currently has 3 driverless metro lines in passenger operation.

With wide acceptance and receptiveness of driverless technology, key manufacturers, like Bombardier have been receiving numerous queries and expressions of interest from prospective Customers on the construction, operation and benefits of driverless metro systems.

Customers’ key queries and expectations are mainly centred on procuring a cost effective, safe and reliable driverless metro system.

The presentation aims to highlight a top(down approach in developing driverless metro railway, taking into consideration the key operational and design features that will support the operation of a safe and reliable driverless system. The good integration of the four main railway subsystems – the Trains, Signalling, Communications and Integrated Supervisory Control System (ISCS) is of primary importance to build a successful driverless metro system. It is certainly beneficial to conduct integrated testing at an off(site location, set up with the four main railway subsystems, so that the driverless system is well tuned before delivering to the Customers’ site.

The presentation will also address the many design features and passenger interfaces incorporated in the train. Each design feature and passenger interface will be elaborated in some detail to show how passenger safety is assured in a driverless train and environment.

Driverless metros have been steadily gaining a wider acceptance from Customers and Operators as the driverless technology is viewed as a proven, safe and reliable system.

王立天(WANG Litian)

Chief Engineer, China Railway Electrification survey and Design Institute Co., Ltd.



Title: Technical Development Tendency of Traction Power Supply System on Urban Metro Line

Prof. Min An (BEng(Hons), MSc, PhD, CEng, MIMechE, MCICE, MIEngD)

Min An (BEng(Hons), MSc, PhD, CEng, MIMechE, MCICE, MIEngD) is a Reader Professor in Project and Transport Risk Management at the University of Birmingham, UK, the Director of the Safety, Risk & Reliability Engineering Research, the Director of MSc/PgDip in Civil Engineering and MSc/PgDip in Civil Engineering & Management, the Leader of UK JBM Accreditation Response Committee on Safety, and a member of staff in Rail Research UK Association. He is also a Principle Scientist/Senior Consultant for Network Rail, London Underground, Tube Lines, Serco Assurance, Rail Safety & Standard Board; and an Editor/Associate Editor/ Member of Editorial Boards for 12 international academic journals. He also holds the appointment as a Professor of Railway Safety Engineering at Beijing Jiaotong University, China. His research and consultant works, especially in the context of railway and transportation engineering, are mainly in the fields of (1) development and application of more rational and sustainable safety, risk, reliability and decision-making techniques and methods to facilitate railway safety, risk and reliability analysis, and (2) development of the advanced procedures for minimizing risks by improved design aspects, construction and maintenance strategies based on safety and reliability assessment. This work has been sustained over the past twenty-nine years and has resulted in over one hundred technical papers in journals/at conferences. His research work has been financially funded from a variety of sources including research councils (EU and UK), government agencies and industry. He has been involved in organization or as a member of the International Advisory Board for many of international conferences and has been invited to give many keynote lectures at the international conferences and seminars. He has collaborated with many of railway industrial major players internationally and nationally including London Underground, Rail Safety & Standard Board, Network Rail, Tube Lines, Metronet SSL, Serco Assurance, Balfour Beatty, TACO, Eurostar (UK) Ltd, Amey Plc, BAE System, Sir Robert McAlpine, Scott Wilson, and British Highways Agency etc. 

Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, the University of Birmingham, Edgabston, B15 2TT, UK
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5146; Fax: +44 (0)121 414 3675; E-mail: M.An@bham.ac.uk

Title: Guidance on the Application of Top-down and Bottom-up Analysis Approaches to Railway Safety and Risk Assessment
ABSTRACT:Railway safety and risk analysis is a complex subject. Efficient use of safety and risk analysis methods in risk assessment process involves the study of the characteristics of each risk analysis method and assessment process in terms of the way in which risk analysis is carried out. A risk assessment process may be classified as either top-down or bottom-up approach by study the way in which risks associated with a system are identified. This keynote gives an overview of guidance on the application of top-down and bottom-up analysis approaches to railway safety and risk assessment and with a focused discussion on how these two approaches can be used effectively and efficiently in railway accident investigation process, and safety and risk prediction of a railway system. Advantages and disadvantages are discussed through case examples.

Prof. Liu Guoyou

Mr. Liu received master's degree from Wuhan University in 1990. He is a distinguished expert of semiconductor technology. He was the CTO of Dynex Semiconductor for five years and is the director of Power Semiconductor R&D (Lincoln) Centre of CRRC Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Institute Co.Ltd. as well as a professional senior engineer. He has been working in research of power semiconductor technology, product development, technology management and IGBT industrialization for many years. He was responsible for and participated in several major national and provincial projects, and won several national and provincial prizes. He has published over 30 papers and hold more than 40 Chinese patens including 24 authorized patens.

Title: Technical Features and Development Trend of High-voltage IGBT for Rail Transportation Traction System
ABSTRACT:As a kind of advanced power semiconductor device, insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) module has been widely applied in most strategic emerging industries such as the rail transportation traction system. Compared with other applications, the IGBTs used in traction system are required to have high power density, high operating temperature and high reliability under harsh ambient conditions. These high level requirements ask for advanced chip and module design technology, development of critical chip and package processes as well as high precise chip and package process control capability. Based on the 8-inch IGBT fabrication line in CRRC Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Institute Co. Ltd., the fourth-generation planar IGBT and the fifth-generation trench IGBT design technologies are realized, critical chip and package processes such as the laser annealing, the wafer thinning, the copper wire bonding and the ultrasonic welding are developed and the state-of-the-art statistic process control method is employed. Lately, 63A/3300V IGBT as well as 100A/1700V chips which are popular candidates of power devices in traction converters are implemented. The 1500A/3300V and 1600A/1700V IGBT modules with those chipsets are manufactured, validated and successfully applied in rail traction systems. In the near future, based on the existing process platform, 6-inch SiC fabrication line will be constructed, intensive effort will also be made on next-generation power devices with novel structures, high intelligence, new materials, and advanced processes.

Prof. QIN Yong

Yong Qin is the Dr., Professor, Vice director of State Key laboratory of Rail Traffic Control and Safety, Beijing Jiaotong University. He also is the vice dean and secretary general of Rail Transportation Electro-technical Committee of China Electro-technical Society, the vice dean and secretary general of Rail Intelligent Transportation Systems Committee of China Intelligent Transportation Systems Society, and the member of IEEE and system safety society (USA). His research interests are in the area of intelligent transportation systems, railway operation safety and reliability, rail network management and traffic model. The developed technologies and products have been applied into Chian High-speed railway safety assurance and emergency responcy, Qinghai-tibet railway operation monitoring, Beijing Guangzhou urban rail network operation safety assurance. He has authored or coauthored more than 100 publication papers and 5 books, has 12 patents granted, also won 7 China National or Ministry Science and Technology Progress Award.

Title: Analysis Method and Application of Operation Safety and Reliability for High Speed Trains
ABSTRACT:High Speed Trains’ operation safety and reliability is the most key aspect of China High-speed railway network operation. In these years, many train operation data have been acquired and accumulated, but there are lack of the available methods to analyze and assess the train operation status. In this talk, the systematic analysis scheme for high-speed train operation safety and reliability is introduced. The key methods and computational model of risk assessment and reliability analysis in this scheme are presented in detail. The relative software and data-processing applications will be demonstrated in this talk.