UCL Short Course: Introduction to Job Shop Scheduling Algorithms for Control of Railway Traffic Flows

Tuesday 4 July 2017,  University College London
Room 102 Chadwick Building

Course Description

With advancement of ICT as well as needs for capacity improvement, the railway industry is moving towards real-time traffic control. Job Shop Scheduling technique is a tool commonly used for this purpose. This course will introduce this technique in the context of the application in dynamic railway traffic optimisation.

Since this is an introductory course, attendees do not need to have previous knowledge or experiences, and thus is suitable for those who are just interest in railway timetabling techniques in general. We welcome a wide range of people including practitioners working on railway traffic regulation and management, traffic control system developers, and research students who just started (or will start) their work on railway traffic control.



  • £20 for PhD Students
  • £40 for Professionals and Academics

(Fees will be used to cover catering and admin fees)

The lecturers

Dr Adnrea D’Ariano of Università degli studi Roma Tre is one of the leading academics in this subject area. He has published more than 30 journal papers in dynamic railway traffic optimisation and his framework has been used by many other researchers as well as leading railway traffic system developers.

Dr Gemma Nicholson is currently a Research Fellow in the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE). Her background is in mathematics and its application to a range of applied research problems. Gemma has worked on a number of railway projects using modelling, simulation and analysis techniques, with a particular interest in the performance evaluation of railway operations.

This course is suitable for

  • Researchers and research students who work on railway traffic modelling (but do not necessarily know much about job shop scheduling).
  • Industry professionals who would like to know the techniques for real-time traffic optimisation.

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