Brandenburgische Technische Universität (BTU) Cottbus-Senftenberg, Lehrstuhl Eisenbahnwesen


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03046 Cottbus

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Railway Engineering Chair

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Christoph Thiel

The BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg continues its long-standing tradition of engineering, which was once founded with technical and engineering colleges for construction in Cottbus. Today, this discipline of science is maintained and further developed at the Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Urban Planning Department 6 in the undergraduate courses of the same name. The spectrum of the faculty also characterizes the Department of Railway Engineering, which focuses on the formation, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of track-guided transport systems.
 All activities of the Research and Teaching Chair essentially derive their inspiration and innovative content from the reversal of the previously customary causal direction of action from “engineering->technology->market” to “market->technology->engineering.”
Fields of research
  • Customer-specific design of passenger transport systems, chaired here by the Technical Committee for Transport at the MIL
  • Station design for flexible product strategies of freight transport (interaction of new technologies of the combined freight transport with the design and operation of railway systems) - SmartCargoStation
  • Infrastructural product development of public passenger transport
  • Development of mobile rail systems
  • Infrastructure management and network control of railways
  • Reactivation and transformation of urban and regional railways and networks
  • Preservation, documentation, and management of historic traffic facilities