I am Merishna Ramtahalsing, and as per March the 1st 2019 I commenced with my PhD at the university of Twente in Enschede. Together with my colleagues, I will be working on the SIRA Project (System Integration for Railways Advancement) and will mainly be focusing on the system definition and overview. A proper system definition, a clear vision for the goals and a simple interface for describing the rail transport are key to communication, shared understanding, and collaboration. Therefore, system definition and overview are among principal needs for cooperation. This will include going beyond technical definition of the system and its process, learning from the project management practices, and learning from studies on human behaviour as individuals, groups, or organisations.
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Europe aims to develop an efficient transportation system with less congestion and fewer emission. For a competitive transport system, Europe is investing on its rail transport targeting an interoperable system for which proper integration of the available infrastructures is indispensable. The project offers you a position to contribute to these forward-thinking goals.
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We are glad that Yawar Abbas and Nina Jakubeit have joined our team to start the project on systems integration, and that is a reason for us to celebrate in the University of Twente. We wish all the best for our new colleagues Nina and Yawar in this position.
My name is Nina and on November 1st I started as a PhD candidate at the University of Twente participating in the SIRA project (System Integration of Railway Advancement). As part of the project I will work together with ProRail, NS and the University of Twente to develop a platform for resolving the integration challenges for the railways in the Netherlands. My research will focus on designing a decision support tool that supports stakeholders in making well-informed decisions. I am especially looking forward to work in such a multidisciplinary setting and collaborate with the key stakeholders from NS and ProRail. Moreover, being part of such a huge project, which requires to simultaneously work on the decision support framework and co-operating with my colleagues on the design of the platform, is a challenge in its own rights that I am eager to accomplish.
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