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Prof. Dr. Ulrich Weidmann

Ulrich Weidmann has been Full Professor for Transport Systems at the Institute for Transport Planning and Systems since 2004. He was born in 1963 as citizen of Einsiedeln/Schwyz. From 1988 on, he has been PhD student at the IVT after obtaining his degree in Civil Engineering at the ETH Zurich. From 1994 to 2000 he developed long term passenger transport strategies for the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and was responsible for the nationwide expansion of mass transit und regional transport systems. From 2001 to 2004 he was head of Engineering of the SBB's infrastructure division. His main duties were the management of the railway technologies, architecture, environmental issues, track observation, innovation management and technical standards. In addition to this he led the cab signaling train control project for the new Loetschberg tunnel.


His research focuses on four main research areas:

  • Passenger transport system evaluation and decision support: How can transportation systems be adequately evaluated, including economical, technical, operational, social and environmental aspects?
  • Integration of rail freight transport systems in logistic chains: How should rail freight systems be improved on the conceptual, operational, technical and organisational level in order to best meet the new requirements?
  • System performance and stability: How can the performance of a public transport infrastructure network be exhausted while remaining reliable and stable?
  • Rail infrastructure management: How can the financial needs for the railway infrastructure be minimized in all phases of the life cycle?

Furthermore, the chair is committed to questions dealing with regulatory changes and liberalization in the transport sector. Teaching follows the life cycle of public transport systems for passengers and freight, including design of services, systems dimensioning, infrastructures and operations as well as management.

He is now member of scientific, governmental and industrial advisory groups in the field of public transports, representative of Switzerland in the Transport Advisory Group of the European Union and member of the governing boards of a railway information technology company as well as two regional public transport enterprises.

Selection of  Completed Projects

Algorithms and methods for the construction of conflict-free, macroscopic timetables

Local Public Transport in Cross-Border Agglomerations

Increase of Productivity in Railway Freight Transportation through a Systematic Integration of Client Knowledge into Operational Planning

Stability of railway networks and their expansion dynamics during major disruptions

Improving Reliability in the Planning and Operation of Urban Bus Lines

Methodology for efficiency evaluations of capacity expansion for existing railway networks

Predicting the duration of disruptions of railway operation, disposition and event communication