Prof. Dr. Ulrich Weidmann | Transport Systems

Ulrich Weidmann has been Full Professor of Transport Systems at ETH Zurich since 1 June 2004. He became Vice President of Human Resources and Infrastructure on 1 January 2016.


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.