KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Carlo Borghini

Executive Director of the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking

Mr Carlo Borghini was appointed Executive Director of the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking on February 2016 and is responsible for the overall management of the S2R JU activities.
Prior to this posting, Mr Borghini was EDA Corporate Services Director, where he was responsible for the management of financial and human resources, as well as programme management and administrative issues.

 

Dr Cristian Ulianov

Railway Technology Group Manager, Newcastle University

Dr Cristian Ulianov has an educational background in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and he has further specialised in manufacturing processes, railway engineering, and composites. His professional experience consists of stages both in industry and academia, including design, research and teaching activities.
He is currently the Group Manager of NewRail's Technology Group, with the aim of increasing its research capabilities and enlarging its area of expertise.

 

Prof Simon Iwnicki

Professor of Railway Engineering and Director of the Institute of Railway Research, University of Huddersfield

Simon Iwnicki graduated from Manchester University with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering then worked as a maintenance engineer at Chloride Motive Power in the 1980s working on battery production and electric vehicle design. He undertook a PhD in the dynamics of underground railway vehicles sponsored by the National Coal Board at South Bank University in London. He spent 21 years as Lecturer and Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University teaching and carrying out research into the interaction between railway vehicles and track where, in 1998, he set up the Rail Technology Unit which provided expert advice and solutions for the railway industry.
In 2012 he joined the University of Huddersfield as Professor of Railway Engineering and Director of the Institute of Railway Research.

 

Dr Danijela Ristić-Durrant

University of Bremen, Institute of Automation

Danijela Ristić-Durrant received the M.Sc. degree in automatic control and robotics from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Niš, Niš, Serbia, in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Bremen, in 2007. She is with the University of Bremen, as a Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer. Since July 2016, she has also held the title of an Associate Professor of automatic control and robotics with the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Niš. She was a Researcher and a Project Manager for the FP7 EU-funded project CORBYS-Cognitive Control Framework for Robotic Systems, and the Coordinator of several bilateral projects in the field of rehabilitation robotics and robot vision. She was Project Coordinator (2016-2019) of H2020 EU-funded project SMART project (Smart Automation of Rail Transport) and she is project coordinator of H2020 EU-funded project SMART2 (Advanced integrated obstacle and track intrusion detection system for smart automation of rail transport).