MSc Theses


R. Blankenzee (2023). Performance analysis of initial stabling plans of railway yards subjected to demand variations, with NS, Utrecht.

L.J. Boertje (2023). Assessing equity in regional railway corridors, with Province North-Holland.

R. Dissel (2023). Analysis of the overall challenges/limitations of ETCS Hybrid Level 3, with Movares, Utrecht.

G. Ethuin (2023). Improving the capacity and performance assessment of railway nodes on the French network, with SNCF.

G.A.M. Hornung (2023). Hourly Traffic Density Based Decomposition in Non-Centralised Railway Traffic Management, with ProRail, Utrecht.

X. Meng (2023). Develop a demand-oriented train service plan by using the railway passenger demand pattern, with NS, Utrecht

J.D. Pieters (2023). Quantifying travel alternative robustness of the Dutch railway network to assess the Lelylijn. 

A. Xavier (2023). Assessing effects of applying robust train trajectories for energy-efficient train timetabling. 

R. Zhou. Adding flexibility to the timetable in real-time railway traffic management, with ProRail, Utrecht.


J. Aantjes (2022). System reliability analysis of interactions between ETCS, train drivers and dispatchers, demonstrated by STPA, with ProRail, Utrecht.

S.E. Bouman (2022). A data-driven approach for generation of tactical planning rules regarding buffer time in initial railway timetables, with NS, Utrecht. 

M.L. Janssens (2022). Multi machine approaches for conflict resolution under moving block signalling, with ProRail, Utrecht.

A. de  Jong (2022). The effectiveness of alternative graph-based rail traffic rescheduling models versus infrastructure layouts and traffic patterns, with ProRail, Utrecht.

B.L.K. Kwee (2022). A heuristic method for the distribution of freight wagons on a rail yard taking into account dangerous goods, with Mott MacDonald, Arnhem.

M.V. van der Meulen (2022). Assessing moving block railway capacity based on fixed block infrastructure occupation, with ProRail, Utrecht.

J. Xiao (2022). Multi-modal system design for urban metro systems to handle excessive demand caused by mega-events.


M.J. Knoester (2021). A data-driven approach for evaluating the resilience of railway networks, with ProRail, Utrecht.

R. Miao (2021). A capacity-effective scheduling approach for Virtual Coupling operations.

O. Muller (2021). Analysing the impacts of peak demand and traffic rescheduling in high frequency metro networks, with RoyalHaskoningDHV, Utrecht.

S. Panagiotis (2021). Capacity benefits of Virtual Coupling over ETCS L3 Moving block in a realistic operational environment, with Technolution, Gouda.

D. Sommers (2021). Railway-spare inventory & maintenance scheduling model development for railway maintenance management, with ProRail, Utrecht.

J. Trepat (2021). Routing optimization for the train unit shunting problem in a multi-agent deep reinforcement learning framework, with NS, Utrecht.


P. Chatzis (2020). Improving signal aspect awareness of a driver advisory system over the Dutch signalling system to increase capacity, with ProRail, Utrecht.

F. Heins (2020). Freight traffic on the Dutch railway network in 2030 and 2040, with DB Cargo, Utrecht.

G. Westerhuis (2020). Strengthen the adaptability of the ERTMS implementation, with Ministry I&W, The Hague.

M. de Hek (2020). Operational transitions in railway infrastructure, with Prorail, Utrecht.

J. Zomer (2020). Simultaneous optimization of rolling stock maintenance scheduling and rolling stock maintenance location choice, with SMA/NS, Zurich/Utrecht.

R. Vergroesen (2020), ERTMS/ETCS Hybrid Level 3 and ATO:  A simulation based capacity impact study for the Dutch railway network, with ProRail, Utrecht.

M. Baurichter (2020). Adding human aspects to planning assistance tools for complex logistical processes: a case-study of railway node planning in the Netherlands, with NS, Utrecht.


M.E.M.A. van Hövell (2019). Increasing the effectiveness of the capacity usage at rolling stock service locations, with Arcadis, Amersfoort.

R. Simons (2019). The influence of railway signalling characteristics on resilience, with Arcadis, Amersfoort.

A.H. Warmelink (2019). Raising frequencies on a high-frequency metro network and how new technologies can improve timetable reliability: a case study in Rotterdam, RET, Rotterdam.

C.P.G. Buurmans (2019). Automatic Train Operation over legacy automatic train protection systems, with ProRail, Utrecht.

J.M. Jansen (2019). ERTMS/ETCS Hybrid Level 3, with ProRail, Utrecht.

T.A. Grincell (2019). Deceleration behaviour of commuter heavy rail vehicles, with Ricardo Rail, Utrecht.

S. Willer (2019). Tram-train: when is it a suitable mode? with MottMacDonald, Arnhem.


B. Widarno (2018). Integrated passenger-freight train timetable adjustment problem during Infrastructure Work Possessions, with ProRail, Utrecht.

A.T. den Heijer (2018). Passenger punctuality: Assessing the impact of disruptions, with ProRail, Utrecht. 

G.R. Hoekstra (2018). Pushing back boundaries: The potential of multimodal concessions to let modal public transport borders disappear, with Arriva, Heerenveen. 

M. Giltaij (2018). Optimizing long-term planning of railway maintenance, with Arcadis, Utrecht. 

M.J. van Marsbergen (2018) The effect of the 100% servicing concept of NS on the stabling capacity, with ProRail, Utrecht. 


D.C.L. Reijnen (2017). The contribution of 3kV DC traction power supply system to railway capacity in the Netherlands, with ProRail, Utrecht.

T. Oudkerk (2017) Process analysis for infrastructure mutations and the impact on rolling stock deployment at the Dutch railway network, with NS, Utrecht.

P. Looij (2017). Adjusting train routing in case of planned infrastructure maintenance, with NS, Utrecht.

R. Richelle (2017). Robustness by system untangling in complex stations, with ProRail, Utrecht.

B. Leistra (2017). Identification and cause isolation of Dutch rail dispatching system failure notifications, with ProRail, Utrecht.

S. Janssens (2017). Empirical analysis of service locations at NedTrain, with NedTrain, Utrecht.


T. Planting (2016). Timetable design methods, with NS, Utrecht.

S. Van Tol (2016). The main bottlenecks in the rail freight market, with EVO, Zoetermeer. 

G.J. Wolters (2016). Passenger punctuality, with ProRail, Utrecht. 


D. Brietzke (2015). The Dutch-German passenger transport market, with NS, Utrecht. 

L.A. van de Water (2015). Combining models of a transportation chain in ports, with Railinfra Solutions, Utrecht. 


M. Trap (2014). The Dutch winter timetable: Assessment of alternative line systems for the Dutch railway network during winter weather, with NS, Utrecht. 

N. de Vries (2014). Schiphol’s dynamic traffic management: A case study on rescheduling, with NS Hispeed, Utrecht. 


M. Bosschaart (2013). Lean engineering design of rail interlocking systems with RailML, with Siemens, The Hague. 

M. Sunter (2013). Efficiency improvement in planning and scheduling of measurement trains, with Eurailscout, Amersfoort. 

G. Scheepmaker (2013). Running time supplements in railway timetables: energy-efficient driving versus robustness, with NS, Utrecht. 

N. Huurman (2013). Performance comparison between the Dutch and European signalling system at bottlenecks, with Arcadis, Amersfoort. 


R. Zijdemans (2012). Integration of the HSL-Zuid in the core railway network of the concession 2015-2024, with NS Hispeed, Utrecht. 

A. Claij (2012). Analysis of safety critical functions in the Belgian signal box log books, with Infrabel, Brussels. 

M. Hoeffelman (2012). Performance of crossovers in the Dutch railway network, with DHV, Utrecht. 

M. Toet (2012). Next generation mobile communication systems for railways, with ProRail, Utrecht. 


C. Paquel (2011). Dynamic regulation of a metro line: Analysis of the performance of the modernized Control and Command Centre of RATP, with RATP, Paris. 

F. Cerreto (2011). Stability and robustness analysis of timetable, infrastructure and operations in a densely occupied railway corridor, Delft. 

H. Nan (2011). Validation of running time calculations in OpenTrack, with Movares, Utrecht. 


J.W. Vreugdenhil (2010). Operations safety in local railway projects, with IVW Rail, Utrecht. 

R. Deroo (2010). Prediction of train running times using a linear regression model based on track occupation data, Delft. 


M. Agricola (2009). Validation microscopic simulation models of railway operations, with Movares, Utrecht. 

M. van der Wiel (2009). The influence of the stochastic input in max-plus systems on the Lyapunov exponent, Delft. 


D.J. van der Meer (2008). Modelling railway dispatching actions in switching max-plus linear systems, Delft. 


D. Koopman (2007). Transport performance improvement of railways after incidents, with ProRail, Utrecht. 


P.W. Vorage (2006). The effects of planning and control on capacity and punctuality, with ProRail, Utrecht. 


E.M. van Duinkerken (2005). Modeling railway infrastructure constraints in max-plus algebra, Delft. 


J. Potuijt (2004). Analysis and testing of train timetables using PETER, with ProRail, Utrecht. 


B. de Keizer (2003). Analysis of the capacity consumption on railway station layout Rotterdam Central, with DHV, Amersfoort.