Human factors and ethical considerations associated with automation

Automation and autonomous systems are currently getting a great deal of publicity. In road transport there is a lot of ‘work in progress’ on autonomous vehicles, and driverless technology ‘start ups’ have been snapped up by the new technology majors such as Google. In air, the recent tragic losses of two nearly new Boeing 737Continue reading “Human factors and ethical considerations associated with automation”

SBB Visit

The ITC visited SBB’s Rail Operations Control Centre East on Zürich Airport prior to their 61st meeting in Wallisellen. We were given a tor of the ROC and a demonstration of the Rail Control System in use. Many thanks to Beat Keller and Fabian Flück for organising this visit.

The use of formal methods in standardisation of interfaces of signalling systems

This article, prepared on behalf of the International Technical Committee by Maarten van der Werff, Bernd Elsweiler, Bas Luttik and Paul Hendriks, completes our hattrick in IRSE News 256. Like other infrastructure managers (IMs), ProRail BV and DB Netz AG are responsible for the safe and efficient running of trains; their signalling systems play anContinue reading “The use of formal methods in standardisation of interfaces of signalling systems”

International Experience

Meet our secretary Jane Power in the editorial for IRSE News 256. The IRSE’s International Technical Committee (ITC) is a collection of eminent professionals from all corners of the signalling and telecommunications world. There are representatives from many European countries, Canada, Singapore, Japan and Australia. There is a broad cross-section of backgrounds, covering research institutes,Continue reading “International Experience”

Reflecting on the IRSE International Technical Committee

Past president and member of the International Technical Committee (ITC), Clive Kessell has recently stood down from the ITC as he claims to be ‘long in the tooth’, although he will remain a corresponding member to offer his experience for the time being. In this article Clive reflects on the history of the ITC andContinue reading “Reflecting on the IRSE International Technical Committee”