Professor Dr. Diego Galar
Head of Maintenance & Reliability, Tecnalia Lulea University of Technology

Presentation title:
Big data and data science in railways: The way forward

Digitation and pervasive computing in railways is the only option to deal with such complex systems interacting among them trying to balance the growth in technical complexity together with stable and acceptable dependability ​indexes.​

Two concepts currently at the leading edge of today’s digitalisation revolution are Analytics and Big Data. The public transportation industry has been at the forefront in utilizing and implementing Analytics and Big Data, from ridership forecasting to transit operations Rail transit systems have been especially involved with these IT concepts, and tend to be especially amenable to the advantages of Analytics and Big Data because they are generally closed systems that involve sophisticated processing of large volumes of data. The more that public transportation professionals and decision makers understand the role of Analytics and Big Data in their industry in perspective, the more effectively they will be able to utilize its promise. This keynote gives an overview of Big Data technologies in context of trailways. It also gives an insight on how the existing data modules from the transport stakeholders can be incorporated in providing better performance and improving capacity, punctuality etc.. by the means of optimal operation & maintenance decision making.

Prof. Diego Galar holds a M.Sc. in Telecommunications and a PhD degree in Design and Manufacturing from the University of Saragossa. He has been Professor in several universities, including the University of Saragossa or the European University of Madrid, researcher in the Department of Design and Manufacturing Engineering in the University of Saragossa, researcher also in I3A, Institute for engineering research in Aragon, director of academic innovation and subsequently pro-vice-chancellor. He has authored more than three hundred journal and conference papers, books and technical reports in the field of maintenance, working also as member of editorial boards, scientific committees and chairing international journals and conferences.

In industry, he has been technological director and CBM manager of international companies, and actively participated in national and international committees for standardization and R&D in the topics of reliability and maintenance. Currently, he is Professor of Condition Monitoring in the Division of Operation and Maintenance Engineering at LTU, Luleå University of Technology where he is coordinating several H2020 projects related to different aspects of cyber physical systems, Industry 4.0, IoT or industrial Big Data. He was also involved in the SKF UTC centre located in Lulea focused on SMART bearings. He is also actively involved in national projects with the Swedish industry and also funded by Swedish national agencies like Vinnova. In the international arena, he has been visiting Professor in the Polytechnic of Braganza (Portugal), University of Valencia and NIU (USA). Currently, he is visiting professor in University of Sunderland (UK) and University of Maryland (USA), also guest professor in the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

The RailTech Europe 2017 Conference will explore the following three themes: