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Bart Roets
Chief Engineer, Traffic Management & Services Department at Infrabel


Bart is a Belgian railroader. Working for the railways for more than 25 years, he has held positions in IT, rail freight, strategic planning and budgeting, management accounting and control, operations research, business intelligence, and European railway associations (CER, the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies).

He has a proven track record of introducing new and innovative concepts at Belgian railways, such as: mathematical models for timetable optimization, timetable robustness and computer simulations, Business Intelligence tools, Balanced Scorecards, Activity Based Costing, bio-mathematical tools for fatigue prediction, efficiency calculations, socio-technical databases for performance measurement and research, real-time train delay calculation, and Machine Learning for activity analysis and train delay prediction.

As a Chief Engineer at Infrabel, Belgium’s railway infrastructure company, he is currently responsible for the scientific coordination of the “control room workload” project, and manages the strategic partnerships with several European and US universities. His primary goal is to bridge the gap between practitioners and academics, and foster result-driven collaboration that is beneficial to both parties.

Bart holds a MSc in Electronics Engineering, a MSc in Public Management, a PhD in Business Economics (on the subject of railway control room performance), and is affiliated researcher at Ghent University (Department of Economics and Business Administration). He is a member of IAROR (International Association of Railway Operations Research) and WTS (Working Time Society).

Agenda Sessions

  • Technology Keynote: Assessing railway control room performance: gaining insights through data-driven scientific research