Academic Career and Research Areas
Prof. Weik's (*1989) research focuses on innovative methods for design and operation of efficient and user-friendly rail transportation systems. At the interface between mathematical modelling and applied railway engineering his work covers topics in network and traffic planning, capacity management, as well as railway dispatching. A special emphasis is on understanding the interplay between supply structure and quality, as well as on harmonizing competing interests from asset management and railway operations.
Prof. Weik studied mathematics and physics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. From 2014 to 2019 he worked as a research associate at RWTH Aachen University, where he was awarded a PhD for his research on railway capacity under infrastructure failures. He then joined the DLR - Institute of Transportation Systems in Brunswick, where he worked as a researcher at the interface between railway system management and operation. In 2023, Prof. Weik was appointed Professor for Design and Operation of Rail Transport Systems at TUM.
- IAROR Young Railway Operations Research Award (2021)
- Borchers badge by RWTH Aachen University for an outstanding dissertation (2021)
- TRA VISIONS 2020 Young Researcher Competition - 3rd Prize Rail Section (2020)
- Best Paper Award, 24th International Conference on Formal Methods for Industrial Critical Systems (FMICS) (2019)
- Best Student Paper Award, IEEE - International Conference on Intelligent Rail Transportation (2018)
Key Publications (all publications)
Weik, N. "Macroscopic traffic flow in railway systems - A discussion of the applicability of fundamental diagrams”. Journal of Rail Transport Planning & Management, 23, 100330 (2022).Abstract
Weik, N., Volk, M., Katoen, J.-P., Nießen, N.: “DFT Modeling Approach for Operational Risk Assessment of Railway Infrastructure”, International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer 24 (3), FMICS 2019/2020 Special Issue, pp. 331-350 (2022).Abstract
Weik, N., Warg, J., Johansson, I., Bohlin, M., Nießen, N.: “Extending UIC 406-based capacity analysis – New approaches for railway nodes and network effects”, Journal of Rail Transport Planning & Management 15.Abstract
Zieger, S., Weik, N., Nießen, N.: „The influence of buffer time distributions in delay propagation modelling of railway networks”, Journal of Rail Transport Planning & Management 8 (3-4), pp. 220-232 (2018).Abstract
Weik, N.; Niebel, N.; Nießen, N.: „Capacity analysis of railway lines in Germany – A rigorous discussion of the queueing based approach", Journal of Rail Transport Planning & Management, 6 (2), pp. 99-115 (2016).Abstract