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Marcel Burkhalter

I am a PhD student and research assistant in the group of Infrastructure Management at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). After gaining my MSc in Civil Engineering in 2016, I started with the research on my PhD thesis, where I develop a methodology and a mathematical optimisation model to determine optimal intervention programs for railway infrastructures. Thereby, my main research interest is in the area of modelling the complex structure of decision making regarding maintenance and renewal of infrastructure considering all impacts of the decisions. Mathematical models using operation research methods are required to foster the thriving digitalisation and to make decisions that are optimal for the society and that improve the resilience of our infrastructures. While pursuing my PhD, I worked as a research assistant on European Research Projects focused on improving decision making on railway infrastructures and improving resilience of transportation systems.

The resilience fellowship enables me to connect with the well positioned network of the 4TU Centre for Resilience Engineering, as well as it offers me an opportunity to collaborate with Professor Claudia Fecarotti at the TU/e on modelling dependencies within systems when making decisions about the maintenance and renewal of infrastructures. Further, I hope that my fellowship also allows expanding the knowledge and the network of the 4TU RE to my future position, wherever that may be.