CQUniversity on track for railway research excellence

22 February 2023

CQUniversity's railway research team is leading the way in their field' with recent findings showing that the group is out-performing other Australian universities when it comes to research publications.

Stage one of a Railway Research Ranking Benchmark project' conducted in collaboration with the Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI) and industry partners' shows that CQUniversity has been out-performing against other Australian universities over the past three years.

"To see CQUniversity ranked in the number one position is a very good outcome and shows that the University's research plans to prioritise railway research is working'" Centre for Railway Engineering (CRE) Deputy Director Professor Maksym Spiryagin said.

The aim of stage one of the Railway Research Ranking Benchmark project was to develop a generic benchmark for Australian universities and research organisations based on KPI analysis.

The Railway Research Ranking Benchmark project outcomes also reflected the railway team's outstanding research performance in the topic cluster covering three areas including 'Railroads'' 'Rails' and 'Railroad transportation'.

Professor Spiryagin' along with fellow CRE team members Colin Cole and Qing Wu have placed in the top 3 in Australia and top 20 research authors of the world's most widely-cited scientific publisher – SciVal Elsevier.

"This is a great result for CQUniversity and one that our railway team is very proud of'" he said.

Professor Spiryagin said his group along with ACRI and industry partners would now enter stage two of the Railway Research Ranking Benchmark project.

"Stage two will extend the developed generic benchmark to railway research organisations from other countries that utilise a more broadly based method of categorisation that includes performance benchmarking covering product and service comparisons'" he added.