At the chair of Railway Engineering various activities are pursued concerning the different fields in regard to planning, design, construction and operations of railway networks. In particular, the research focuses on improving planning and dispatching efficiency in the railway sector.
Since 2008, the chair is an endowed chair which is funded by the Deutsche Bahn (German Railways). Furthermore, the chair offers a yearly Symposium on Railway Engineering which is widely recognized by branch experts for its exchange between railway researchers and practitioneers.
In collaboration with its partners DB Training, Learning & Consulting and the 'Railways' Academic Working Group (AKA Bahn), the department of Railway Systems and Railway Engineering operates the Eisenbahnbetriebsfeld Darmstadt (EBD).