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Research profile

Claudia is Assistant Professor in Resilient Asset Management and Maintenance with the Operation, Planning, Accounting and Control Group (OPAC), Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Science, Eindhoven University of Technology since January 2019. As member of the 4TU-programme DeSIRE, led by the 4TU Centre for Resilience Engineering, she conducts interdisciplinary research addressing the challenges of managing and maintaining resilient infrastructures.

She holds a BSc in Civil Engineering and a MSc in Transportation Systems and Infrastructures from the University of Palermo, Italy. There, she also worked as research student and teaching assistant in structural dynamics and mechanical characterization of road materials for improved design and maintenance. She was visiting scholar at the Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre (NTEC), Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nottingham, UK, developing mathematical models to describe the degradation/recovery behavior of pavement materials for design and maintenance purposes. She then pursued her Ph.D. in Reliability Engineering and Infrastructure Asset Management within the Resilience Engineering Research Group (RERG) at The University of Nottingham. In parallel to her Ph.D. she worked as research associate on the EPSRC project “Robust Life Cycle Design and Health Monitoring for Fuel Cell Extended Performance” in collaboration with Loughborough University and Intelligent Energy. After that, her position as research associate was sponsored by Network Rail, and her research focused on railway asset management. Claudia was also local Co-Investigator for The University of Nottingham in the In2Rail EU project (http://www.in2rail.eu) and led the research conducted by the Nottingham unit within WP06-Smart Infrastructure - Maintenance Strategies & Execution. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in 2018 by defending her thesis “Modelling resilient railway systems”. She is now an associate member of RERG, as well as a member of the ESReDA (European Safety, Reliability & Data Association) project group on Resilience Engineering and Modelling of Networked Infrastructures.

Claudia’s research focuses on designing new methodologies to support the planning, operation and maintenance of safety-critical infrastructures for seamless performance and lower total costs. The wellbeing of modern societies is dependent upon the functioning of infrastructure systems which enable the movement of people, goods and services. While infrastructures are aging, increasingly higher levels of performance are required to satisfy society’s needs. This results in the system being more vulnerable to disruptions, with worst consequences for users as well as stakeholders. Therefore, the need is to manage such systems to prevent, tolerate and respond to failures. To tackle such a need, she conducts multi-disciplinary research at the intersection between reliability engineering, process modelling and operations research. With application to the railway, energy, oil and gas and roads sectors, she develops novel methodologies combining degradation/failure analysis, dependability and system performance modelling, stochastic simulation and mathematical optimization to support asset management decisions. She ultimately aims at developing integrated planning methods embedding diagnostic, predictive and optimization capabilities to support the design, operation and maintenance of resilient infrastructure systems.

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Research Output

  • 86 Citations
  • 8 Article
  • 5 Conference contribution
  • 1 Paper

A mathematical programming approach to railway network asset management

Fecarotti, C. & Andrews, J., 1 Jan 2018, Safety and Reliability - Safe Societies in a Changing World - Proceedings of the 28th International European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2018. van Gulijk, C., Haugen, S., Barros, A., Vinnem, J. E. & Kongsvik, T. (eds.). Boca Raton: CRC Press/Balkema, p. 839-848 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

  • Producing effective maintenance strategies to control railway risk

    Fecarotti, C. & Andrews, J., 1 Jan 2018. 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • An extension of the fractional model for construction of asphalt binder master curve

    Celauro, C., Fecarotti, C. & Pirrotta, A., 2 Jan 2017, In : European Journal of Environmental and Civil Engineering. 21, 1, p. 78-93 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
    2 Citations (Scopus)
    1 Downloads (Pure)

    A Petri net model for railway bridge maintenance

    Le, B., Andrews, J. & Fecarotti, C., 1 Jun 2017, In : Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part O, Journal of Risk and Reliability. 231, 3, p. 306-323 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    7 Citations (Scopus)

    System design and maintenance modelling for safety in extended life operation

    Andrews, J. & Fecarotti, C., 1 Jul 2017, In : Reliability Engineering and System Safety. 163, p. 95-108 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    5 Citations (Scopus)
    4 Downloads (Pure)


    IMechE’s Best Young Researcher Award 2013

    Claudia Fecarotti (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

    IMechE’s Donald Julius Groen Prize 2017

    Claudia Fecarotti (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

  • Press / Media

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    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Student theses

    Additive manufacturing in spare parts supply chains: a comparison between in-house production, outsourcing and dual sourcing

    Author: Pijnappels, K., 30 Apr 2019

    Supervisor: Basten, R. (Supervisor 1), van Donselaar, K. (Supervisor 2) & Fecarotti, C. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    A framework for maintenance strategy optimization

    Author: Megens, S., 31 May 2019

    Supervisor: Flapper, S. D. (Supervisor 1), Huang, B. (Supervisor 2) & Fecarotti, C. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    A shipment volume prediction of basic sports products during the last phase of their life cycle

    Author: van Acht, R., 20 Dec 2019

    Supervisor: Dabadghao, S. S. (Supervisor 1), Akçay, A. E. (Supervisor 2) & Fecarotti, C. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Formalization and improvement of ambulance dispatching in Brabant-Zuidoost

    Author: Theeuwes, N., 31 May 2019

    Supervisor: van Houtum, G. (Supervisor 1), Zhang, Y. (Supervisor 2), Fecarotti, C. (Supervisor 2) & Boon, M. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Optimizing the multi-item aggregate production planning problem under minimum order quantities

    Author: van Boven, T., 30 Apr 2020

    Supervisor: Lurkin, V. J. (Supervisor 1), Fecarotti, C. (Supervisor 2) & Florio, A. M. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master