Directorate General for Research and Innovation - European Commission
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Mr Robert Jan Smith, Executive Director
Josef Doppelbauer joined the Agency in January 2015.
Dr. Josef Doppelbauer holds a degree and a Doctorate, both in Physics. He started his career at the Alcatel Research Centre in Vienna, Austria, where in 1997 he became Technical Director. In 2001, he moved to Paris to become Chief Technical Officer for Alcatel Transport Automation Solutions. Dr. Doppelbauer joined Bombardier Transportation in December 2002, first working in the Rail Control Solutions division, where he held several positions in Engineering, Sales, and as President. In 2008, he moved on to the global headquarters of Bombardier Transportation in Berlin. From July 2008 to June 2012, he was Vice President Project Management, and from July 2008 to December 2013 Chief Technical Officer.
The key responsibilities in this role included leading the standardisation of processes, tools and products, product safety, and critical projects support. Between January 2014 and December 2014, Dr. Doppelbauer was appointed Vice President Research and Technology, Bombardier Transportation.
He has 25 years of experience in key aspects of railway technology, including signaling and communications and control. Since the early 1990's, he has been involved with the development of the European Rail Transport Management System (ERTMS). His international work experience includes stations in Austria, France, UK, Sweden, and Germany. Dr. Doppelbauer was chairman of the European Rail Research Advisory Committee (ERRAC), the European technology platform of the rail sector from 2012 to 2014. From 2011 to June 2014, he was the chairman of the Steering Committee of the Joint Technology Initiative SHIFT2RAIL. He also represented Bombardier Transportation in the Governing Board of SHIFT2RAIL.
The European Research Area (ERA) is a system of scientific research programmes integrating the scientific resources of the European Unioin (EU). Since its inception in 2000, the structure has been concentrated on multinational cooperation in the fields of medical, environmental, industrial, and socioeconomic research. The ERA can be likened to a research and innovation equivalent of the European "common market" for goods and services. Its purpose is to increase the competitiveness of European research institutions by bringing them together and encouraging a more inclusive way of work, similar to what already exists among institutions in North America and Japan. Increased mobility of knowledge workers and deepened multilateral cooperation among research institutions among the member states of the European Union are central goals of the ERA.