Dr Saikat Dutta


Railway Engineering, Mechatronics, Vibration Analysis, Multibody Dynamics, Control System Design, Smart Mobility

Department of Engineering & Construction , School of Architecture Computing and Engineering

I joined University of East London as a Lecturer in Railway Engineering. I have extensive international research experience of working in collaborative research projects working closely with industrial partners. I am a chartered member of IMechE, an Associate Fellow of HEA and a member of UKRI Early Career Researcher Forum.


  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India
  • M.Tech. in Mechanical Systems Design, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India
  • B.E. (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, Bengal Engineering and Science University Shibpur, India.

Areas Of Interest

  • Mechatronics
  • Smart Mobility
  • Railway Engineering
  • Vibration Analysis
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I joined University of East London as a Lecturer in Railway Engineering in October 2021. I teach various modules of Mechanical Engineering and Railway Engineering courses. 

Prior to that I worked as a Research Fellow in Railway Mechatronics Systems at the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research, at the University of Birmingham since September 2018. At UoB, I worked on various railway projects in collaboration with industrial partners such as Network Rail, RSSB. The projects include In2Track2, S-CODE funded by the Shift2Rail(JU) and   REPOINT funded by RSSB. In particular, I led the dynamical modelling and controller development research on developing novel track switch system which was deployed in railway network. Before that, I was a Research Associate in Loughborough University where I worked on railway research projects. Prior to moving to the UK, I spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Inha University, South Korea where my responsibilities were to complete research on smart automotive projects.

I completed my PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India. The research was to investigate the isolation characteristics of a semi-active nonlinear vibration isolation system with a Magneto-rheological damper with an application in automotive suspension system.

I am a chartered member of IMechE and an Associate Fellow of HEA. I am also a selected member of UKRI Early Career Research Forum. 

External roles

  • Honorary Research Fellow, in the School of Engineering, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Birmingham


  • Dynamic Modelling and Controller Development for Redundant Actuation System 
  • Condition Monitoring of Railway Assets


Journal Articles

  1. Olaby, O., Dutta, S., Harrison, T., P. Ward, C., & Dixon, R. (2021). Realisation of a Novel Functionally Redundant Actuation System for a Railway Track-Switch. Applied Sciences, 11(2), pp. 702
  2. Dutta, S., Harrison, T., Ward, C.P., Dixon, R. and Scott, T., 2020. A new approach to railway track switch actuation: Dynamic simulation and control of a self-adjusting switch. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit, 234(7), pp.779-790.
  3. Kaijuka, P.L., Dixon, R., Ward, C.P., Dutta, S. and Bemment, S., 2019. Model-based controller design for a lift-and-drop railway track switch actuator. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 24(5), pp.2008-2018.
  4. Hamadache, M., Dutta, S., Olaby, O., Ambur, R., Stewart, E. & Dixon, R., On the Fault Detection and Diagnosis of Railway Switch & Crossing Systems: An Overview, in Applied Sciences, 9(23), p.5129.
  5. Dutta, S. and Choi, S.B., 2018. Control of a shimmy vibration in vehicle steering system using a magneto-rheological damper. Journal of Vibration and Control, 24(4), pp.797-807.
  6. Dutta, S., Choi, S.M. and Choi, S.B., 2016. A new adaptive sliding mode control for Macpherson strut suspension system with magneto-rheological damper. Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 27(20), pp.2795-2809
  7. Dutta, S., Han, C., Lee, T. and Choi, S.B., 2016. A Study on Vibration Control Performance of Macpherson Type Semi-Active Suspension System. Journal of Korea Society of Noise and Vibration Engineers (KSNVE), 26(2), pp.157-164
  8. Dutta, S. and Choi, S.B., 2016. A nonlinear kinematic and dynamic modeling of Macpherson suspension systems with a magneto-rheological damper. Smart Materials and Structures, 25(3), p.035003. 
  9. Dutta, S. and Chakraborty, G., 2015. Modeling and characterization of a magneto-rheological fluid based damper and analysis of vibration isolation with the damper operating in passive mode. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 353, pp.96-118
  10. Dutta, S. and Chakraborty, G., 2014. Performance analysis of nonlinear vibration isolator with magneto-rheological damper. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 333(20), pp.5097-5114.3  

Conference Articles

  1. Dutta, S, Ambur, R, Hamadache, M, Olaby, O, Shih, JY, Stewart, E and Dixon, R 2020, Health Monitoring of a Railway Track Switch Actuator Based On Continuous-Time Parameter Estimation Method, In 8th Transport Research Arena TRA 2020, Helsinki, Finland.
  2. Ambur, R, Dutta, S, Shih, JY, Kaewunruen, S, Stewart, E, Dixon, R, Roberts, C, Lukas, R, Miquel, M, Christopher, W, Plasek, O, Knittel, S and Martin, K 2020, Development and Evaluation of New Concepts and Systems for Railway Switches and Crossings, In 8th Transport Research Arena TRA 2020, Helsinki, Finland.
  3. Olaby, O., Hamadache, M., Ambur, M., Dutta, S., Stewart, E and Dixon R 2020, Novel Actuation Mechanism for Railway Track Switch System Based on Maglev Technology, In 21st IFAC World Congress, Online. 
  4. Hamadache, M., Ambur, R., Olaby, O., Dutta, S., Shih, J-Y, Stewart, E and Dixon, R. 2020, Innovative Technologies for Railway Track Switches, In 21st IFAC World Congress, Online.
  5. Olaby, O., Dutta, S., Harrison, T., Ward, CP. & Dixon, R. 2019, REPOINT-light full-scale track switch: experimental results at a railway testing site. In 8th IFAC Symposium on Mechatronic Systems 2019, Vienna, Austria.
  6. Hamadache, M., Dutta, S., Ambur, R., Olaby, O., Stewart, E. & Dixon, R. 2019, Residual-based fault detection method: application to railway switch & crossing (S&C) system. In 19th International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems (ICCAS 2019). Jeju, Republic of Korea.
  7. Dutta, S., Harrison, T., Sarmiento-Carnevali, M., Olaby, O., Bemment, SD., Ward, CP., Chalisey, A., and Dixon, R., 2018, REPOINT- Designing a Radically New Switch Machine, In Fourth International Conference on Railway Technology: Railways 2018, Barcelona, Spain.
  8. Dutta, S., Harrison, T., Kaijuka, P., Sarmiento-Carnevali, M., Olaby, O., Bemment, SD., Ward, CP., and Dixon, R. 2018, Development of Controller for REPOINT Light Railway Track Switch, In Control 2018, Sheffield, UK, 2018.
  9. Kaijuka, P., Dutta, S., Ward, CP. and Dixon, R. 2018, LQR control applied to a novel railway track switch, In Control 2018, Sheffield, UK.
  10. Dutta, S., Harrison, T., Sarmiento-Carnevali, ML., Ward, CP., and Dixon, R. 2018, April, Modelling and controller design for self-adjusting railway track switch system, In 7th Transport Research Arena 2018, Vienna, Austria.
  11. Sarmiento-Carnevali, M., Harrison, T., Dutta, S., Bemment, SD., Ward, CP., and Dixon, R. 2018, May, On the development phases of a full-scale Repoint Light track switch, In The 8th International Conference on Railway Engineering, London, UK.
  12. Sarmiento-Carnevali, ML.; Harrison, TJ.; Dutta, S.; Bemment, SD.; Ward, CP.; Dixon, R. 2017, April, Design, construction, deployment and testing of a full-scale Repoint Light track switch (I), In Stephenson Conference: Research for Railways. London, UK.
  13. Ha P. J., Dutta, S., Kim, W. H., Choi, S.B., 2016, July. A study on MR brake for an anti-lock braking system of a passenger vehicle. In 23rd International Congress on Sound and Vibration. Athens, Greece.
  14. Dutta, S. and Chakraborty, G., 2015 December, Performance of a full vehicle model consisting of semi-actively controlled Magnetorheological dampers, in Proceedings of 12th international conference on vibration problems (ICOVP-2015), IIT Guwahati, India, Dec 15-18, 2015
  15. Dutta, S., Narahari, S. and Chakraborty, G., 2013, December. Semi-active vibration isolation of a quarter car model under random road excitations using magnetorheological damper. In 1st international and 16th national conference on machines and mechanisms, IIT Roorkee, India.

Other Media

  1. Dutta, S., Olaby, O., Harrison, T. & Hensor, S. 2019, Development of controller for Repoint railway track switch using NI-LabVIEW and CompactRIO. Case Study of a Real-world Application.
  2. Dutta, S., Sage Blog article on self-adjusting railway track switch research,
  3. Dutta, S. 2020, Railways Research Professional Interview, Engineering, Pathbreakers, Research/PhD, Scholarship. 
  4. Dutta, S. 2020, Five innovations that could shape the future of rail travel, at The Conversation UK.


BEng (Hons) Railway Engineering

Rail and rail systems engineering at the University of East London is designed to meet the increasing demand (national and international) for transport engineering professionals requiring technical skills in sustainable, integrated and intelligent rail infrastructure and rail systems.

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