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Professor Colin Cole

PhD,ME(Mech), BE (Mech), MIEAust, CPEng, NPER, RPEQ
Professor - Engineering
School of Engineering and Technology
Centre for Railway Engineering
Rockhampton North
70 - 1.09
About Me

Professor Colin Cole is the Director of the Centre for Railway Engineering, (CRE) at Central Queensland University, a role he has held for 12 years.

His work history includes over 32 years working for and with the Australian rail industry starting in 1984 with six years working in Mechanised Track Maintenance in Queensland Railways. Since then he has been focused on a research and consulting career including work in both rolling stock and infrastructure areas. His PhD was in Longitudinal Train Dynamics.  He has been extensively engaged with industry via the past Rail CRC programs and has continuing involvements via the Australian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI). 

He has authored and/or co-authored over 200 technical papers, two book chapters, two book, numerous commercial research and consulting reports has developed several patents. Professor Cole is a Member of the Engineers Australia, a member of the Railway Technical Society of Australia, and has RPEQ registration.


Research Excellence for Queensland  ( Engineering Australia Excellence Awards 2007 )

Professional Experience

Director - Centre for Railway Engineering  (2007 - current )

Professional Memberships

Member of the Engineers Australia, CPEng, NPER-3,

RPEQ registration,

Committee member of the Queensland Chapter Railway Technical Society of Australia,(RTSA).


1. Director - Centre for Railway Engineering

Professional Interests

  • Railway engineering
  • Train and wagon dynamics and simulation
  • Mechanical vibrations
  • Modelling and simulation of non-linear systems
  • Neural network and fuzzy logic systems  
  • Multivariable optimisation: evolutionary algorithms, particle swarm optimisation 
  • Automatic control and industrial hydraulics

Consultancy Work

Simulation Study of Low Velocity Train Collision with Tippler Frame, Mount Isa Mines Ltd, 1998

Investigation of Vibrations Associated with Brush Contact Loss in a 495 kW Hitachi Traction Motor, DPETS, 1998

Audit of Train Simulator Use, QR, 2001

Survey of Derailment Mitigation,QR,2002

 Tilt Train Data Acquisition,QR,2002

ATP Download System,QR,2003

Fatigue Lab Testing,QR,2004

Train Simulation Studies – Galilee Basin Project, Calibre Rail, 2009

Train Simulation Studies – Hunter Valley Derailment, Pacific National, 2010

Train Simulation Studies – Mid West Project, Aecom, 2011

Train Simulation Studies – Pilbara Project, Calibre Rail, 2011

Train Simulation Studies – African Rail Project, Calibre Rail, 2012

Train Simulation Studies – Goonyella Project, QR National, 2012

Train Simulation Studies – Mongolian Resources Project, Calibre Rail, 2012

Cyclic Defect Simulation Studies, RISSB (Aust), 2012

Intelligent Train Monitor Project, Aurizon, 2012

Cant Deficency Evaluation, Pacific National, 2013

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4017 Mechanical Engineering

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests

Mechanical Engineering - Automation and Control Engineering


Mechanical Engineering - Autonomous Vehicles


Mechanical Engineering - Dynamics, Vibration and Vibration Control


Mechanical Engineering - Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage Engineering


Mechanical Engineering - Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation

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