High Speed Rail Advanced Technologies


About This Course

Welcome to HSR103: High Speed Rail Advanced Technologies. This course is part of the Introduction to High Speed Rail category, along with HSR101 and HSR102. If you haven't already, we recommend completing HSR101 and HSR102 before you attemp this course. Some of the terminology and concepts used in this course are introduced in earlier courses.

This course is provided and narrated by Tsung-Chung (TC) Kao of the University of Illinois. Dr. Tsung-Chung Kao holds a B.S. in civil engineering from National Taiwan University (1971), an M.S. in structural engineering from Rutgers University (1974), and an M.S. and Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a licensed professional engineer in California and Taiwan.

Course Format

This asynchronous course features video presentations narrated by TC Kao. It is broken down into modules beginning with an examination of high speed Rolling Stock, followed by HS Planning, and finally Construction of high speed rail systems.

Each module is accompanied by a quiz and supplementary reading materials. The quizzes are based on the video lectures alone. The supplementary reading is not mandatory reading, but it is very informative. If you find yourself wanting to know more, these resources are an excellent place to start.


  • Examine high speed rolling stock in depth.
  • Consider the intensive planning process required by HSR systems
  • Learn more about the construction and maintenance of HSR systems

Time to Complete

About 6.5 Hours

~3.5 Hours from lectures

~2 Hours from reading materials

~1 Hour from quizzes

Category: High Speed Rail Basics
Start Date:  Friday, 30 August 2013
Topics: 4
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