Universitat Jaume I (UJI) is the public university of Castellón de la Plana, in the Valencian Region, Spain. It was founded in 1991, and it has approximately 14.000 students. The campus, covering 176.000 m2, has four faculties, research and management buildings surrounding a central 13.000 m2 garden, the garden of senses. It is named after James I of Aragon who founded the Kingdom of Valencia.
Universitat Jaume I participates in international programmes implemented throughout the European Union, such as Erasmus+, Leonardo, Tempus and Alfa, and also those organized by the Spanish government, including the Interuniversity Cooperation Programme. The university is open to new schemes to enhance the quality of teaching and research carried out. Some of the more noteworthy initiatives related to teaching include the UNESCO Chair on the Philosophy of Peace, the Jean Monnet Chair of Law and European Economics Module, as well as the EURINSA and EURUJI programmes for the training of engineers in Europe. In addition, the UJI Science, Technology and Business Park provides a singular environment allowing for companies and research groups to interact and for the creation of knowledge transfer, innovation, and entrepreneurship programmes.
In terms of research, Universitat Jaume I’s mission is to further knowledge by conducting high-quality research capable of reaching society, as well as attracting talent and external funding. Since 1991, UJI has earned a reputation for serious and relevant scientific work which has allowed it to be included among the top 601-700 in the world according to the Shanghai Ranking of 2022, and among the exclusive group of the best young universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education Young University Ranking 2022.
The Structural Analysis and Computational Mechanics CECOM group, co-led by Professors Martínez-Rodrigo and Piquer Vicent, carries out research in the fields of structural dynamics: railway-induced vibrations, control and seismic design of structures, and in the fields of steel, concrete and composite innovative structures. Within the frame of InterBridge4EU project, the group has been working since 2001 on the railway vehicle-track-bridge-ground interaction problem, through theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches. The group has participated in several research projects at local level: P1-1B2015-54, UJI-A2018-06, UJI-B2021-16, regional level: AICO/2019/175, AICO_2021_200, national level: MFOM-80021, BIA2008-04111, BIA2016-75042-C2, PID2019-109622RB, PID2022-138674OB and strategic initiatives: VIADINTEL and VIADINTEGRA. UJI is also a co-inventor of a national patent on a bridge and viaduct retrofitting system to improve their dynamic performance under railway traffic, together with the University of Granada and Fundación Caminos de Hierro. Finally, CECOM members have been awarded research prizes, some of them in the field of railway innovation. In addition, the group, together with University of Seville, has conducted vibration studies for the infrastructure manager ADIF, for the construction of the new Madrid-Galicia high-speed railway line.