PhD Researchers

Margarida Coelho, Coordinator of the R&D Group on Transportation Technology( Coelho finished her PhD at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in 2005. Her thesis entitled “Assessment and Modeling of Traffic Performance and Emission Impacts of Traffic Interruptions in Urban Corridors” and was focused on the energetic and environmental analysis of traffic interruptions (namely traffic signals, roundabouts and pay tolls). This research was made within a partnership between IST, in Lisbon, and the Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE), of North Carolina State University (NCSU), in the United States (US). Since September 2005, Margarida Coelho is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the University of Aveiro. She is the Coordinator of the R&D Group on Transportation Technology at the Centre for Mechanical Technology and Automation. She is developing research in the field of energy and transportation since the beginning of 2000, namely in the numerical modelling of road traffic and pollutant emissions. Margarida Coelho has had extensive participation in transport related projects. Her research interests are based on transportation and environmental modelling (namely, on modelling of traffic and pollutant emissions) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) / vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications. Other fields of interest include energetic and environmental applications of nanotechnology (namely, hydrogen storage) and alternative fuels. Margarida Coelho has been invited to make several presentations in the field of energy, transportation and environment and her research work has been presented in several national and international conferences. She received several prizes for her research and also has more than 100 scientific papers published (or in press) in international journals (such as Atmospheric Environment, Transportation Research Record, Science for Total Environment, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment and Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology), chapters of books and proceedings of scientific conferences. Curriculum Vitae:
Fernando Neto ( Neto got a PhD in Drying Technology from University of Cranfield, United Kingdom (UK). Currently, Fernando Neto is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the University of Aveiro. His research areas focused on Fluid Dynamics and Thermodynamics Systems.
José Paulo Santos (é Paulo Santos completed his degree in Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of Aveiro in 1988. Completed his Master thesis in Systems and Information Technology with specialization in Computer Engineering and Communications at the University of Coimbra in 1994, and he finished his PhD in Mechanical Engineering – Automation at the University of Aveiro in 2001. His thesis is entitled "An Architecture for the Production Integration, based on executable models." He joined at the University career in 1995 as assistant at the University of Aveiro and became Assistant Professor in 2001. As co-responsible or responsible, launched five new courses in the Department: Industrial Informatics, Automation II, Integrated Production Control, Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, and Drive and Control Technologies. Also teaches or taught: Automation, Automation and Control, Numerical Control Machine Tools, Electrical Engineering, Programming and Data Structures and Algorithms, and Introduction to Computers. Supervised about 30 Master Thesis. He is also responsible for the Laboratory of Flexible Manufacturing Systems.
Jorge Bandeira ( Bandeira is a postdoctoral researcher sponsored by The Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). He is developing his research activities in the University of Aveiro and Technical Institute of Braunschweig. He is coordinator of CISMOB INTERREG EUROPE whose main vision is to promote innovative ways to reduce carbon footprint and increase the sustainability of urban areas by improving the efficiency in the use of urban transport infrastructure through ICT. In addition, he works in the @CRUiSE project. His research interests include the optimization of road transportation systems, namely route choice behaviour and its impacts, assessment of energetic, environmental and social benefits of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and deployment of politics aiming at sustainability of road transport.
Smriti Dutta ( in Engineering Physics from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India. Since 2011 is developing her PhD on Mechanical Engineering in University of Aveiro. Her main research interests are related with Life Cycle Analysis of alternative energy vectors mainly focused on biodiesel.
Eloísa Macedo (ísa Macedo has a MSc degree in Mathematics and Applications with specialization in Technological and Business Mathematics, and finished her PhD on Mathematics in 2016. Her PhD research work was considered to be deserving of distinction and merit by the international jury. Her research interests include Operational Research, Optimization and Data Analysis. Currently, she is a post-doctoral researcher in the European project CISMOB.
Paulo Fernandes ( Fernandes got his PhD in the Doctoral Programme in Mechanical Engineering in the University of Aveiro, in 2017. The thesis evaluated the impact of roundabout corridors in terms of traffic performance, pollutant emissions and pedestrian safety. Its methodology included a wide range of field measurements in which traffic, pedestrian and vehicle activity data were collected from roundabout corridors in different countries. He has been also collaborated with other researches from Mechanical, Environmental and Civil Engineering in several tasks such as population surveys, traffic and vehicle dynamic data collection, data extraction and analysis or statistical analysis of traffic performance and emission variables. Paulo Fernandes has also collaborated with some public entities such as the Lisbon and Aveiro Municipalities to bring solutions towards a sustainable transportation system. He published more than 17 scientific papers in International Transportation Journals and 20 papers in relevant Transportation Conferences. His research interests include: 1) traffic, emissions and safety modelling; b) route choice impacts on emissions and traffic performance over different road types and driving scenarios; c) traffic assignment techniques; d) optimization of road transportation systems; and e) benefits of Intelligent Transportation Systems. Since July 2017, he is working in the MobiWise project as a postdoctoral research.

PhD Students

Behnam Bahmankhah ( Bahmankhah obtained his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (Industrial Technology) from Azad University in Tehran, Iran. He graduated in Industrial Engineering and Management (Master degree) in University of Aveiro in 2011. Since 2012, is developing his PhD at the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Centre for Mechanical Technology and Automation (TEMA). His research interests are about Vehicle Routing Problems (VRP), Multi-objective Optimization Problems in the transportation area, Traffic modelling, and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). Currently, he is a part of TEMA as a research flow on @CRUiSE project.

Research fellows

Pavlos Tafidis( Stafidis graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a Master’s Degree in Planning, Organization and Management of Transport Systems with first-class honours. His inclination towards transport policies, behaviour and mobility of road users led him to select respective topics for his diploma and master thesis. After his graduation, he continued his research by reviewing a considerable number of sustainable urban mobility indicators from the literature, examining the data availability and quality in the city of Thessaloniki, Greece to propose an indicator system as an efficient, realistic and comprehensive evaluation tool of the mobility conditions in Greek urban areas. Currently, he is working as a researcher in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Aveiro in CISMOB project.
João Teixeira(ão Teixeira is a graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Aveiro (his master thesis is entitled “Information Management for smart and sustainable mobility”). He got his master degree in 2016, and currently he is a research fellow in the MobiWise project. His main research interests are related with the development of a modular platforms with limited Floating Car Data (FCD) and vehicular communication systems (both V2V and V2I).
Mariana Vilaça( Vilaça got her master degree in Sustainable Energy Systems at the University of Aveiro in 2015. The master thesis topic was on sustainable mobility, namely “Interaction between motor vehicle and vulnerable road users “. Her research interests are related to road safety for vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists) and the promotion of pedestrian and cycling travel modes. Currently, she is a research flow of the TEMA in the @CRUiSE project.

External collaborators

Asad KhattakProfessor Assad Khattak received his master’s and doctoral degrees in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University in 1988 and 1991, respectively. He is currently the Beaman Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee and serves as i) Coordinator for the Transportation Group (6 faculty members) in the department; ii) Principal Investigator for University of Tennessee in the National University Transportation Center partnership led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; iii) Coordinator and lead researcher for “Big Data for Safety Monitoring, Assessment, and Improvement,” a multi-year Southeastern Transportation Center UTC project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation; and iv) Co-Director of the Initiative for Sustainable Mobility. Professor Khattak has authored/co-authored 172 articles and reports (114 scholarly journal articles and 61 technical reports to research sponsors). He has given 155 presentations at international conferences and as invited talks. He has been invited internationally to work at University of Oxford in England, the French National Institute for Transport and Safety Research, known as INRETS, Ajou University in South Korea, & University of Aveiro, Portugal. As a principal- or co-investigator, he has successfully obtained 66 sponsored research and educational projects. - -
Nagui M. RouphailITRE - Institute for Transportation Research and Education, North Carolina State University -
H. C. FreyNorth Carolina State University -
Claudio GuarnacciaClaudio Guarnaccia is senior researcher and assistant professor at the Civil Engineering Department of University of Salerno (Italy). He took the MSc and PhD in experimental Physics, at the Physics Department of the University of Salerno. His research activity focused on the application of Physics to Engineering problems. Main stream of his research is Acoustics with application to transportation noise control and prediction. He developed several models to assess and forecast noise levels produced by road traffic and other transportation infrastructures. He is editor-in-chief of the “International Journal of Education and Information Technologies” and associate editor of “WSEAS Transactions on Systems” and “International Journal of Mechanics”. In addition, he is referee for several international journals, such as “Applied Acoustics”, “Journal of Environmental Management” or “Sustainability”. He is author of more than 100 papers in international journals and proceedings of international conferences with referee. -