PhD Researchers

Margarida Coelho ( Margarida Coelho is Associate Professor with Habilitation ("Agregação") of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Aveiro, Portugal. She is also Senior Researcher and serves as Vice-Diretor of the Centre for Mechanical Technology and Automation of the same university. Margarida Coelho finished her PhD at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) - Technical University of Lisbon in 2005, within a partnership between IST and the Institute for Transportation Research and Education, of North Carolina State University, USA. She completed her Habilitation ("Provas de Agregação") on Mechanical Engineering in September 2020. She is the Scientific Coordinator of the research team on Smart mobility at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Her research interests are: impacts of transportation systems (namely, traffic congestion, energy consumption, pollutant emissions and road safety), connected and automated mobility, life cycle assessment, active mobility, mobility in Port cities. Margarida Coelho has 115 scientific papers in SCI SCOPUS, published in international journals (such as the Transportation Research Part A and Part D, International Journal on Sustainable Transportation, Applied Energy, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Science for Total Environment, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Sustainable Cities and Society, Atmospheric Environment, Transportation Research Record, etc.), besides other publications in book chapters and proceedings of scientific conferences. Her h-index is 22. Margarida Coelho has had extensive participation in transport-related projects. She is the PI of R&D Projects funded by the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT) and the Luso-American Foundation / United States National Science Foundation (which involved partnerships with the Institute for Transportation Research and Education of North Carolina State University, the Old Dominion University and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory). She is also Vice-Coordinator and/or participating member in several projects funded by FCT, SUDOE and INTERREG Europe Programmes. She is Associate Editor of Transportation Research Part D, Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, and IEEE Open Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems. She has been invited for multiple committees (e.g., evaluation of PhD grants for the Portuguese Science and Technology, PhD defense committees) and for several seminars, both in European and US Universities (e.g., TU Wien, University of Salerno, University of Palermo, NY University at Abu Dhabi, Université Gustave Eiffel, North Carolina State University, etc.). She already supervised 5 PhD students and more than 60 Master students. Right now, she is supervising 9 PhD students and 8 Master students. She was the Chairwoman of EWGT2021 - EURO Working Group on Transportation Annual Meeting. She is a recognized Expert on Energy and Transportation by the Portuguese Association of Engineering.
Jorge Bandeira ( M. Bandeira is researcher at the Centre for Mechanical Technology and automation of the University of Aveiro. Currently, his research interests are focused on traffic and emissions modelling, eco-navigation, traffic assignment and network optimization, as well as Cooperative Intelligent Transportation Systems Impacts and mobility data. He is PI of several projects including the European projects CISMOB of the INTERREG EUROPE program; the national project, PriMaaS and national projects InFLOWence and the Pilot action "Real-time information for public transport" founded by ERDF in the context of Interreg Europe Programm. Since 2018, he was invited to assume the role of vice coordinator of TEMA mobilizing project "Technologies for well being" . Jorge Bandeira is working as an evaluation expert for several international funding programs including COST action and Horizon 2020. Between 2015 and 2018 Jorge Bandeira conducted postdoctoral research funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology at the University of Aveiro in cooperation with Braunschweig Technical University where he did several periods of research internships. Bandeira obtained the PhD in Mechanical Engineering in December of 2013 at the University of Aveiro in collaboration with the Old Dominion University, VA USA with the thesis entitled "Road Traffic Information platform for energy and emissions savings". His previous studies include a graduate and master degree in environmental engineering and a master degree in Sustainable Energy Systems. In 2013 he has been announced as the winner of the European Patent Office Innovation Contest - for his project on a framework for assessing eco-routing and traffic management strategies aimed at minimizing energy consumption and exposure to pollutants and traffic noise (category "smart transport and traffic management systems"). Since 2010, he presented several research papers in international scientific meetings such as the Transportation Research Board, World conference on Transport Research. Transport Research Arena, and European Work Group on Transportation, Transport and Air pollution. He is author and co-author of 50 publications indexed by Scopus.
Paulo Fernandes ( Fernandes got his PhD in the Doctoral Programme in Mechanical Engineering in the University of Aveiro, in 2017. The thesis was considered to be deserving of praise and distinction by unanimity, resulting in 7 papers in international journals between 2015 and 2017. His current research interests include: 1) Road traffic emissions monitoring; 2) Emissions modelling; 3) Intersection design and control strategies, and 4) Simulation and analysis of transport systems, active modes, and new mobility forms. Between 2017 and 2020, he worked as post-doc researcher and further as an Assistant Researcher in the MobiWise project at the Centre for Mechanical Technology and Automation (TEMA). He also worked at DICA-VE project as junior research at TEMA in the management of activities from research fellows, namely emissions monitoring and modelling (2020 and 2021). After that, he was junior research at TEMA in the Driving2Driverless project in activities related to the cost-benefit analysis of shared, autonomous, and electric vehicles services (2021). Currently, he has a contract as junior research at TEMA with his own project entitled "IDRIVE: Incorporating Driving Volatility Information into a Rating system to Inform drivers about Vehicle Emission rates". He also got a post-graduation degree in Data Analysis for Business (2023) to increase his skills as transport data analyst, namely, statistic methods, data visualization tools, data mining and machine learning algorithms. Since 2017, he supervised and/or supervises 5 master students in the Mechanical Engineering Integrated Master Course. Due to the collaboration with researchers from the North Carolina State University, University of Tennessee, University of Palermo, Institute of Telecommunications, TU Delft, University of Salerno, and University of Coimbra he has been improving his research skills in traffic theory, emissions monitoring, intelligent transport systems, road infrastructure, automated technology, automatic data collection methods, and noise modelling. He has published 35 articles and 12 conference papers in SCOPUS indexed journals (19 as the main corresponding author, total of 639 citations and h-index of 16), some of them are top 20 most-cited Transport, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Environmental Science journals according to the CiteScore 2022 rank, 3 book chapters, and 16 papers in international transport conferences.
Eloísa Macedo (ísa Macedo, PhD, is a researcher at TEMA, University of Aveiro. She has a solid background in operational research applied to evaluating traffic-related impacts (also in a connected and automated environment) with a special focus on environmental, noise, safety and comfort components. She has been involved in supervising PhD, MSc and BSc students in the Mechanical Engineer and Computational Engineer courses. E. Macedo has been actively involved in R&D and interregional cooperation projects. E. Macedo has a broad track record of peer-reviewed scientific articles, impact assessment studies and policy recommendations in research areas extending from road safety to transport systems. E. Macedo has been involved in knowledge extension and dissemination activities for different audiences. She is a member of the scientific association EURO, APDIO, and EURO WISDOM Forum under the Public Relations Subcommittee.

PhD Students

Carlos Sampaio ( Sampaio has a background in Environmental Engineering and he got the Master in Sustainable Energy Systems at the University of Aveiro. His master thesis entitled “Mapping of vulnerabilities due to the impacts of road transport systems”. The thesis was concluded in 2017. Currently he is a research fellow in the INTERREG EUROPE Project CISMOB (Cooperative information platform for low carbon and sustainable mobility). His research interests focus on the development of platforms based on Geographic Information Systems, impacts assessment and their economic externalities and eco-routing.
Mariana Vilaça ( Vilaça has a background in Environmental Engineering and obtained her master's degree in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Aveiro. Since 2017, she has been working as a researcher in the Centre for Mechanical Technology and Automation (TEMA) at the University of Aveiro carrying out research in the domains of road safety, external costs of interurban mobility, environmental impacts of road transportation, life cycle assessment and simulation of shared, automated and electric vehicles. Currently, she has been awarded an FCT-funded Ph.D. scholarship to develop a research project entitled “Integrated impact assessment of shared, automated and electric mobility.
Elisabete Ferreira ( Ferreira has a MSc degree in Mathematics and Applications with a specialization in Technological and Business Mathematics from the University of Aveiro (UA). From 2012 to 2015 she developed research activities in the Centre for Mechanical Technology and Automation (TEMA) at the UA, with focus on the numerical simulation through finite elements by applying statistical methods and nonlinear optimization. Since 2019, her research has been focused on the use of modelling traffic, emissions, and safety tools, and the assessment of traffic-related impacts using integrated assessment models with a special focus on environmental and safety components. Currently, she has been awarded with an FCT scholarship to develop her PhD dissertation entitled “Safety and emissions algorithms for the interaction with vulnerable road users.”
Antonio Pascale ( Pascale has finished his Master degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2019 at the University of Salerno (Italy) with a grade of 109/110 (converted to 20/20 in the Portuguese system). He was Research Fellow in the MobiWise project (funded by FCT) from June 2019 to December 2020. In October 2020, Antonio Pascale enrolled in the Doctoral Program of Energy Systems and Climate Change at the University of Aveiro (Portugal), which also involves an international collaboration with the University of Salerno (Italy). His research fields are related to noise modeling, road traffic noise, and pollutant emissions.
Mónica Rodrigues (ónica Rodrigues got her bachelor degree in Mathematics from the University of Aveiro (UA) and further a master degree in Mathematics and Applications (2018), in the area of Statistics and Optimization, both obtained in the University of Aveiro (UA). She started her research career in the area of mobility and transport in 2018 after integrating the Centre for Mechanical Technology and Automation (TEMA) in the UA. As a research fellow, she participated in the scientific-oriented project InFLOWence - Optimizing the Influence of connected and autonomous vehicles on the environmental efficiency of road traffic flows, and the European INTERREG project CISMOB - Cooperative information platform for low carbon and sustainable mobility. Her main research interests are related to the optimization and minimization of pollutant emissions generated by road traffic. To the conducted her research activities using, she has knowledge in R, SPSS, Matlab and VISSIM tools, and programming languages, such as Python, ASP, C#, php and Java. Since 2020, she enrolled the PhD program in Energy Systems and Climate Change in the UA. Currently, she has been working on her PhD dissertation entitled "Decision Support System for accessing costs and risks of connected and autonomous vehicles as mobility services in urban contexts", for which she was awarded with a FCT scholarship since 2022. Mónica also has been integrating her research activities with the support teaching of both undergraduate and master degrees in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the UA in 2021. As research, she published 3 articles in scientific journals, 2 websites, and 7 oral communications and 4 posters in relevant international transport conferences.
Jayakrishnan Ravindran ( Ravindran has a background in Physics and got his master degree in Sustainable Energy and Green Technologies from UCD, Ireland. He has been enrolled in the Ph.D. in Energy Systems and Climate Change at UA since the 2022 academic year and is working on the Lifecycle assessment of liquid green fuels as part of the FCT funded project “LiquidGreen - Production of green liquid fuels through electrochemical conversion of biogas” since April 2023. His research interests are in the fields of renewable energy systems, sustainability, and lifecycle assessment.
Andreia Martins ( da Costa Martins has a background in Environmental Engineering and obtained her master's degree in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Aveiro in 2022. She has been enrolled in the Ph.D. in Energy Systems and Climate Change at UA since the 2022 academic year and is working with road safety indicators, on the Project “AM2R - Mobilizing Agenda for Business Innovation in the Two-Wheel Sector”, since December 2023.

Research fellows

External collaborators

Nagui M. Rouphail ( Nagui M. Rouphail is an internationally recognized scholar in highway capacity and operations, multi-scale traffic simulation, and the interface of traffic flow and air quality. Prior to joining Kittelson, Nagui served as Director of the Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) at North Carolina State University. Rouphail also holds the rank of Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at North Carolina State University, where he served from 1994-2020. He has also served as Associate Editor for several international journals, including Transportation Science, Transportation Research Part B, and the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, and published more than 200 refereed journal articles, including 10 best paper awards. -
H. C. Frey ( Frey is the Glenn E. and Phyllis J. Futrell Distinguished University Professor at North Carolina State University (NCSU). His research includes measurement and modeling of human exposure to air pollution, measurement and modeling of vehicle emissions, probabilistic and sensitivity analysis methods, and probabilistic assessment of power generation environmental technologies. He has led over 70 research studies, published over 140 peer reviewed journal papers, and delivered over 180 invited talks nationally and internationally. He teaches courses on air pollution control, environmental exposure and risk assessment, and sustainable infrastructure. Since Abril 2022, Dr. Frey serves in a leadership role at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. -
Asad Khattak ( Asad 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 (UT) and serves as (i) Coordinator for the Transportation Group (6 faculty members) in the department; ii) Principal Investigator for UT 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 US Department of Transportation; and (iv) Co-Director of the Initiative for Sustainable Mobility. He is affiliated with the UT Center for Transportation Research as well as the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, where he works on a broad range of research and educational projects sponsored by state and federal agencies. He teaches courses and conducts research related to intelligent transportation systems, transportation safety, and transportation planning. Khattak has 25 years of research and teaching experience in the transportation field. Before joining UT, during 2006-2013, he was Frank Batten endowed chair Professor of Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University where he developed and directed ODU’s transportation research initiatives and educational programs. His research expertise relates to various types of innovations related to intelligent transportation systems, transportation safety, and sustainable transportation. Additionally, he 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. -
Claudio Guarnaccia ( Guarnaccia is Associate Professor of Physics at the Civil Engineering Department of University of Salerno. He took the M.Sc (2004) and PhD (2008) in Physics, at the Physics Department "E.R.Caianiello" of University of Salerno. He did a large Post Doc research activity both in the Physics Department and in the Industrial Engineering Department of University of Salerno. His research activity is focused on the application of Physics to Engineering and Biomedical problems. Main stream of research is Acoustics. He is member of several national and international organizations, such as Italian Acoustics Association (AIA), International Commission for Occupational Health (ICOH), World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society (WSEAS). He cooperates with different important research institutes, such as Acoustics and Sensors Institute of the National Counsel of Research (CNR) and the “Institudo de Matematicas” of the National University of Mexico (UNAM). 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”. He is member of the Editorial Board of some international journals, such as "Applied Sciences" and "Acoustics". In addition, he is referee for several international journals, such as “Applied Acoustics”, “Journal of Environmental Management”, "Transportation Research", “Sustainability”, “Energies”, etc.. He is author of more than 130 papers in international journals and proceedings of international conferences with referee. He was invited in several conferences, also as “plenary lecturer”, to present the results of his research. In 2019 he was appointed “NoiseCapture ambassador” in the framework of the international project "Noise Planet", for his contribution in the acoustic noise advanced modeling research field. Since 2005 he cooperates at the teaching activities and from 2007 he has been appointed teaching assistant in all the Physics courses, at the Engineering Faculty of Salerno University. In 2012 he started a teaching activity at the Engineering Faculty of Sannio University, in Benevento (Italy). Since march 2013 he is Professor of Physics at the Civil Engineering Department of University of Salerno (Italy). -
Joaquim Macedo( Macedo got a bachelor in Civil Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering - University of Porto in 2022 and later he got his master degree in Road in the same academic institution. Currently he is Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Aveiro, where he completed his PhD in 2013 on the topic road traffic microsimulation. He teaches courses in the area of transports infrastructures and geotechnics. He is the supervisor of master’s students in progress and was supervisor and co-supervisor of concluded master's theses. His main research interests are Traffic Engineering, namely the area of traffic modeling, sustainable mobility and didactics in higher education, where has several publications. In his career performed technical functions in the Metropolitan Transport Authority of Porto and STCP, as well as researcher and lecturer at FEUP. He is the author of several national and international publications, and was part of the team that prepared the “Manual de Planeamento de Acessibilidades e da Gestão Viária” (in Portuguese). -
Gonçalo Correia( Gonçalo Correia is Associate Professor in modelling multi-modal urban networks at the Department of Transport and Planning at the TU Delft. His research focuses on transport demand management through the study of integrated multi-modal networks, intelligent transport systems, travelling behaviour change and land use interactions. Previously, he studied the demand capture and network design for urban transport alternatives such as ridesharing and carsharing. He is currently working in the field of automated vehicles looking at how these can change the mobility patterns in urban areas either as public but also as private transport. Correia has published more than 100 research papers in scientific journals and is part of the editorial boards of 5 transportation journals including transportation research Part C: emerging technologies. Dr. Gonçalo Correia has graduated in IST Lisbon, Portugal, in civil engineering. He took his Ph.D. in Transportation in the same University in close collaboration with the MIT-Portugal program. He was then invited as an Assistant Professor at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, where he lectured and developed his first independent research. Since 2014 he has been an assistant professor in modelling multi-modal urban networks at the Department of Transport and Planning. He is responsible for a course that teaches about the complexity of land use and transportation systems interactions in cities with the objective of planning them in a more sustainable way. -