PhD Researchers

Margarida Coelho, Coordinator of the R&D Group on Transportation Technology( Coelho finished her PhD at Instituto Superior Técnico in 2005. Her thesis is entitled “Assessment and Modeling of Traffic Performance and Emission Impacts of Traffic Interruptions in Urban Corridors” and was focused in the energetic and environmental analysis of traffic interruptions (namely traffic signals, roundabouts and pay tolls) that cause queue situations. This research was made within a partnership between IST and the Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE), of North Carolina State University (NCSU), USA. Since September 2005, Margarida Coelho is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of 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 modeling 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 / vehicle-to-infrastructure communications. Other fields of interest are: 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 she 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. At present Fernando Neto is Assistant Professor in the University of Aveiro.
José Paulo Santos (é Paulo Santos completed his degree in Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of Aveiro in 1988. Completed his Master's thesis in Systems and Information Technology with specialization in Computer Engineering and Communications at the University of Coimbra in 1994. Finished his Ph.D. 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 disciplines 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 responsible for the Laboratory of Flexible Manufacturing Systems.
Jorge Bandeira ( 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 wide range of tasks, namely: population surveys; traffic and vehicle dynamic data collection; data extraction and analysis; statistical analysis of traffic performance and emission variables; among others. Paulo Fernandes has also collaborated with some public entities such as the Lisbon and Aveiro Municipalities to bring solutions towards a sustainable transportation systems. As a research, 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 (urban, intercity and metropolitan); c) traffic assignment techniques; d) optimization of road transportation systems; and e) benefits of Intelligent Transportation Systems.

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 modeling, and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). Currently, he is a part of TEMA as a research flow on @CRUiSE project.

Research fellows

Pavlos Tafidis( from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a Master’s Degree in Planning, Organization and Management of Transport Systems with first-class honors. His inclination towards transport policies, behavior 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 in order 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 Dept. of Mech. Engineering at the University of Aveiro in CISMOB project in the context of Interreg Europe Program. CISMOB 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.
João Teixeira(ão Teixeira is Graduating/graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Aveiro (his master thesis is entitled “Information Management for smart and sustainable mobility”). Also, he is a research fellow in the CRUISE project. His main research interests are related with the development of a modular platforms with limited Floating Car Data (FCD).
Mariana Vilaça( Vilaça got her master 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 KhattakDept. of Civil & Environmental Eng, The University of Tennessee -
Nagui M. RouphailITRE - Institute for Transportation Research and Education, North Carolina State University -
H. C. FreyNorth Carolina State University -