PhD Researchers

Margarida Coelho ( 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). 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, namely in the numerical modelling of road traffic and pollutant emissions. Margarida Coelho has had extensive participation and coordination of transportation related projects. Her research interests are based on transportation impacts assessment (namely, on modelling of traffic and pollutant emissions). 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 70 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), 5 chapters of books and more than 120 papers in proceedings of scientific conferences.
Fernando Neto ( background is BSc degree in mechanical engineering, University of Coimbra, 1985; PhD in applied energy, Cranfield University (formerly, Cranfield Institute of Technology), United Kingdom, 1992. He is Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of UAVR from 1996. His scientific research activity and cooperation with society have been focused on the fields of biofuels, development of endogenous energy potential, development of new production methods, development of heat storage technologies, and study of drying kinetics. Coordinator of I&D activities on behalf of Aveiro University in the following projects: projects in co-promotion Senergy 34143 (hybrid solar façade development), CureCork 23281 (New Technologies for healing of Agglomerated Cork Stoppers), MaxiThermal 21530 (heating of fluids in laminar flows with PCM's). Coordinator of the I&D activities of the ISTP in Joule III Biopor project (development of biofuels for use in the transportation sector). Participant in the I&D team of the UA in the projects in co-promotion 38162 Profittaple, PTDC/SEN-TRA/113499/2009-FCOMP-016091, PTDC/SEN-TRA/115117/2009-FCOMP016096 and SOE2/P2/E374, energy use of biomass from microalgae created in degraded water resources. 2001: Coordinator of the thematic group Biofuels in the Renewable Energy Forum. 2000-2002: Member of the Board of Directors of Metro Mondego, SA. 1997-1998: Member of the Working Group "Global Transport and Energy Development-The Route to the Future" of the World Energy Council in representation of the Portuguese Association of Energy.
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.
Paulo Fernandes ( Jorge Teixeira Fernandes got his PhD in the Doctoral Programme in Mechanical Engineering in the University of Aveiro, in May 2017. The thesis was considered to be deserving of praise and distinction by unanimity. His research interests are: 1) Traffic, emissions, noise and safety modelling; 2) Real driving emissions in passenger cars and vans; 3) Traffic noise monitoring; 4) Route choice impacts on emissions, traffic congestion, noise; 5) Simulation and evaluation of new forms of mobility such as micro, shared, electric and autonomous. Between July 2017 and July 2020, he worked as post-doc researcher and further as an Assistant Researcher (May 2018) in the MobiWise project at TEMA. His main role consisted of supervising young research fellows in what respects to the traffic, noise, emissions, and safety modelling. 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). Currently, he is working at Driving2Driverless project as junior research at TEMA in activities related to the Life Cycle Impacts Modelling). He was selected to participated and awarded with a grant in the Cost Connect (How to Shape a Sustainable Urban Mobility for all? – April 2018) and COST action (WISE-ACT Training School in Modelling and Policy Analysis Tools to Explore the Future of AVs - March 2019) networking instruments which allowed for extending his international collaboration. In addition to MobiWise and being a team member of several scientific projects such as @CRUiSE, Driving2Driverless, DICA-VE or InFLOWence, he collaborated in 2019 as a technical consultant in an audit of the energy used of the transport sector in Bartica, Guyana with the Instituto do Ambiente e Desenvolvimento in activities related to experimental survey design, energy analysis, and policy recommendations. In the context of cooperation with the society, he recently participated as member in the Mobility Plan of the University of Aveiro (concluded in January 2020) in the establishment and evaluating of measures for promoting soft modes and improving quality of life within the University Campus. He has published published 29 articles and 9 conference papers in SCOPUS indexed journals (17 as the main corresponding author, total of 377 citations and h-index of 12), 3 book chapters, and 18 papers in international transport conferences.
Eloísa Macedo (ísa Macedo is a researcher at the Centre for Mechanical Technology and Automation of the University of Aveiro. She has a MSc degree in Mathematics and Applications with specialization in Technological and Business Mathematics (2010), and a PhD on Mathematics (2016), both from University of Aveiro, Portugal. She has been developing research work in the areas of operational research, optimization and data mining. In particular, while being researcher at the Department of Mathematics of UA (R&D CIDMA), Eloísa developed numerical applications for testing problem's regularity in Semidefinite Optimization and a new algorithm for data dimensionality reduction that simultaneously performs clustering of objects and a disjoint partitioning of variables. In the Mechanical Engineering Department at UA (R&D TEMA - since 2017), Eloísa started devoting her studies to the transport field. Her research interests lie on designing and implementing heuristics and iterative algorithms; multi-objective, multi-level and network optimization; traffic, emissions and safety modelling; connected and automated mobility; and evaluating traffic-related impacts using integrated assessment models with special focus on environmental and safety components. In the short period after the PhD, yet in a early stage of career, Eloísa Macedo has various scientific papers published (or in press) in peer-reviewed international journals, book chapters and proceedings of scientific international conferences. As a researcher at TEMA, Eloísa has been supervising PhD and MSc students, and has been collaborating in several R&D projects. In particular, she has been involved in the Interreg Europe Projects CISMOB - Cooperative information platform for low carbon and sustainable mobility, and more recently, in PriMaaS - Prioritizing low carbon mobility services for improving accessibility of citizens, and the FCT Projects DICA-VE - Driving Information in a Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Environment: Impacts on Safety and Emissions, and InFLOWence - Optimizing the influence of connected and autonomous vehicles on the environmental efficiency of road traffic flows. Since 2011, her scientific work has been presented in various international conferences and scientific meetings such as European Working Group on Transportation, European Working Group in Continuous Optimization, Transportation Research Board. At the same time, Eloísa Macedo has a well-established international research collaboration network and has been involved in knowledge extension and dissemination activities such as, referee in International Journals and Conferences; organization of International Conferences, Workshops, and Special Sessions; and Panel Moderation.
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.

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.
Ricardo Tomás ( Tomás got his master's degree in Mechanical Engineering in the University of Aveiro in December 2018. In February 2019 he started working as a research fellow, and in September 2019 he started also to attend the Doctorate in Energy Systems and Climate Change. His main research interests are the following: 1) road traffic performance and related externalities (pollutants and noise emissions, and safety); 2) route choice impacts in road traffic-related externalities considering different road and vehicle types and driving behavior; 3) Optimization of road transportation systems according to multiple criteria; 4) Simulation of new forms of mobility such as connected (CAVs) and autonomous vehicles (AVs); and 5) Traffic-related uncertainty analysis.

Research fellows

Mariana Vilaça ( Vilaça has a background in Environmental Engineering and obtained her master's degree in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Aveiro developing a master thesis entitled “Interaction between motor vehicles and vulnerable road users “. Her main research fields are life cycle assessment of shared automated and electric vehicles, analysis of road crashes data, optimization of road transportation systems, and external costs of road transport. Currently, she is a research fellow in the Driving2Driveless 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).
Elisabete Ferreira ( Ferreira has a MSc degree in Mathematics and Applications with specialization in Technological and Business Mathematics from University of Aveiro, Portugal. She has been developing research work? on parameters identification, numerical simulation trough finite element applying statistical methods and nonlinear optimization. Actually, her research is focus on ?traffic, emissions and safety modelling; and evaluating traffic-related impacts using integrated assessment models with special focus on environmental and safety components. She is now involved in the DICA-VE project.
Antonio Pascale ( Pascale has finished his Master degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2019 at University of Salerno (Italy). Actually, he is research fellow in the MobiWise project. His research fields are related to road traffic noise and noise modelling.
Mónica Rodrigues ( Mónica Rodrigues has a Master’s degree in Mathematics and Applications in the field of Statistics and Optimization from the University of Aveiro (2018). Her scientific interests are within mobility and environmental issues, with a major focus on optimizing and minimizing gas emissions by road vehicles, considering the future increase of autonomous and low-carbon vehicles’ share on the overall road transportations. Currently, she is a research fellow in the InFLOWence project.

External collaborators

Nagui M. Rouphail ( - Institute for Transportation Research and Education, North Carolina State University -
H. C. Frey ( Carolina State University -
Asad Khattak ( 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. -
Claudio Guarnaccia ( 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. -