I'm a Civil Engineer with 6 years’ experience in Consultancy and more than 7 years research experience in transport modelling and systems. During the last 5 years my research focused on modelling transport network, quantifying transport related impacts (noise, air quality and carbon emissions) and assessing sustanable transport scenarios. I have worked in multi-disciplinary research teams in various EPSRC projects: MESSAGE, 4M, ReVISIONS, SECURE, LAMPPOST and recently CIF2 in Medway and LEZ feasibility study in Newcastle.
My main research interest are in traffic modelling (micro-meso-macro scale); transport emissions; driver behaviour; transport demand (O/D matrix); pollutant concentrations and dispersion modelling in street canyons; environmental modelling and monitoring; road safety; application of Bluetooth technologies; transport data collection and analysis. I have experience in Project Management roles within ITS technology focused research projects (typically managing teams of 2 to 3 colleagues interfacing with Local Authorities and transport consultants).
Author and co-Author of more than 10 scientific journal publications and 30 conference papers.
PhD (Techniques and Economics of Transports), University of Palermo, Italy (2004-2006)
Thesis Title: The Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) as tools to managing and monitoring private and public urban mobility.
MSc (Master in Road Quality Management), University of Enna, Italy (2007-2008)
Thesis Title: Survey and re-design of two intersections in Trapani, adjustment and implementation of safety criteria.
Master Grade: 1st Class
MErg (Master in Ergonomic Science), University of Palermo, Italy (2002-2003)
Thesis Title: Influence of Ergonomic factor on the public Transport.
Master Grade: 1st Class
MSc (Master in Project Management), University of Palermo, Italy (2002)
Thesis Title: Project Management of a recycling plant in Palermo.
Master Grade: 1st Class
Chartered Engineer (in Italy since 2001)
BEng+MEng (5 yrs degree in Civil Engineering – Transport), University of Palermo, Italy (1995-2001)
Undergraduate Project: Safety and security on the road works.
Degree Grade: 110/110 cum laude.
Postdoctoral Researcher fellowship, Dept of Transport Eng., Univ. of Palermo, Italy (2008)
Director of Work Assistant, SI-ITS Project, Department of Transport of Sicily Region (2007)
Doctoral Student, Dept of Transport Eng., Palermo University, Italy (2004-2006)
Master Student, SIN.TE.SI and School of Civil Eng., University of Palermo, Italy (2002-2003)
Master Student, CIRPIET and School of Manag. Eng., University of Palermo, Italy (2002)
Civil Engineer Consultant, Palermo (2001-2008)
Member of Air Quality and Health Interest Group (2012~)
Member of Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) Environmental Group (2011~)
Member of Local Travel Plan (LTP) Environmental Group (2009~)
Member of SIIV (Italian Society of Road Infrastructures) (2007~)
Member of CIFI (National Association of Italian Rail Engineer)(2005-2009)
Member of Universities' Transport Study Group (UTSG, 2008~)
2012: EPSRC SIREN - Small Items of Research Equipment at Newcastle University (£9,960);
2012: Short Visit Scientific Mission (STSM) grant, EU COST Action, ARTS (€1,800);
2010: EPSRC Impacts Award 2010 (Co-I, £20,000);
2008: Post-Doc research fellowship, University of Palermo (€5,000);
2004 – 2006: 3 years PhD fellowship – Ministry of Education, University and Research (M.I.U.R. , €45,000);
2005 – 2006: European Marie Curie PhD short stay studentship (€11,000);
2002: (MErg) Master of Ergonomics fellowship – S.I.N.T.E.S.I. – University of Palermo (€13,000);
1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000: 'Opera Universitaria' fellowship – University of Palermo (€1,800/year);
1995: High school diploma fellowship – Italian Rail Association – section of Palermo (€300);
1994: 'Vincenzo Buccheri' award as 4th year best student – Ins. for Surveyor – Palermo (€250);
Italian (mother tongue), English.
My research focuses on Transport engineering; Traffic micro-simulation analysis (interaction between parking and traffic, illegal parking, roundabouts, toll collection systems, urban traffic control systems); Transport demand modelling; Transport network modelling and assignment (Macro-simulation); Traffic emission and pollutant dispersion modelling; Study of pollutant concentrations ad noise levels in urban areas; application of Bluetooth technologies (Travel Time, O-D matrix estimation); Transport data collection and statistical analysis; Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).
Environmental (mote, street box) and traffic (SCOOT, MIDAS, Bluetooth) sensors data analisys.
CIF2, SECURE, LEZ
4M, LampPost, ReVISIONS, MESSAGE
Currently co-supervisor of 2 PhD Students
Project co-supervisor/advisor of:
1 PhD Student (2009-2011)
1 PhD Student (2009-2012)
1 PhD Student (2011-on going)
1 PhD Student (2012-on going)
1 MSc student (2008-2009)
1 undergraduate and 1 MSc students (2009-2010)
3 Intern students from IIT Delhi (2009-2011)
1 undergraduate and 2 MSc students (2010-2011)
2 undergraduate and 2 MSc students (2011-2012)
2 undergraduate and 3 MSc students (2012-on going)
Invited Session Chair:
· 45th UTSG Conference
- Air Quality session, Oxford (Jan 2013);
· Chair and organiser of the “Integrated Modelling Workshop”, Newcastle University (Nov 2009)
· EURONOISE Congress - Road Traffic noise session, Edinburgh (Oct 2009).
Scientific Meeting of the EU COST Action EuAirNet, Rome (Dec 2012);
· UNESCO workshop on "Sustainable mobility in urban centres", Trapani (Nov 2011);
· Closing plenary session of the 43rd UTSG Conference, Milton Keynes (Jan 2011);
· Brainstorming workshop on future sound environment, Buxton (Nov 2009);
· CORI Seminar, University of Palermo (May 2009);
· Networking Workshop “FARMS EU” European Science Foundation, Durham (Apr 2009).
and Environmental impacts, University of Enna (July 2012);
· Pollution Emissions Measure and Control, University of Enna (June 2012);
· Microsimulation modelling, University of Palermo (Apr 2011);
· Transport Engineering and analysis systems”, University of Enna (Apr 2010);
· Traffic simulation modelling, University of Palermo (May 2009);
· Road works techniques, safety and applications, University of Enna (Apr 2009).
Workshop on Autonomic Transport Systems, University of Enna (Dec 2012);
· Scientific ARTS Workshop, Leuven (Nov 2012);
· Workshop on Integrated Modelling, Newcastle (Nov 2009).
COST Action: European network on new sensing technologies for air pollution control and environmental sustainability - TD1105: EuNetAir; Project Partner, Named scientific contact (2012-2016)
COST Action: Towards Autonomic Road Transport Support Systems - TU1102: ARTS; Project Partner, Scientific member (2011-2015)
STSM Short Visit: Exploring potential use and influence of autonomic systems in transport network management. COST ACTION TU1102 ARTS (€1,800)
Small items of research equipment at Newcastle University: Developing the research base in Healthcare Technologies, Sustainability and Digital Economy (SIREN - EPSRC) (£9,960)
SECURE: SElf-Conserving URban Environment - Sustainable urban living – a win win between air pollution and carbon reductions (Named researcher, 2011-2015), Newcastle University. EPSRC-SUE3 funding. Total Consortium Grant: £2.5M
EPSRC Impacts Award 2010 (Co-I and Coordinator, £20k) Air Quality Monitoring CIF2 Project, Medway City Council (Co-I and Project Manager), 2010-2014. Total Grant: £220k
Royal Academy International Travel Grant (£800 - April 2010)
Contribution to attend the CUBE software 3 days training course (£500 fees - July 2010)
Contribution to attend the R-course 2 days training course (£120 fees - April 2011)
- Transport modelling
- Transport impacts assessment
- Congestion pricing
- Pervasive Environmental Monitoring
- Travel demand management
Contribution to teaching Modules
“Fundamentals of Traffic Modelling and Microsimulation Models” (3hrs) as part of the CIV8004 “Quantitative methods and statistics” MSc module - School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences – Newcastle University (October 2009, Feb 2011, Feb 2012)
"Traffic Modelling and Microsimulation models applications" (4hrs) as part of the CIV8409 "Transport Environment Modelling Systems - TEMS" MSc module - School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences – Newcastle University (December 2010, March 2011)
"Traffic Simulation Modelling" (6hrs) as part of the CEG8407 "Transport Modelling" MSc module - School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences – Newcastle University (October 2012)
Contribution to CPD Courses
"Insight into the model toolkit components" as part of the CPD Course on "Traffic Interventions for Environmental Management" - School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences – Newcastle University (June 2012)