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I have a degree in Environmental Engineering (UFP, 2001) and in Informatic Engineering (ISEP, 2007). In 2010 I received a PhD degree in Environmental Sciences (Univ. of Aveiro, 2010).

 

I have 15 years’ experience in conducting research and consultancy projects (e.g. Seamless Mobility, SmartDecision, CIVITAS-ELAN). During the last years I published more than 20 papers in peer-review journals, and 50 publications in national and international congresses. 

My research expertise is in Transportation and Environmental systems, with emphasis on the analysis and development of transport policies. I'm competent in the use of different methods of monitoring and modeling air quality and road traffic systems.

In recent years I have participated in several Action Costs as ARTS, TEA and TRANSITS. In 2016 I spent 6 months in Beijing to study the impacts of road traffic policies in the air quality of the city.

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Publications

2021

Forecasting of Urban Public Transport Demand Based on Weather Conditions

Authors
Correia, R; Fontes, T; Borges, JL;

Publication
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing

Abstract
Weather conditions have a major impact on citizens’ daily mobility. Depending on weather conditions trips may be delayed, demand may be changed as well as the modal shift. These variations have a major impact on the use and operation of public transport, particularly in transport systems that operate close to capacity. However, the influence of weather conditions on transport demand is difficult to predict and quantify. For this purpose, an artificial neural network model – the Multilayer Perceptron – is used as a regression model to estimate the demand of urban public transport buses based on weather conditions. Transit bus ridership and weather conditions were collected along a year from a medium-size European metropolitan area (Oporto, Portugal) and linked under the assumption that individuals choose the travel mode based on the weather conditions that are observed during the departure hour, the hour before and two hours before. The transit ridership data were also labelled according to the hour, day of the week, month, and whether there was a strike and/or holiday or not. The results demonstrate that it is possible to predict the demand of public transport buses using the weather conditions observed two hours before with low error for the entire network (MAE = 143 and RMSE = 322). The use of weather conditions allow to decreases the error of the prediction by ~8% for the entire network. © 2021, The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

2020

Design of a Route-Planner for Urban Public Transport, Promoting Social Inclusion

Authors
Dias, R; Fontes, T; Galvão, T;

Publication
Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST

Abstract
People that do not have access to the transport system and therefore, a facilitated access to goods and services essential to daily life, can be regarded as transport-related social excluded. This is a big issue, namely for groups of people that have physical, sensorial and/or cognitive limitations. This paper provides guidelines to design route planners for socially excluded groups, by promoting social inclusion in public transportation. For this purpose, a set of mock-up user-interfaces of an inclusive inter-modal route planning application were developed. These interfaces will deliver ready availability of information about infrastructures and other journey related data. © 2020, ICST Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering.

2020

Process discovery on geolocation data

Authors
Ribeiro, J; Fontes, T; Soares, C; Borges, JL;

Publication
Transportation Research Procedia

Abstract

2020

A Deep Learning Approach for Predicting Bus Passenger Demand Based on Weather Conditions

Authors
Fontes, T; Correia, R; Ribeiro, J; Borges, JL;

Publication
Transport and Telecommunication Journal

Abstract
AbstractThis work apply a deep learning artificial neural network model – the Multilayer Perceptron – as a regression model to estimate the demand of bus passengers. Transit bus ridership and weather conditions were collected over a year from a medium-size European metropolitan area and linked under the assumption: individuals choose the travel mode based on the weather conditions that are observed during (a) the departure hour, (b) the hour before or (c) two hours prior to the travel start. The transit ridership data were also labelled according to the hour of the day, day of the week, month, and whether there was a strike and/or holiday or not. The results show that the prediction error of the model decrease by ~9% when the weather conditions observed two hours before travel start is taken into account. The model sensitivity analyses reveals that the worst performance is obtained for a strike day of a weekday in spring (typically Wednesdays or Thursdays).

2020

Accessibility as an indicator to estimate social exclusion in public transport

Authors
Ribeiro, J; Fontes, T; Soares, C; Borges, JL;

Publication
Transportation Research Procedia

Abstract

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2020

Automatic identification of anomalies in the operation of urban public transport networks due to meteorological events

Author
Ricardo Fernandes Correia

Institution
UP-FEUP

2020

Exploring the potential of DRT for elderly urban mobility using big data

Author
Marta Diogo Torgal Pinto

Institution
INESCTEC

2020

Especificação de requisitos para o desenvolvimento de um sistema de apoio à decisão para gestão de transportes públicos intermodais

Author
João Nuno Lemos de Sousa

Institution
INESCTEC

2019

Design of a route-planner for urban public transport, promoting social inclusion

Author
Rafael Marques Dias

Institution
UP-FEUP