Research in transportation systems integration aims to provide a research and analytical platform for integrating across the other three research areas. A specific research project, for example, will provide a better understanding of how urban development might be affected, on the local and regional scale, by the various transportation services and modes being examined by ITS and high-speed rail research.

The objective is to develop new analytical techniques for understanding the interaction between transportation services and development patterns and leverage that knowledge to enhance urban and regional sustainability. The research will also aim to develop a platform for integrating relevant research elements from each of the modal thrust areas, with the ultimate goal of deriving and refining a unified framework for sustainable transportation planning, including financial, institutional, technological, and spatial dimensions.

The goals are two-fold: to pioneer new integrated planning techniques that are capable of integrating the different spatial scales of relevance (i.e., local, regional, national); and, to demonstrate the application of those techniques by integrating across the transportation modes addressed in the other research areas.

Project 1: Strategic Options for Integrating Transportation Innovations and Urban Revitalization (SOTUR)
(October 2007 - July 2010)


Project 2: Inter-Modal Transportation Infrastructure Governance

This research studies the consequences of various governance arrangements for transportation infrastructure in the Portuguese context.  The project has examined the effect of geographic scale and the potential of innovative contractual approaches, including private concessions for intercity highways, conventional railways, and high-speed railways.  

Achievements include:

  • Development of an agent-based model to analyze the impacts of alternative institutional and financial frameworks for strategic inter-city roadway development in the country.  This represents an important methodological extension in the field of regional transportation planning and strategy development, while providing important inputs to challenging questions currently facing Portugal’s policy makers.
  • Input from key industry stakeholders, including MOPTC, EP, RAVE, REFER, and Brisa, which has been key to the success of this research.

Project 3: iTEAM - integrated Transportation and Energy Activity-based Model

April 2009-March 2012

iTEAM aims at building an integrated urban behavioral modeling capability in order to improve our understanding of how various interventions (policies, investments, taxes, etc.) may influence relevant behaviors and subsequent performance of the urban system, as assessed from the perspective of urban metabolism. It builds on the TR SYS projects SOTUR, CityMotion and SCUSSE and the SES project ReMAP.

Achievements include:

  • Awarding of the Eureka! Excellence seal, signifying membership in a unique European excellence network of high impact research.
  • Publishing of two conference papers (ISOCARP09, describing the framework; IsAMI10 describing the smartphone activity inference mechanism) and one workshop paper (Urbansim Conference 2010, describing integration of OPUS and DynaMIT).
  • Implementation of a social network software system, Greenhomes (http://greenhomes.dei.uc.pt), that will support the energy consumption and activity based survey during 2010/11
  • Completion of one Masters thesis at MIT (Anwar Gauche), externally funded by MIT-MITEI.
  • Submission of 3 future collaboration proposals to EU-FP7 that involve FCTUC, IST and MIT in connection with several European research institutions.