Prof. Antonio Pais Antunes

Departamento de Engenharia Civil, University of Coimbra

April 12, 2010, 14:30, Room GC B3 424 (click here for the map)

Multi-objective Approach to Long Term Interurban Multilevel Road Network Planning

: In the seminar, a multi-objective approach to long-term inter-urban multilevel road network planning is presented. In addition to the efficiency objectives dealt with in most of the literature where the subject is addressed, the approach takes into account robustness, equity, and environmental objectives. For achieving the objectives, two types of action can be performed: the construction of new road segments and the upgrading of existing road segments. The approach is consistent with the planning framework of the Highway Capacity Manual, using the concept of level of service to assess traffic flow conditions. The application of the approach is illustrated for case studies involving the road networks of Poland and Portugal.


Ant´┐Żnio Pais Antunes holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and a PhD in Applied Sciences from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He currently is a professor at the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Coimbra, where he teaches courses in urban and regional planning and transport engineering, and is the director of the Doctoral Program in Transport Systems offered jointly by the Technical University of Lisbon and the Universities of Coimbra and Porto and in collaboration with the MIT. Before joining the University of Coimbra, he was the director of planning of the Centro Region Development Agency. His main subjects of research are public facility planning and transport infrastructure planning. He is the author of over 150 scientific publications, including 35 articles in international journals (e.g., Environment and Planning A and B, European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Transportation Engineering, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, and Transportation Research A).