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CISTER delivers another successful PhD thesis defence

24, Oct, 2023

On October 24th, Radha Reddy successfully defended his PhD thesis, developed with the support of CISTER, supervised by Eduardo Tovar, and co-supervised by Luis Almeida and Pedro Miguel Santos, at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal.

His thesis entitled "Synchronous Intelligent Intersections for Sustainable Urban Mobility" emphasises the importance of road intersections in urban transportation and addresses the issues of queue length, waiting delays, and their impacts. Traditional intersection management allows vehicles to enter one road at a time or from opposite lanes, causing unnecessary delays. His thesis introduces a reactive synchronous approach that maximizes intersection access based on arrival time rather than fixed time slots or strict differentiation between human-driven and autonomous vehicles.

The PhD examination committee was composed of Prof. José Nuno Moura Marques FidalgoProf. Thidapat Chantem, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Prof. Samia Saad-Bouzefrane, university professor at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Prof. Joaquim José de Castro Ferreira, assistant professor at the Águeda School of Technology and Management (ESTGA-UA) of the University of Aveiro, Prof. Eduardo Manuel Medicis Tovar, coordinating professor, Department of Computer Engineering, Porto School of Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Porto and Prof. Pedro Alexandre Guimarães Lobo Ferreira Souto, assistant professor, Department of Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto.

Mr. Reddy primary research area is the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), particularly intelligent traffic signal control to reduce travel delays, fuel wastage, and associated emissions of air pollutants towards sustainable urban mobility. Mr. Reddy received B.Sc. (2007) and M.Sc. (2009) in Computer Science from SVU and M. Tech (2014) in Computer Science & Engineering from JNTU, India. Then he has two years of teaching experience in Indian institutions. He also has eight years of full-time research experience in CISTER Research Center-Porto, COPELABS-Lisbon, and Inria-Paris. He is also an external collaborator with CEDRIC Labs and CNAM-Paris, since 2013. With his academic and research experience, several national and international conferences and journal papers, including a textbook, have been published.