Antonio Comi

Curriculum Vitae

Antonio COMI is Associate Professor at the Department of Enterprise Engineering of University of Rome Tor Vergata. He currently lectures in “Theory of Intelligent Transport System” and “Freight and Logistics Transportation Systems”. His research field includes transportation systems theory and its application in transportation analysis, modelling and planning. The main research areas are: traveller behavioural models for ITS and ICT contexts, demand and supply models for urban freight transport and city logistics, assignment models for transit networks, land use and transport interaction models, trip chain models in urban areas, simulation models for road accidents, and DSS for strategic and tactical transportation planning. He has published more than 100 papers in transportation area. He is also member of Editorial Board of international journals: Journal of Urban Planning Development (ASCE), Modern Applied Science, Traffic and Transportation Engineering, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and he is serving as reviewer and program committee member in national and international conferences.



In the field of freight transport, he is deepening several aspects connected to the analysis of mobility demand, transport supply with attention to the problems of urban freight movements and innovatory intermodal transport system by fast ships, and international freight transport. He hence investigates different aspects of urban freight transport, city logistics and mobility for shopping in relation to: analysis and simulation of logistics actors and end consumers’ behaviours in relation to measures of governance and traffic; forecasts of direct and indirect, internal and external, short and long-terms effects of city logistics measures; stakeholder interactions; land use – freight transport interaction; road safety; telematics support systems; guidelines for city logistics plans; city logistics manager training. His interests are also addressed to the problems related to long haulage transport: supply (statistic-descriptive models for the evaluation of network features; network models for intermodal transport; analysis of freight platforms, cost functions for internal links of freight platforms), to demand (forecasting and analysis methods and models, models for the choice of target time), to supply and demand interaction (assessment of land use, safety and environmental impacts).

In the field of passenger mobility, he studies different aspects connected to: methods and models for transport system simulation and project assessments; set-up new generation of route planners, named Personalised Traveller Advisor and designed for mobile applications. Then, the research activities mainly deal with: demand, supply and assignment models (line and run supply models for transit, frequency and scheduled assignment models for transit) in presence of ITS, interaction between transport and environment (methods and models for the estimation of traffic emissions), intelligent normative optimal strategy searching with on-line real-time data and of the individual, instead of user group (average), path choice modelling used to support path choice set individuation, path utility calculation and user preference learning process.

His expertise in the Transportation Engineering field is confirmed by the numerous national and international collaborations with other universities (for instance University of Cantabria), as well as by the recent involvement in the research projects titled ‘Guidelines for City Logistics Plans editing’ supported by Italian Ministry of Research, ‘Innovative solutions to freight distribution in the complex large urban area of Rome” supported by Volvo Research and Educational Foundations, ‘Guidelines for the Italian transhipment ports of Gioia Tauro, Taranto and Cagliari’ supported by Italian Ministry of Research, and ‘Smart urban freight transport: planning and DYNAmic management of urban LOADing and unloading areas – DynaLOAD’, funded by the Uncovering Excellence 2014 Programme at University of Rome Tor Vergata.