Researcher (Smaller Project 2007)
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Francesco Filippi is full professor in Transport and Logistics at the Engineering Faculty of the University of Rome La Sapienza. He is currently the Director of the Centre for Transport and Logistics (CTL) of the same university, a Centre of Excellence funded by the Italian Ministry of Research and University. Francesco Filippi´s research on freight transport has a specific focus on city logistics, multimodal and intermodal transport, and transport safety. He was Italian representative for Transport at the Managing Committee of DG VII Transport for the EURET and FP4 research programmes of the European Commission (1992—98) and has participated in several European researches since FP II, including GIFTS, Cybercar, Cybermove, ExtraWeb, CityMobil, SafetyNet, Host, Esteem, Freightwise, CityNetMobil, and CATS. He is a member of the editorial advisory boards of the journal Transportation Research and the series Advances in Transport and is Associate editor of European Transport Research Review.
CTL´s activities encompass both contributions to basic research on transport systems and logistics and practical applications for government and industry. Several engineering departments make available to CTL their expertise not only in transport and logistics but in mechanical engineering, telecommunications, and computer science. The research extends from transport planning to the study of innovative ecocompatible vehicles, from the planning of on‐board systems to the development of ICT platforms for transport management.

Project Title: Innovative solutions to freight distribution in the complex large urban area of Rome
Host organisation: University of Rome La Sapienza, Rome, Italy

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Invitation to submit an Expression of interest in writing a think piece: gender informed mobility planning. Pdf, 622.2 kB. (Pdf, 622.2 kB)

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