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Dr. Frank F. Saccomanno

P. Eng., Professor Emeritus

Research Interests:

  • Transportation of dangerous goods
  • Risk uncertainty
  • Road accident prediction and analysis

Current Sources of Research Funding:

NSERC, Transport Canada, MTO

Selected Publications:

  1. Guido, G.,  Saccomanno, F., Vitale, A.,  Festa, D. (2014). Treating uncertainty in the estimation of speed from smartphone traffic probes. Transportation Research, Series C,   TRC-D-13-00260R1,  April.
  2. Shahdah, U., Saccomanno, F., & Persaud, B. (2014). Integrated traffic conflict model for estimating crash modification factors. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 71, 228-235.
  3. Guido G., Vitale A., Saccomanno F.F., Festa D. C., Astarita V., Gallelli V. (2013). Using smartphones as a tool to capture road traffic attributes, Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vol. 432, pp. 513-519. (ISSN: 1660-9336).
  4. Guido, G., Vitale, A.,  Saccomanno, F., Astarita, V., Giofré, V., (2012), Estimation of safety performance measures from smartphone sensors.  Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences 54, 1095-1103
  5. Shahdah, U. E., Saccomanno, F. F., & Persaud, B. (2012). Integrating Observational and Traffic Simulation Models for Priority Ranking of Unsafe Intersections. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2280(1), 118-126.
  6. Ghods A.H., Saccomanno F.F., Guido G. (2012). Effect of car/truck differential speed limits on two-lane highways safety operation using microscopic simulation, Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 53, pp. 834-841. (ISSN 1877-0428).
  7. Bagheri, M., Saccomanno, F. F., Chenouri, S., and Fu, L. (2010), Reducing the threat of in-transit derailments involving dangerous goods through effective placement along the train consist,  Accident Analysis and  Prevention, AAP-D-09-00209R4
  8. Bagheri, M., Saccomanno, F. F., and Fu, L. (2010). Effective placement of dangerous goods cars in rail yard marshaling operation, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering 37(5): 753-762.
  9. Park, P. Y-J, Miranda-Moreno, L., Saccomanno, F.F. Estimation of speed differentials on rural highways using hierarchical linear regression models, Journal of Civil Engineering, 37: 624-637, 2010.
  10. Guido, G., Saccomanno, F.F., Vitale, Giofre’, V. (2010).  Un algoritmo per l’acquisizione delle traiettorie veicolari da immagini video,  Journal:  Strade & Autostrade, n6, EDI-CEM, 2010, Milano, pp. 1-5. (ISSN 1723-2155)
  11. G Guido, F Saccomanno, A Vitale, V Astarita, D Festa, (2010), Comparing safety performance measures obtained from video capture data, Journal of Transportation Engineering 137 (7), 481-491.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, Transportation Division. 2006-present.
  • Visiting Professor, Dipartimento di Pianificazione Territoriale,  Universita’ della Calabria, Italy, Adjunct, Unical College of Doctoral Researchers.
  • Principal Investigator (Transport Canada), Safety implications of mandated truck speed limiters.
  • US National Academy of Sciences and Transportation Research Board, Committee of Experts on Human Factors and Truck Driver Fatigue
  • Member, Ontario Association of Professional Engineers (APEO), Registered P.Eng.
  • Member, Canadian Society of Civil Engineering and Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Canada
  • Member, Canadian Transportation Research Forum
  • Member, Canadian Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology, University of Waterloo
  • Reviewer for: Journal of Transportation Engineering, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, Transportation Research Record, Journal of Risk Analysis
  • Visiting Scientist, Eu. Joint Research Centre, Institute for Systems Analysis.
  • Consultant and Expert witness for road and rail safety.

Courses Taught:

  • CIVE 224 - Probability and Statistics
  • CIVE 240 - Engineering and Sustainable Development
  • CIVE 342 - Transport Principles and Applications
  • CIVE 444 - Urban Transport Planning
  • CIVE 292 - Engineering Economics
  • CIVE 400 - Civil Engineering Project 1
  • CIVE 640 - Urban Transportation Planning Models
  • CIVE 740 - Transportation Safety Analysis
  • CIVE 741 - Public Sector Economics
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