The Traffic Analysis Laboratory (LAT) is integrated in the Transport Infrastructures Division of the Department of Civil Engineering of FEUP. The laboratory acts as a support unit for undergraduate (Integrated Master in Civil Engineering) and postgraduate education (Master's Degree in Roadways), as well as for research and the provision of external services. The LAT was created in 1991, following the application to the Science Program promoted by JNICT. Who took the initiative was Prof. Américo Pires da Costa, who was responsible for the LAT from its creation until November 2002.

The central objective of this laboratory is to study traffic and road safety and to support teaching activities, research and university outreach. Specific objectives of LAT are:

  • Characterization of road infrastructures and traffic flows;
  • Development of methods and techniques for handling problems related to the analysis, control and management of mobility;
  • Study of the psychophysiological behaviour of drivers and pedestrians;
  • Application of new technologies in traffic management and control.

To achieve these objectives, the LAT is equipped with a variety of equipment, namely manual and automatic traffic counters, speed meters, automation and digital video image processing systems and an instrumented vehicle for the collection of traffic data and the recording of driving behaviour. It also has the Driving Simulator DriS, in order to analyse difficult to reproduce driving situations.

José Pedro Tavares
Laboratório de Análise de Tráfego - LAT Departamento de Engenharia Civil Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto Rua Dr. Roberto Frias 4200-465 Porto Phone: +351 22 508 2161