Bus stop: mental concept, pinpoint or physical space?

INESC TEC Science Bits – Episode 24

Link to episode (in Portuguese)



Teresa Galvão, FEUP-UP and INESC TEC

Tânia Fontes, INESC TEC

Keywords: Public Transport


Teresa Galvão e Tânia Fontes

In 1859, the trip between Lisbon and Porto, by stagecoach, lasted 34 hours and stopped 23 times. Mala-Posta was the name of the first regular transportation service for passengers, luggage and mail between two or more locations. It ended in 1875, with the emergence of trains. Nowadays, travelling between Lisbon and Porto, using public transportation, is fast – unless something happens. Rush hour traffic, unfavourable weather, accidents or failures could be a nuisance and drive us to despair, namely when using different transportation means. But what if there were a technology to support public transportation management and improve the quality of intermodal services?

In this episode of Science Bits, we’ll venture into the transportation world. The journey will take us to unusual stops – from artificial intelligence to ontology. But stick with us until we reach our destination! We invited Teresa Galvão, associate professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto and INESC TEC researcher, and Tânia Fontes, also a researcher at our Institute.

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