Alex de Barros

Professor

Department of Civil Engineering

PhD

University of Calgary, 2001

MSc

Technological Institute of Aeronautics, 1994

Civil Engineer

State University of Campinas, 1991

Contact information

Phone

Office: 403.220.6713

Location

CNRL Engineering Complex : ENF 250

Courses

Transportation Engineering II (ENCI 575)
Road Safety (ENCI 571)
Airport Planning and Engineering (ENCI 657)


Preferred method of communication

Please contact me by email


Research

Research areas

  • Transportation safety
  • Transportation security
  • Air transportation
  • Airports and airspace design
  • Airports and airspace operations

Research activities

Dr. de Barros, P.Eng. has an extensive experience in the industry having worked for five years in transportation engineering consulting firms, and is the former director, airport infrastructure of the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency, where he was responsible for regulation and oversight of airport standards, operations and safety. He also has a solid academic record in the field of transportation engineering, with several academic research projects and publications on transportation and aviation planning and safety. Both in academia and in the industry, he has modeled transportation systems including road, rail, port and airport systems using a variety of operations research techniques. 


Biography

Dr. de Barros has several years of experience both in academia and in the industry, where he worked as a consultant in transportation planning and airport planning and engineering. He is also the former Director, Airport Infrastructure of the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency. He has several publications in aviation, airports and traffic safety, and is the winner of the 2004 ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering Best Paper Award (with Dr. Chan Wirasinghe).


Publications

Book edited

Computational Models, Software Engineering, and Advanced Technologies in Air Transportation: Next Generation Applications. Weigang, L., de Barros, A.G. & de Oliveira, I.R., editors. Engineering Science Reference, New York, 2009. 326 pp.
 

Journals

Adikariwattage, V., de Barros, A.G., Wirasinghe, S.C. & Ruwanpura, J. (in press) Airport Classification Criteria Based on Passenger Characteristics and Terminal Size. Journal of Air Transport Management.

Arruda Jr., A.C, Weigang, L. & de Barros, A.G. (in press) Fairness Analysis with Flight Cost Impact Using Reinforcement Learning Approach Journal of the Brazilian Society for Air Transportation Research.

Crespo, A.M.F., Weigang, L. & de Barros, A.G. (in press) Reinforcement learning agents to tactical air traffic flow management. International Journal of Aviation Management.

Rifaat, S.M, Tay, R. & de Barros, A. (in press) Severity of motorcycle crashes in Calgary. Accident Analysis and Prevention.

Rifaat, S.M, Tay, R. & de Barros, A. (2012) Urban street pattern and pedestrian traffic safety. Journal of Urban Design17, pp. 337-352.

Tay, R. & de Barros, A.G. (2011) Should traffic enforcement be unpredictable? The case of red light cameras in Edmonton. Accident Analysis and Prevention 43, pp. 955-961.

Rifaat, S.M., Tay, R. & de Barros, A. (2011) Effect of Street Pattern on the Severity of Crashes Involving Vulnerable Road Users. Accident Analysis and Prevention 43, pp. 276-283.

Rifaat, S.M., Tay, R. & de Barros, A.G. (2011) Logistic model of injury risks in single vehicle crashes in urban neighbourhoods. Journal of Advanced Transportation 45, pp. 186-195.

Churchill, A., Tay, R. & de Barros, A.G. (2011) Effects of Roadside Memorials on Traffic Flow. Accident Analysis and Prevention 43, pp. 483-486.

Tay, R., Mishra, S. & de Barros, A.G. (2010) Expected Effects of In-Service Road Safety Reviews. The Open Transportation Journal 4, pp. 36-43.

Tay, R. & de Barros, A.G. (2010) Effectiveness of Road Safety Messages on Variable Message Signs. Journal of Transportation Systems Engineering and Information Technology 10(3), pp. 18-23.

Kattan, L., de Barros, A.G., Wirasinghe, S.C. (2010) Analysis of work trips made by taxi in Canadian cities. Journal of Advanced Transportation 44, pp. 11-18.

Rifaat, S., Tay, R., Perez, Alex & de Barros, A.G. (2009) Effects of Neighborhood Street Patterns on Traffic Collision Frequency. Journal of Transportation Safety & Security 1, pp. 241-253.

Tay, R. & de Barros, A. (2009) Minimizing Red Light Violations: How Many Cameras Do We Need for a Given Number of Locations? Journal of Transportation Safety & Security 1, pp. 18-31.

Tay, R. & de Barros, A.G. (2008) Public Perceptions of the Use of Dynamic Message Signs. Journal of Advanced Transportation Vol. 42 No. 1, pp. 95-110.

Correia, A.R., Wirasinghe, S.C.& de Barros, A.G. (2008) Overall level of service measures for airport passenger terminals.Transportation Research A, Vol. 42 No. 2, pp. 279-426.

Golly, T., de Barros, A.G. & CoweFalls, L. (2008) ITS Applications for Work Zones. Journal of Advanced Transportation Vol. 42 No. 1, pp. 65-93.

Correia, A.R., Wirasinghe, S.C.& de Barros, A.G. (2008) A global index for level of service evaluation at airport passenger terminals. Transportation Research E, Vol. 44 No. 4, pp. 607-620.

Buendia, M. & de Barros, A.G. (2008) Critical update of the post-security retail space design in passenger departure terminals. Aerlines, Vol. 40, www.aerlines.nl.

Churchill, A., Dada, E., de Barros, A.G. & Wirasinghe, S.C.(2008) Quantifying and validating measures of airport terminal wayfinding. Journal of Air Transport Management, Vol. 14 No. 3, pp. 151-158.

De Barros, A.G. & Tomber, D.D. (2007) – Quantitative Analysis of Passenger and Baggage Security Screening at Airports. Journal of Advanced Transportation, Vol. 41 No. 2, pp. 171-193.

De Barros, A.G., Somasundaraswaran, A.K.&Wirasinghe, S.C.(2007) Evaluation of level of service at airports for transfer passengers. Journal of Air Transport Management Vol. 13 No. 5, pp. 293-298.

De Barros, A.G. & Wirasinghe, S.C.(2004) – Sizing the Baggage Claim Area for the New Large Aircraft. ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, Vol. 130 No. 3, pp. 274-279.

De Barros, A.G. & Wirasinghe, S.C.(2004) – New Large Aircraft Gate Requirement for Shared Space and Stage Construction. ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, Vol. 130 No. 2, pp. 141-149. Winner of the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering Best Paper Award.

De Barros, A.G. & Wirasinghe, S.C.(2003) – Optimal Terminal Configurations for New Large Aircraft Operations. Transportation Research A, Vol. 37 No. 4, pp. 315-331.

De Barros, A.G. & Wirasinghe, S.C.(2002) – Designing the Airport Airside for the New Large Aircraft. Journal of Air Transport Management Vol. 8 No. 2, pp 121-127.De Barros, A.G. & Wirasinghe, S.C.(2002) – Design and Shared Use of a Terminal Departure Lounge for New Large Aircraft Operations. Journal of Advanced Transportation Vol. 36 No. 2, pp 187-209.

De Neufville, R., de Barros, A.G. & Belin, S. (2002) – Optimal Configurations of Airport Passenger Buildings for Travelers. ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering Vol. 121 No. 3, pp 211-217.

De Barros, A.G. & Wirasinghe, S.C.(2001) – Evaluation of the Number of Gate Positions at an Airport Terminal Using a Shared Common Area. Transportes, Brasília, Vol. 9 No.1, pp 26-44.

Barros, A.G. & Wirasinghe, S.C. (1998) – Sizing the Airport Passenger Departure Lounge for New Large Aircraft, Transportation Research Record no. 1621, Transportation Research Board, Washington DC, USA, pp. 13-21.

De Barros, A.G., Kattan, L. & Majumder, J. (in preparation) Analysis of young driver registrations in Alberta.

De Barros, A.G. & Parks, M. (in preparation) How street connectivity affects the safety and health of children.

Silva, S.A. and de Barros, A.G. (in preparation) Quantitative Risk Analysis of Aerodrome Obstacle Limitation Surfaces.
 

Conference proceedings

Several papers published in peer-reviewed conference proceedings.
 

Journals edited

Journal of the Brazilian Air Transportation Research SocietyVol. 3 No. 1 (2007). Eds. Li Weigang and Alexandre G. de Barros. ISSN 1808-3331.

Journal of the Brazilian Air Transportation Research SocietyVol. 3 No. 2 (2007). Eds. Li Weigang and Alexandre G. de Barros. ISSN 1808-3331.


Awards

2004 ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering Best Paper Award (with Chan Wirasinghe)