Giulia Pulvirenti

Giulia Pulvirenti
University of Catania | UNICT · Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture

PhD

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Introduction
Giulia Pulvirenti currently works at the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Catania. Giulia does research in Transportation Engineering and Civil Engineering. She is currently working on researches aimed at the evaluation and the mitigation of the risk of road accidents in urban areas taking into account the influence of the human factors.
Additional affiliations
February 2019 - May 2019
Vias
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Video analyses of behavioural and surrogate safety indicators for cyclists at roundabouts using a semi-automated video observation software
March 2018 - May 2018
University of Leeds
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Analysis of the risk perception of urban intersections with different characteristics. Analysis of data (trajectories, speed, acceleration and physiological data) collected with an instrumented car on real drives
November 2016 - present
University of Catania
Position
  • PhD Student
Description
  • Evaluation and mitigation of risk of road accident in urban areas according to a theoretical and experimental approach based on risk perception
Education
November 2016 - November 2019
University of Catania
Field of study
  • Transportation Civil Engineering
October 2014 - July 2016
University of Catania
Field of study
  • Transportation Civil Engineering
October 2008 - October 2013
University of Catania
Field of study
  • Civil Engineering

Publications

Publications (19)
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This paper poses the question of the redesign of urbanized arterial roads following a multi-objective approach. These infrastructures usually have wide lanes that allow high speeds and low safety conditions, resulting in the roads with the highest accident rates in suburban areas. However, since they experienced a rapid urbanization, they need to b...
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It is commonly acknowledged that the human factor and the interaction between the human factor and the road environment are among the most common causes of road accidents. Physiological signals can provide a real-time assessment of the driver's state because they can be collected continuously without interfering with the driver's task performance o...
Conference Paper
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Studies looking at roundabout safety have generally focused on drivers, overlooking the importance of the safety of vulnerable users such as pedestrians. Crosswalks at roundabouts are useful for pedestrians and increase safety. They should be placed to attract the maximum number of pedestrians, who would otherwise cross the road haphazardly. In thi...
Chapter
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The accessibility of urban contexts is closely connected to analysis of geometric and functional details that can influence the actions of road vulnerable users. The correct design of the spaces and their accessibility must consider all age groups and problems related not only to safety but also to perception and comfortable movement. This research...
Chapter
Even though roundabouts have been shown to provide significant safety and operational benefits, they generally are more complex and difficult to navigate than most other road segments. This study intends to contribute for a better understanding of the factors affecting the drivers’ unsafe behaviours at single-lane roundabouts. Unsafe behaviours are...
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This study investigated the nature and causes of unsafe driving behavior at roundabouts through an on-road study. Four urban double-lane roundabouts with different layouts were selected for an on-road study. Sixty-six drivers (41 males and 25 females) aged 18–65 years took part in the study. Unsafe behaviors observed during the in situ survey were...
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Although converting an intersection into a roundabout has been shown to result in fewer injury accidents for both motor vehicle drivers and pedestrians, the effect on bicyclists’ safety is unclear or even negative. This study focuses on roundabouts without bicycle facilities (i.e., mixed traffic conditions) and makes use of semi-automated video obs...
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Introduction: Pedestrians aged over 65 are known to be a critical group in terms of road safety because they represent the age group with the highest number of fatalities or injured people in road accidents. With a current ageing population throughout much of the developed world, there is an imminent need to understand the current transportation re...
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The benefits of mobility in later life and active ageing have been widely documented and evidenced. Despite its clear benefits, physical activity levels among older people fall short of recommended levels. Older people can have feelings of fear when walking in the outdoor environment. In order to facilitate mobility in later life, it is important t...
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Road traffic injuries claim more than 1.2 million lives each year in the world and have a huge impact on health and development. It is commonly acknowledged that the human factor and the interaction between the human factor and the road environment are among the most common causes of road accidents. Intersections are among the most complex road env...
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Pedestrians aged over 65 are known to be a critical group in terms of road safety because they represent the age group with the highest number of fatalities or injured persons in road accidents. It is therefore important to identify and characterize how old pedestrians perceive pedestrian paths with respect to their age related declines in perceptu...
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Roundabouts have been shown to provide significant safety and operational benefits, but a better understanding of public perceptions of roundabouts is critical in order to assess the contribution of the driving behavior of the users on their safety. Therefore, research on user behavior and preferences is a helpful tool in improving road safety and...
Poster
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Background: Today, roundabouts are an integral part of the road system. Roundabouts, like all intersections, are complex road environments: their geometric configuration, the signs and markings, the road furniture, the qualitative and quantitative characteristics of traffic, the vehicular conflicts are all elements which weigh the driver workload,...
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Risk perception, i.e. the ability to "read the road" in relation to potentially dangerous situations in the traffic environment, is strongly related to accident involvement. Human driving behavior is strongly conditioned by the road environment in its entirety, as driving involves complex interactions between the driver and the environment. This st...
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Pedestrian injury is a major hazard to the health of children in most developed countries. Pedestrian accidents are one of the first causes of injury-related deaths and hospitalizations among children aged 5 to 14 in industrialized countries. This study has a dual objective: 1) to identify the factors affecting Italian parents' propensity to use pr...
Poster
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Pedestrian injury is a major hazard to the health of children in most developed countries. Pedestrian accidents in Italy are one of the first causes of injury-related deaths for children aged 5 to 14 years old in industrialized countries. This study has a dual objective: 1) to identify the factors affecting the parents' propensity to use private ca...
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The aim of this paper is to identify the roundabout geometric characteristics affecting the safety perception while the typical maneuvers (entry, circulation, exit) are being carried out. The tool used was an on-line questionnaire, filled out by about 1.650 respondents. Four different dimensionality reduction methods (Cluster Analysis, Corresponden...

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To identify and to study the main human factors contributing to road risk perception in urban areas, to investigate the driving behaviour and the human-road interaction as a contributing factor to the occurrence of road accidents and, finally, to provide recommendations on how improve road design taking into account the human factor.