Miriam Pirra

Miriam Pirra
Politecnico di Torino | polito · DIATI - Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering

PhD

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February 2018 - present
Politecnico di Torino
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
May 2013 - February 2018
Politecnico di Torino
Position
  • Research Associate
January 2010 - February 2013
Politecnico di Torino
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
January 2010 - February 2013
Politecnico di Torino
Field of study
  • Mechanical Engineering
September 2006 - December 2008
Politecnico di Torino
Field of study
  • Mathematical Engineering
September 2003 - December 2006
Politecnico di Torino
Field of study
  • Mathematics for Engineering

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Publications (31)
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The investigation of active mobility perception for different classes of users is crucial to include all mobility needs and increase the accessibility of these modes. Elements like the perception of safety, security and the shape of the urban environment (e.g., provision of cycle paths) are to be considered while analyzing the different mobility ch...
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European cities have seen an increase in the use of personal means as an effect of the COVID-19 pandemic: they are asked to accelerate the shift towards more sustainable modes, as the active ones. The current paper tries to shed light on how the perception towards these latter modes changes according to gender. In the framework of H2020 TInnGO proj...
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Gender aspects are a hot topic in different scientific fields, with a growing interest in the transport field. Since transport systems in both developed and developing countries are not gender-neutral, assessing mobility patterns by using gender disaggregated data may highlight various 'hidden' aspects of mobility behaviours of both men and women....
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Passenger experiences with public transport are expected to be safe, secure, comfortable, convenient, and pleasant. However, this experience is often disrupted by harassment incidents, such as sexual, theft and verbal harassment that may affect passengers' perspective towards public transport services. Security perceptions and harassment experience...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has strongly impacted people’s main routine, which certainly includes their mobility habits. This paper aims to assess the pandemic’s mobility impacts and whether these may have increased the already existing inequality between men and women. In particular, the variation of mode choice in a pre-COVID and post-COVID scenario is...
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Local Authorities plays a fundamental role in the management of city mobility and in accounting for the needs of different stakeholders involved in the urban freight transport. The aim of this study is to develop a method that could support the evaluation of the city accessibility for freight distribution services. As Local Authorities can use floa...
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As sustainability is becoming a common practice in planning transport systems and mobility services, the designation and management of gender issues are of paramount importance. TInnGO is a European Project that has developed a network of 10 national Hubs to build the capacity to generate and apply evidence on gender equality and transport issues a...
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Abstract Cities all around the world are observing increasing levels of urban freight activities owing to the growth of internet shopping combined to the traditional distribution to shops, creating additional problems in terms of congestions and environmental impacts. This study, developed within the European Project SUITS framework, aims at showin...
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A mobility survey was proposed to the staff and to the students of Politecnico di Torino (a technical university located in Turin, Italy) in autumn 2016 with a focus on the interest and on the current use of car sharing. Turin is in fact offering a relatively broad variety of such services, with several different operators and a fleet of about 700...
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Mobility studies have shown that travel patterns and means use vary a lot comparing women and men behavior. In recent years, new solutions have been introduced in the urban mobility offer and the interest raised in investigating how they can help in reducing the gender mobility gap. The current work analyzes 2934 responses collected through a car s...
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Serious gaps are found when evaluating the recognition and inclusion of gender aspects in transport strategies, research and innovation. Similar issues can be spotted in the transport labor market, where only 22% of workers are women at the European level. The roots of these limitations are in the low participation of women in Science, Technology,...
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Active mobility is the most convenient, healthy, environmental friendliness, suitable for short distance mode of transport. The individual and common benefits linked to the active mobility are recognized all over the world and they justify the growing interest in promoting the bike use. In order to suitably promote cycling, it is important to iden...
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Accessibility is a fundamental aspect for cities and a good degree of connection among different urban areas can be reached by smoothing the travel experience, through the efficient use of public and private transport modes. On the whole, a variety of methods has been developed for measuring accessibility, based on different kinds of dataset and us...
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The quality of the transport system offered at city level constitutes an important and challenging goal for society, for local authorities, and transport operators. Therefore, appropriate evaluation of travellers' satisfaction is required to support service performance monitoring, benchmarking, and market analysis. This aspect implies the collectio...
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Abstract Purpose Traffic congestion is a large-scale problem in urban areas all over the world that can lead to substantial costs for travellers and business operations. This paper focus on how to measure the way in which congestion selectively affects different traffic streams, with special emphasis on light duty vehicles travelling around a city....
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A new approach in recognizing travel mode choice patterns is proposed, based on the Support Vector Machine classification technique. The tour-based travel demand dataset that is analysed is for New York State, derived from the 2009 U.S. National Household Travel Survey. The main features characterizing each tour are the means used, travel-related v...
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Public transport is key to access social, economic, civic and cultural life. However, there is still a need to better understand (1) the needs of all transport users and (2) transport provision in cities and regions. The development of an inclusive, validated, passenger experience measurement instrument is the first step in understanding the whole...
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SUITS is a European Project aimed at fostering capabilities of cities in implementing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) measures. A survey was implemented at the beginning of the project to characterise nine cities within the consortium through three main activities: an expert assessment based on a set of quantitative indicators related to t...
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This study describes the lessons learned from designing, deploying and analysing the results from different travel satisfaction survey tools which measures the travellers’ door-to-door travel satisfaction. The travel satisfaction measurement survey tools tested consisted of two types of smartphone applications (a satellite navigation app and a game...
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The METPEX tool was developed for the wider scientific and stakeholders' communities and essentially consists of a suite of surveying tools to measure the degree of satisfaction of travellers on a wealth of aspects related to their experience. However, there is a need to provide more immediate and ready-to-implement evaluation methods related to qu...
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A monitoring system of perceived quality of transport services at the city level is proposed on the basis of a set of 92 indicators covering various travel modes and considering the viewpoints of different groups. Special emphasis was given to public transport, bicycles, pedestrians, and travelers with special needs (e.g., commuters, visitors, mobi...
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The EU project METPEX is developing a measurement tool for the perceived quality of the whole journey experience. Special emphasis is given on the contribution to the overall quality perception from different phases of such experience, from pre-trip information acquisition to the eventual joint use of different services, especially for multimodal t...
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This study describes the lessons learned from designing, deploying and analysing the results from different travel satisfaction survey tools which measures the travellers’ door-to-door travel satisfaction. The travel satisfaction measurement survey tools tested consisted of two types of smartphone applications (a satellite navigation app and a game...
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The study of how people jointly use different travel means is one of the key issues in contemporary transport research. However, measuring multimodality behaviours presents some intricacies that deserve more attention in order to come up with an instrument that is effective both on a modelling and on a policy viewpoint. The present work considers s...
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Tours are increasingly being considered as an appropriate unit of observation of mobility behaviors and are one of the key ideas underpinning contemporary activity-based modeling approaches. Identifying typologies of tours would benefit both modelers and decision makers, striving to set up more tailored actions aimed at promoting environmentally be...
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A fundamental aspect when dealing with rolling element bearings, which often represent a key component in rotating machineries, consists in correctly identifying a degraded behaviour of a bearing with a reasonable level of confidence. This is one of the main requirements a health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) should have. This paper introduces...
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Rolling bearing is probably the most widely used component in rotating mechanical equipments and its condition monitoring and fault diagnosis to prevent the occurrence of breakdown is growing in interest since many years. Vibration signal based methods are the most popular and have been adopted in many kinds of condition monitoring systems. Startin...

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The TInnGO project will develop a framework and mechanisms for a sustainable game change in European transport using the transformative strategy of gender and diversity sensitive smart mobility. It will address gender related contemporary challenges in the transport ecosystem and women’s mobility needs, creating a route for Gender Sensitive Smart Mobility in European Transport, which considers diversity of different groups. Intersectional analysis, with gender aligned to socio cultural dimensions, will be applied to different types of transport data, assessment tools, modelling of new mobility policies, planning and services to show prevalence of transport poverty in traditionally hard to reach groups. TInnGO will show how inequalities are created and address gendered practices of education, employment, technological innovations and entrepreneurship as arenas for change and inclusion of gendered innovations. A Pan European observatory for gender smart transport innovation (TInnGO) will provide a nexus for data collection, analysis, dissemination of gender mainstreaming tools and open innovation. TInnGO's emphasis on diverse and specific transport needs is shown in its unique comparative approach enabling contributions from, and influence of 13-member states in 10 hubs. These will employ qualitative, quantitative and design research methods, combining hands-on knowledge, concrete actions and best practices to develop gender and diversity sensitive smart mobilities and solutions through associated ideas factories (TInnGIdLabs).
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METPEX is a research project funded in the context of the 7th Framework Programme of the EU, aiming to develop and evaluate a standardised tool to measure passenger experience across whole journeys. METPEX stands for MEasurement Tool to determine the quality of Passenger EXperience and its results will be used to inform policy makers in providing inclusive, passenger-oriented integrated transport systems that are accessible by all citizens. The development of an inclusive, validated passenger experience measurement instrument is the first step in creating high quality, user centred, integrated, accessible public transport services, which are capable of attracting and retaining public transport users whilst meeting sustainability targets. The METPEX consortium is coordinated by Coventry University and brings together 16 European partners, from 12 countries
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SUITS takes a sociotechnical approach to capacity building in Local Authorities and transport stakeholder organisations with special emphasis on the transfer of learning to smaller sized cities, making them more effective and resilient to change in the judicious implementation of sustainable transport measures. Key outputs will be a validated capacity building program for transport departments, and resource light learning assets (modules, e-learning material, webinars and workshops), decision support tools to assist in procurement, innovative financing, engagement of new business partners and handling of open, real time and legacy data. Using the CIVITAS framework for impact evaluation, the effectiveness and impact of SUITS in enabling reductions in transport problems such as congestion and pollution while improving cities capacity to grow as well as the quality of life for urban dwellers and commuters through the development of inclusive, integrated transport measures will be measured in the cities and at individual, organisational and institutional levels.