Dr. Antônio Nélson Rodrigues da Silva graduated in Architecture in 1984 and received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering (Transportation) from the University of São Paulo (USP) in 1990 and 1993, respectively.

Dr. Rodrigues da Silva joined the University of São Paulo in 1990.  In addition to his regular work as a lecturer and researcher, he has served at USP as vice-coordinator (1995-1996 and 2010-2012) and coordinator (1997-2000, and 2012-2014) of Graduate Studies in Transportation Engineering. He was also vice-head (2005-2006 and 2009-2010) and head (2007-2008) of the Department of Transportation Engineering, vice-director (2000-2002) and director (2003-2007) of the Center for Educational Technology in Engineering, vice-manager of the USP campus in São Carlos (2014-2016) and deputy dean of the São Carlos School of Engineering (2017-2019).  In 2014 he was appointed Professor of Geomatics applied to Transportation Engineering at the São Carlos School of Engineering of the University of São Paulo.

Before that he has worked for the City of Rio de Janeiro (1980-1985) in the Department of Construction and Public Works, when he was involved in the maintenance of streets (dealing mainly with streets pavement management and dredging operations of open urban channels and drainage network).  In 1985 he joined the Brazilian Air Force.  As a Lieutenant and Architect, he was also in charge of maintenance works, focusing on military facilities.  In 1988 he started his involvement with research and consulting in scientific and teaching activities.  Since then he has written extensively for conference proceedings and scientific journals in Portuguese, Spanish and English, as can be seen in an up-to-date list available in


In addition to a one-year period (1990-91) as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, during his Doctorate Studies, he has been a Pos-doctoral fellow in The Netherlands (University of Eindhoven, 1996-97) and in Portugal (University of Minho, 2002-03) and a Visiting Professor at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia (2008), and at the University of Minho, Portugal (2009). As an advisor of graduate studies, Dr. Rodrigues da Silva has already guided forty-two Master’s students (forty-one in Brazil and one in Portugal) and sixteen Doctorates. He has also guided thirty-six projects of scientific initiation for undergraduate students.

His major areas of interest include Planning for sustainable urban mobility, Education in urban and transportation planning, and Spatial analysis and GIS applications of emergent techniques in urban and transportation planning.  He is now particularly interested in issues of urban and transportation planning applied to developing countries, such as (1) the practical implementation of sustainable mobility strategies, (2) resilience of urban transportation systems, and (3) the challenges of universal accessibility in urban areas and its impacts on mobility and transportation systems.