A Discourse on criticalities and perspectives in road texture

Filippo Praticò

Mediterranean Univ. of Reggio Calabria, Italy


Laurea Degree in Civil Engineering – Pisa University (110/110, equivalent first class degree) and PhD in Transportation Infrastructures – Palermo University.
After the industrial occupation, at the Mediterranea University, he became Associate Professor in 2002, habilitated full in 2012 call, serving as Deputy of the Master School, Deputy of the DIMET Department, Director of the Road Laboratory, member of the TRB of U.S. National Academies, chair of several international committees, involved in national and international research/industrial projects. Consultant to several companies and agencies in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Enlisted in the ‘World Ranking Top 2% Scientists’ list (Standford University, many years).


Surface texture is studied and interpreted through signal theory, fundamental, and empirical tests.
It affects many characteristics including rolling resistance, friction, noise, and hydroplaning.
These characteristics need to be predicted at the design stage because of the consequences on sustainability and safety.
In the light of the above, surface texture emerges as a pivotal set of indicators that poses at least two main issues: their predictability and their “power” to predict.