About me

My name is Moyin Li. I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. My specialty is in transportation planning. I am particularly interested in the connection between travel behavior and social networks. My dissertation seeks to understand the two-way interdependence between networks travel behavior. My advisor is Dr. Nebiyou Tilahun.

I joined UIC in 2012. Since that time, I have been working as a research assistant as part of the Travel Behavior & Urban Systems Research Group and the Urban Transportation Center. I have worked on a number of projects that analyzed the factors influencing people’s travel behavior (particularly related to transit), evaluated accessibility to jobs and other opportunities in Chicago, as well as analyzed mobility and time use decisions for the elderly and persons with disabilities. These works have been published or presented at different conferences or journals (please see publications page).

I obtained my master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where I had a dual concentration in both transportation planning and urban design. I also had a summer internship at a state transportation planning department in China during 2011. I received my Bachelor’s degree in urban planning from the Northeast Normal University, China.


Research interests:
– Travel behavior
– Mobility
– Agent based modeling
– Time use analysis
– Social network analysis
– GIS and spatial analysis
– Quantitative data analysis
– Social exclusion