About me

My specialty is in transportation analytics. I am interested in extracting and analyzing behavior information from transportation data. I’m currently working on projects using time series transit ridership data, GPS data and smart card data in the Metro Chicago area. 

I received my Ph.D. degree from the Department of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2017. I worked as a research assistant in  Dr. Nebiyou Tilahun‘s research team Travel Behavior & Urban Systems Research Group and the Urban Transportation Center during my Ph.D. study. I 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). My dissertation research seeks to understand the two-way interdependence between social networks and travel behavior.

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.

Research interests:
– Travel behavior and mobility
– Agent based modeling
– Spatial and temporal analysis
– Social network analysis