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Xiang (Jacob) Yan

Assistant Professor Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering
Office 508 Weil Hall Work Phone: 3522947770 Website: Website Website: Google Scholar page


Xiang Yan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida. He directs the Just & Green Transportation lab. His work focuses on using data science and AI (machine learning) to make transportation more equitable and sustainable. Bridging transportation engineering, data science, and urban planning, He takes an interdisciplinary approach to transportation research that connects technological innovations with community needs. The Just & Green Transportation lab is looking for motivated students (regardless of background) who have an interest in transportation to join our friendly team! To express your interest, please email your resume/CV and a short cover letter (up to one page) to Dr. Yan.

Primary Research Area

Transportation Engineering

Research Interests

Machine learning & AI, Spatial big data, Public transit & shared mobility, Transport equity, Travel behavior


Bachelor’s Urban and Rural Planning, 2013, Nanjing University
Master’s Transportation Engineering, 2021, University of Florida
Ph.D. Urban and Regional Planning, 2019, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Best Dissertation Award, 2021, World Society for Transport and Land Use Research
Outstanding Paper Award, 2021, Travel Behaviour and Society
AICP Student Project Award, 2018, American Planning Association