Dr. Yafeng Yin is a Pro­fes­sor of Civ­il and Envi­ron­men­tal Engi­neer­ing and Pro­fes­sor of Indus­tri­al and Oper­a­tions Engi­neer­ing at Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan, Ann Arbor. His research aims to ana­lyze and enhance mul­ti­modal trans­porta­tion sys­tems towards effi­cien­cy, resilience and envi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­i­ty. Cur­rent­ly he focus­es on devel­op­ing inno­v­a­tive mobil­i­ty solu­tions and ser­vices by lever­ag­ing vehi­cle con­nec­tiv­i­ty and automa­tion. Dr. Yin has pub­lished near­ly 150 ref­er­eed papers in lead­ing aca­d­e­m­ic jour­nals. He also has exten­sive expe­ri­ence with edit­ing aca­d­e­m­ic jour­nals. He was the Edi­tor-in-Chief of Trans­porta­tion Research Part C: Emerg­ing Tech­nolo­gies between 2014 and 2020 and cur­rent­ly serves as Area Edi­tor of Trans­porta­tion Sci­ence and Asso­ciate Edi­tor of Trans­porta­tion Research Part B: Method­olog­i­cal, anoth­er two flag­ship jour­nals in the trans­porta­tion domain. He also serves on the Inter­na­tion­al Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee of the Inter­na­tion­al Sym­po­sium of Trans­porta­tion and Traf­fic The­o­ry (ISTTT) and the Steer­ing Com­mit­tee of the World Con­fer­ence on Trans­port Research Soci­ety (WCTRS).


Dr. Yin has received recog­ni­tion from dif­fer­ent insti­tu­tions, includ­ing the Mon­roe-Brown Foun­da­tion Edu­ca­tion Excel­lence Award from Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan, a Doc­tor­al Men­tor­ing Award from Uni­ver­si­ty of Flori­da, Out­stand­ing Lead­er­ship Award by the Chi­nese Over­seas Trans­porta­tion Asso­ci­a­tion (COTA), and Stel­la Dafer­mos Best Paper Award, Ryuichi Kita­mu­ra Paper Award, and Kikuchi-Kar­laftis Best Paper Award from Trans­porta­tion Research Board of the Nation­al Acad­e­mies of Sci­ences, Engi­neer­ing, and Medicine.
Dr. Yin received his Ph.D. from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Tokyo, Japan in 2002, his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Tsinghua Uni­ver­si­ty, Bei­jing, Chi­na in 1996 and 1994 respec­tive­ly. Pri­or to his cur­rent appoint­ment at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan, he was a fac­ul­ty mem­ber at Uni­ver­si­ty of Flori­da between 2005 and 2016. He worked as a post­doc­tor­al researcher and then assis­tant research engi­neer at Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley between 2002 and 2005. Between 1996 and 1999, he was a lec­tur­er at Tsinghua Uni­ver­si­ty, Bei­jing, Chi­na. 


Assistant Research Scientist

Sina received his Ph.D. in Civ­il Engi­neer­ing from Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, Cana­da in 2019. Then, he was a post­doc­tor­al fel­low at Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan, before join­ing Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­si­ty of Eind­hoven as an assis­tant pro­fes­sor. Sina rejoined LIMOS in 2023 as an assis­tant research sci­en­tist. His research focus­es on the opti­mal plan­ning and design of emerg­ing mobil­i­ty sys­tems and ser­vices in smart cities with elec­tric and auto­mat­ed vehicles.


Dr Tian Mi received her Bachelor’s degree and PhD degree from South­east Uni­ver­si­ty, Chi­na in 2012 and 2019, respec­tive­ly. She was a vis­it­ing stu­dent at the Budapest Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­nol­o­gy and Eco­nom­ics, Hun­gary dur­ing her PhD stud­ies. She was a post­doc­tor­al researcher at the Depart­ment of Civ­il and Envi­ron­men­tal Engi­neer­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan, Ann Arbor between 2019 and 2023. She is cur­rent­ly a lec­tur­er at the Depart­ment of Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan, Ann Arbor, teach­ing cours­es relat­ed to dynam­ics and con­trol. Her research inter­ests include vehi­cle dynam­ics and trans­porta­tion systems.


Manzi Li

Manzi received her Ph.D. in Civ­il Engi­neer­ing from The Hong Kong Uni­ver­si­ty of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy in 2023. Her research inter­ests include net­work reli­a­bil­i­ty analy­sis, on-demand mobil­i­ty ser­vice design, and trans­porta­tion electrification.

PhD Students

Tianming Liu

Tian­ming received his bachelor’s degree in Automa­tion from Tsinghua Uni­ver­si­ty, Chi­na in 2020. His research inter­ests include net­work mod­el­ing, smart cities and opti­miza­tion of emerg­ing trans­porta­tion technologies.

Zhichen received her bachelor’s degree in Trans­porta­tion Engi­neer­ing from South­east Uni­ver­si­ty, Chi­na in 2020. Her research inter­ests include net­work mod­el­ing and traf­fic big data analysis.

Minghui received his bach­e­lor’ s degree in Civ­il Engi­neer­ing and minor in Com­put­er Sci­ence from Tsinghua Uni­ver­si­ty, Chi­na in 2021. His research inter­ests include dis­trib­uted traf­fic con­trol, sto­chas­tic games, and day-to-day dynam­i­cal trans­porta­tion systems.

Richard Lee

Richard received his bach­e­lor’s degree in Civ­il Engi­neer­ing from UT Austin in spring 2022 and joined LIMOS the fol­low­ing fall. His research inter­ests include emerg­ing traf­fic con­trol sys­tems and net­work modeling.

Ben received his bach­e­lor’s degree in Civ­il Engi­neer­ing from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Min­neso­ta Twin Cities in spring 2023. He then joined LIMOS as a PhD stu­dent the fol­low­ing Fall.

Xi Lin

Xi joined LIMOS in Win­ter 2024. Pri­or to com­ing to Michi­gan, he earned a Mas­ter’s degree in Engi­neer­ing Man­age­ment from Tsinghua Uni­ver­si­ty in 2023. Dur­ing his time at Tsinghua, he worked as a Research Asso­ciate, where his research encom­passed a broad range of sub­jects includ­ing con­nect­ed and auto­mat­ed vehi­cle con­trol, future mobil­i­ty sys­tem design, trans­porta­tion man­age­ment, and mar­itime trans­porta­tion ana­lyt­ics. Xi’s cur­rent research inter­ests lie at the inter­sec­tion of advanced traf­fic con­trol and intel­li­gent sys­tem operations.

Visiting Students

Zhuoye is a fourth-year Ph.D. stu­dent at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hong Kong cur­rent­ly, and he received his Mas­ter’s degree in Trans­porta­tion Engi­neer­ing from Shang­hai Jiao Tong Uni­ver­si­ty in 2019. His research inter­ests include shared mobil­i­ty, on-demand mobil­i­ty ser­vice and net­work modeling.

Former Students, Postdocs and Scholars