Researchers are working to demonstrate how incentivizing individual travelers to adjust travel choices can minimize energy consumption in a multimodal transportation system.
The Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area is a combined statistical area consisting of the overlapping labor market region of the cities of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland.
The region includes Central Maryland, Northern Virginia, three counties in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, and one county in South Central Pennsylvania. It is the most educated, highest-income, and fourth largest combined statistical area in the United States.
Dr. Yafeng Yin joined The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in January 2017 coming to U-M from the University of Florida. Dr. Yin is a member of our Next Generation Transportation Systems and Intelligent Systems groups. Dr. Yin is an internationally recognized expert on transportation systems analysis and modeling, and has published approximately 100 refereed papers in leading academic journals. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, one of the leading academic journals in the transportation domain.
Dr. Yin received his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo 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. Dr. Yin has received recognition from different institutions.
He was one of the five recipients of the 2012 Doctoral Mentoring Award from University of Florida in recognition of his outstanding graduate student advising and mentoring. One of his papers won the 2016 Stella Dafermos Best Paper Award and the Ryuichi Kitamura Paper Award from Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He was also recently elected to serve on the prestigious International Advisory Committee of the International Symposium of Transportation and Traffic Theory (ISTTT).
Dr. Yin’s research interests include the analysis, modeling, design and optimization of transportation systems toward achieving sustainability and economic efficiency. His ongoing research involves investigating the implications of emerging technologies on mobility systems. “I closely follow the development of new technologies, such as smart mobile devices and apps, sensor technologies, electric vehicles, drones, and connected and automated vehicles,” says Dr. Yin. “I examine how they could potentially affect both the demand and supply sides of transportation systems, and then explore how to leverage these new technologies to better design, operate and manage transportation systems and improve the efficiency, reliability, safety, and diversity of the transportation services.” Beyond transportation, Dr. Yin also studies the interdependency of urban infrastructure systems, such as transportation, power and communications networks.