The UF Transportation Institute welcomes our newest faculty member, Lili Du. Dr. Du is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering. Before joining UF, she worked as an assistant and then an associate professor at Illinois Institute of Technology from 2012-2017. She also worked as a Post-doctoral Research Associate for NEXTRANS, the USDOT Region V Regional University Transportation Center at Purdue University from 2008 to 2012.
Dr. Du received her Ph.D. degree in Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems with a minor in Operations Research and Statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2008. Dr. Du received her MS degree in Industrial Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2003 and her BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 1998. Du’s research is characterized by applying operations research, network modeling, and statistical methods into transportation system analysis and network modeling. Her current research covers several interdisciplinary research areas in Transportation Engineering, such as Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Systems, Interdependent Infrastructure Network Modeling, Sustainable Multimodal Transportation Systems, Optimization, and Data Fusion Applications in Traffic Flow Analysis. Dr. Du’s studies have been published in several major transportation journals, including Transportation Research Part B, Part C, IEEE Transactions on ITS, Networks and Spatial Economics, etc. Her research has been well funded by National Science Foundation, Illinois Department of Transpiration, and University Transportation Research Center. Dr. Du is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award in 2016. Her recent project “Driverless City” won the First Nayar Prize at IIT in 2015. Dr. Du currently serves on the editorial advisory board of Transportation Research Part B. She is a member of INFORMS and the Transportation Research Board Committee on Transportation Network Modeling (ADB30), for which she also serves on the committee’s editorial board.