Resilience and Sustainability

Resilience and Sustainability

Group Leader: Dr. Lili Du 

Dr. Lili Du is an associate professor in the Department of Civil & 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.


The mission of the UFTI’s resilience and sustainability research group is to promote multidisciplinary collaboration and explore cross-cutting research while integrating efforts and resources for educating the next generation of leaders and professionals.  


UFTI’s resilience and sustainability research group brings together researchers with diverse expertise from transportation, coastal, environmental, electrical and mechanical engineering, geography, urban planning, construction management, and computer science. The collective energy and efforts of this research group seek to develop innovative and applicable studies along two tracks: (i) Resilience to both natural disasters and extreme events, in which we focus on developing technologies and analysis to strengthen and support adaptive, robust, and resilient responses for rapid recovery. These include recoveries from various natural disasters – such as hurricanes, tornado, flood, sea-level rise, severe weather, hazards, and other extreme events – pandemics, electronic attacks, and other disruptions of transportation-related systems. (ii) Sustainability, in which we consider topics such as electric vehicles, renewable energy, vehicle emissions, life-cycle costs, e-waste, system design and other related topics. These topics allow us to consider how to balance the needs of the transportation system while also addressing or mitigating concerns related to ecological preservation, economic vitality, and social justice.

The posted projects demonstrate our on-going strength in these topics.


Project TitlePIFunding Source
Smart Vehicle Platooning Built upon Real-Time Learning and Distributed OptimizationDr. Lili DuNational Science Foundation
Sustainable Urban Freight Mobility through Optimization of Logistics Facility LocationsDr. Lili DuFreight Mobility Research Institute
Discovering Crises within Crises – Real-Time Detection, Tracking and Visualization of Emergent Crises in HurricanesDr. Yan WangNational Science Foundation
Examining Digital Vulnerability to Flooding Among Subsidized Housing Residents in FloridaDr. Yan WangNatural Hazards Center-Mitigation Matters Research Program
RAPID: Dynamic Interactions between Human and Information in Complex Online Environments Responding to SARS-COV-2Dr. Yan WangNational Science Foundation
Towards Responsive & Resilient Cities: BETerms for Crowdsourcing Perceived Built EnvironmentDr. Yan WangUF College of Design, Construction and Planning Research Initiative SEED Grant
A framework for modeling flow over flexible submerged aquatic vegetationDr. Xiao YuNational Science Foundation
Modeling Evacuation Behavior in the 2019 Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, CaliforniaDr. Xilei ZhaoNatural Hazards Center
Community-driven evacuation planning and schedulingDr. Xilei ZhaoFlorida Sea Grant
Global Fellow Program Seed GrantDr. Yan WangUniversity of Florida International Center


Photo of Prabir Barooah Prabir Barooah Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (352) 294-0411
Photo of Sara Behdad Sara Behdad Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences (352) 294-7547
Photo of Swarup Bhunia Swarup Bhunia Professor and Steven Yatauro Faculty Fellow Director, Warren B. Nelms Institute for The Connected Worldc (352) 392-5989
Photo of Lili Du Lili Du Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering (352) 294-7805
Photo of Dr. Yuguang “Michael” Fang Dr. Yuguang “Michael” Fang Distinguished Professor Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Florida
Photo of Crystal Goodison Crystal Goodison Associate Director and Associate Scholar, GeoPlan Center Urban and Regional Planning (352) 392-2351
Photo of Yujie Hu Yujie Hu Assistant Professor, Geography Department (352) 294-7514
Photo of Rui Liu Rui Liu Assistant Professor, M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management (352) 273-1168
Photo of Prabhat Mishra Prabhat Mishra Professor, Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering; Director, Embedded Systems Lab 352-294-6658
Photo of Zhong-Ren Peng Zhong-Ren Peng Professor/Director International Center for Adaptation Planning and Design (iAdapt), Department of Urban and Regional Planning 352-294-1491
Photo of Ruth Steiner Ruth Steiner Professor and Director, Center for Health and the Built Environment Urban and Regional Planning (352) 294-1492
Photo of Shuo Wang Shuo Wang Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 352-392-4961
Photo of Yan Wang Yan Wang Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience (FIBER) (352)294-3376
Photo of Xiao Yu Xiao Yu Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering 352-294-7754
Photo of Xilei Zhao Xilei Zhao Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering 3522947159

Research Labs

International Center for Adaption Planning and Design (iAdapt)

In the continued development of climate change, the impacts of sea level rise (SLR) on coastal life are increasing. Many communities, both urban and rural, are suffering from the effects of sunny day flooding, salinity increase, drainage issues, higher risks from storms and surge, and many other challenges. The majority of the global population, including the Unites States, is placed at risk by SLR.  To increase and support the adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities against sea level rise, the Department of Urban & Regional Planning in the College of Design, Planning and Construction at the University of Florida, decided to establish the International Center for Adaptation Planning and Design following a proposal by Dr. Zhong-Ren Peng.

Connected and Autonomous Transportation Systems Innovation research group

This research group is led by Dr. Lili Du, Associate Professor at the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida. It is dedicated to investigating innovative ideas and solutions for the research problems related to Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Technologies, Network Modeling and Algorithm Design, Data Analysis and Fusion for Traffic Flow Control and Operations. If you are interested in (1) working with, (2) sponsoring, or (3) learning more information about the research group, please feel free to contact us.

Smart, Equitable, Resilient Mobility Systems (SERMOS) Lab

The SERMOS Lab is led by Dr. Xilei Zhao, Assistant Professor in Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida. Dr. Zhao and her team invent and apply computational and data science methods to create smart, equitable, resilient mobility systems. Her interdisciplinary team is made up of transportation engineers, urban planners, computer scientists, and industrial and operations engineers. Areas of expertise include big data analytics and travel behavior modeling for emerging travel modes (e.g., ridesourcing and micromobility); modeling and planning evacuation; and quantifying resilience for critical infrastructure systems, societal systems, and communities