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Dr. Xinwu Qian

Assistant Professor


  • 3011 Cyber Hall
  • phone (205) 348-1613
  • Email


  • B.S., Transportation Engineering, Tongji University, 2012
  • M.S.E, Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 2014
  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 2018

Dr. Xinwu Qian is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alabama. Dr. Qian focuses on interdisciplinary research topics covering transportation engineering, operation research, and computer science. His research spans methodological and applied pursuits, with a primary objective of fostering efficient and equitable transportation systems that offer enduring community benefits. His current areas of specialization encompass transportation electrification, public transportation, and shared mobility, emphasizing the coupling between transportation infrastructure systems and the transportation network and mobility dynamics, and their compound impacts on the broader human systems and the community. His research is primarily funded by USDOT, NSF, and USDOE. He is an Early-Career editorial advisory board member of Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, as well as an editorial board member for the journal Data Science for Transportation. He received his B.S. from Tongji University in 2012 and obtained his M.S.E. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in 2014 and 2018, respectively.

Affiliated Areas
Center for Sustainable Infrastructure, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Selected Publications

  • Qian, Xinwu, et al. “Impact of transportation network companies on urban congestion: Evidence from large-scale trajectory data.” Sustainable Cities and Society 55 (2020): 102053.
  • Lei, Zengxiang, Xinwu Qian, and Satish V. Ukkusuri. “Efficient proactive vehicle relocation for on-demand mobility service with recurrent neural networks.” Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies 117 (2020): 102678.
  • Qian, Xinwu, et al. “Optimal assignment and incentive design in the taxi group ride problem.” Transportation Research Part B: Methodological 103 (2017): 208-226.
  • Qian, Xinwu, and Satish V. Ukkusuri. “Taxi market equilibrium with third-party hailing service.” Transportation Research Part B: Methodological 100 (2017): 43-63.
  • Qian, Xinwu, and Satish V. Ukkusuri. “Time-of-day pricing in taxi markets.” IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems 18.6 (2017): 1610-1622.

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding reviewer for Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 2018
  • PGSG Travel Grant Award, Purdue University, 2018
  • Finalist, Chorafas Foundation Award, Purdue University, 2018
  • Nomination of Schmidt Science fellows, Purdue University. 2017
  • Pai-Tao-Yeh fellowship, Purdue University, 2016

Dr. Qian's Impact

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