Jingqin (Jannie) Gao completed her Ph.D. in Transportation Planning and Engineering at NYU Tandon, where she works with C2SMART Director Kaan Ozbay. She studied Science and Technology of Optical Information and received her B.S. from Tongji University in China and her M.S in Transportation Planning and Engineering from New York University. Her research interests lie in offline and real-time simulation modeling, big data and machine learning approach for transportation, and transportation economics. She also worked for the New York City Department of Transportation on modeling and data analysis to support the agency’s internal planning, technical review processes and coordinated with external agencies on regional projects since 2012. Jingqin is the former president of NYU’s joint Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS) Student Chapter during 2018-2019, through which she organized various company visits, tech talks, women in transportation events and the 2019 ITE Northeastern District Traffic Bowl.
Jingqin’s dissertation, titled Leveraging Big Data To Detect, Quantify, And Evaluate The Impacts Of Short-Term Traffic Disruptions In A Connected Urban Transportation System, investigated a very visible issue in city driving – double parking. She published several journal papers on the topic, along with multiple papers on life cycle cost analysis. At C2SMART, Jingqin works with researchers at Rutgers University on the Research on Concrete Applications for Sustainable Transportation (RE-CAST) project. Some of the key projects she has been involved in include Manhattan Traffic Model, Off-Hour Deliveries, I-495 Managed Use Lane, Taxi GPS analysis, and Regional traffic impact study for Newark Bay-Hudson County Extension bridge deck reconstruction. Jingqin plays a leadership role both within her research group and for the larger NYU Tandon community, serving as the president of the student chapters of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Intelligent Transportation Society.