Jinhua Zhao is the Edward H. and Joyce Linde Assistant Professor of City and Transportation Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Prof. Zhao aims to establish the behavioral foundation for transport policies, including
- Sensing travel behavior with new data technology and measurement instruments
- Understanding travel by incorporating behavioral economics and social psychology
- Nudging travel behavior through preference shaping and demand management
- Regulating travel by designing behavior-sensitive transport policies
He applies this framework to managing automobile ownership and usage, optimizing public transit planning and operation, promoting active transportation modes, and designing multimodal urban mobility system. Prof. Zhao has been working with London, Chicago, Boston, Vancouver, Shanghai and Singapore to help improve their urban transportation systems and policies. He sees transportation as a language, to describe a person, to characterize a city, and to understand an institution. Prof. Zhao directs the urban mobility research lab JTL and is the co-PI for the Transit Lab at MIT. He holds Master of Science, Master of City Planning and Ph.D. degrees from MIT and a Bachelor's degree from Tongji University. He very much enjoys working with students.
- Data Analytics in Urban Transportation
- Transport Policy: Fairness, Acceptance, Compliance and Leakage
- Emotional Travel: Pride, Dependence and Social Bias
- High Speed Rail, Accessibility and Agglomeration
- Managing Cars in China's Mega Cities
- 11.478 Behavior and Policy: Connections in Transportation
- 11.220 Quantitative Reasoning & Statistical Methods for Planners I
- 11.910 Planning Ideas that Matter
- 11.s950 How are Ideas Born? Transportation Research Design
- 11.s945 Urbanizing China: A Reflective Dialog
Areas of Interest
Infrastructure Systems, International Development, Transportation and Mobility, Urban Information, Technology, and Media and Analytics
Car Pride: Psychological Structure and Behavioral Implications." (Submitted). "
Capacity Constrained Accessibility of High-Speed Rail." Transportation (2015). "
Inferring Patterns in the Multi-week Activity Sequences of Public Transport Users." Transportation Research Part C (2016): 1-16. "
Trip Detection using Sparse Call Detail Record Data based on Supervised Statistical Learning." (Submitted). "
Normative and Image Motivations for Transportation Policy Compliance. Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Conference. Washington, D.C., 2016.
Measuring Explicit and Implicit Social Status Bias in Car vs. Bus Mode Choice. Transportation Research Board Annual Conference., 2016.
Hysteresis and Urban Rail: The Effects of Past Urban Rail on Current Residential and Travel Choices." European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research. 15.1 (2015). "
A Subjective Measure of Car Dependence." Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2231 (2011). "
Unified estimator for excess journey time: under heterogeneous passenger incidence behavior using smartcard data." Transportation Research Part C. 34 (2013). "
-Master of Science in Transportation, MIT
-Master of City Planning, MIT
1996 -Bachelor of Engineering in Planning, Tongji University
-Assistant Professor, MIT
-Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia