Jinhua Zhao

Jinhua Zhao is the Associate Professor of City and Transportation Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prof. Zhao brings behavioral science and transportation technology together to shape travel behavior, design mobility system, and reform urban policies. He develops methods to sense, predict, nudge, and regulate travel behavior and designs multimodal mobility systems that integrate automated and shared mobility with public transport. He sees transportation as a language to describe a person, characterize a city, and understand an institution and aims to establish the behavioral foundation for transportation systems and policies. 

Prof. Zhao directs the JTL Urban Mobility Lab and Transit Lab at MIT and leads long-term research collaborations with major transportation authorities and operators worldwide, including London, Chicago, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He is the co-director of the Mobility Systems Center of the MIT Energy Initiative, and the director of the MIT Mobility Initiative. He very much enjoys working with students.  

MIT Urban Mobility Lab (mobility.mit.edu)

Theme I Behavioral Foundation of Urban Mobility

Theme II Mobility System: Design with Behavioral Perspective

Theme III Mobility Policy: Formulate, Implement and Evaluate





2004 - 2009
2001 - 2004
Master of Science in Transportation, MIT
2001 - 2004
Master of City Planning, MIT
1996 - 2001
Bachelor of Engineering in Planning, Tongji University

Academic Experience

2017 - Present
Associate Professor, MIT
2013 - 2017
Assistant Professor, MIT
2010 - 2013
Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia