Xianfeng Terry YANG portrait
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Civil And Environmental Engin


  • Ph.D, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University

Research Summary

Dr. Yang's research focuses on traffic operations, traffic signal control and optimization, connected automated vehicles, evacuation planning and operation, traffic safety, network traffic flow modeling, transportation infrastructure management, large scale transportation simulation, and unconventional intersection/interchange design.


Dr. Yang is an Assistant Professor (Transportation Engineering) in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Utah. Dr. Yang received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. 
Dr. Yang's current research areas include machine learning for transportation modeling, traffic operations with connected automated vehicles, traffic safety, transportation equity, transportation planning, and operations research. His research is sponsored by multiple agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the US Department of Transportation (USDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). He is the recipient of the prestigious NSF CAREER award in 2021. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles in journals and conferences. He is currently the Associate Editor of ASCE Journal of Urban Planning and Development and IEEE OJ- Intelligent Transportation Systems, and the Handling Editor of TRB Transportation Research Record. He is also the Vice-Chair of INFORMS JST ITS committee and the Secretary of the ASCE Artificial Intelligence committee. He is the appointed member of two TRB standing committees. He serves as the panelist of NSF, NCHRP, and multiple USDOT University Transportation Centers.