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Ying Chen

Assistant Professor of Instruction


2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Civil and Environmental Engineering


Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

M.S. Computer Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Research Interests

Chen's research focuses on developing and applying advanced data science methodologies to address challenges in the transportation sector. She specializes in utilizing machine learning algorithms to discern network characteristics and enhance the efficiency of transportation systems, particularly in the context of smart and connected cities. Her industry experience as a lead data scientist further reinforces her ability to apply these innovations in real-world settings. This includes not only the optimization of existing transportation infrastructure but also the contribution to the design and implementation of novel systems that align with the demands of modern, sustainable, and technology-driven transportation ecosystems. Leveraging advanced machine learning algorithms, she is dedicated to advancing our understanding of driver behavior in the evolving transportation landscape, combining insights from both human and automated perspectives to shape the future of mobility.

Selected Publications

  • Mete, Fiorella; Corr, David J.; Wilbur, Michael P.; Chen, Ying, Bridge Response and Heavy Truck Classification Framework Based on a Two-Step Machine Learning Algorithm, SAGE Publications Ltd (2022).
  • Abkarian, Hoseb; Chen, Ying; Mahmassani, Hani S., Understanding Ridesplitting Behavior with Interpretable Machine Learning Models Using Chicago Transportation Network Company Data, SAGE Publications Ltd (2022).