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Xianbiao (XB) Hu

Assistant Professor


  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Larson Transportation Institute

221B Sackett Building


Research Website

Research Areas:

Transportation Engineering

Interest Areas:

Smart Mobility Systems: Connected and Automated Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Mobility Behavior Management; Transportation Big Data Analytics; Traffic Flow and System Modeling




  • BS, Transportation Engineering, Tongji University, 2006
  • MS, Transportation Engineering, Tongji University, 2009
  • PhD, Transportation Engineering, University of Arizona, 2013


Journal Articles

  • Qing Tang, Xianbiao Hu, Jiawei Lu and Xuesong Zhou, 2021, "Analytical characterization of multi-state effective discharge rates for bus-only lane conversion scheduling problem", Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 148, pp. 106-131
  • Qing Tang, Yanqiu Cheng, Xianbiao Hu, Chenxi Chen, Yang Song and Ruwen Qin, 2021, "Evaluation Methodology of Leader-Follower Autonomous Vehicle System for Work Zone Maintenance", Transportation Research Record, 2675, (5), pp. 107-119
  • Yang Li, Dasen Yang and Xianbiao Hu, 2020, "A differential privacy-based privacy-preserving data publishing algorithm for transit smart card data", Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 115, pp. 102634
  • Hongsheng Qi, Rumeng Dai, Qing Tang and Xianbiao Hu, 2020, "Quasi-real time estimation of turning movement spillover events based on partial connected vehicle data", Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 120, pp. 102824
  • Xinlian Yu, Song Gao, Xianbiao Hu and Hyoshin Park, 2019, "A Markov decision process approach to vacant taxi routing with e-hailing", Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 121, pp. 114--134
  • Xianbiao Hu, Yifei Yuan, Xiaoyu Zhu, Hong Yang and Kun Xie, 2019, "Behavioral responses to pre-planned road capacity reduction based on smartphone GPS trajectory data: A functional data analysis approach", Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, 23, (2), pp. 133--143
  • Hongsheng Qi and Xianbiao Hu, 2018, "Bayesian inference of channelized section spillover via Markov Chain Monte Carlo sampling", Transportation research part C: emerging technologies, 97, pp. 478--498
  • Yu-Luen Ma, Xiaoyu Zhu, Xianbiao Hu and Yi-Chang Chiu, 2018, "The use of context-sensitive insurance telematics data in auto insurance rate making", Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 113, pp. 243--258
  • Xianbiao Hu, Yi-Chang Chiu, Jorge A Villalobos and Eric Nava, 2017, "A Sequential Decomposition Framework and Method for Calibrating Dynamic Origin-Destination Demand in a Congested Network", IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 18, (10), pp. 2790--2797
  • Xianbiao Hu, Yi-Chang Chiu and Lei Zhu, 2015, "Behavior Insights for an Incentive-Based Active Demand Management Platform", International Journal of Transportation Science and Technology, 4, (2), pp. 119--133

Conference Proceedings


Research Projects

  •  2019 -  2023, "National Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability and Life Extension (NCTriDurLE) – a National University Transportation Center," (Sponsor: USDOT (Subcontract to Washington State University)).
  •  2020 -  2022, "Analyzing the Impact of Autonomous Maintenance Technology to Transportation Infrastructure Capacity for Condition Monitoring and Performance Management," (Sponsor: US Department of Transportation through National Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability and Life Extension (NCTriDurLE)).
  •  2020 -  2022, "Electrifying Terminal Trucks in Unincentivized Markets," (Sponsor: Department of Energy).
  •  2019 -  2022, "Electric Vehicle Charging Station (EVST) Innovation: Streetlight Charging in City Right-of-Way," (Sponsor: Department of Energy).
  •  2020 -  2022, "Development of ATMA/AIPV Deployment Guidelines Considering Traffic and Safety Impacts," (Sponsor: Colorado Department of Transportation).
  •  2021 -  2022, "Systematic Documentation for Autonomous Maintenance Technology Promotion and Deployment," (Sponsor: Colorado Department of Transportation).
  •  2020 -  2021, "Inspecting and Preserving Infrastructure through Robotic Exploration (INSPIRE) – a Tier-1 University Transportation Center," (Sponsor: USDOT).
  •  2018 -  2021, "GAANN: Preparing Interdisciplinary Professionals for Rebuilding/Engineering Resilient Infrastructure of the Nation," (Sponsor: Department of Education).
  •  2018 -  2018, "Evaluation of Route 160 Widening Project: A Before-and-After Study with Driving Simulator," (Sponsor: Crawford, Murphy & Tilly).

Honors and Awards

  • Excellent Associate Editor, International Journal of Transportation Science and Technology, 2021
  • Joseph H. Senne Jr. Academy of Civil Engineers Faculty Scholarly Achievement Award, Missouri S&T, 2020
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Missouri S&T, 2020
  • Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Fellowship, ASCE, 2019
  • Excellent Paper Award, 2018 World Transport Convention, 2018


Service to Penn State:

Service to External Organizations:

  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Coordinator, Committee Research Coordinator, TRB Committees of Maintenance and Preservation, 2021



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