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"Interdependent decision-making is essential, although humans and policies are bounded."

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Feixiong Liao is an assistant professor (tenured) at the Urban Planning and Transportation Group of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His fields of expertise and interest include urban planning, transport studies, mobility behavior analysis, demand management, and social well-being. Feixiong’s current research is focused on the development of a large-scale model system of urban transportation planning. He is an expert on the frontier of multi-state supernetwork modeling for interdependent decision problems.

He is currently working on the following research and innovation topics:

(1) Network modeling in mobility demand and supply analyses;

(2) Accessibility measurement in urban contexts;

(3) Behavior analysis with a special focus on bounded rationality;

(4) Service innovation for addressing mobility issues;

(5) Sustainability (nexus of mobility, energy, social aspects, etc.). 

He is also interested in collaborating on a variety of topics including AI applications, climate-neutral mobility, integrated land-use transport modeling, experimental designs, microsimulations, panel data analysis, etc. Feel free to contact him if you have something exciting in mind.

He believes in doing services as a core part of the profession, although time is compressed (sacrificed) for doing research. He serves on the editorial board of a few ISI-indexed scientific journals, such as Heliyon, Sustainable Futures, Frontiers in Engineering Management, Communications in Transportation Research (ESCI), and Societal Impacts, and regularly reviews manuscripts for 70+ international scientific journals. Currently, he is the Education Coordinator of the USRE Unit (including three research groups).

Academic background

He received his doctorate degree (cum laude, less than 5% nationwide) from TU/e in Nov. 2013. During his Ph.D. study, he was the principal researcher (funded by NWO) in a large consortium to examine how accessibility in large metropolitan areas can be improved by designing land-use transport synchronization strategies. Alongside, he made notable contributions in extending the state-of-the-art of multi-state supernetwork approach.

After completing his Ph.D. study, he initiated international (Dutch-Sino) joint research (funded by NWO) and became a post-doc researcher at the same group. Through the collaboration, his post-doc research attempted to solve a vital shortcoming of the existing travel demand forecasting systems by coupling activity-based modeling and dynamic traffic assignment in the multi-state supernetworks. He also coordinated a large-scale data collection and analysis of multi-modal travel behavior in Europe and China.

He became an assistant professor at the same group in Feb. 2016 and started teaching courses "Smart Mobility Design" and "Mobility and Logistics" and supervising bachelor and master graduation projects. Since 2017, he has been co-promotor and daily supervisor of 5-7 Ph.D. students and post-docs (annually). He works on multiple research lines centered at the modeling of complex activity-travel behavior in multi-state supernetworks. 

Currently, he is the PI of an international joint research program (JPI Urban Europe, 2019-2024, funded by NWO) on the valuation and administration of accessibility to housing and transportation. He also holds a five-year education innovation fund for challenge-based learning and research in the domain of smart mobility. Being an active researcher, he acts as an ad-hoc reviewer for many leading scientific journals, peer-reviewed conferences, and funding agencies. He has held visiting scholarships at UMASS (Massachusetts), ETH (Zurich), KIT (Karlsruhe), and Beihang (Beijing). He is an inductee of the top 2% of scientists worldwide in 2023 according to Elsevier.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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