Dr. Cara Wang received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in civil engineering from Tsinghua University and her Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses primarily on data analytics in transportation system, travel and shopping behavior investigation, as well as the spatial interdependence between land use, passenger and freight transport, energy, and the environment systems. She has numerous articles published in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. She was awarded the Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science, Pikarsky Prize for the Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation, and the Franz Edelman Award by INFORMS. Dr. Wang was previously the president of the Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA) and a member of the TRB Committees ABJ70 (Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Applications) and AT015 (Freight Transportation Planning and Logistics). Dr. Wang has served as the Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) of research projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), the National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the U.S. State Department of Transportation (USDOT), and the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE), among others.
Transportation data acquisition and analysis, Spatial statistics and econometrics, Emerging technologies in transportation system, Decision behavior modeling, Transportation safety, Freight transportation