Handong Yao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Handong Yao, Ph.D.

Boyd Research and Education Center
200 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, GA 30602
United States

Cyber-physical transportation systems, traffic flow theory and modeling

Dr. Handong Yao is an Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental, Civil, Agricultural and Mechanical Engineering (ECAM) at the University of Georgia. His research is mainly focused on developing cyber-physical transportation systems with smart infrastructure technologies (e.g., advanced sensing, communication, and automation), and using machine learning methods and traffic flow theory to improve system sustainability, safety, and efficiency. His works have been published by top transportation journals, such as Transportation Research Part A, Transportation Research Part C, Transportation Research Part D, Accident Analysis & Prevention, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, and IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. Dr. Yao has also served as a guest editor (Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering), a session co-chair (the 2023 INFORMS Annual Meeting), and a reviewer in multiple peer-reviewed journals (e.g., TR part C/D/E, IEEE TITS, TRR) and conferences (e.g., TRB annual meeting).


Ph.D., Transportation Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China, 2020

Professional Appointments
  • Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, University of Georgia, 2023 – present
  • Associate Professor, Harbin Institute of Technology at Weihai, 2022 – 2023
  • Post-doc Researcher, University of South Florida, 2020 – 2022
Areas of Expertise

Cyber-physical transportation systems, traffic flow theory and modeling


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