Xuan (Sharon) Di

Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Smart Cities Center, Data Science Institute

Columbia University

Dr. Xuan (Sharon) Di is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and
Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University in the City of New York and serves on a
committee for the Smart Cities Center in the Data Science Institute. Prior to joining Columbia,
she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan Transportation Research
Institute (UMTRI). She received her Ph.D. degree from the Department of Civil, Environmental,
and Geo-Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2014. Dr. Di received a
number of awards including NSF CAREER, the Transportation Data Analytics Contest Winner
from Transportation Research Board (TRB), the Dafermos Best Paper Award Honorable
Mention from the TRB Network Modeling Committee, Outstanding Presentation Award from
INFORMS, and the Best Paper Award and Best Graduate Student Scholarship from North-
Central Section Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). She also serves as the reviewer for a
number of journals, including IEEE ITS, Transportation Science, Transportation Research Part
B/C/D, European Journal of Operational Research, Networks and Spatial Economics, and
Dr. Di directs the DitecT (Data and innovative technology-driven Transportation) Lab @
Columbia University. Her research lies at the intersection of game theory, dynamic control, and
machine learning. She is specialized in emerging transportation systems optimization and
control, shared mobility modeling, and data-driven urban mobility analysis. Details about DitecT
Lab and Prof. Sharon Di’s research can be found in the following link: http://sharondi-