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Lili Du, Ph.D.

Lili Du
Assistant Professor of Transportation Engineering


3201 South Dearborn Street, AM 204







Post-doctoral Research Associate, NEXTRANS, Purdue University, 2012
Ph.D., Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2008
M.S., Operations Research and Statistics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2007
M.S., Industrial Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2003
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, 1998


Transportation Systems Analysis, Operations Research and Statistics, Network Modeling and Algorithm Design, Data Analysis and Data Fusion.


  1. Transportation systems analysis
  2. Real-time traffic sensing
  3. Sensor location problem
  4. Infrastructure network design under disasters
  5. Sustainable multimodal transportation system design
  6. Connected vehicle systems
  7. Intelligent Transportation Systems

Description of Research

  1. Information propagation in vehicle-to-vehicle communication networks
  2. Energy consumption issues in multimodal transportation networks
  3. Advance sensor location in dilemma zone protection systems
  4. Transportation network retrofit incorporating the uncertainty of disasters
  5. Stochastic online routing
  6. Real-time link traffic prediction

Current Research Projects

  1. 08/01/2014 - 07/31/2017. “Collaborative Research: Coordinated Real-Time Traffic Management Based on Dynamic Information Propagation and Aggregation under Connected Vehicle Systems”. NSF award 1436786 in the amount of $240,000. Lili Du (PI) and Xiang-Yang Li (Co-PI).
  2. 05/01/2012 - 01/31/2014. “Signal Timing Optimization for Large-Scale Urban Networks under Dynamic Traffic”. U.S. DOT Region 5 University Transportation Center in amount of $100,000. Lili Du (Co-PI) and Zongzhi Li (PI).

Professional Society Memberships 

Active member of Transportation Research Board Transportation Network Modeling Committee (ADB30)

Active member of Transportation Research Board Technology Transfer Committee (ABG30).

Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Business Analytics.


  1. Lili Du and Hoang Dao (2014). Information Propagation Delay in a Connected Vehicle Network on a Road Segment. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems (Accepted).
  2. Lili Du, Lanshan Han, and Xiangyang Li (2014). Distributed Coordinated In-Vehicle Online Routing under Mixed Strategy Congestion Game. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological 67, 1-17.
  3. Lili Du and Srinivas Peeta (2013). A Stochastic Optimization Model to Reduce Expected Post-Disaster Response Time Through Pre-Disaster Investment Decisions. Networks and Spatial Economics 14 (2), 271-295.
  4. Lili Du, Srinivas Peeta and Yong Hoon Kim (2013). Online Stochastic Routing Incorporating Real-Time Traffic Information. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2334, 95-104.
  5. Lili Du, Anuj Sharma, and Srinivas Peeta (2012). Optimal Advance Detector Location for Green Termination Systems on High Speed Isolated Intersections. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological 46(10), 1404-1418.
  6. Yin Hang, Lili Du, Qu Min, and Srinivas Peeta (2013). Designing Solar Cooling Systems Using Optimization and Central Composite Design Techniques. Renewable Energy 52(4), 67-78.
  7. Lili Du, Srinivas Peeta, and Yong Hoon Kim (2012). Adaptive Information Fusion Models to Estimate the Short-Term Travel Time Distribution. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological 46(1), 235-252.
  8. Lanshan Han and Lili Du (2012). On a Link-Based Day-to-Day Traffic Assignment Model. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological 46(1), 72-84.
  9. Lili Du and Satish Ukkusuri (2010). The Relative Mobility of Vehicles Improves the Performance of Information Flow in Vehicle Ad Hoc Networks. Networks and Spatial Economics 10, 209-240.
  10. Lili Du, Satish Ukkusuri, Wilfredo F. Yushimito Del Valle, and Shivkumar Kalyanaraman (2009). Optimization Models to Characterize the Broadcast Capacity of Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies 17(6), 571-585.
  11. Satish Ukkusuri and Lili Du (2008). Geometric Connectivity of Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks: Analytical Characterization. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies 16(5), 615-634.
  12. Zhenggang Dan, Linning Cai, Lili Du, and Li Zheng (2006). Load Balancing of the Vehicle Routing Problem. Journal of Tsinghua University (Science and Technology) 46(11), 1945-1948.
  13. Sunderesh Heragu, Lili Du, Ronald Mantel, and Peter Schuur (2005). A Mathematical Model for Warehouse Design and Product Allocation. International Journal of Production Research 43(2), 327-338.