xidong (alan) pi

My name is Xidong Pi, and you can also call me Alan. I am a PhD student in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. My research interests lie in the optimization and control of infrastructure systems, especially transportation systems. I also have ample research and project experience in data mining/machine learning of mobility data.

I received my Master’s degree in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Spring 2015. And I received my Bachelor’s degrees in School of Environment (SOE) and School of Economics and Management (SEM) at Tsinghua University in 2010.

my interests

  • Control theory, stochastic control, dynamic programming, approximate dynamic programming.
  • Convex and non-convex optimization.
  • Deep learning, Reinforcement learning.

my projects

  • Mobility Data Analytics Platform website development. Responsible for Transit and Travel Time functions, and database management.
  • Understanding Passenger’s Perception on Bus Fullness: Empirical Study of Bus Automatic Passenger Counters (APC) data and Tiramisu Fullness Rating data

My publications

  • Xidong Pi, Mark Egge, Jackson Whitmore, Amy Silbermann, Zhen (Sean) Qian (2017) Understanding Transit System Performance Using AVL-APC Data: an Analytics Platform with Case Studies for the Pittsburgh Region. Submitted to Journal of Public Transportation.
  • Xidong Pi, Zhen (Sean) Qian (2017) A stochastic optimal control approach for real-time traffic routing considering demand uncertainties and travelers’ choice heterogeneity. Transportation Research Part B[URL]

my presentations

  • Xidong Pi, Sean Qian. Real-Time System-Optimal Traffic Routing Under Demand Uncertainties. Presentation in Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting 2017.
  • Xidong Pi, Mark Egge, Jackson Whitmore, Amy Silbermann, Qian Zhen. Understanding Transit System Performance Using AVL-APC Data: an Analytics Platform with Case Studies for the Pittsburgh Region. Presentation in Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting 2017.

contact info

Xidong (Alan) Pi
Hamburg Hall 3047
Carnegie Mellon University
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