mac news

  • Oct 13th 2017Prof. R. Jayakrishnan visited CMU and gave a talk on “User-driven Service Order Adjustments for Efficiency in Collaborative Consumption of Transportation Supply”.
  • Sep 2017: Weiran Yao joined MAC as a new Ph.D student in CEE, starting from fall 2017.
  • Jun 2017Matthew Battifarano joined MAC as a new Ph.D student in CEE, starting from fall 2017.
  • Apr 15th 2017: At the CEE AIS seminar, Dr. Yafeng Yin delivered a talk: “Modeling and analysis of dynamic pricing of ride-souring services”.
  • Jan 27th 2017: At the CEE AIS seminar, Dr. Mark Magalotti delivered a talk: “Freeway Ramp Management, Developing Planning Criteria and Performance Measures”.
  • Jan 8th 2017: MAC members attended TRB 96th Annual Meeting. Eight papers were presented.
  • Dec 2016: MAC welcomes two new undergrad interns: Zach Sussman and Juncheng Zhan, both from the School of Computer Science.
  • Dec 18th 2016: FHWA project: Travel time reliability data guideline started.
  • Jan 2016: College of Engineering Feature Stories of 2015: Predicting human behavior to improve transportation systems. 
  • Nov 20th 2015Dr. Yanfeng Ouyang visited Heinz college and Mobility data Analytics Center. He delivered a talk on enhancing service facility reliability in the face of likely disruptions.
  • Nov 12th 2015: Sean attended the 2015 Traffic21/T-SET UTC Symposium, and showcased the progress of Mobility data Analytics Center along with Xidong and Shuguan.
  • Oct 2015: MAC is working with the City of Pittsburgh on monitoring, predicting and managing traffic impacted by the Greenfield Bridge closure.
  • Oct 1st 2015Philadelphia network analysis project started.
  • Sep 16th 2015NSF parking project started.



Data-driven large-scale network simulation and optimization

Intelligent Transportation Systems

Developing ITS through cutting-edge technologies

Multi-Modal Transportation System

Integrate multi-modal datasets to support holistic decision making of multi-modal transportation systems

Infrastructure Systems Interdependency

Understand inter-relations among various infrastructure systems


Design transportation infrastructure and operational schemes

Transportation Economics

Use economics instruments to incentivize travelers’ choices towards system optimum


MAC trains the next generation of civil engineers and decision makers. We work with undergraduate and graduate students, and collaborate with Carnegie Museum of Natural History on various STEM events and educational tool development for K-12 students.

  • Team: Ngani Ndimbie, Xu Han, Zhi Wang, Shuaijun Ye, Chen Wei, Fei Wang
  • Advisor: Sean Qian
  • Final report [.PDF]
  • Team: Manikandan Palani, Nisha Rao, Sahil Aggarwal, Yifei Jiang, Yun Fu
  • Advisor: Sean Qian
  • Final report [.PDF]
Broader impact projects

Carnegie Museum of Natural History educators are designing simple models and games to illustrate the science and impact of Dr. Qian’s research on sensing driven parking. Museum educators developed a hands-on activity called Jurassic Parking which uses model money and colored spheres to represent carbon emissions. Players work through scenarios to show how data influences their choices. User testing to refine the model took place in the museum. Visitors provide feedback on what elements they enjoy and what they would change.


Over the last decade, new technologies and innovations in transportation systems have produced massive amounts of data, which has enabled us to better monitor, evaluate and manage our transportation systems. The rich data from various sources provides an unprecedented opportunity for the transportation industry to understand travel behavior and to propose efficient management strategies. However, those data sources are usually established by disparate public agencies and private companies. They rarely communicate with each other and as a result, data is only used and analyzed for a particular piece of the transportation system, such as an intersection, a stretch of freeway or bus operated by the same agency. With disparate data sources, each part of the system is individually operated and clearly, the entire transportation system is far from being socially optimal.

The Mobility Data Analytics Center (MAC) aims to collect, integrate and learn from the massive amounts of mobility data and contribute to the development of smarter multi-modal multi-jurisdictional transportations systems. The ultimate objective of MAC is to:

  • Provide archived and real-time traffic data of every element of multi-modal transportation systems;
  • Reveal the behavior information for both passenger transportation and freight transportation;
  • Serve as a key instrument for managing transportation systems.
  • Target a range of users including legislators, transportation planners, engineers, researchers, travelers and private companies.

MAC is developing a centralized data engine supported by a web application to manage and analyze massive data. The data engine essentially sets protocols for data exchange from various sources and is necessary to accommodate the needs of data fusion and analytics. The engine offers organization, visualization, and analytics of a wide array of mobility data, roadway, incidents, parking, public transit, weather, electric vehicles, mobile, etc. Furthermore, the engine can translate the data into useful information for people who need it: legislators, transportation planners, engineers, researchers, travelers, and companies. Unlike the traditional single computer stand-alone software or tools for data preparation and decision making, the data engine is accessed by users through web-based data sharing and browser-based human-computer interaction. The web application visualizing data and recommending decisions serves the front end of the data engine. We are now working with various deployment partners to conduct research on mobility data analytics, and to develop decision-making tools for facilitating transportation system management. We also work with private sector to develop travel-related products or service that ultimately improves travelers’ experience.


Current members

Prof. Sean Qian


Dr. Bin Gui



Dr. Qiling Zou



Dr. Tao Tao



Matt Battifarano

PhD Candidate

Weiran Yao

PhD Candidate

Pengji Zhang

PhD Candidate

Arnav Choudhry

PhD Candidate

Pablo Guarda

PhD Student

Daryn Lee

PhD Student

Zemian Ke

PhD Student

Jiachao Liu

PhD Student

Kevin Freymiller

PhD Student

Haocheng Duan

PhD Student


Dr. Yiming Gu

Autonomy Engineer

Uber ATG

Zhangning Hu

Software Engineer


Dr. Xidong Pi


Research Scientist

Uber ATG

Dr. Pinchao Zhang

Data Scientist

Chase Bank

Dr. Shuguan Yang

Research Scientist


Dr. Wei Ma

Assistant Professor

Hong Kong Polytechnic

University (PolyU)

Leo Huang

Software Engineer


Dr. Rick Grahn

Research Scientist



Contact us

Director: Sean Qian

Hamburg Hall 3044, Carnegie Mellon University
4800 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213

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