Hanyong Xu


Hello! I am a doctoral student at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at MIT and a member of the JTL Urban Mobility Lab (JTL), advised by Professor Jinhua Zhao. I seek to leverage the power of data science, algorithms, visualization, and web development to lead to better mobility development, urban planning, public policy making, and business growth. My current research focuses on uncovering, understanding, and rectifying algorithmic fairness concerns inherent in urban mobility systems.

Prior to joining DUSP, I accumulated three years of professional experience as both a data analyst and a GIS specialist at Meituan and CityDNA Technology. During this period, I adeptly orchestrated data analyses, developed algorithms, and crafted web-based solutions, all of which catered to the needs of decision-makers operating within the spheres of urban planning and e-commerce. I hold a Master of Urban Spatial Analytics from the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design and an Honors Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Architectural Design and Economics from the University of Toronto.


Apr 22, 2024 Hanyong has been selected as the Design & Technology Fellow at FASPE. She will embark on a journey to Germany and Poland in May and June to study ethical considerations in the context of the Holocaust. See report here.

selected publications

  1. Fairness-Enhancing Vehicle Rebalancing in the Ride-hailing System (working paper)
    Xiaotong Guo, Hanyong Xu, Dingyi Zhuang, Yunhan Zheng, and Jinhua Zhao
    Dec 2023
    arXiv:2401.00093 [cs]
  2. Large Language Models for Travel Behavior Prediction (working paper)
    Baichuan Mo, Hanyong Xu, Dingyi Zhuang, Ruoyun Ma, Xiaotong Guo, and Jinhua Zhao
    Nov 2023
    arXiv:2312.00819 [cs]