Hao Xu

Assistant Professor
Hao Xu

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 2011
  • M.S., Texas Tech University, 2009
  • M.E., University of Science and Technology of China, 2007
  • B.E., University of Science and Technology of China, 2004


Dr. Hao Xu received his PhD in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University. He joined the faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering as an Assistant Professor in July 2013. Prior to coming to Reno, he was a research associate in the TransTech Lab of Texas Tech University.

Dr. Xu's main areas of research include intelligent transportation systems, traffic operation and control, evacuation transportation planning and management, and development of applications for transportation engineering. In addition to research and projects, he also teaches graduate and undergraduate courses of Highway Geometric Design, Traffic Engineering and Intelligent Transportation Systems. He is an active member of several professional societies such as the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).

Research interests

  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Traffic operation and control
  • Transportation data analysis and dissemination
  • Mathematical modeling of traffic and transportation systems

Relevant past experience

  • Application of GIS and GPS technology to transportation information systems
  • Development of web-based bus travel information system delivering real-time bus arrival time information
  • Development of tools for traffic signal evaluation and improvement on portable devices
  • Route optimization and traffic management during evacuation
  • Development of analytical models to assess the level of service of diamond interchanges
  • Development of advanced signal timing strategies for diamond interchanges
  • Development of sophisticated car-following models
  • Three years of hands-on traffic engineering experience at the City of Lubbock's Traffic Engineering Office