Tao Tao is a Ph.D. candidate in Urban and Regional Planning in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. His current research involves in the nonlinear interaction between built environment and travel behavior, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and the impact of transit on travel demand. He applies novel research methods, such as machine learning, in his work to explore the potential non-linear relationship between land use and travel behavior. He has published papers in Journal of Planning Education and Research, Transportation Research Part D, and Journal of Transport and Geography.

Tao has been the instructor for the courses Urban Transportation Planning and Policy (PA5234) and Data Management and Visualization with R (PA 5928) at the University of Minnesota. He has also served as a reviewer for several journals including Urban Studies, Transportation Research Part D, and Transportation. He is currently a student member in Association of Collegiate School of Planning and International Association of Chinese Planning (IACP). He serves the Board of Directors of IACP (2021-2023).

Tao received an M.E. in Transportation Planning and Management and a B.E. in Traffic and Transportation from Southeast University in Nanjing, China. After graduation, Tao looks forward to a position in academia where he can continue his research and teaching.

Selected Journal Articles

Tao, T., Cao, J., Wu, X., 2021. The Road Less Traveled: Does Rail Transit Matter? Journal of Planning Education and Research. [Link]

Tao, T., Wu, X., Cao, J., Fan, Y., Das, K., Ramaswami, A., 2020. Exploring the non-linear relationship between the built environment and active travel in the Twin Cities. Journal of Planning Education and Research. [Link]

Tao, T., Wang, J., Cao, X., 2020. Exploring the non-linear associations between spatial attributes and walking distance to transit. Journal of Transport Geography 82, 102560. [Link][Code]

Wu, X., Tao, T., Cao, J., Fan, Y., Ramaswami, A., 2019. Examining threshold effects of built environment elements on travel-related carbon-dioxide emissions. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 75, 1-12. [Link]

Research Reports

Webb, A., Tao, T., Khani, A., Cao, J., Wu, X., 2021. Impact of Transitways on Travel on Parallel and Adjacent Roads and Park-and-ride Facilities. [Link]

Lindsey, G., Tao, T., Wang, J., Cao, J., 2019. Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Risk and Equity: Implications for Street Improvement Projects. [Link]

Tomhave, B., Zhang, Y., Khani, A., Hourdos, J., Dirks, P., Olsson, J., Tao, T., Wu, X., Cao, J., 2018. After Study of The Bus Rapid Transit A Line Impacts. Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota. [Link]

Teaching

PA 5234 Urban transportation planning and policy (Graduate course), 2021 [Syllabus].

PA 5928 Data Management and Visualization with R (Graduate course), 2022 [Course website], 2021 [Course website], 2019 [Course website].

Honors and Awards

IACP Karen R. Polenske Best Student Paper Award, 2022
University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2021
Humphrey School Summer Fellowship, 2021
John S. Adams Award for Excellence in Transportation Research and Education, 2021
Outstanding Reviewer for Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 2021