SR Student Associate - Good Systems - Jiao

Shunhua Bai is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Community and Regional Planning (CRP) program at the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in transportation planning and modeling. He is now a graduate research assistant in the Urban Information Laboratory (UIL) and Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions (CM2) Center to quantify and visualize the concept of transit gap between demand and supply (transit desert) among cities in the United States using Geographic Information Science (GIS) and statistical analytic tools. Besides, his research interest also includes smart cities and shared economy via quantitative data analysis methodologies.

Prior to attending UT Austin, Mr. Bai acquired his Bachelor's degree in Geographic Information Science (GIS) at the School of Geography, Beijing Normal University in China and his Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in the US. In his professional experience at the Humphrey School, he concentrated on promoting public transit service via spatial and statistical modeling and analysis. His graduation report identified critical policy and planning issues in the shared mobility business and provided recommendations for local transit agencies in the Twin Cities area.


  • Doctoral Student in Community and Regional Planning program (current), School of Architecture, the University of Texas at Austin, USA.
  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Humphrey School of Public Affairs (2018), the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, USA.
  • Bachelor of Science in Geography Information Science (2016), School of Geography, Beijing Normal University, China.
  • Transportation planning and modeling
  • Transit
  • Smart Cities
  • Shared Economy
  • Geographic Information Science (GIS)
  • Data analysis