About me

I am a PhD candidate at Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Tech, specializing in transport and energy demand, physical and mental health, and data analytics. My dissertation Emotional Agents: Modeling Satisfaction, Affinity, and Travel Demand Using a Smartphone Travel Survey quantifies the effects of travel satisfaction and travel-liking attitude on travel demand (e.g., mode choice, trip frequency, travel time) and overall subjective well-being. The data were collected using a smartphone-based travel survey with a multiday activity-travel diary and GPS tracking with high spatio-temporal resolutions. I have also studied the environmental health impacts of non-auto transport (e.g., walking, bicycling, and transit), both in terms of physical and mental health.

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Prior to pursuing my graduate studies, I worked as an urban planner and researcher at the National Institute for Urban and Rural Planning (Vietnam Ministry of Construction) in Vietnam for two years. I obtained an M.S. degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa, and a B.Eng. degree in Urban Construction Management from Hanoi Architectural University, Vietnam.