I am a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering and the Institute for Software and Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt Universtiy. I am currently researching in transportation systems with Dr. Daniel Work. I earned my B.S. degree (2018) in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My main research focuses on traffic modeling, estimation and control, and I find probability and control theories fascinating. I am also interested in data-driven techniques for smart-city implementation. I have received the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship that supports my graduate studies. Please see my research page for more details.


  • Y. Hu, Y. Wang, C. Jiao, R. Sankaran, C. Catlett and D. Work. "Automatic data cleaning via tensor factorization for large urban environmental sensor networks". In the workshop “Tackling Climate Change with Machine Learning” at NeurIPS, 2019. Preprint
  • Y. Wang, G. Gunter, M. Nice and D. Work. "Estimating adaptive cruise control model parameters from on-board radar units". Transportation Research Record, 2019. Preprint
  • Y. Wang and D. B. Work, "Heterogeneous traffic estimation with particle filtering," 2019 IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC), Auckland, New Zealand, 2019, pp. 2551-2556. doi: 10.1109/ITSC.2019.8917248
  • G. Gunter, Y. Wang, D. Gloudemans, R. Stern, D. Work, M. L. Delle Monache, R. Bhadani, M. Bunting, R. Lysecky, J. Sprinkle, B. Seibold, B. Piccoli. “String stability of commercial adaptive cruise control vehicles.” In Proceedings of the International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems, Montreal, Canada, April 16-18, 2019.


  • Y. Hu and Y. Wang. "Automatic data cleaning via tensor factorization for large urban environmental sensor networks". Tackling Climate Change with Machine Learning Workshop, NeurIPS 2019.
  • Y. Wang and D. Work. "Heterogeneous traffic estimation with particle filtering". IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Auckland, New Zealand, 2019.
  • Y. Wang and D. Work. "Complex traffic estimation". Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting poster session, Washington, D.C., 2019.
  • Y. Wang et al. "Video as a sensor". the 13th Coordinated Science Laboratory Student Conference, Urbana, IL, 2018.


  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship, USDOT, 2018 and 2019
  • Russell G. Hamilton Scholar Graduate Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, 2018
  • Fred S. Bailey Undergraduate Scholarship for Cause-Driven Leaders, University YMCA, 2017
  • Duane Edward and Phyllis Ann Erickson Memorial Scholarship, University of Illinois, 2017
  • Samuel C. Roberts Award, Civil Engineering at University of Illinois, 2016
  • Edmund J. James Scholar, 2014-2018
  • Dean’s List, 2014-2018