Zhixia (Richard) Li

Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering


Zhixia (Richard) Li, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Transportation Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Sun Yat-sen University, China, and postdoctoral training from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before joining the UofL faculty, he was an Assistant Researcher at TOPS Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison for two years. Dr. Li serves for The Transportation Research Board (TRB) by sitting on two standing committees, and as panelist of an NCHRP project. He is also member of a technical committee of IEEE ITS Society. Dr. Li has also contributed in organizing a number of international conferences by severing as conference proceedings editor, technical committee member, and session chair. He is reviewer for more than ten transportation journals. Dr. Li was recipient of six professional and student awards, including the International ITE’s Danial Fambro Best Student Paper Award.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Li develops and teaches courses in various areas of Transportation Engineering, including GPS in Transportation, Advance Traffic Operations and other transportation courses.

Research Interests

Dr. Li’s research spans in the areas of Traffic safety, traffic operations and control, traffic simulation, GIS-Transportation,  autonomous/connected vehicles, ITS,  transportation policy. He has participated in more than 20 national and state-level research projects. Research grant proposals he wrote or contributed when he was at University of Wisconsin-Madison, have resulted in funded projects from FHWA, NCHRP, TRB’s NCHRP IDEA, NHTSA, Iowa DOT, and Wisconsin DOT.  So far, Dr. Li’s research has produced more than 50 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications. He is also a co-author of the chapter “Traffic Signals” in ITE’s Traffic Control Devices Handbook 2nd Edition. His research on intersection dilemma zone has been reported by The Washington Post, NBC and media in Canada and India.