Zhan Zhao is a PhD candidate of the Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Transportation at MIT. He holds a Master of Applied Science degree from University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Tongji University. His research interests include urban mobility analytics, travel behavior modeling, public transportation systems and data mining. His current research focuses on how to use data analytics and statistical models to extract knowledge from disaggregate-level data (such as transit smartcard data) for understanding user behavior, discovering user preferences and predicting human mobility. He previously worked as research intern at IBM, Transport for London and Translink. Outside of school, he enjoys traveling, watching movies and playing basketball.