Contact InformationLiping Fu

Phone: 519-888-4567 x33984
Location: E2 2310


Biography Summary

Liping Fu is a Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor, a faculty member in the Transport Systems Research Group, and Director of the Innovative Transportation System Solutions (iTSS) Lab at the University of Waterloo.

iTSS creates several products and software related to transportation. Professor Fu and Professor Frank Saccomanno, also of UWaterloo, designed GradeX - a decision-support tool that can be used by railway safety engineers in Canada to identify crossing hotspots, evaluate countermeasures, and prioritize safety improvement projects.

SimParatransit is another product of iTSS and has been has been playing a vital role in North America by providing equitable transportation service to the elderly and handicapped population, who have difficulty accessing regular public transit systems. Unlike regular fixed-route transit, paratransit commonly uses small to medium sized vehicles to provide shared-ride, door-to-door service with flexible routes and schedules.

Professor Fu has contributed to several areas of intelligent transportation systems, public transit, road safety, and winter road maintenance. He has provided technical services to many transportation agencies, including Transport Canada, Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO), and several Canadian municipalities. Professor Fu is also the principal investigator of many winter snow and ice control related projects funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council(NSERC), MTO, Landscape Ontario, and salt institute.

Professor Fu has served on numerous technical committees of various professional organizations, such as the Transportation Research Board’s Committee and the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Transportation Research. Additionally, he was the past Chair of the Transportation Division of Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.

As a result of his work, Professor Fu received the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)'s 2011 Academic Merit Award for his long-term contribution to the development of the academic field.

Research Interests

  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Transportation planning
  • System optimization
  • Paratransit scheduling and service planning
  • Traffic safety analysis
  • Winter road maintenance
  • Traffic engineering and transport systems analysis
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Public transportation
  • safety and winter road maintenance
  • Shortest path algorithms for in-vehicle route guidance systems
  • Travel time modeling and estimation for advanced traveler information systems
  • Connectivity and Internet of Things
  • Operational Artificial Intelligence
  • IoT
  • Application domains


  • 1996, Doctorate, Transportation Engineering, University of Alberta
  • 1987, Master's, Road and Traffic Engineering, Tongji University
  • 1984, Bachelor's, Road and Traffic Engineering, Tongji University


  • CIVE 444 - Urban Transport Planning
    • Taught in 2015, 2016
  • CIVE 640 - Urban Transportation Planning Models: Principles & Applications
    • Taught in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
  • CIVE 343 - Traffic Simulation Modelling and Applications
    • Taught in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
  • CIVE 740 - Topics in Transportation Engineering
    • Taught in 2016, 2017, 2019
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Ping Huang, Javad Lessan, Chao Wen, Qiyuan Peng, Liping Fu, Li Li, Xinyue Xu, A Bayesian network model to predict the effects of interruptions on train operations, Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, Volume 114, 2020, Pages 338-358 (Accepted in 2020)
  • Chao Wen, Ping Huang, Zhongcan Li, Javad Lessan, Liping Fu, Chaozhe Jiang, and Xinyue Xu, Train Dispatching Management With Data- Driven Approaches: A Comprehensive Review and Appraisal, IEEE Access
  • Kaur, J., T. Usman and L. Fu, Field Evaluation of Different Pre-wetting Ratios for Sustainable Salting, Transportation Research Record, 2019
  • Chao Wen, Zhongcan Li, Ping Huang, Javad Lessan, Liping Fu and Chaozhe Jiang, Cause-specific investigation of primary delays of Wuhan–Guangzhou HSR, Transportation Letters, The International Journal of Transportation Research, 2019
  • Lessan, Javad and Liping Fu, Review of state-of-the-art methodological advances on credit-based and permit-based travel demand management schemes, Transportmetrica A
  • Shahram Heydari, Liping Fu, Lalita Thakali, Lawrence Joseph, Benchmarking regions using a heteroskedastic grouped random parameters model with heterogeneity in mean and variance: applications to grade crossing safety analysis, Analytic Methods in Accident Research, 2018
  • Lessan, J., L. Fu, C. Wen, P. Huang, C. Jiang, Stochastic Model of Train Running Time and Arrival Delay: A Case Study of Wuhan–Guangzhou High-Speed Rail, Transportation Research Record, Jun 2018. (Accepted in 2018)
  • Kwon, T. J.; M.Muresan; L.Fu; Taimur Usman, Development of Zonal-specific Semivariograms for a Strategic RWIS Network Optimization - A Case Study, Journal of Infrastructure Systems
  • Jiang, C., P. Huang, J. Lessan, L. Fu, C.Wen, Forecasting Primary Delay Recovery of High-Speed Railway Using Multiple Linear Regression, Supporting Vector Machine, Artificial Neural Network and Random Forest Regression, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering
  • Lessan,J., L. Fu, C. Wen, A hybrid Bayesian network model for predicting delays in train operations, Computers & Industrial Engineering
  • Shahram Heydari, Liping Fu, Lalita Thakali, Lawrence Joseph, Benchmarking regions using a heteroskedastic grouped random parameters model with heterogeneity in mean and variance: applications to grade crossing safety analysis, Analytic Methods in Accident Research
  • Kwon, Tae J; Fu, Liping; Spatiotemporal variability of road weather conditions and optimal RWIS density—an empirical investigation, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering 44, 9, 691-699, 2017, NRC Research Press (Accepted in 2017)
  • Pan, Guangyuan; Fu, Liping; Thakali, Lalita; Development of a global road safety performance function using deep neural networks, International Journal of Transportation Science and Technology 6, 3, 159-173, 2017, Elsevier (Accepted in 2017)
  • Li, Siyuan; Muresan, Matthew; Fu, Liping; Cycling in Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Route Choice Behavior and Implications for Infrastructure Planning, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2662, 41-49, 2017, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies (Accepted in 2017)
  • Heydari, Shahram and Fu, Liping and Lord, Dominique and Mallick, Bani K, Multilevel Dirichlet process mixture analysis of railway grade crossing crash data, Analytic methods in accident research, 9, 2016, 27 - 43
  • Kamal Hossain, SM and Fu, Liping and Donnelly, Thomas and Lamb, Zane and Muresan, Matthew, Field Investigation on the Effectiveness of Prewetting Strategy for Snow and Ice Control of Transportation Facilities, Journal of Cold Regions Engineering, 2016
  • Lu, Zhengyang and Fu, Ting and Fu, Liping and Shiravi, Sajad and Jiang, Chaozhe, A video-based approach to calibrating car-following parameters in VISSIM for urban traffic, International Journal of Transportation Science and Technology, 2016
  • Ghomi, Haniyeh and Bagheri, Morteza and Fu, Liping and Miranda-Moreno, Luis F, Analysing injury severity factors at highway railway grade crossing accidents involving vulnerable road users: a comparative study, Traffic injury prevention, 2016, 00 - 00
  • Kwon, Tae J and Fu, Liping and Melles, Stephanie J, Location Optimization of Road Weather Information System (RWIS) Network Considering the Needs of Winter Road Maintenance and the Traveling Public, Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, 2016
  • Usman, Taimur and Fu, Liping and Miranda-Moreno, Luis F, Injury severity analysis: comparison of multilevel logistic regression models and effects of collision data aggregation, Journal of Modern Transportation, 24(1), 2016, 73 - 87
  • Si, Bingfeng and Fu, Liping and Liu, Jianfeng and Shiravi, Sajad and Gao, Ziyou, A multi-class transit assignment model for estimating transit passenger flows—a case study of Beijing subway network, Journal of Advanced Transportation, 50(1), 2016, 50 - 68
  • Hellinga, B. and L. Fu , Assessing the Expected Accuracy of Probe Vehicle Travel Time Reports, Journal of Transportation Engineering, Vol. 125, No. 6, ASCE, 1999, pp. 524-530