Portrait of Yingling Fan
295E Humphrey School
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Urban and Regional Planning Area
Areas of Expertise
Public health; sustainable development; transportation planning; urban and regional planning; land use planning; income inequality and poverty


Dr. Yingling Fan is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on developing novel land use and transportation solutions to improve human health and social equity. Her interdisciplinary work has appeared in many leading academic journals across multiple fields. These journals include Transportation Research Part A, Part C & Part F and Transportationin the field of transportation; Environment and Planning A & B, Journal of Planning Literature, Journal of Planning Education and Research, and Urban Studies in the field of urban planning; and Social Science & Medicine and American Journal of Preventive Medicine in the field of public health.

Fan’s recent work focuses on public transportation development, emotional well-being in cities, and community-engaged transportation equity research. Her research has attracted more than 18 million U.S. dollars in research funding as PI/co-PI, including significant contributions from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.

Fan is the lead inventor of the Daynamica technology, featuring a smartphone-human hybrid intelligence system to measure and shape human behavior and well-being (US Patent: #9763055B2). Based upon the patented technology, she co-founded Daynamica, Inc. with the University of Minnesota Venture Center. She has served as the CEO of Daynamica, Inc. since its inception. Her commercialized products include mobile app products as well as data analysis and visualization systems.

Fan also serves as the editor-in-chief at the Journal of Transport and Land Use and a managing editor at Urban Studies. She has a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in Transportation Engineering from Southeast University, Nanjing, China.


PhD in City and Regional Planning (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007)

BS in Transportation Engineering (Southeast University, 2001)

Miller, J. M., Fan, Y., Sherwood, N. E., Osypuk, T. & French, S. (2020). Are low income children more physically active when they live in homes with bigger yards? A longitudinal analysis of the NET-Works Study., Health \& Place, 63, 102330

Lal, R. M., Das, K., Fan, Y., Barkjohn, K. K., Botchwey, N., Ramaswami, A. & Russell, A. G. (2020). Connecting Air Quality with Emotional Well-Being and Neighborhood Infrastructure in a US City, Environmental Health Insights, 14, 1178630220915488

Le, H. T., Buehler, R., Fan, Y. & Hankey, S. (2020). Expanding the positive utility of travel through weeklong tracking: Within-person and multi-environment variability of ideal travel time, Journal of Transport Geography, 84, 102679

Tao, T., Wu, X., Cao, J., Fan, Y., Das, K. & Ramaswami, A. (2020). Exploring the Nonlinear Relationship between the Built Environment and Active Travel in the Twin Cities, Journal of Planning Education and Research, 0739456X20915765

Ambrose, G., Das, K., Fan, Y. & Ramaswami, A. (2020). Is gardening associated with greater happiness of urban residents? A multi-activity, dynamic assessment in the Twin-Cities region, USA, Landscape and Urban Planning, 198, 103776

Brown, R., Fan, Y., Das, K. & Wolfson, J. (2020). Iterated multi-source exchangeability models for individualized inference with an application to mobile sensor data, Biometrics,

Fan, Y., Ormsby, T., Wiringa, P., Liao, C. & Wolfson, J. (2020). Visualizing Transportation Happiness in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Region. Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota:

Chen, S., Fan, Y., Cao, Y. & Khattak, A. (2019). Assessing the relative importance of factors influencing travel happiness, TRAVEL BEHAVIOUR AND SOCIETY, 16, 185-191

Glasgow, T. E., Le, Huyen T. K., Geller, E. S., Fan, Y. & Hankey, S. (2019). How transport modes, the built and natural environments, and activities influence mood: A GPS smartphone app study, JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, 66,

Fan, Y., Brown, R., Das, K. & Wolfson, J. (2019). Understanding Trip Happiness using Smartphone-Based Data: The Effects of Trip-and Person-Level Characteristics, Transport Findings,