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National University of Singapore
4 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117566

  Office: SDE1/05-11
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  Curriculum Vitae (CV):

Mi Diao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Real Estate at the National University of Singapore. Prior to joining NUS, he received his Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Planning and Master of City Planning from MIT, USA, and Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Architecture from Tsinghua University, China. Dr. Diao's research interests include big data analytics, travel behavior and transportation policy, urban planning, and urban and regional economics.

  • Big Data Analytics
  • Travel Behavior and Transportation Policy
  • Urban Planning
  • Urban and Regional Economics

  • PhD Urban Studies and Planning, MIT
  • MCP, MIT
  • MArch, Tsinghua
  • BArch, Tsinghua


Journal Articles:
  (* Corresponding author; Student co-authors in Italics)

  1. Mi Diao, Delon Leonard, and Tien Foo Sing. (2017). Spatial-difference-in-differences models for impact of new mass rapid transit line on private housing values. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 67: pp.64-77. (SSCI)
  2. Mi Diao, Yi Zhu, and Jiren Zhu (2017). Intra-city access to inter-city transport nodes: The implications of high-speed-rail station locations for the urban development of Chinese cities. Urban Studies, 54(10): pp.2249-2267. (SSCI)
  3. Mi Diao, Yi Fan, and Tien Foo Sing. (2017). A new mass rapid transit (MRT) line construction and housing wealth: Evidence from the Circle Line. Journal of Infrastructure, Policy and Development 1(1): pp.64-89.
  4. Yi Zhu, Mi Diao*, and Gang Fu (2016). Featured graphic: The evolution of accessibility surface of China in the high-speed-rail era. Environment and Planning A, 48(11): pp. 2108-2111. (SSCI)
  5. Mi Diao, Yu Qin, and Tien Foo Sing (2016). Negative externalities of rail noise and housing values: Evidence from the cessation of railway operations in Singapore. Real Estate Economics, 44(4): pp.878-917. (SSCI)
  6. Yi Zhu and Mi Diao* (2016). The impacts of urban mass rapid transit lines on the density and mobility of high-income Households: A case study of Singapore. Transport Policy, 51: pp.70-80. (SSCI)
  7. Siqi Song, Mi Diao*, and Chen-Chieh Feng (2016). Individual transport emissions and the built environment: A structural equation modelling approach. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 92: pp.206-219. (SCI, SSCI)
  8. Mi Diao, Yi Zhu, Joseph Ferreira, Jr., and Carlo Ratti (2016). Inferring individual daily activities from mobile phone traces: A Boston example. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 43(5): pp.920-940. (SSCI)
  9. Yi Zhu and Mi Diao (2015). The integrated land use and transportation planning in Singapore. Beijing Planning Review, B06: pp.182-187 (in Chinese).
  10. Yi Zhu and Mi Diao (2015). Featured graphic: The evolution of a two-sector housing market. Environment and Planning A, 47(4): pp.763-765. (SSCI)
  11. Mi Diao (2015). Are inner-city neighborhoods underserved? An empirical analysis of food markets in a U.S. metropolitan area. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 35(1): pp.19-34. (SSCI)
  12. Mi Diao (2015). Selectivity, spatial autocorrelation, and the valuation of transit accessibility. Urban Studies, 52(1): pp. 159-177. (SSCI)
    - Listed by Web of Science as Hot Paper: as of September/October 2016, this paper received enough citations to place it in the top 0.1% of papers in the academic field of Social Sciences, general published in the past two years.
  13. Mi Diao and Joseph Ferreira, Jr. (2014). Vehicle miles traveled and the built environment: Evidence from vehicle safety inspection data. Environment and Planning A, 46(12): pp.2991-3009. (SSCI)
  14. Joseph Ferreira, Jr., Mi Diao, and Jingsi Xu (2013). Estimating the vehicle-miles-traveled implications of alternative metropolitan growth scenarios: A Boston example. Transactions in GIS, 17(5): pp.645-660. (SSCI)
  15. Francesco Calabrese, Mi Diao*, Giusy Di Lorenzo, Joseph Ferreira, Jr. and Carlo Ratti (2013).  Understanding individual mobility patterns from urban sensing data: A mobile phone trace example. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies (23): pp. 301-313. (SCI)
    - Listed by Web of Science as Highly Cited Paper: as of July/August 2017, this paper received enough citations to place it in the top 1% of the academic field of Engineering based on a highly cited threshold for the field and publication year. Number of time cited by Web of Science = 73, Scopus = 100, Google Scholar = 184 as of November 2017.
    - According to data from Scopus, as of September 2017, this paper is ranked 6th among the over 1,200 papers published in TRC since 2012 and 4th among the over 1,000 papers published in TRC since 2013 by number of citations.
  16. Joseph Ferreira, Jr., Mi Diao, Yi Zhu, Weifeng Li, and Shan Jiang (2010). Information infrastructure for research collaboration in land Use, transportation, and environmental Planning. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2183, pp. 85-93. (SCI)
  17. Mi Diao and Joseph Ferreira, Jr. (2010). Residential property values and the built environment: Empirical study in the Boston, Massachusetts, metropolitan area. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2174, pp. 138-147. (SCI)
  18. Xuexian Deng and Mi Diao (2002). Reflections on the design of pedestrian malls. Architectural Journal, No.4, pp. 26-28 (in Chinese).


Book Chapters:

  1. Yi Zhu, Mi Diao, Joseph Ferreira, Jr., Weifeng Li and Shan Jiang (2013) Flexible geospatial platform for distributed and collaborative urban modelling. In Planning Support Systems for Sustainable Urban Development, S. Geertman et al. (eds.), Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


Research Reports:

  1. Howard Herzog, Weifeng Li, Hongliang Zhang, Mi Diao, Greg Singleton, and Mark Bohm. West Coast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership: Source-sink characterization and Geographic-Information-System-based matching. California Energy Commission, PIER Energy-Related Environmental Research Program. CEC-500-2007-053, 2007.

  • RE2301 GIS in Real Estate
  • RE4220 Urban Planning Seminar
  • RE4906 Topics in Urban Planning
  • RE5015 Spatial Information Systems for Urban Planning

  1. Elected Member, Board of Directors, International Association for China Planning (IACP), 2011-2015

  Last Modified: 2017-11-19