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Dr. Chao Fan

Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering
Assistant Professor, Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

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Areas of Interest

Climate Change Adaptation and AI
Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems
Human Networks and Data Science
Civil Infrastructure Systems
Smart and Connected Communities
Environmental Justice
Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences


Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2020
M.S., Civil Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2017
B.S., Civil Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, 2016

Classes Typically Taught

AI for Climate Adaptation

Professional Society Memberships

Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Member, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on
Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (SIGKDD)
Member, American Geophysical Union, AGU
Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

Fan, C., Zhang, C., Yahja, A., & Mostafavi, A., (2021). Disaster City Digital Twin: a vision for integrating artificial and human intelligence for disaster management, International Journal of Information Management, 102049.

Fan, C., Jiang, X., Lee, R., & Mostafavi, A., (2022). Equality of access and resilience in urban population-facility networks, npj Urban Sustainability (Nature Publishing Group), 2, 9.

Fan, C., Jiang, X., & Mostafavi, A., (2021). Evaluating crisis perturbations on urban mobility using adaptive reinforcement learning, Sustainable Cities and Society, 75, 103367.

Fan, C., Jiang, X., & Mostafavi, A., (2020). A network percolation-based contagion model of flood propagation and recession in urban road networks. Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), 10, 13481.

Fan, C., Jiang, Y., & Mostafavi, A., (2021). The role of local influential users in spread of situational crisis information. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 26(2): 108-127.

Fan, C., & Mostafavi, A., (2019). A graph-based method for social sensing of infrastructure disruptions in disasters. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, 34: 1055-1070.

Fan, C., Lee, R., Yang, Y., & Mostafavi, A., (2021). Fine-grained data reveal segregated mobility networks and opportunity for local containment of COVID-19, Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), 11, 16895.

Fan, C., Jiang, Y., & Mostafavi, A., (2020). Emergent social cohesion for coping with community disruptions in disasters. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 17(164), 20190778.

Fan, C., Esparza, M., Dargin, J., Wu., F., Oztekin, B., & Mostafavi, A., (2020). Spatial biases in crowdsourced data: Social media content attention concentrates on populous areas in disasters. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 83, 101514.

Rachunok, B., Fan, C., Lee, R., Nateghi, R., & Mostafavi, A., (2022). Is the data suitable? The comparison of keyword versus location filters in crisis informatics using Twitter data, International Journal of Information Management Data Insights, 2(1), 100063.

Fan, C., Wu, F., & Mostafavi, A., (2020). A hybrid machine learning pipeline for automated mapping of events and locations from social media in disasters. IEEE Access, 8, 10478-10490.

Esmalian, A., Yuan, F., Rajput, A., Farahmand, H., Dong, S., Li, Q., Gao, X., Fan, C., Lee, C., Hsu, C., Patrascu, F., & Mostafavi, A., (2022). Operationalizing resilience practices in transportation infrastructure planning and project development, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 104, 103214.

Li, Q., Yang, Y., Wang, W., Lee, S., Xiao, X., Gao, X., Oztekin, B., Fan, C., & Mostafavi, A., (2021). Unraveling the dynamic importance of county-level features in trajectory of COVID-19, Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), 11, 13058.

Wu, F., Du, M., Fan, C., Tang, R., Yang, Y., Mostafavi, A., & Hu, X., (2021). Understanding social biases behind location names in contextual word embedding models, IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems, 1-11.

Fan, C., Lee, S., Yang, Y., Oztekin, B., Li, Q., & Mostafavi, A., (2021). Effects of population co-location reduction on cross-county transmission risk of COVID-19 in the United States, Applied Network Science. 6(14), 1-18.

Fan, C., Jiang, Y., & Mostafavi, A., (2020). Social sensing in disaster city digital twin: an integrated textual-visual-geo framework for situational awareness during built environment disruptions. ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering, 36(3), 04020002.

Zhang, C., Fan, C., Yao, W., Hu, X., & Mostafavi, A., (2019). Social media for intelligent public information and warning in disasters: an interdisciplinary review. International Journal of Information Management, 49, 190-207.

Fan, C., & Mostafavi, A., (2019). Meta-network framework for performance analysis of disaster management System-of-Systems. IEEE Systems Journal, 14(1), 1265-1276.

Yang, Y., Zhang, C., Fan, C., Yao, W., Huang, R., & Mostafavi, A., (2019). Exploring emergence of influential users on social media during natural disasters. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 38, 101204.

Fan, C., & Miller, S. A., (2018). Reducing greenhouse gas emissions for prescribed concrete compressive strength. Construction and Building Materials, 167, 918-928.

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Contact Information

Office: 318 Lowry Hall
Phone: (864) 656-3000
FAX: (864) 656-2670
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