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Department of Geography


Sicheng Wang

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Geography
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: Callcott 213
Resources: Personal Website
Department of Geography
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Dr. Sicheng Wang earned a Ph.D. in Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers University in 2021. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Michigan State University from 2021 to 2023, working on an NSF-funded project — Preparing the Future Workforce for the Era of Automated Vehicles (WEAVE). He also worked at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (Rutgers University) and the National Center for Smart Growth (University of Maryland). Sicheng was an urban planner and planning project manager before he started pursuing his academic career. Sicheng’s research topics include transportation, emerging technologies, smart cities and infrastructure, and equity and resilience of society.


The ongoing technology revolution changes our ways of living, working, traveling, and communicating and redefines our society. To inform equitable and sustainable planning and policymaking, I have dedicated my research career to investigating social, economic, and environmental issues related to emerging technologies. My interdisciplinary research applies advanced GIScience applications and spatial analytics in investigations of smart and resilient transportation and infrastructure, mobility as a service, the gig economy, autonomous vehicles, opportunity accessibility, and social inclusion.
My recent research projects have delved into the nuanced realm of human attitudes and behavioral shifts in response to on-demand ridesourcing and autonomous vehicles. The disruptive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on behavioral patterns has also captured my attention, as has the issue of occupational mobility and job displacement linked to the advent of autonomous vehicles. Furthermore, I've examined the multifaceted landscape of accessibility to diverse opportunities and activities, gauging the ripple effects of transportation regulations, and assessing the far-reaching consequences of rising sea levels on infrastructure and employment prospects. An essential facet of my work involves shedding light on disadvantages faced by particularly vulnerable segments of our population. This includes single parents, women, racial and ethnic minorities, low-income people, and those marginalized by societal norms. My research strives to amplify their voices, bringing attention to the hurdles they confront and advocating for solutions that foster greater equity and inclusivity. In essence, I endeavor to contribute to a future where technology-driven progress is not only a force for advancement but a catalyst for a more just and sustainable world.


  • GEOG 105: The Digital Earth
  • GEOG 341: Cartography

Recent Publications

Wang, Sicheng, Elizabeth A. Mack, Jenna A. Van Fossen, Laura Medwid, Shelia R. Cotton, Chu-Hsiang Chang, John Mann, Steven R. Miller, Peter T. Savolainen, & Nathan Baker. 2023. “Assessing Alternative Occupations for Truck-Drivers in an Emerging Era of Autonomous Vehicles.” Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 19: 100793.
Wang, Sicheng, Joy J. Kim, & Yanfeng Xu. 2022. “Inequality in Activity Participation: Multidimensional Disadvantages and Daily trips by Trip Purpose and Trip Day.” Travel Behaviour and Society, 29: 211-223.
Chen, Yuche, Sicheng Wang (corresponding), & Xuanke Wu. 2022. “Exploring perceived transportation disadvantages: Distribution, disparities, and associations with the built environment.” Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment.
Noland, Robert B., Maria L. Laham, & Sicheng Wang. 2022. “Understanding Preferences for Bicycling and Bicycle Infrastructure.” 1-12. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation.
Lee, Annie S., Michael L. Lahr, & Sicheng Wang. 2022. “Couple Households and the Commuting-Time Gender Gap.” Professional Geographer, 74, 4: 688-703.
Wei, Hanxue, Xiao Huang, Sicheng Wang, Junyu Lu, Zhenlong Li, & Liao Zhu. 2022. “A Data-Driven Investigation on Park Visitation and Income Mixing of Visitors in New York City.” Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, 9,

Wang, Sicheng, & Robert Noland. 2021. “What Is the Elasticity of Sharing a Ridesourcing Trip?” Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 153: 284-305.
Wang, Sicheng, & Robert Noland. 2021. “Variation in Ride-Hailing Trips in Chengdu, China.” Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 90: 102596.
Wang, Sicheng, Xuanke Wu, & Yuche Chen. 2021. “Association between Perceived Transportation Disadvantages and Opportunity Inaccessibility: A Social Equity Study.” Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 101: 103119.
Mack, Elizabeth, Shubham Agrawal, & Sicheng Wang. 2021. “The Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Transportation Employment: A Comparative Analysis.” Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 12: 100470.
Huang, Xiao, Junyu Lu, Song Gao, Sicheng Wang, Hanxue Wei, & Xinyue Ye. 2021. “Staying at Home Is a Privilege: Evidence from Fine-Grained Home-Dwelling Records in the U.S. during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 1-20.
Huang, Xiao, Yang Xu, Rui Liu, Siqi Wang, Sicheng Wang, Mengxi Zhang, Yuhao Kang, Song Gao, Bo Zhao, & Zhenlong Li. 2022. “Exploring Home-Dwelling Time Patterns during the COVID-19 Pandemic via Bayesian Inference: Policy Compliance, Spatial Disparity, and Exposed Inequity.” Transactions in GIS, 3.
Wang, Sicheng, Zhiqiu Jiang, Robert Noland, & Andrew Mondschein. 2020. “Attitudes towards Privately-Owned and Shared Autonomous Vehicles.” Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 72: 297-306.
Wang, Sicheng, & Michael Smart. 2020. “The Disruptive Effect of Ridesourcing Services on For-Hire Vehicle Drivers’ Income and Employment.” Transport Policy, 89: 13-23.
Wang, Sicheng, & Yanfeng Xu. 2020. “Transit Use of Single-Parent Households: Evidence from Maryland.” Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 8: 100223.
Wang, Zhenbao, Sicheng Wang (co-first author), & Haitao Lian. 2020. “A Route Optimization Algorithm for Long-Distance Commuter Express Bus Service Based on OD Estimation from Mobile Phone Location Data: A Case of the Changping Corridor in Beijing.” Public Transport, 13 (1): 101-125.
Zhang, Wenwen, Kaidi Wang, Sicheng Wang, Zhiqiu Jiang, Andrew Mondschein, & Robert Noland. 2020. “Synthesizing Neighborhood Preferences for Automated Vehicles.” Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 120: 102774.
Ralph, Kelcie, Michael J. Smart, Robert B. Noland, Sicheng Wang, & Lisa Cintron. 2020. “Is It Really Too Far? Overestimating walk Time and Distance Reduces Walking.” Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 74: 522-535.
Huang, Xiao, Zhenlong Li, Junyu Lu, Sicheng Wang, Hanxue Wei, & Xiaoxu Chen. “Time-Series Clustering for Home Dwell Time during COVID-19: What Can We Learn from It?” ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 11: 675.
Jiang, Zhiqiu, Sicheng Wang, Andrew Mondschein, & Robert Noland. 2020. “Spatial Distributions of Attitudes and Preferences towards Autonomous Vehicles.” Transport Findings, May.
Noland, Robert, Sicheng Wang, Scott Kulp, & Benjamin Strauss. 2019. “Employment Accessibility and Rising Seas.” Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 77(12): 560-572.
Kim, Jeounghee, & Sicheng Wang. 2019. “Head Start Availability and Supply Gap of Licensed Childcare Slots: A New Jersey Study.” Children and Youth Services Review, 104: 104394.

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