Xiang has over ten years of experience in the transportation industry including road, rail and multimodal transportation. He has extensive experience in transportation network analysis, risk analysis, evacuation modelling and decision analysis with analytics optimization and simulation approaches. He earned his Ph.D. degree from A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park.
Prior to joining IBM Research, Xiang served as a senior transportation operations engineer in the Virginia Department of Transportation, United States. He was mainly responsible for traffic control and management over more than 1,000 miles of interstate, primary, secondary highway and surface road in the Northern Virginia area. His responsibilities included conducting and leading highway active traffic management using Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) solutions, administering highway system maintenance and construction engineering for highway improvement, reconstruction, rehabilitation, and replacement projects, and implementing highway management in coordination with signal optimization during normal and crisis conditions. Specifically, his leadership and achievement in successful deploying traffic management in 2008 President Barack Obama’s inauguration were recognized by the United States government.
Xiang joined IBM Watson Research Lab (WRL) in the January of year 2010 and transferred to IBM China Research Lab (CRL) in June, leading and conducting research and client projects in the areas of smarter transportation and operation optimization through partnership with partners and pilot clients in travel and transportation industries. The selected projects include “real-time short-term freeway travel time prediction for Beijing City, China”, “TOPS(Transit network & operation Optimization Planning Simulator) enabling bus route network assessment and optimization for Suzhou Industrial Park(SIP), at Suzhou city, Jiangsu Province, China”, and “Nanjing IOC smart city project, at Nanjing city, Jiangsu Province, China”. Xiang has been leading multi-agent simulation FOAK project development as a service and cloud service platform research over the past year with IBM product & service contributions. Xiang has published more than 10 academic papers on international transportation research journals and owned two patents.Xiang serves as a CRL Smart Transportation PIC chair. He has been an adjunct professor at Mississippi State University since 2009. He is the member of Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), North American China Overseas Transportation Association (NACOTA), and Transportation Research Board (TRB), and serves as reviewers for more than ten international transportation research and operation research journals.