Welcome to the Smart, Equitable, Resilient Mobility Systems (SERMOS) Lab!

The SERMOS Lab is a transdisciplinary research lab led by Dr. Xilei Zhao, Assistant Professor in Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida. We invent and apply AI and data science methods to create smart, equitable, resilient mobility systems. Our transdisciplinary team is made up of transportation engineers, computer scientists, systems engineers, and social scientists. Our expertise includes:

  • Data analytics and travel behavior modeling for innovative mobility (e.g., ridesourcing and micromobility)
  • Modeling and planning evacuation
  • Quantifying resilience for critical infrastructure systems, societal systems, and communities


SERMOS Lab is always looking for talented students to join our team!! The openings are at all levels, i.e., undergraduate/graduate researchers, Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral fellows. To express your interest in joining our team, please email your complete CV and a short cover letter (up to one page) to Dr. Xilei Zhao (xilei.zhao@essie.ufl.edu). With our strong commitment to diversity in engineering education, research, and practice, we especially encourage minorities and women to apply.

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