Siyu Gao, MSc


​ Siyu Gao is a PhD Candidate in the department of Water and Climate Risk at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam). Her research interests are involving urban transportation network, interdependent infrastructures, assessment and prediction of system vulnerability and resilience.

Her PhD project is funded by the China Scholarship Council (CSC), and focus on revealing the evolution process of resilience of urban multi-modal transportation networks under extreme weather as well as as the development of practical adaptation strategies.

Prior to this, Siyu obtained her Master’s degree from Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), where her research focused on developing an integrated model considering the impact of interdependent electricity infrastructure to analyze and assess the vulnerability influencing factors of urban road networks in Xi’an. Her main research improved the selection process of the threshold to integrate DEMATEL (Decision-making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory) and ISM (Interpretative Structural Modeling) reducing expert bias and subjective decision-making errors. At the same time, she applied text mining method to construct a conditional probability table (CPT) which is used in the BN (Bayesian network) model for vulnerability quantification under different levels of extreme precipitation. ​ ​


Year Programme University
2022-now PhD Resilience of Urban Transportation under Climate Extremes   Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2019-2022   MSc Management Science and Engineering Northwestern Polytechnical University
2015-2019   BSc Construction Cost Changan University