Who We Are

The technology underlying Daynamica was developed by a team of faculty and students at the University of Minnesota. In 2017, we were granted a patent on the technology that Daynamica is based upon.

Chief Executive Officer

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Yingling Fan, Ph.D.

Yingling is a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and the Director of the Global Transit Innovations program at the University of Minnesota. She received her Bachelor of Science in Transportation Engineering at Southeast University (China) and her Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina. Yingling is an internationally recognized expert on transit system planning, with more than 16 years of experience in transportation research. She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, and her research has attracted more than $15 million in extramural research funding, including significant contributions from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. National Science Foundation, and the World Bank. She received the 2008 Pedestrian Committee Best Paper Award and the 2008 international Patricia F. Waller Award from the Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC. Her work has also been recognized by the 2011 Collaborator of the Year Award from the Hennepin County, Minnesota; the 2014 President’s Community Engaged Scholar Finalist Award from the University of Minnesota; and the 2016 Honorary Member Award from the Women’s Transportation Seminar Minnesota Chapter.

Chief Innovation Officer

Julian Wolfson, Ph.D.

Julian is a co-founder of Daynamica, Inc., and is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Division of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. He has research interests in machine learning, causal inference, and wearable devices, has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles across a wide variety of areas, and has been lead statistician for several federally-funded clinical trials. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science from McGill University and a Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of Washington.

Chief Technology Officer

Chen-Fu Liao, Ph.D.

Chen-Fu’s research focuses on using Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technologies to assist people with vision impairment in finding their way. Dr. Liao has developed a mobile accessible pedestrian signal (MAPS) system to assist the visually impaired with crossing streets at signalized intersections. He is also working on using assistive technologies to help the visually impaired safely navigate work zones and in GPS unfriendly environments. His other research activities include connected vehicles, incident decision support systems, database management and data mining, freight performance measures, and developing undergraduate and graduate curriculum tools to support transportation education and training.

Chief Operating Officer

Guang Yang, Ph.D.

Guang holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Peking University (China) and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of North Carolina. Prior to joining Daynamica, he worked as Senior Project Engineer at Thermo Fisher Scientific for seven years. He has managed multiple R&D projects across all stages ranging from business proposal to product release and maintenance. These projects include next generation X-ray inspection platforms, high-speed online weighing systems, and high accuracy multi-frequency contaminant detection systems.