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PhD (Geography, 2004)
Master of Computer Science (Systems and Networks, 2002)
The University of Iowa

MS (Geography, 1998)
Peking University

BS (Computer Engineering, 1995)
Tianjin University

Bio Sketch (NSF Style)

Curriculum Vitae


Professor and Department Head
Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar
Geography & Geographic Information Science

Affiliate Professor
Computer Science
Information Sciences 
Urban & Regional Planning 
Computational Science & Engineering Graduate Program 
Discovery Partners Institute
Informatics PhD Program 

Founder and Director
CyberInfrastructure and Geospatial Information Laboratory (CIGI Laboratory)
CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies (CyberGIS Center)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Selected Awards/Honors

  • Centennial Scholar, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UIUC, 2013-16
  • Teacher Ranked as Excellent, UIUC, 2009, 2010, 2012
  • Helen Corley Petit Scholar, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UIUC, 2011-12
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2009
  • NCSA Fellowship, 2007
  • Innovations in Instructional Computing Award, the University of Iowa, 2007
  • The University of Iowa Improving Our Workplace Award, 2006
  • Esri Scholarship, 2002