Yi Qiang

Assistant Professor in GIScience
School of Geosciences
University of South Florida

My research areas include in spatio-temporal data modeling, visual analytics, geocomputation, disaster vulnerability and resilience, dynamic modeling of coupled natural and human (CNH) systems. I'm interested in developing innovative models, analytical frameworks and software tools to discover useful information and knowledge from a diversity of geospatial data.


  • GA position is available from 2022 fall semester.

  • Website for the NSF-funded CroScalar project is online. Tools and sef-paced tutorials about the multi-scale spatio-temporal modeling framework (MSTF) will be available in this website.


Ph.D. in geography (2012), Ghent University

M.Sc. in GIS (2007), University of Edinburgh

B.Sc. in GIS (2006), Beijing Normal University,


Assistant Professor (2020 - present), School of Geosciences, University of South Florida

Assistant Professor (2017 - present), Dept. of Geography, University of Hawaii - Manoa

Research Associate (2016), Dept. of Geography, The Earth Lab, University of Colorado - Boulder

Postdoctoral researcher (2013 - 2016), Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Louisiana State University


Visual analytics

Using visualization techniques for pattern detection and interactive exploration of multi-dimensional data.

Geospatial Big Data

Sensing human-environment interactions using big geospatial data.

Vulnerability and resilience

Quantitatvie assessment and modeling of social vulnerability and resilience

CNH modeling

Integrating GIS, data mining and simulation techniques to model dynamic processes of CNH systems.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS6100, USF)

An intermediate to advanced level GIS course, covering fundamental concepts in GIScience and GIS applications in solving real-world problems.

Geospatial Data Analytics (GEOG389, UH)

Using open-source Python packages to wrangle, visualize, and model large quantities of geospatial data.

Web Mapping (GEOG476, UH)

Development of web-based GIS applications for sharing and visualizing geospatial data in the Internet.

Advanced GIS Applications (GEOG489, UH)

Applications of GIS in various problems in social, natural, and environmental sciences.



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