Yi Qiang

Assistant Professor in GIScience
School of Geosciences
University of South Florida

I am a geographer and GIScientist interested in spatio-temporal data modeling, big data analytics, AI/machine learning, and geocomputation. My current research focuses on: (1) developing new data models and analytical tools for multi-scale spatio-temporal analysis, (2) utilizing GIS and spatial data science to support disaster management and community/infrastructure resilience assessment, and (3) spatial analysis of social disparities and environmental justice related to natural disasters.

I lead the Laboratory of Computational Sapatial Science for Sustainability (COMPASS Lab) at USF.


  • We are calling for sessions and abstracts for the Symposium on Scale in Spatial Analytics and Modeling in the 2022 Annual Meetings of AAG.

  • 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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