Shaowen Wang

Professor and Department Head, Geography & Geographic Information Science

PhD, MS, BS, University of Iowa, Peking University, Tianjin University 2002, 1998, 1995

Room 265 Computing Applications Bldg 605 E Springfield Ave
Champaign IL 61820

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Shaowen Wang is a Professor and Head of the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, and affiliated faculty of the Department of Computer Science, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He serves as Associate Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) for Cyber GIS and Lead of NCSA's Earth and Environment Theme, and Founding Director of UIUC's CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies. He received a BS in computer engineering from Tianjin University, an MS in geography from Peking University, and an MS of computer science and a PhD in geography from the University of Iowa. He was a visiting scholar at Lund University sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2006, and NCSA Fellow in 2007. He received the NSF CAREER Award in 2009. He was named a Helen Corley Petit Scholar for 2011-12, and Centennial Scholar for 2013-16 by UIUC's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

His research interests include geographic information science and systems (GIS), advanced cyberinfrastructure and cyberGIS, complex environmental and geospatial problems, computational and data sciences, high-performance and distributed computing, and spatial analysis and modeling. He has received research funding from a number of U.S. federal agencies (e.g., CDC, DOE, EPA, NASA, NSF, USDA, and USGS) and industry; and served as Principal Investigator (PI) for more than $15 million competitive research grants, and co-PI and investigator for contributing to sponsored research supported with tens of millions of U.S. dollars. He pioneered cyberGIS and has led several multi-institution interdisciplinary projects to advance cyberGIS and related scientific problem solving in agriculture, bioenergy, emergency management, geography and spatial sciences, geosciences, and public health. He has published numerous peer-reviewed papers including articles in more than 20 journals.

He has served as an Action Editor of GeoInformatica, Associate Editor of SoftwareX, and guest editor or editorial board member for multiple other journals, book serives and proceedings. He served on the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Board of Directors from 2009 to 2012, and President of UCGIS from 2016 to 2017. He is serving on the advisory board of the NSF Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) program. He is a current member of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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Ongoing Research Projects

Shaowen Wang is trained as both a geographer and computer scientist. His research interests center on three interrelated themes: 1) computational and geographic information sciences; 2) advanced cyberinfrastructure, cyberGIS, and geospatial data science; and 3) multi-scale geospatial problem solving and spatiotemporal analytics. He has published numerous peer-reviewed papers including articles in more than 20 journals (e.g., Annals of the American Association of Geographers, BioScience, Computers and Geosciences, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Parallel Computing, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). He led the development of the Open Science Grid Generic Information Provider that has been widely used. He has also led several multi-institution projects to advance cyberGIS and related scientific problem solving. Wang invented and has been leading the research and development of GISolve Toolkit that represents cutting-edge software for cyberGIS integration and applications (e.g., in agriculture, bioenergy, emergency management, geography and social sciences, geosciences, and public health). He was the founding manager of the Grid Research and educatiOn group @ ioWa (GROW) to foster computational science research and education by a multidisciplinary team within several Iowa higher education institutions. Currently, he is the founding director of the CyberInfrastructure and Geospatial Information Laboratory (CIGI Laboratory) and CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies (CyberGIS Center) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Summary of Extramural Research Funding: (received from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and industry): Principal Investigator (PI) for more than $15 million competitive research grants; PI for tens of millions of normalized computing hours of NSF supercomputing resources; and Co-PI and investigator for contributing to sponsored research with tens of millions of U.S. dollars.

Selected Publications

Yin, J., Soliman, A., Yin, D., and Wang, S. 2017. "Depicting Urban Boundaries from a Mobility Network of Spatial Interactions: A Case Study of Great Britain with Geo-located Twitter Data". International Journal of Geographical Information Science (IJGIS), DOI: 10.1080/13658816.2017.1282615

Wang, S. 2016. "CyberGIS and Spatial Data Science". GeoJournal, 81(6): 965-968

Zhi, Y., Li, H., Wang, D., Deng, M., Wang, S., Gao, J., Duan, Z., and Liu, Y. 2016. "Latent Spatio-Temporal Activity Structures: A New Approach to Inferring Intra-Urban Functional Regions via Social Media Check-in Data". Geo-spatial Information Science, 19(2): 94-105

Wang, S., Liu, Y., and Padmanabhan, A. 2016. Open CyberGIS Software for Geospatial Research and Education in the Big Data Era". SoftwareX, 5: 1-5

Yin, D., Du, S., Wang, S., and Guo, Z. 2015. "A Direction-Guided Ant Colony Optimization Method for Extraction of Urban Road Information from Very-High-Resolution Images". IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (J-STARS), 8(10): 4785-4794

Padmanabhan, A., Wang, S., Cao, G., Hwang, M., Zhang, Z., Gao, Y., Soltani, K., and Liu, Y.Y. 2014. “FluMapper: A CyberGIS Application for Interactive Analysis of Massive Location-based Social Media.” Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cpe.3287

Cao, G., Yoo, E., and Wang, S. 2014. “A Statistical Framework of Data Fusion for Spatial Prediction of Categorical Variables.” Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, accepted

Liu, Y.Y., Padmanabhan, A., and Wang, S. 2014. “CyberGIS Gateway for Enabling Data-Rich Geospatial Research and Education.” Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cpe.3256

Liu, Y.Y. and Wang, S. 2014. “A Scalable Parallel Genetic Algorithm for the Generalized Assignment Problem.” Parallel Computing, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.parco.2014.04.008

Fan, Y., Liu, Y.Y., Wang, S., Tarboton, D., Yildirim, A., and Wilkins-Diehr, N. 2014. “Accelerating TauDEM as a Scalable Hydrological Terrain Analysis Service on XSEDE”. XSEDE 2014 Conference: Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment. July 13-18, Atlanta, GA. accepted

Youn, C., Nandigam, V., Phan, M., Tarboton, D., Wilkins-Diehr, N., Baru, C., Crosby, C., Padmanabhan, A., and Wang, S. 2014. “Leveraging XSEDE HPC resources to address computational challenges with high-resolution topography data”. XSEDE 2014 Conference: Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment. July 13-18, Atlanta, GA. accepted

Riteau, P., Hwang, M, Padmanabhan, A., Gao, Y., Liu, Y.Y., Keahey, K., Wang, S. 2014. “A Cloud Computing Approach to On-Demand and Scalable CyberGIS Analytics”. ScienceCloud 2014, June 23, 2014, Vancouver, BC, Canada. accepted

Wang, S. “CyberGIS: Blueprint for Integrated and Scalable Geospatial Software Ecosystems.” International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 27(11): 2119-2121

Wang, S. (Editor) “Special Issue on CyberGIS: Blueprint for Integrated and Scalable Geospatial Software Ecosystems.” International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 27(11)

Leetaru, K., Wang, S., Cao, G., Padmanabhan, A., Shook, E. 2013. “Mapping the Global Twitter Heartbeat: The Geography of Twitter.” First Monday, 18(5), DOI:10.5210/fm.v18i5.4366

Wang, S., Anselin, L., Bhaduri, B., Crosby, C., Goodchild, M. F., Liu, Y., and Nyerges, T. L. “CyberGIS Software: A Synthetic Review and Integration Roadmap.” International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 27(11): 2122-2145 (This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13658816.2013.776049)

Shook, E., Wang, S., and Tang, W. “A Communication-Aware Framework for Parallel Spatially Explicit Agent-Based Models.” International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 27(11): 2160-2181 (This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13658816.2013.771740

Zhao, Y., Padmanabhan, A., and Wang, S. 2013. “A Parallel Computing Approach to Viewshed Analysis of Large Terrain Data Using Graphics Processing Units.” International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 27 (2): 363-384. PDF (This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13658816.2012.692372

Wang, S., Cao, G., Zhang, Z., Zhao, Y., and Padmanabhan, A. 2012. “A CyberGIS Environment for Analysis of Location-Based Social Media Data.” In: Location-Based Computing and Services, 2nd Edition, ed. A. K. Hassan and H. Amin, CRC Press, pages: 187-205

Hwang, M., Wang, S., Cao, G., Padmanabhan, A., Zhang, Z. 2013. “Spatiotemporal Transformation of Social Media Geostreams: A Case Study of Twitter for Flu Risk Analysis.” In: Proceedings of the 4th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on GeoStreaming (IWGS), November 5 2013, Orlando, Florida, USA

Liu, Y., Padmanabhan, A., and Wang S. 2013. “CyberGIS Gateway for Enabling Data-Rich Geospatial Research and Education”. In: Proceedings of Science Gateway Institute Workshop (IEEE Cluster 2013), September 27, 2013, Indianapolis, Indiana, in press. PDF

Padmanabhan, A., Wang, S., Cao, G., Hwang, M., Zhao, Y., Zhang, Z., and Gao, Y. 2013. “FluMapper: An Interactive CyberGIS Environment for Massive Location-based Social Media Data Analysis.” In: Proceedings of XSEDE 2013: Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment: Gateway to Discovery, Jul 22-25 2013, San Diego, CA, USA.

Padmanabhan, A., Youn, C., Hwang, M., Liu, Y., Wang, S., Wilkins-Diehr, N., and Crosby, C. 2013. “Integration of Science Gateways: A Case Study with CyberGIS and OpenTopography.” In: Proceedings of XSEDE 2013: Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment: Gateway to Discovery, Jul 22-25 2013, San Diego, CA, USA.

Liu, Y. Y., Guo M., Wang, S. 2013. “Large-scale Land Use Optimization by Enhancing a Scalable Parallel Genetic Algorithm Library.” In: Proceedings of XSEDE 2013: Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment: Gateway to Discovery, Jul 22-25 2013, San Diego, CA, USA.

Teaching and Advising

  • Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies (for graduate)
  • Advanced Geographic Information Systems (for both graduate and undergraduate)
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (for undergraduate)
  • Principles of Geographic Information Systems (for both graduate and undergraduate)
  • Topics in Geographic Information Science (for graduate)
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