People

Group photo on September 17th, 2021
 

Faculty

Yingjie Hu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University at Buffalo (UB) and the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA). His major research area is in GIScience and more specifically GeoAI. He holds a PhD from the Department of Geography at UC Santa Barbara. He received his MS and BS degrees from East China Normal University. He is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed articles in top international journals and conferences. He and his work received awards at international, national, and university levels, including Waldo-Tobler Young Researcher Award, GIScience 2018 Best Full Paper Award, Jack and Laura Dangermond GIS Graduate Fellow Award, Doctoral Scholarship from the Cartography and Geographic Information Society, National Award for Outstanding Chinese PhD Students Studying Abroad, AAG International Geographic Information Fund Award, and UCSB Geography Excellence in Research Award. His research was also covered by major media such as Reuters and VOA News. He is passionate about doing GIScience research, training the next generation’s GIS leaders, and serving the GIS community.

 

Students

 

Ting Chang is a master student in GIS. Her research interests focus on the intersection between geographic information science and urban studies. She is interested in studying the interaction between human and environment within geo-computing and urban analysis methods. She completed her B.S. in Urban Planning at National Cheng Kung University.
 
Tev’ye Davis is a master student in the Department of Geography, University at Buffalo. He obtained his B.S. in Urban and Reginal Planning from the University of Technology, Jamaica. His research interest are remote sensing, artificial intelligence in GIS and urban planning, with a particular focus how we can extract meaningful geospatial data from the public to make better decisions.
 
Gaurish Lakhanpal is a student at Stevenson High School (graduating in 2023). He works as a research intern in the GeoAI Lab. He’s interested in exploring the world of GeoAI, specifically looking at spatial bias in data. In his free time he enjoys programming, writing poetry, and collecting fountain pens.
 
Wei Liu is a master student in the Department of Geography, University at Buffalo. She applies GIS methods to address the problems concerning social equity. She received her B.S. from the School of Resource and Environmental Sciences, Wuhan University with the major in geographical science. She once worked as a research assistant on urban and land use planning with local institutions. Her passion is mainly about serving the public with GIS technologies and popularizing GIS knowledge.
 
Yue Ma is a master student in the Department of Geography, University at Buffalo. She completed her B.S. in Geographical Information Science at Wuhan University, and another B.S. in Finance at Wuhan University. She was an exchange student at the University of St Andrews in 2019. Her research interest focuses on urban analytics and the geographical pattern of human behaviors.
Kai Sun is a visiting PhD student in the Department of Geography, University at Buffalo. He is also a PhD student at the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research interest is in geospatial semantics. He extracts information from data and builds knowledge base to make the information easier to be accessed. He also develops methods to align geospatial information to deal with the issues of data duplication and inconsistency among different geospatial knowledge bases. He completed his M.S. at the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences with a focus of geographic ontology. He received his B.E. at School of Remote Sensing and Information Engineering, Wuhan University with a major of remote sensing science and technology.
 
Zhenqi Zhou is a PhD student in the Department of Geography, University at Buffalo. His research interests focus on GeoAI, urban analytics, big data, and the association between the built environment and human behaviors. He completed his M.E. in Landscape Architecture at Nanjing Forestry University, and B.A. in Landscape Gardening at Zhejiang A&F University. Apart from studying, he likes Strength Training.
 

Alumni

Jimin Wang (MS in GIS, 2020. First position: GIS software engineer at Huawei)

Dale Sherman (BA in Geography, 2017. First position: GIS specialist at Apple)

Dylan Witucki (BA in Geography, 2017. First position: GIS Specialist at Oak Ridge National Lab)