Research Affiliates


Mengxi Zhang (Vice president, Future Data Lab)

Affiliation: Department of Nutrition and Health Science, Ball State University

Mengxi Zhang, Ph.D., MPH, is an Assistant Professor in Health Science at Ball State University. She graduated from Tulane University with her Ph.D. in International Health and Development and Master Degree in Epidemiology. Prior to Tulane, she majored in Preventive Medicine in Capital Medical University. Her research focuses mainly on the well-being of immigrants and displaced persons, disparities in health and healthcare resources among underrepresented populations, and the effectiveness of human mobility on the changes of health status.

Xiao Huang (Chair, Research Group)

Affiliation: Department of Geosciences, University of Arkansas

Dr. Xiao Huang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arkansas. He obtained his Master’s degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and his Bachelor’s degree from Wuhan University. His research primarily focuses on geospatial analysis, geovisualization, environmental modeling, data science, and Big Data analytics within the general field of GIScience. His research takes advantage of and also addresses the challenges of rapidly growing data availability through the utilization of advanced data fusion techniques and deep learning algorithms.

Siqin Wang (Associate chair, Research Group)

Affiliation: School of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Queensland

Sisi (Siqin) Wang is an Associate Lecturer from the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at University of Queensland, Australia. She received her PhD in Human Geography from the University of Queensland, Australia, Master in GIScience from Northern Illinois University, USA, and Bachelor in Urban Planning from Sun Yat-sen University, China. Her research interest focuses on urban modelling and simulation, human mobility and migration, spatiotemporal analytics, and broad GIS applications in studying human-environment interactions.

Members of Research Group:

Tao Hu

Affiliation: Department of Geography, Oklahoma State University

Dr. Tao Hu is an Assistant Professor in Department of Geography at Oklahoma State University. Before joining OSU, he worked as a postdoc research fellow in the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University and the Department of Geography at Kent State University. His research interests include geospatial big data analysis (i.e., social media), health geography, human mobility, and crime geography. Dr. Hu’s current research aims to build an open data repository for sharing public health-related data, to facilitate interdisciplinary research, education, and training. In addition, his research applies GeoAI (Geospatial Artificial Intelligence) analytics to study the post-pandemic human mobility, environmental, and mental health topics. Dr. Hu has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles with 2 ESI Highly Cited papers (top 1%) in geoscience.

Zhenlong Li

Affiliation: Department of Geography, University of South Carolina

Dr. Zhenlong Li is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina (USC), where he established and leads the Geoinformation and Big Data Research Laboratory (GIBD). He received B.S. degree (2006) in Geographic Information Science from Wuhan University, and Ph.D. (2015, with distinction) in Geography and Geoinformation Sciences from George Mason University. Dr. Li is recognized as a Breakthrough Star by USC in 2020 and listed as one of the Geospatial World 50 Rising Stars by the Geospatial Media and Communications in 2021. He is also a Peter and Bonnie McCausland Faculty Fellow (2020-2023) at the USC College of Arts and Sciences.

Hanchen Yu

Affiliation: Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard University

Dr. Hanchen Yu is a post-doctoral fellow at CGA. He received his Ph.D. in 2019 in Regional Economics from Peking University. He works on methods in spatial statistics, spatial econometrics, spatial data science, and machine learning for the analysis of social processes. His research has targeted the development spatial statistics and how they can be used to capture how relationships change by spatial and temporal contexts. This includes issues of theory, interpretation, as well as applications in transportation, economics, public health, and urban studies.

Lingbo Liu

Affiliation: Department of Urban Planning, School of Urban Design, Wuhan University

Dr. Lingbo Liu is a lecturer at the Department of Urban Planning, School of Urban Design, Wuhan University, China, and currently (2021-2023) a visiting scholar at the Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard University. His research uses multi-source data and quantitative models to capture the spatiotemporal features of urban system, and provides decision support for public policy, urban planning and design. 

Xiaokang Fu

Affiliation: Visiting Research Associate, Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard University

Dr. Xiaokang Fu, postdoctoral researcher in State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing, Wuhan University. He is currently a visiting research associate at the Center for Geographic Analysis of Harvard University. His research interests include Remote Sensing, Geostatistics and Geoinformatics, Urban Computing, Social Media Data Mining, Emergency Response.

Xiaoyue Wang

Affiliation: the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resource Research, Chinese, Academy of Sciences

Wang Xiaoyue is a Ph.D. candidate of Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resource Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, grade 2021, with research fields that cover Geographic Information Science and data mining. Xiaoyue’s main research directions include Geographic big data mining, geographic case-based reasoning and its application (GEO-CBR), etc.

Yunhe Cui

Affiliation: Department of Geography University of Connecticut

Yunhe (Yuna) Cui is currently a third-year Ph.D. student at the Department of Geography, University of Connecticut (UConn). Her research area includes transportation geography, equity, and geo-big data analysis. She also opens to other data-driven research projects and is willing to collaborate with researchers from other fields. Prior to attending UConn, she obtained her B.S. in Geology and B.A. in GIS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and her M.S. in Urban Informatics from New York University.