Guiming Zhang, PhD

Guiming Zhang

Assistant Professor

What I do

I teach and research in the field of Geographic Information Science.

Specialization(s)

High-Performance Geo-computing, Spatial Analysis, Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI)

Professional Biography

I obtained my Ph.D. in GIScience from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018. During my Ph.D. study, I also obtained a M.S. in Computer Sciences in 2016. My current research is focused on the theory and application of volunteered geographic information (VGI) and computing technologies to support spatial big data analytics.

Degree(s)

  • Ph.D., Geographic Information Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2018
  • MS, Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016
  • MS, Geographic Information Science, Beijing Normal University, 2013
  • BS, Geography, Beijing Normal University, 2010

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Geographers
  • International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences

Research

My research falls in geospatial big data analytics. I am particularly interested in VGI and its applications. VGI has been an important source of geospatial big data. However, it suffers from certain data quality issues in analysis (e.g., spatial bias). My research focuses on mitigating spatial bias in VGI (and other non-traditional data) to improve the quality of inferences made from them. In addition, geospatial big data (e.g., VGI) is often massive, it is urgent to address the computational challenges facing geospatial big data analysis. A side-line of my research focuses on developing algorithmic optimizations and utilizing cutting-edge computing technologies (e.g., high-performance computing) to support geospatial big data analytics.

Featured Publications

Zhang, G., Zhu, A. -X., Huang, Z. -P., Ren, G., Qin, C. -Z., & Xiao, W. (2018). Validity of historical volunteered geographic information: Evaluating citizen data for mapping historical geographic phenomena. TRANSACTIONS IN GIS, 22(1), 149-164.
Zhang, G., Zhu, A. -X., & Huang, Q. (2017). A GPU-accelerated adaptive kernel density estimation approach for efficient point pattern analysis on spatial big data. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SCIENCE, 31(10), 2068-2097.
Zhang, G., Huang, Q., Zhu, A. -X., & Keel, J. H. (2016). Enabling point pattern analysis on spatial big data using cloud computing: optimizing and accelerating Ripley's K function. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SCIENCE, 30(11), 2230-2252.

Presentations

Zhang, G., & Zhu, A. -X. (2018). Representativeness-directed sample spatial bias mitigation for predictive mapping. The 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Zhang, G., Zhu, A. -X., & Huang, Q. (2017). A GPU-accelerated adaptive kernel density estimation approach for efficient point pattern analysis on spatial big data. 2017 2nd International Symposium on Spatiotemporal Computing. Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Zhang, G., Zhu, A. -X., & Huang, Q. (2017). GPU-accelerated adaptive kernel density estimation for point pattern analysis on spatial big data. The 25th International Conference on Geoinformatics. Buffalo, New York, USA.

Awards

  • Whitbeck Graduate Dissertator Award, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Best Paper Competition Award (Runner Up), The 2nd International Symposium on Spatiotemporal Computing
  • Campus-Wide Capstone Ph.D. Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Trewartha Conference Travel Award, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Excellent Olympics Volunteer Award, 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Committee