Geospatial Technology and Science
will enable a second wave
of quantitative revolution for our world.
Ming-Hsiang (Ming) Tsou is
Professor in the Department of Geography, San Diego State University. He
received a B.S. from National Taiwan University in 1991, an M.A. from the State
University of New York at Buffalo in 1996, and a Ph.D. from the University of
Colorado at Boulder in 2001, all in Geography. His research interests are in
Mapping Cyberspace, Internet mapping and distributed GIS applications, mobile
GIS and wireless communication, multimedia cartography and user interface
design, and cyberinfrastructure with GRID computing technology. He has applied
his research interests in applications such as wildfire mapping, environmental
monitoring and management, habitat conservation, K-12 education, and homeland
border security. He is co-author of the book, Internet GIS,
published in 2003 and served on the editorial boards of the Annals
of GIS (2008-) and the Professional Geographers
(2011-). Tsou was the co-chair of the NASA Earth Science Enterprise Data System
Working Group (ESEDWG) Standard Process Group (SPG) from 2004 to 2007 and the
2007-2008 Chair of the Cartographic Specialty Group in the Association of
American Geographers (AAG). He is the Webmaster for the Geographic Information
Science and System (GISS) Specialty Group in AAG since 2006. Tsou received the
2004 and 2010 Outstanding Faculty Award at San Diego State University, and his
name was listed in Marquis Publishing Who's Who in America in 2006, 2007, and
2008. Tsou was appointed by the National Academy of Science in 2006 to
serve on the committee on “Research Priorities for the USGS Center of Excellence
for Geospatial Information Science”. In 2007, he created and maintained an
interactive Web-based mapping services for San Diego Wildfires 2007 (
http://map.sdsu.edu) and his efforts have been
recognized by the AAG newsletters and the San Diego Union Tribune (newspaper).
In 2008, Tsou served as a senior researcher in the GeoTech Center
( http://www.geotechcenter.org/). In
2010, Tsou served as the Principle Investigator (PI) of a NSF-CDI project,"
Mapping ideas from Cyberspace to Realspace", funded by National
Science Foundation, Division of Computer and Network Systems, NSF Program
CDI-Type II Award # 1028177.
http://mappingideas.sdsu.edu/ . He also initiated an open web mapping project
in 2011, called "We Help Each Other" (WHEO),
- Doctor of Philosophy, Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2001.
- Master of Arts, Geography, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1996.
Bachelors of Science, Geography, National Taiwan University, 1991.
Curriculum Vitae (HTML-format)
with downloadable publications.
(PDF version) (including
publication download link)
Internet GIS: Distributed Geographic Information Services for the Internet
and Wireless Networks, authored by Dr. Zhong-Ren Peng and Dr. Ming-Hsiang
Tsou. Published by Wiley. 2003. (
TEACHING COURSES INFORMATION
RESEARCH WEB SITES
CURRENT RESEARCH FOCUS
Mapping Cyberspace to Realspace: Visualizing and Understanding the
Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Global Diffusion of Ideas and the Semantic Web. NSF,
Division of Computer and Network Systems,
NSF Program CDI-Type II. Award # 1028177.
2010 - 2014, funding: $1.3 millions.
The project integrates geographic information systems (GIS), geographic
information science (GIScience), computational linguistics (CL), and semantic
web (computer-based ontology) technologies to track and analyze
public-accessible websites for progressively more defined clusters of words and
phrases that characterize actual and potentially developing networks of social
processes. Human and natural crises (e.g., epidemics), and hostile social
movements (e.g., militia and hate groups) are examined as illustrative exemplars
of the utility of such an integrated system. Website pages and web contents with
identified clusters of words or phrases will be mapped (by geo-referencing their
web addresses, URL, place names, gazetteers, blogs, etc.) over a world map
(using GIS tools) with time stamps. The resulting map will provide a visual
"information landscape" consisting of hundreds of website locations (using real
world coordinate systems) containing related keywords or similar ideas. When
integrated with time-series analyses, this map will allow examination of the
paths and speed of information dissemination, as well as the evolving varieties
of various ideas and their relationships. By creating a Semantic Web Automatic
Reasoning and Mapping System (SWARMS) prototype, researchers can visualize the
spread of concepts, ideas and news over time and space. Clusters of keywords and
phrases will be identified and classified, and references to key ideas,
provocative events, and important text sources will be collected. This
innovative methodology could be applied in multiple languages and other
applications, such as cellular phone text messages and social network messages
(such as twitter messages).
Click here to download a THREE-page introduction about this project.
GIS Mapping for Older
Adult Services in San Diego
This project attempts to identify gaps in health care services
for the older populations of San Diego County. Through the use of a readily
available, interactive Geographic Information System (GIS), healthcare agencies
will be able to better understand the demographic of current and potential
clients, identify which areas lack vital services, collaborate with other
service providers, and develop strategies to reach out to underserved
3. The Connectory GIS improvement project.
The Connectory "is
an online resource that captures the capabilities and capacities of primary
industry and technology companies and their supply chains across the U.S." To
improve access to this information, the Connectory has partnered with the
Geography department at SDSU for improvements to the current web map interface.
Ph.D. Dissertation Title: (2001,
University of Colorado at Boulder)
A Dynamic Architecture for Distributing Geographic
Information Services on the Internet.
Click here to see the abstract and download
the Full dissertation in Word.
Movies (Mobile GIS applications)
TV-NEWS and Newspaper Interview:
KUSI Channel 9 News (Morning News), San Diego, November 30, 2005.
The highlights of CESAR lab and the visualization of San Diego
Wildfire 2003 in Google Earth Demo. at San Diego State University. (WMV format).
(Click Here to
download or view the Video) WMV format
San Diego, June 20, 2002
The introduction of GIS research with Mobile devices, GPS, and
remote sensing technologies at the Department of Geography, San Diego State
University. (MPEG Movie Format)
(Click Here to download or view the
Video) MPEG format.
University at Buffalo, Alumni
Monday, November 17, 2003, "Tracking the Fires",
Geography Department Web
Site Provides Key Source to Firestorm Survivors.
Monday, November 28, 2005, "A Spatial Look at the World."
An old version of Internet GIS overview (in 2004), published
on the GIS@development magazine.
Tsou, 2004, Present Reality and the Future of Internet GIS. at
GIS@development, Vol. 8(7), pp.
(Alternative download here)
Tsou, 2005. Recent
Development of Internet GIS at GIS@development:
An old version of the
explanation of cyberspace?
Some of my family photos are HERE:
Dr. Ming-Hsiang (Ming) Tsou. Chinese name:
鄒明祥. Professor. San Diego State University.
Department of Geography.
This is one of my favorite
stories: "A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading nightly. All the speed he took, all the
turns he'd taken and the corners he'd cut in Night City, and
still he'd see the matrix in his sleep, bright lattices of logic
unfolding across that colorless void".... written by William Gibson,
Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou ( Ming Tsou ) Homepage.