is a transdisciplinary research field focusing on the understanding of dynamic
patterns, relationships, narratives, changes, and transitions of human
activities, behaviors, and communications.
Curriculum Vitae (HTML-format)
with downloadable publications.
Ming-Hsiang (Ming) Tsou is
a Professor in the Department of Geography, San Diego State University (SDSU),
the Director of the Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (HDMA). He
received a B.S. (1991) from National Taiwan University, an M.A. (1996) from the
State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Ph.D. (2001) from the University
of Colorado at Boulder, all in Geography. His research interests are in
Human Dynamics, Social Media, Big Data, Visualization, Internet mapping, Web
GIS, Mobile GIS, Cartography,
and K-12 GIS education.
He is co-author of Internet GIS, published
in 2003 by Wiley and served on the editorial boards of the
Annals of GIS (2008-),
Cartography and GIScience (2013-)
and the Professional Geographers (2011-).
Tsou was the Chair of the Cartographic Specialty Group (2007-2008), the Chair of
Cyberinfrastructure Specialty Group (2012-2013) in the Association of American
Geographers (AAG), and the co-chair of the NASA Earth Science Enterprise Data
System Working Group (ESEDWG) Standard Process Group (SPG) from 2004 to 2007.
He has been served on two U.S. National Academy of Science Committees: “Research
Priorities for the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science”
(2006-2007) and “Geotargeted
Alerts and Warnings: A Workshop on Current Knowledge and Research Gaps”
(2012- 2013). Since 2008, Tsou served as a senior researcher in the GeoTech
promoting GIS education in community colleges and high schools over six years
In 2010, Tsou was awarded to a $1.3 million research project funded by National
Science Foundation and served as the Principle Investigator (PI) of, "Mapping
ideas from Cyberspace to Realspace"
research project (2010-2014).
This NSF-CDI project
integrates GIS, computational linguistics, web search engines, and social media
APIs to track and analyze public-accessible websites and tweets for
visualizing and analyzing the diffusion of information and ideas in cyberspace.
In 2014, Tsou established a new research center, Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age
a transdisciplinary research area of excellence at San Diego State University to
integrate research works from GIScience, Public Health, Social Science,
Sociology, and Communication. Tsou is the founding director of the Center for
Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (HDMA) (http://humandynamics.sdsu.edu/).
- 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.
Ph.D. Dissertation Title: (2001,
University of Colorado at Boulder)
Dissertation Title: A Dynamic Architecture for Distributing
Geographic Information Services on the Internet.
Click here to see the abstract and download
the Full dissertation in Word.
2003 Published Book:
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. (
2013 Edited Special Issue : Mapping Cyberspace and Social Media
(in Cartography and Geographic Information Science, Volume 40, Issue 2,
TEACHING COURSES INFORMATION
RESEARCH WEB SITES
TV-NEWS and Newspaper Interview:
January 31, ABC10News – San Diego, ‘SDSU researcher: Using Twitter to track the
flu could save lives’
November 08, KPBS Interview: Social Media Analysis and the San Diego Mayor's
2013, December 12, Health24, ‘Social media will help to monitor disease
December 3, U ~ T San Diego,
‘Researcher to Test If Twitter Can Help Spot Flu Trends’
2013, November 21, HuffPost, ‘Twittter Could Tell You Where Flu is Ramping Up,
2013, November 19, ScienceDaily, ‘Hashtag Health’
2013, November 9, News Center, ‘Hashtag Health’
2012, November 15, KPBS, ‘Using Twitter To Predict Elections—Or The Flu’ Click
here to see this video on YouTube
2011, September. 360
Magazine, ‘Mapping Cyberspace’Mapping
cyberspace is one of many ways SDSU faculty are leading innovation and
discovery, a key initiative of the Campaign
for SDSU. With a unique focus on the
teacher-scholar model, SDSU attracts researchers interested in solving the
world’s most pressing problems, while showing students how to provide future
Learn more about how SDSU leads innovation and discovery,
and how you can help.
2010, November 11. News SDSU Mapping Cyberspace A
$1.3 million grant from the National
Science Foundation will help SDSU researchers
create new ways to analyze the spread of information and ideas on the Internet.
The multidisciplinary cyber-infrastructure innovation project will map
cyberspace by tracking the flow of information and monitoring its movement on
SDSUniverse. 2010. Bizarre Map
Voice of San Diego.
"SDSU Professor Maps the Future",
By MOLLY BETTIGA,
Voice Contributing Writer, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005
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
Here to download or view the Video) WMV
San Diego, June 20, 2002The 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)
November 17, 2003, "Tracking the Fires", Geography Department Web Site
Provides Key Source to Firestorm Survivors.
SDSUniverse: Monday, November 28, 2005, "A
Spatial Look at the World."
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 + One Year No-Cost Extension (2015), 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.
Movies (Mobile GIS applications)
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 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.