CURRICULUM VITAE ( February 2017)
I. Dr. MING-HSIANG TSOU
Address: San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-4493
Telephone: (619)594-0205, Fax: (619)594-4938
Ming-Hsiang (Ming) Tsou is a Professor in the Department of Geography, San Diego State University (SDSU) and the Founding Director of the Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (HDMA) (http://humandynamics.sdsu.edu/). 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 and Cartography, Web GIS, High Performance Computing (HPC), Mobile GIS, and K-12 GIS education. He is co-author of Internet GIS, a scholarly book 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). In 2010, Tsou was awarded to a $1.3 million research grant funded by National Science Foundation and served as the Principal Investigator (PI) of, "Mapping ideas from Cyberspace to Realspace" (http://mappingideas.sdsu.edu/) 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 social media (tweets) for visualizing and analyzing the diffusion of information and ideas in cyberspace. In Spring 2014, Tsou established a new research center, Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (HDMA), 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 HDMA Center. In Fall 2014, Tsou received a NSF Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS) award for “Spatiotemporal Modeling of Human Dynamics Across Social Media and Social Networks” (Award#1416509, $999,887, 2014-2018, http://socialmedia.sdsu.edu/ ). This large interdisciplinary research project studies human dynamics across social media and social networks, focusing on information diffusion modeling over time and space, and the connection between online activities and real world human behaviors (including disaster evacuation, vaccine exemption, etc). Tsou is also involved with several GIS education projects for K-12 and higher education. He has been served on the AP GIS&T course advisory board at AAG and a senior researcher in the National GeoTech Center, and the Geospatial Technology Coordinator in California Geographic Alliance to promote GIS education in universities, community colleges and high schools. Tsou conducted professional GIS training workshops for GIS teachers annually at San Diego State University during the last ten years (http://geoinfo.sdsu.edu/hightech/).
Institution Attended Degree Major Field
University of Colorado at Boulder 1996-2001 Ph.D. Geography
(Ph.D. Dissertation: A Dynamic Architecture for Distributing Geographic Information Services on the Internet. Ph.D. Advisor: Dr. Barbara Buttenfield)
· Big data analytics for human dynamics (communications, movements, activities, behaviors).
· Big data visualization and knowledge discovery in cyberspace (KDC).
· Surveillance of disease outbreaks and natural disasters (wildfires, flooding, earthquakes, etc.) using social media, crowd-sourcing, and GIS methods.
· Web-based spatial decision support tools for disaster response and evacuation.
· Agent-based models (ABS) with High Performance Computing (HPC).
· Analyzing cancer disparities from a spatiotemporal perspective and developing visual analytic tools for cancer control and population science.
· Mapping cyberspace and spatiotemporal diffusion of innovation.
· Internet mapping and Web Geographic Information Services (Web GIS).
· Mobile GIS and Location-based Services (LBS).
· Web-enhanced geospatial technology education among K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities.
III. TEACHING POSITIONS AND RANKS HELD
Institution Rank Dates Major Subject
San Diego State University Professor 2011 to present Geography
San Diego State University Associate Professor 2005 to 2011 Geography
San Diego State University Assistant Professor 2000 to 2005 Geography
University of Colorado Teaching Assistant 1998 to 1999 Geography
IV. AWARDS AND HONORS
Professional and Research Awards:
· 2015: The Best Methods Paper Award at the 2015 International Conference of Social Media and Society (July 27 – 29, 2015, Toronto, Canada).
· 2012: The President's Leadership Fund (PLF) Faculty and Staff Awards for Excellence, San Diego State University (Award funding: $5,000).
· 2009: HI-TEC (education) Innovative Program award at the 2009 HI-TEC conference (National Science Foundation: High Impact Technology Exchange Conference) with Professor Kennth Yanow at Southwestern College.
V. PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
Serving on U.S. National Academy of Science Committees:
· 2012- 2013: National Research Council of the National Academy of Science (NAS), Committee on Geotargeted Alerts and Warnings: A Workshop on Current Knowledge and Research Gaps. Committee member, 2012- 2013. (Research gap analysis for Department of Homeland Security and FEMA). http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18414
· 2006-2007: National Research Council of the National Academy of Science, Committee on Research Priorities for the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science, Committee member. 2006-2007. http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=12004
· Cartography and Geographic Information Science (2013- present).
Extramural Support (total funding amounts: $7,332,587)
2017 Co-I (Tsou). NIH U54 SDSU/UCSD Cancer Center Comprehensive Partnership Pilot Fund “Is it race, or place? Disentangling racial, socioeconomic and geographic disparities in the cancer burden of San Diego and Imperial counties”, $49,569. (2017). PI: Caroline A. Thompson, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Public Health.
2016-2019 PI (Tsou). National Science Foundation: Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events (IMEE) Award for “Integrated Stage-based Evacuation with Social Perception Analysis and Dynamic Population Estimation” (Award#: 1634641, Funding Amount: $449,202, 2016-2019, three years). Co-PIs: Dr. Atsushi Nara (Geography and GIS), Dr. Xianfeng Yang (Civil Engineering), and Dr. Sahar Ghanipoor Machiani. Using Big Data-driven techniques, this project will integrate multiple data sources including social media, census survey, geographic information systems (GIS) data layers, volunteer suggestions, and remote sensing data to develop an integrated wildfire evacuation decision support system (IWEDSS). http://decisionsupport.sdsu.edu
2014-2019 PI (Tsou). National Science Foundation Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS) Award for “Spatiotemporal Modeling of Human Dynamics Across Social Media and Social Networks” (Award#:1416509, Funding Amount: $999,887, 2014-2019). (http://socialmedia.sdsu.edu/). Collaborate with Drs. Jay Lee (Co-PI, Kent State), Ruoming Jin (Co-PI, Kent State), Xinyue Ye (Kent State), Brian Spitzberg (Co-PI, SDSU), Jean Marc Gawron (Co-PI, SDSU), Heather Corliss (SDSU), and Xuan Shi (U of Arkansas). This large interdisciplinary research project will study human dynamics across social media and social networks, focusing on information diffusion modeling over time and space, and the connection between online activities and real world human behaviors.
2015 PI (Tsou): GeoQuest Jumpstart: Professional Training Workshop for GIS teachers in High Schools. Funded by ESRI ConnectED program. $5000. Completed.
2013-2015 Senior Personnel (Tsou). GeoTech Center 2.0. National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technology Education (ATE) program. PI: Vincent A. DiNoto, Jr., Director of GeoTech Center, Jefferson Community and Technical College. SDSU Sub-award: $54,895. (2013-2015). (http://www.geotechcenter.org/), Completed.
2010-2014 PI (Tsou). National Science Foundation (NSF) Award: “CDI-Type II: Mapping Cyberspace to Realspace: Visualizing and Understanding the Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Global Diffusion of Ideas and the Semantic Web.” 09/01/2010- 08/31/2014. (48 months). Award # 1028177. (Co-PIs: Dipak K Gupta, Political Science, SDSU; Jean Marc Gawron, Linguistics, SDSU; Brian Spitzberg, Communication, SDSU, Senior Personnel: An Li, Geography). Funding Amount: $1,388,338. (http://mappingideas.sdsu.edu/), Completed.
2012 PI (Tsou). GIS Mapping for Older Adult Services in San Diego. San Diego Foundation. $33,448. (Jan 2012 – Dec 2012). (Co-PI: Dr. Yawen Li, School of Social Work) (http://mappingideas.sdsu.edu/health/) Completed.
2011 Co-PI (Tsou). GIS Mapping for Older Adult Services in San Diego. San Diego Foundation. $28,000. (Jan 2011 – Sep 2011). (http://mappingideas.sdsu.edu/health/) Completed.
2011 PI (Tsou). Connectory GIS Improvement Project. San Diego East County Economic Development Council, $15,000. (Jan 2011 - August 2011). (http://geoinfo.sdsu.edu/connectory/index.html) Completed.
2010 Co-Investigator (Tsou). US Forest Services (USFS). FS Recovery Act Agreement No. 10-JV-11279701-10. (PIs: Dr. Douglas A. Stow and Dr. Philip J. Riggan). “Airborne remote sensing to enable hazardous fuels reduction, forest health protection, rehabilitation and hazard mitigation activities on Federal lands.” Time period: March 1sr, 2010 through December 31, 2014. Founding Amount: $459,380. Completed.
2009 Co-Investigator (Technology developer). Founding Agency: the San Diego Foundation. MAPS (Metropolitan Area Pluralism Study).PI: Dr. Rebecca Moore, Department of Religious Studies, SDSU. $ 23,000 (2009 – 2010). Completed. (http://geoinfo.sdsu.edu/maps/)
2009 PI (Tsou). Bizarre Map Challenge (BMC): A Nationwide Map Design Competition, funded by the National GeoTech Center (NSF-supported). (Nine months, Dec 1, 2009 – August 31, 2010). $31,000. Completed. (http://bizarremap.sdsu.edu/)
2009 PI (Tsou). International Community Foundation. “Baja-Eco-Info Mapping Tool: Mapping Conservation and Threats for the Gulf of California”, (nine months, Jan 1, 2009 – August 31, 2009). $11,500. Completed. (http://geoinfo.sdsu.edu/baja/)
2008 PI (Tsou). San Diego County, Office of Education. “Geographic Information System for the Splash Station”, (1.5 months, July 15, 2008 – August 31, 2008). $3,784. Completed.
2008 Senior Personnel (Tsou), National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technology Education (ATE) program: National Geospatial Technology Center (GeoTech Center) Project Period: 09/1/08-2008/30/2012. Total Funding Amount: $4,999,997. PI: Dr. Philip Davis (Del Mar College, Texas). Tsou is the project manager for the SDSU Sub-award. SDSU Sub-award: $180,000 (four years, 2008-2012). (http://www.geotechcenter.org/)
2006 PI (Tsou). San Diego Coast Keeper. “Multimedia GIS Research Project”. (seven months – Jan 10, 2006 – August 31, 2006). $9,125. Completed. (http://geoinfo.sdsu.edu/mediaGIS/).
2004 CO-PI (Tsou): National Science Foundation, Advanced Technology Education Program (NSF-ATE) Award: “A Scalable Skills Certification Program in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)” PI: Dr. Kendra Jeffcoat at San Diego Mesa College. Total Funding Amount: $749,847. (Tsou is the project director for the SDSU sub-award) (four years, 2004-2008, started from October 1, 2004). SDSU sub-award: $222,060 Completed. (http://geoinfo.sdsu.edu/hightech/).
2004 CO-PI (Tsou): City of San Diego. “The San Diego Watershed Common Grounds Project”. PI: Karen Henry at City of San Diego, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program. Total funding amount: $1 million.. (30 months, started from July 1, 2004 to 2006). SDSU Funding Amount: $ 333,564. Completed. (http://www.sdbay.sdsu.edu/).
2004 CO-PI (Tsou): South Coast Resource Conservation Development Council (State funding). “Development of a Web-based Tool for Non-Point Source Pollution in the Newport Bay and Tijuana River Watersheds”/ PI: Dr. Richard Wright. (20 months, started from November, 2004). Total funding amount: $123,589. Completed.
2003 CO-Investigator (Tsou): NASA Research, Education and Applications Solution Network (REASoN) Project: “A Border Security Decision Support System Driven by Remotely Sensed Data Inputs”. PI: Dr. Douglas Stow. Funding Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). (Five years, 2003-2008). $1,837,771. Completed. (http://geoinfo.sdsu.edu/reason/).
2002 PI (Tsou): NASA ARC Project: “Integrated Mobile GIS and Wireless Internet Image Servers for Environmental Monitoring and Management”. Funding Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). $70,500 (12 months, completed). (http://map.sdsu.edu/mobilegis/).
2001 PI (Tsou): NASA ARC Project: “Web-based Geospatial Information Services For Natural Habitat Conservation and Management”. $41,000 (12 months, completed).
2000 PI: Grant-In-Aid Award: “Software Agent Communication Mechanism for Distributing GIServices on the Internet”. Funding Agency: San Diego State University Foundation. Funding Amount: $8,000 (completed).
2000 PI: Faculty Development Program Award. “Developing a Dynamic Architecture for Internet Mapping and Distributed GIServices”, Funding Agency: San Diego State University. Funding Amount: $5,000 (completed).
PUBLICATIONS (one co-authored book, one co-edited book, two journal special issues, one NRC report, and 69 referred journal papers, book chapters, and conference proceedings).
Book or Encyclopedia Editors:
Edited Special Issue in Refereed Journals
National Research Council Report (2007): A Research Agenda for Geographic Information Science at the United States Geological Survey, The National Academies Press, Washington DC. Report by Committee on Research Priorities for the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science. Co-authors (committee members): R.Denaro, K. Beard‐Tisdale, C. Brewer, M. Domaratz, P.Gong, R. McMaster, M. Tsou, and J. Wilson. http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12004
Articles in Refereed Journals ( *: Served as Corresponding Author).
16. Aslam AA, Tsou MH*, Spitzberg BH, An Li, Gawron JM, Gupta DK, Peddecord KM, Nagel AC, Allen C, Yang JA, Lindsay S. (2014). The Reliability of Tweets as a Supplementary Method of Seasonal Influenza Surveillance, J Med Internet Res 2014;16(11):e250 URL: http://www.jmir.org/2014/11/e250/, doi:10.2196/jmir.3532 (Impact Factor: 4.53).
Chapters in Refereed Books ( *: Served as Corresponding Author).
Articles in Refereed Proceedings
57. Jiang, W., Wang Y., Tsou, M.H., Fu, X. (2016). Using geo-targeted social media data to detect outdoor air pollution. Extended Abstract in the Proceeding of the XXIII ISPRS Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, July 12th – 19, 2016.
Refereed Poster Presentations or Oral Presentations (Selective)
· Ming-Hsiang Tsou and Jennifer Smith (2011). Free and Open Source Software for GIS education , GeoTech Center. LINK (PDF)
Invited Articles in Major GIS Professional Magazines and Newsletters
· Invited to serve on the Scientific Boards for GIS PLANET 2005 (International GIS Conference), GIScience 2008/2010/2012/2014/2016 International Conference, (Reviewing conference paper submissions).
· Invited to serve on the Scientific Committee of WebMGS 2010 and WebMGS2011 (ISPRS: 1st International Workshop on Pervasive Web Mapping, Geoprocessing and Services, the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) (Reviewing conference paper submissions).
· Invited to serve on the Program Committee of ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on High Performance and Distributed Geographic Information Systems (HPDGIS) 2010 (http://www.cigi.illinois.edu/hpdgis10/committee.php) (Reviewing conference paper submissions).
· Invited as a research program proposal review panelist for National Science Foundation and as a research proposal external reviewer for National Science Foundation, NASA, and U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation (2007 - 2017)
· External reviewer for tenured faculty promotion and non-tenured faculty promotion.
2000-2001 Faculty Fellowship (1/4 salary), the Education Center on Computational Science and Engineering (ECCSE) at San Diego State University. The ECCSE is part of the Education, Outreach, & Training Thrust of the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI) and San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) Partnerships.
Manuscript Reviewer for Academic Refereed Journals
· Annals of GIS
· Annals of the Association of American Geographers.
· Big Data and Society
· Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment
· Cartography and Geographic Information Science (CaGIS)
· Computers & Geosciences
· Computers, Environment and Urban Systems
· Environmental Earth Sciences
· Frontiers of Earth Science
· Geographical Analysis
· IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications
· IEEE Internet Computing
· International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research (IJAGR)
· International Journal of Digital Earth
· International Journal of Disaster Risk Science
· ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
· International Journal of Geographical Information Science (IJGIS)
· Journal of Environmental Management
· Journal of Environmental Management
· Journal of Spatial Science
· Journal of Geographic Information Science
· Journal of Geographical Systems
· Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR)
· Journal of Location-Based Services
· Journal of Maps
· Landscape and Urban Planning
· ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
· Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB)
· Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing,
· Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)
· Professional Geographers
· Royal Society Open Science
· The Cartographic Journal
· The Internet Encyclopedia (published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
· The Professional Geographer
· Transactions in GIS
Membership in Professional Organizations
· Association of American Geographers (1999 – present)
· American Congress on Surveying and Mapping and Cartography and Geographic Information Science Community (2000 – present)
· The International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Science (CPGIS) (2013 – present, live member)
· Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (2003-2005)
· The North American Cartographic Information Society (2009 – 2011)
Academic Colloquia, Speeches, and Keynotes (invited):
· 2016, July 18. Ming-Hsiang Tsou: Keynote Speech at the 2016 ISPRS Congress. “Sensing the Invisible and Mapping the Future: Use Social Media and Big Data to Monitor Human Dynamics”. XXIII International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Congress, July 12-19, 2016, Prague, Czech Republic. http://slideslive.com/38897729/sensing-the-invisible-and-mapping-the-future
· 2016, July 8. Ming-Hsiang Tsou. Invited Colloquium Speech. “Big Data and Human Dynamics: A Human-Centered Approach to Analyze Human Activities and Movements with Social Media and GIS data”, Chadwick Building 102, University College London, London, UK.
· 2016, July 15. Ming-Hsiang Tsou. Invited Seminar Lecture at the Health Data Exploration Summer Institute 2016, Cal(IT)2, UC San Diego. Big Data and Human Dynamics: Integrating Personal Health Data with Social Media and GIS.
· 2016, June 03. Ming-Hsiang Tosu. Invited Talk at the NCDR, Taiwan. Improve Disaster Communication Using Social Media (Twitter) with Spatial, Temporal, and Content Analysis: Case Studies for 2014 San Diego Wildfires and 2015 Nepal Earthquake.
· 2016, July 03, 2016. Ming-Hsiang Tsou.
Invited Seminar Talk at the Geography Department, National Taiwan University. A New Paradigm Shift in Higher
Big Data, Hackathons, Startups, and Active Team-based Learning Platforms.
· 2016, June 02. Ming-Hsiang Tsou. Seminar Talk at Department of Electrical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University. Taiwan. Analyzing and Visualizing Big Data from a Spatiotemporal Perspective with Web-based Analytic Tools and Social Media.
· 2016, April 17. Ming-Hsiang Tsou. SDSU Statistics Seminar: Analyzing Big Data from a Spatiotemporal Perspective with Web-based Analytic Tools and Social Media. Department of Math and Statistics. San Diego State University.
· 2015, 11/11. University of Redland / ESRI campus Colloquium. “Using Social Media (Twitter) and Big Data to Build Real-Time Spatiotemporal Analytics (Case Studies in Tracking Disaster Responses and Disease Outbreaks)”.
· 2015, 8/21. Invited keynote speaker in Transformation, Innovation, and Impact in Social Work Research Workshop, College of Social Work, The Ohio State University. Presentation Title: “Using Social Media (Twitter) and Big Data to Create Real-Time Spatiotemporal Analytics for Social Work”.
· 2015, 7/13. NIH Big Data Workshop: Harnessing “Big Data” to Stop HIV. Invited Presentation, “Twitter & Social Media in Public Health Research”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wY81zlBoqE
· 2014, 6/26. 2014 Keynote speaker, TGIS Geoinformatics UGIS Joint International Conference, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. “Knowledge Discovery in Big Data: A Research Frontier of GIScience”.
· 2014, 5/24, Taiwan Geography Conference Keynote Speaker: “Visualizing and Mapping Big Data: A New Research Frontier in GIS and A New Opportunity for Geography Education.” National Taiwan Normal University.
· 2014, 5/23, Invited Speech at Taiwan National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction. “Using Big data and social media for disaster warning, evacuation, and recovery.”
· 2014, 6/02 Beijing Union University Colloquium : “Building Smarter Cities with Big Data and Social Media.”
· 2014, 5/30 Beijing Forest University Colloquium: “Using Big Data and GIS for Forest Resource Management.”
· 2014, 5/29 China Geological Info Key Lab Seminar: “The Future of Internet GIS: Linking Cloud Computing and Mobile Technology.”
· 2014, 5/27 Taiwan Feng-Chia University. Colloquium “GIS Research Opportunities in Big Data and Social Media Analytics.”
· 2014, 5/26 National Taiwan Ocean University Colloquium: “Using Big Data for Environmental Monitoring and Fishery Resource Management.”
· 2013, September 18. University of Redlands, Colloquium: “Golden Opportunity: Mining Big Data and Social Media with GIS and Spatial Analytics.” at the Center for Business GIS and Spatial Analysis.
· March 29, 2012. Invited Colloquium at National Taiwan University. Department of Geography. "Rediscovering Geography with Internet GIS and Virtual Globes: Case studies in Disaster Management and GIS Education".
· March 17, 2012. Keynote Speech at the 8th Taipei International Digital Earth Symposium TIDES 2012 , May 14th ~ 18th, 2012 , Taipei, Taiwan. Conference Theme: Digital Earth : The Next Generation. "Mapping Social Media and Diffusion of Innovations on Digital Earth: Revealing the Invisible World". http://deconf.pccu.edu.tw/2012TIDES/en-speech-highlight-ks.html
· March 16, 2012. Invited speech at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. "Research Challenges and Opportunities for Mapping Cyberspace and Social Networks", In Novel Geospatial Information Architecture and Services Workshop, Taipei, Taiwan.
· March 4, 2010. Invited speech at TELDAP International Conference, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (ROC), “Developing Geospatial Cyberinfrastructure to Archive and Share Spatial Knowledge Digitally”.
· March 1, 2010. Colloquium at the GIS Center, Feng Chia University, Taiwan. “Using Web 2.0 and Mobile GIS to Promote Geospatial Technology Education and GIScience Research”.
· May 21, 2009. Invited keynote speech at FORMOSAT-2 5th Anniversary Conference, National Space Office Program (NSPO), Hsinchu, Taiwan (ROC), “The Integration of FORMOSAT-2 and NASA Imagery for San Diego Wildfire Emergency Responses and Web GIS Education”.
· April 2, 2009. Colloquium at the Department of Geography, University of Tennessee. “New Research Directions of Internet GIS and Web-based Spatial Decision Support Systems for Disaster Management.”
· March 29, 2008. The GeoVisualization Colloquium Series, Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Title: “New Research Directions of Internet GIS, and Web-based GeoVisualization for the San Diego 2007 Wildfires.”
· March 11, 2008. Invited keynote speech at the Japan’s “Curricula for Geographic Information Science” conference, the University of Tokyo, Japan. Title: “Integrating Web-based GIS, On-line Videos, and Collaborative Tools for GIS education”. (http://curricula.csis.u-tokyo.ac.jp/activity/t0311.php).
· January 17, 2008, Colloquium at the Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara. “New Research Directions of Internet GIS and Web Mapping Services and Lessons Learned from the San Diego 2007 Wildfires.”
· March 5, 2008, Colloquium at the Department of Geography, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan. Title: “Future Research Directions of Internet GIS and Web Mapping Services and Lessons Learned from the San Diego 2007 Wildfires”
· March 14, 2008, Colloquium at the Institute of Space and Earth Information Science, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Title: “New Research Directions of Internet GIS and Web Mapping Services and Lessons Learned from the San Diego 2007 Wildfires.”
· March 17, 2008, Colloquium at the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore. Title: “New Research Directions of Internet GIS and Disaster Management and Lessons Learned from the San Diego 2007 Wildfires”.
· March 21, 2008, Colloquium at the Department of Geography, National Taiwan University. Title: “Rediscovering Geography with Internet GIS and Virtual Globes: Case studies in Disaster Management and GIS Education”.
· June 8th, 2005, Colloquium at Department of Geography, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan. “Internet GIS and Geospatial Information Technology”.
· June 19th, 2005, Colloquium at National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. Web-based Geospatial Technology.
· June 14th, 2005 .Colloquium at the Electronic Engineering Department, National Cheng Kung University. The Impact of Internet GIS.
VI. TEACHING AND EDUCATION INNOVATIONS:
· Hosting the Big Data Hackathon for San Diego (2015 themes: water drought and conservation, disaster response and assistance, crime monitor and prevention, 2017 theme: public health). The 2017 Big Data Hackathon for San Diego aims to promote Data Science and Big Data Analytics for both students and educators and demonstrate possible technological applications to solve PUBLIC HEALTH issues for San Diegans. Website: http://bigdataforsandiego.github.io/
· Big Data Science and Analytics Platform (GEOG594): http://map.sdsu.edu/bigdata/ This course (first taught in Fall 2016) introduces state-of-the-art computational platforms, tools, and skills for big data science and big data analytics with numerous real-world case studies. The big data field provides untapped potential for discovering and analyzing complex problems faced by humankind, including business analytics, disease outbreaks, traffic patterns, urban dynamics, and environmental changes. This class will introduce big data platforms (Amazon EC2, Google Engine, and Windows Azure) and key concepts (cloud computing, virtualization, information privacy, and crowd sourcing). Students will learn to how to use Google Fusion Table, R, Gephi, ArcGIS Online, and Tableau to conduct big data analytics. The course will provide basic introduction to big database management related to NOSQL databases, Hadoop and MongoDB. This course will have both the hands-on training of analytics tools and computer skills, as well as the fundamental concepts for big data science with critical thinking. Students will have opportunity to create their own big data platform on Amazon EC2 virtual servers, manage their own databases in MongoDB, and access and collect big data from their interested applications (e.g. Twitter data and business datasets).
· The GIS iBook development: the "Introduction to GIScience" Collaborative Textbook Project for iPad devices. Editors: Ming-Hsiang Tsou, Yi-ting Chung (graduate student) and Cynthia Paloma (graduate student). Many younger students today prefer interactive digital textbooks to print versions, and have access to iPads in K-12. The Introduction to GIScience textbook project provides students with a collaborative opportunity to learn and engage GIScience content with a free interactive digital textbook formatted on iPads. URL: http://mappingideas.sdsu.edu/ibook/
· GIS Career and Education Awareness website and online learning modules: http://geoinfo.sdsu.edu/hightech/
· Geospatial Technology Summer Workshops for community college teachers and high school teachers (2009 – 2016): http://geoinfo.sdsu.edu/hightech/GISWorkshop2012.htm
· GIS Class Web Sites (San Diego State University) : (including lecture notes, on-line forum, and web-based exercises).
1. GEOG 104 (Geographic Information Science and Spatial Reasoning): http://map.sdsu.edu/geog104
2. GEOG 381 (Computerized Map Design): http://map.sdsu.edu/geog381/
3. GEOG 484 (Introduction to Geographic Information Systems): http://map.sdsu.edu/geog484/
4. GEOG 583 (Internet Mapping and Distributed GIServices): http://map.sdsu.edu/geog583/
5. GEOG 581 (Cartographic Design): http://map.sdsu.edu/geog581/
6. Wireless mobile GIS: GEOG 789 Seminar (Spring 2010 Seminar:): http://map.sdsu.edu/GEOG780-mobileGIS-syllabus2010-final.pdf
7. Web Mapping and Social Media: GEOG 780 Seminar: (Fall 2012) http://map.sdsu.edu/GEOG780-2015-Web-Mapping-and-Social-Media.pdf
· Social Networking Media (Facebook) for Teaching Aids: a Facebook Page for the introduction of Geospatial Technology. (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Geospatial-Technology-at-SDSU-GEOG104-GEOG381-GEOG583/129010146571?ref=mf).
· YouTube Channel for Geospatial Technology:
HDMA YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKiEJPhr3vRgNgFi5aD49VA
VII. SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY AND THE COMMUNITY
Service to the Community
2007 and 2003
Established interactive Web-based mapping services for San Diego Wildfire 2003 and 2007 HTTP://MAP.SDSU.EDU. This Web site (http://map.sdsu.edu) was
created immediately on October 27, 2003 (Monday morning) to provide Web mapping
services for helping our local community. This site was updated daily and
provides maps of the
Numerous e-mails are flooding in to thank SDSU for creating the site. Among them:
“I have been keeping track of the fires. My
daughter is a sophomore and living in
–a very worried parent
“Thanks for the map. It is very helpful in
understanding what went on in San Diego.”
-Anonymous, Long Island,
“I want to congratulate you and your colleagues
on the magnificent Web site you created for the recent fires.”
-Economics professor at UCSD
More information about this Web site can be found at the November 17 issue of SDSUniverse (http://www.sdsuniverse.info/story.asp?id=11596) and the 360 Magazine (Spring 2004) page 8.
On October 21, 2007. This website was activated again. Tsou was leading the San Diego GIS force group, a volunteer group of SDSU faculty and students to established interactive Web-based mapping services for the new San Diego Wildfire 2007 for helping local San Diego community. Based on the Web server transaction logs, 236,693 unique visitors visited the Web site during the first week of wildfires in 2007. The City of San Diego, the Southern California Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team, and the County’s emergency fire information center created Web links from their wildfire pages to the website.
2014, October 20, CBS8News - SDSU professor to use Twitter to alert San Diegans
2014, October 15, KPBS – San Diego, SDSU Professor Selecting 'Tweeters' To Spread Emergency Messages
2013, December 3, Union Tribune San Diego, Researcher to Test if Twitter can help spot flu trends.
2012, November 15, KPBS, ‘Using Twitter To Predict Elections—Or The Flu’. Tsou and Dipak Gupta, both San Diego State University professors, are part of a project called Mapping Ideas. The idea is to track and analyze publicly-accessible websites, as well as social media like Twitter and Facebook, for key words and phrases and then track their spread. The project tracked the frequency of mentions of “Obama” and “Romney” on Twitter the week before the election. Remarkably, its results closely resemble the polls taken during that last week. Click here to see this video on Youtube.
November 30, 2005 KUSI/News (Morning News) interview. Introducing the recent wildfire research with GIS and remote sensing technologies with Dr. Stow.
June 20, 2002 KUSI/News (Morning News) interview. “The introduction of mobile GIS applications and related GIS/Remote Sensing research activity in geography department, SDSU” with Dr. Stow. (on-line archive: http://advancement.sdsu.edu/marcomm/news/clips/Archive/Jun2002/062002/062002rod-geog2.mpg)
(2017), Board of Directors (2002 - 2004, 2012 - present) – nominated and
elected in December 2016 as the President of the San Diego Chinese-American
Science and Engineering Association (SDCASEA). SDCASEA is one of the major
Chinese-American associations in San Diego area (290 members). The goal of this association is to facilitate
the understanding of Chinese/Taiwanese culture and to provide student
scholarships and community services to
Webmaster -- 2002-2004. Design and maintain the web site of San Diego Chinese American Science and Engineering Association. (http://www.sdcasea.com).
Coordinate both Patrick Henry High School students (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and Helix High School students (2006, 2007, 2008) visits to the GIS computer laboratory with half day tours (including one hour Web GIS demo by Tsou, one hour GPS treasure hunting, and one hour SDSU campus tour).
Exhibitor for Patrick Henry High School Engineering Academic Career Exploration Fair, 2009 and 2010. Introduce GIS technology for students as potential career paths.
Served on the Kyoto Scholarship Judging Committee (for high school students), 2005 and 2006. The Kyoto Laureate Symposium Gala. Coordinated by the San Diego Foundation.
VIII. STUDENT ADVISING
Ph.D. student advising (committee chair/advisor at San Diego State University):
1. Christopher Allen (Ph.D. in Geography, in progress). Understanding Livability in Urban Areas using Social Media, Remote Imagery, and GIS Data.
2. Jiue-An (Jay) Yang (Ph.D. in Geography, graduated January 2017). Spatial-Temporal Analysis of Information Diffusion Patterns with User-generated Geo-Social Contents from Social Media.
3. Su Yeon Han (Ph.D. in Geography, graduated August 2016). Discovering Spatial Relationships between Cyberspace and Real Space and Re-examining Theories in Geography with Social Media and Big Data.
4. Ick Hoi (Rick) Kim (Ph.D. in Geography, graduated August 2012). Developing High Performance GIS Simulation Models on Geospatial Cyberinfrastructure: A Case Study of Population Change Models with Grid Computing and Cloud Computing Technologies. (Visiting Fellow at National University of Singapore, 2013).
5. Justin Shepard (Ph.D. in Geography, taking leave in Fall 2010). VGI Credibility of Natural Disaster Response Reporting. (Full time GIS analyst at the U.S. Department of Agriculture)
6. Tong Zhang (Ph.D. in Geography, graduated December 2007). Developing Grid-enabled Internet GIService Portals to Support Geospatial Cyberinfrastructure: A Pilot Study in Accessibility. (Current position: Associate Professor at the National Key Laboratory for Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing (LIESMARS), Wuhan University, P.R. China).
Ph.D. student advising (committee member at San Diego State University):
1. Nana Luo (Ph.D. student, Geography, San Diego State University).
2. Nicole Simons (Ph.D. graduated 2013, San Diego State University). Knowledge-based rapid assessment decision support tool for wildfire events.
3. Christopher D. Lippitt (Ph.D. graduated 2012, San Diego State University). Science on the Fast Track: Real-Time Remote Sensing for Earth Science and Environmental Management.
4. John Ryan (Ph.D. in Geography, graduated May 2004, San Diego State University). Using Spatial Updating Bias to Explore the Robustness of a Collaborative Geovisualization Model.
Ph.D. student external committee member (outside SDSU):
1. Wei Huang (graduated September 2016, Department of Civil Engineering, Ryerson University). Dissertation Title: Modelling Intra-Urban Human Activity Patterns using Crowdsourcing and Geosocial Media Data
Master student advising (committee chair/advisor):
1. Stefany Pickett (M.S. in GIScience, in progress).
2. Hao Zhang (M.S. in GIScience, in progress).
3. Alejanadra Coronado (M.S. in GIScience, in progress).
4. Qinyun Zhang (M.S. in GIScience, in progress).
5. Joey Lee (M.S. in GIScience, in progress).
6. Cynthia Paloma (M.S. in GIScience, graduated in July 2016) Developing a Collaborative Multimedia Learning Platform for GIScience Education: A Case Study in Designing an Interactive Textbook for iPad.
7. Jessica Dozier (M.S. in GIScience, graduated in May 2016). Improve Disaster Communication in Online and Offline Communities Using Social Media (Twitter) and Big Data.
8. Elias Issa (M.S. in GIScience, graduated in May 2016). Understanding the Spatio-Temporal Characteristics of Twitter Data with Geo-tagged and Non Geo-tagged Content: Two Case Studies with the Topic of Flu and Ted (Movie).
9. Lesley Handa (M.S. in GIScience, graduated in December 2015). Examining the Past, Present and Future Conservation of the Wintering Waterbirds in Mission Bay using GIS Field Methods and Climate Change Modeling.
10. Yi-Ting Chung (M.S. graduated in May 2015) Utilizing Mobile Technology in GIS Education: A Case Study of Using iPad and iBook in Fieldwork and Location Based Exercise.
11. Philip Elder (M.S. in GIScience, graduated in May 2013) Designing and Implementing a Web Mapping Service with User-Centered Design and the Sensor Web: A Case Study in the San Diego River Watershed.
12. Daniel Lusher (M.S. in GIScience, graduating in May 2013) IP Addresses: Exploring the nature of the geographic data and the patterns that can be extracted.
13. Nicole Stotz (M.S. in GIScience, graduating in May 2015) Usability Evaluation of Google Fusion Table for the Display of Very Large Datasets.
15. Jennifer Smith (M.S. in GIScience, graduated in August 2011) Effective Animation Techniques for 3D visualizations of urban landscapes with a spatial and temporal dimension.
17. Diana Smith (M.S. in GIScience, graduated in May 2010). Formalizing and Evaluating Principles of Web-Based Animated Cartography Using Arctic Sea Ice Examples.
18. Justin H. Shepard (M.S. in GIScience, graduated in August 2009). Web-based GIS modeling in an adaptive management framework: A case study of the Carlsbad Habitat Management Plan.
24. Nathan G. Mendenhall (M.S. in GIScience, graduated in 2007). Applying User-Centered Design Method for the Development of Web-based Mapping Services: Case Study with Biology and Environmental Planning.
25. Jung Eun (Jesse) Hong (M.S. in GIScience, graduated in 2007). Integrating a Real-Time Mobile Geographic Information System and a Web-Based Mapping Application for Campus Safety: A Case Study at San Diego State University.
26. Jing-Yi Chen (M.S. in GIScience, graduated in 2006). Web-Based GIS for High School Teachers and Students: A New Approach to Teaching and Learning with GIS.
29. Judd M. Curran (M.A. in Geography, graduated in 2005) Web-based Geospatial Information Services and Analytical Tools for Management of Real-time Surface Water Hydrology.
30. Susmita Panchal (M.S. in GIScience, graduated in 2005) Intranet-based GIS for Environmental Compliance Management in a Gas and Electric Utility (Geography).
32. Rasmus H. Larsen (M.A. in Geography, graduated in 2003) Distributed Cartographic Knowledge Bases: An Intelligent Software Agent Approach (Geography).
Master student advising (second reader or third committee member):
7. Mark T. Cunningham (M.A. Geography, graduated in 2001) The San Diego Bay Marine Information System: The Application of a Real-time Geographical Information System to Maritime Operational Decision Making.