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Chen Xu

Chen Xu

Assistant Professor | WyGISC

Room 332, Agriculture C

Laramie, WY
Phone: (307) 766-2532


  • PhD, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, Geography (GIScience)

  • MA, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, Computer Science

  • BS, Sichuan University, China, Engineering Cybernetics

Professional Summary

Dr. Chen Xu is an Associate Professor in the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC). He joined the Department of Geography as an Assistant Professor in 2014 and joined WyGISC after the restructuring of the curriculum in 2019. He received a B.S. in engineering from Sichuan University, China, in 1999, and an M.S. in computer science from Sam Houston State University in 2005. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from Texas A&M University, College Station in 2010. From 2010 to 2014 he worked at George Mason University as a research scientist.

His research interests span both geocomputation and geographic information science. Much of his work has been on improving the understanding and design of volunteered geographic information (VGI) system, mainly through the application of geocomputation and data mining technologies. In the geographic information science area, he has worked on applying cybernetic theories to geospatial investigations.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Assoc. of Geographers

  • Univ. Consortium of Geographic Information Science

  • Wyoming Geospatial Organization

Current Courses Taught

  • GIST 2100: Introduction to GIS

  • GIST 2150: Introduction to Programming in GIST

  • GIST 5150: Advanced Programming in Spatial Sciences


Other Recent Teaching

  • Undergraduate

    • GEOG 4200: Intro to GIS

    • GEOG 4210: Advanced GIS

    • GEOG 4220: Spatial Modeling and Geocomputation

  • Graduate

    • GEOG 5210: Advanced GIS

    • GEOG 5220 Spatial Modeling and Geocomputation

Research Interests

  • Geocomputation – Big geospatial data analytics

  • Geographic Information Science – Volunteered geographic information

Representative Recent / Ongoing Projects

  • Algorithms for respiratory-borne disease outbreak detection and early warning on an inferred contact network

  • Developing a computational solution for data-driven real-time wildfire forecasting

Representative Publications

  • C. Yang, P. Fu, M.F. Goodchild, C. Xu, 2019. Integrating GIScience Application through Mashup. CyberGIS for Geospatial Discovery and Innovation. S.W. Wang and M.F. Goodchild. Dordrecht: Springer, pp.87-112.

  • W. Heili, C. Xu, and N.J. Crane, 2019. Pokémon GO, cyborgs, and placemaking: Challenging the digital-physical divide. (eds.) J. Henthorn et al., Pokémon GO. McFarland Press, pp.205-219.

  • Zhou X., C. Xu, 2017. Tracing the spatial-temporal evolution of events based on social media data. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 6(3): 1-15.

  • Xu C., Qin H.* and Yu M.*, 2015. Visualizing spatiotemporal trajectories of mobile social media users using space-time cube. CaGIS 42: sup1: 75-83.

  • C. Xu, W.D. Wong, C. Yang, 2013. Evaluating the “geographic awareness” of individuals: An exploratory analysis of Twitter. Cartography and Geographic Information Science 40(2).

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