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Chen Xu

Asst. Professor

Office: Room 304, Agriculture CChen Xu

Phone: (307) 766-2532




  • B.S. Automation and Control Engineering Technology, 1999

  • M.A. Computer Science, Sam Houston State University, 2005

  • Ph.D. Geography, Texas A&M University, 2010


Research Interests

  • Big Geospatial Data Analytics

  • Volunteered Geographic Information

  • Social Media

  • Geospatial Cyberinfrastructure and Geographic Information Science


Current Projects

  • A web-based geospatial portal for Wyoming-calibrated west wide wildfire risk assessment

  • Real-time wildfire disaster management research and implementation

  • Data driven Spatial information system engineering


Recent Publications

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

Sun Z., Zhang H., Liu Z., Xu C., and Wang L., 2016. Migrating GIS Big Data Computing from Hadoop to Spark: An Exemplary Study Using Twitter. In Proceedings of IEEE 9th International Conference on Cloud Computing. DOI 10.1109/CLOUD.2016.52


Classes Taught

  • GEOG4200 Intro to GIS

  • GEOG4210/5210 Advanced GIS

  • GEOG4220/5220 Spatial Modeling and GeoComputation

  • GEOG4880/5880 Introduction to Python Spatial Analytics

Contact Us


Department 4008

1000 E. University Ave.

Agriculture Building C

3rd Floor

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2532



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