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Chen Xu

Chen Xu

Circular image of Chen Xu.


Office: Room 332, Agriculture C
Phone: (307) 766-2532
Email: cxu3@uwyo.edu

Chen Xu


  • 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 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).