Yi Qiang

Assistant Professor in GIScience
Department of Geography and Environment
University of Hawaii at Manoa

My research areas include in spatio-temporal data modeling, visual analytics, geocomputation, disaster vulnerability and resilience, dynamic modeling of coupled natural and human (CNH) systems.

News: I am currently hiring graduate students with a degree in geography, computer science, environmental sciences or other relevant disciplines for 2020-2021 Academic Year.



Ph.D. in geography (2012), Ghent University

M.Sc. in GIS (2007), University of Edinburgh

B.Sc. in GIS (2006), Beijing Normal University,


Assistant Professor (2017 - present), Dept. of Geography, University of Hawaii - Manoa

Research Associate (2016), Dept. of Geography, The Earth Lab, University of Colorado - Boulder

Postdoctoral researcher (2013 - 2016), Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Louisiana State University

Research assistant (2007), e-Science Institute, UK


Visual analytics

Using visualization techniques for pattern detection and interactive exploration of multi-dimensional data.

Geospatial Big Data

Sensing human-environment interactions using big geospatial data.

Vulnerability and resilience

Quantitatvie assessment and modeling of social vulnerability and resilience

CNH modeling

Integrating GIS, data mining and simulation techniques to model dynamic processes of CNH systems.


Introduction to GIS (GEOG388)

An introductory level GIS course for editing, managing, and analyzing spatial data using desktop GIS software.

Geospatial Data Analytics (GEOG389)

Using open-source Python packages to wrangle, visualize, and model large quantities of geospatial data.

Web Mapping (GEOG476)

Development of web-based GIS applications for sharing and visualizing geospatial data in the Internet.

Advanced GIS Applications (GEOG489)

Applications of GIS in various problems in social, natural, and environmental sciences.



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