People

Qunying Huang

Associate Professor

As a researcher, my passion is to bridge the gap between Geography and Computer Science.
As an instructor, my passion is to help my students become fast, effective, and efficient learners, cultivate their problem-solving skills, and equip them with geospatial techniques for their future careers.
As a mentor, my passion is to help my advisees discover their passions, become independent, creative spatial thinkers, and avoid the detours, and pitfall that I have experienced in my early career.
As a human being, I love my family, friends, traveling, reading, recycling…..and so much more.

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” — Forrest Gump
Full CV

Bo Peng

Ph.D. Candidate

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Geography (remote sensing track) with a doctoral minor in ECE Machine Learning at University of Wisconsin – Madison. I received the M.Sc. from Department of ECE at UW-Madison, the M.Sc. from Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the B.E. from School of Remote Sensing and Information Engineering, Wuhan University.

My research interests span remote sensing, computer vision, machine learning, and disaster response.
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Chenxiao (Atlas) Guo

Ph.D. Student

My name is Chenxiao Guo and I go by “Atlas”. I am a Geography Ph.D. student (Cartography and GIS subarea) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a doctoral minor in Computer Science. I received my M.S. in Geography from the University of Georgia (Athens, GA), and B.S. in Geographic Information Systems from Sun Yat-Sen University (Guangzhou, China).

With general interests in GIScience and cartography, my research direction includes spatiotemporal analytics, cartographic visualization, social media text mining, and disaster management, devoted to bridging geospatial data science and social good.

As an “Atlas”, collecting maps is deservedly my biggest hobby. Apart from a map geek, I also love English and Chinese calligraphy, stone seal carving (Zhuanke), as well as musical instruments like Guqin and tin whistle.

Xinyi Liu

Ph.D. Student

(M.S., Cartography/GIS, 2015 – 2017);

I am a Ph.D. student in Geographic Information Science at UW-Madison, with a study focus on geospatial data mining, spatiotemporal visualization, and citywide human mobility. Previously, I earned a MS in GIS/Cartography from UW-Madison and a BS in Earth Science from Sun Yat-Sen University, China. I’ve been developing Web GIS and computer graphics for years in research and industrial work. My current interest and goal is to uncover human movement behavior patterns using spatiotemporal and geographic datasets with optimized algorithms and effective GIS framework.

Meiliu Wu

Meiliu Wu

Ph.D. Student

(M.S., Cartography/GIS, 2017 – 2019; Data Scientist, Beijing Digital Union Network Technology Co., Ltd)

I am a first-year Ph.D. student in Geographic Information Science at UW-Madison. I also gained my Master degree at UW-Madison majoring in Cartography and Geographic Information Systems in 2019. Since then, I worked as a Spatial Data Scientist at a start-up company and gained more applicable experience on using GIS techniques to solve problems in real world. The more achievements I got from my work, the more passionate I’ve become on going further and deeper. That is the reason why I came back to academia and started my Ph.D. career – I enjoy the purity of being a dedicated scholar and conducting research with a cooperative effort. I want to work as a researcher to exchange and implement novel ideas on GIS fields, as an author to spread out the beauty of GIS, and as a humble scholar to explore more possibilities in the power of GIS. Currently, my research includes big data analytics and machine learning with an application domain focusing on human mobility.

Jirapa (Jamp) Vongkusolkit

M.S. Student

I am pursuing my Master’s degree in GIS. I received my B.S. degree in Environmental Sciences in 2019 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am interested in applying geospatial analysis and spatial modeling to environmental issues and natural disasters. My current research focuses on image processing and analysis techniques for satellite imagery.

Tianhui (Vicky) Cai

Undergraduate

I am an undergraduate student in CS + math. My research interests are machine learning and computer vision, and I am now focusing on self-supervised image classification with an application on disaster mapping and damage assessment. My hobbies are traveling and watching thriller movies. I am trying to learn tennis and add it to my hobby list.

Boyuan Zou

Undergraduate, Computer Science

Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Flood Depth Estimation, and Damage Assessment

Ishika Akula

Undergraduate, Computer Science

Data Science, Computer Vision, Remote Sensing, Flood Mapping

Yuehan Qin

Undergraduate, Computer Science

Data Science, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Remote Sensing, Road Network Extraction

Lab Alumni

Zidong Zhang

(M.S., Cartography/GIS, 2014 – 2016)

Senior Software Engineer, Facebook

Duanyang Jing

(M.S., Cartography/GIS, 2014 – 2016)

Senior Software Engineer, Huawei

Chris Scheele

(M.S., Cartography/GIS, 2015 – 2017)

Data Analytics Engineer, Arity

Zonglin Meng

(Undergraduate, Computer Science Department, 2017 – 2019)

Ph.D, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

More proud badgers….

Jonathan Fok (2017)

Beichen Tian (2017)

Cassie Jorgenson (2016)

Catherine Epp Streiffer (Summer 2015)

Caitlin McKown (2015 Fall – 2016 Fall)

Chelbi Stromblad (2015 Spring)

Samuel Schumacher (2014)