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Yihong Yuan

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Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2013
Office:   ELA 322
Phone:  512.245.3208
Vita       HB2504 information
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Research Interests: GIScience, Spatio-Temporal Data Mining, Big Geo-Data Analytics, Human Mobility Modeling, Urban Computing


Yuan, Y., Lu, Y., Chow, T. E., Ye, C., Alyaqout, A., Liu, Y. (forthcoming). The missing parts from social media enabled smart cities: who, where, when, and what? Annals of the Association of American Geographers.

Chow, T. E., Yuan, Y. (forthcoming). GIS APIs,  Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge (digital book).

Yuan, Y., Mills, D. (forthcoming). Exploring urban dynamics from Bluetooth tracking data: a case study of Austin, Texas. In Proceedings of the International Cartographic Association (ICA), 1-6.

Yuan Y., Wang, X. (2018). Exploring the effectiveness of location-based social media in modeling user activity space: a case study of Weibo. Transactions in GIS, 22(4), 930-957.

Yuan, Y., Le Noc, M. (2018). Exploring urban mobility from taxi trajectories: a case study of Nanjing, China. In Proceedings of 7th International Conference on Data Science, Technology and Applications (DATA). SciTePress, 1-6.

Yuan Y., Wei, G., Lu, Y. (2018). Evaluating gender representativeness of location-based social media: a case study of Weibo. Annals of GIS, 24(3), 163-176.

Yuan Y., Liu, Y., Wei, G. (2017). Exploring inter-country connection in mass media: a case study of China. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 62, 86-96.

Yuan, Y. (2017). Modeling inter-country connection from geotagged news reports: a time-series analysis. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) (pp. 183–190). Springer.

Yuan, Y. (2017). Exploring spatial decay effect in mass media and social media: a case study of China. In D. A. Griffith, Y. Chun, & D. J. Dean (Eds.), Advances in GeoComputation. Springer, ISBN: 978-3-319-22786-3, 1-8.

Yuan, Y., Raubal, M. (2016). Analyzing the distribution of human activity space from mobile phone usage - an individual and urban-oriented study. International Journal of Geographic Information Science, 30(8), 1594-1621.

Yuan, Y., Raubal, M. (2016). Exploring georeferenced mobile phone datasets - a literature survey. Geography Compass, 10(6), 239-252.

Yuan, Y., Medel, M. (2016). Exploring international travel behavior from geotagged photos: a case study of Flickr. PloS ONE, 11(5).

Ahas, R., Anto, A., Yuan, Y., Raubal, M., Smoreda, Z., Yu, L., Ziemlicki, C., Tiru, M., Zook, M. (2015). Everyday space-time geographies: using mobile phone based sensor data to monitor urban activity in Harbin, Paris and Tallinn. International Journal of Geographic Information Science, 29(11), 496-520.

Yuan, Y., Raubal, M. (2014). Measuring similarity of mobile phone user trajectories - a spatio-temporal edit distance method. International Journal of Geographic Information Science, 28(3), 496-520.

Yuan, Y., Raubal, M., Liu, Y. (2012). Correlating mobile phone usage and travel behavior – a case study of Harbin, China. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 36(2), 118-130.

Liu, Y., Yuan, Y., Xiao, D., Zhang, Y., Hu, J. (2010). A point set based approximation for areal objects - case study of representing localities. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 34(1), 28-39.

Courses Taught:

Geo3411: Maps and Mapmaking
Geo4427: GIS Design and Implementation
Geo4422/5408: Web Mapping
Geo5419: Geographic Information Systems II (Python Programming in GIS)