Dr Zhaoya Gong PhD

Dr Zhaoya Gong

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Lecturer in Human Geography (Big Data)

Contact details

Address
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Dr Zhaoya Gong is a quantitative human geographer and Geographic Information Scientist. His research interests center on two interwoven themes, namely leveraging computational and data sciences to advance geographic information science, and dynamic processes of urbanisation and complex modalities of spatial structures generated at various scales, as articulated by interactions of land use and transportation/mobility systems, with respect to the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of resulting urban settlements.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2015
  • MA in Geography, University of Toledo, 2008
  • BS in Information Management and Systems, Beijing Forestry University, 2005

Biography

Dr Zhaoya Gong received his BS in Information Management and Systems with a focus on Geographic Information Systems from Beijing Forestry University in 2005. He held a research assistant position in the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University from 2005 to 2006 before moving to Ohio in USA, where he obtained his MA in Geography at the University of Toledo in 2008. Dr Gong completed his PhD in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2015. Prior to joining the University of Birmingham as a lecturer in Human Geography (Big Data), he led the modeling group as a GIS Scientist in a planning consulting company from 2014 to 2016.

Teaching

  • Year 1 Tutorials

Module:

  • Mapping the Midlands

Research

Research interests

  • Spatiotemporal data science, GeoComputation and Geovisualization for Spatial Knowledge Discovery
  • CyberGIS and High-performance and Cloud Computing
  • Volunteered Geographic Information and Social Sensing
  • Agent-based Modeling of Integrated Land-use, Transport and Environment Systems
  • Economic Geography and Urban and Regional Sciences

Publications

  1. Gong, Z., Tang, W. and Thill, J-C., 2016, A Graph-based Locality-aware Approach to Scalable Parallel Agent-based Models of Spatial Interaction, in D.A. Griffith, Y. Chun, and D.J. Dean (Eds.), Advances in Geocomputation, Springer International Publishing, 2016. Accepted.
  2. Gong, Z., Tang, W. and Thill, J-C., 2015, A Locality-aware Approach to Scalable Parallel Agent-based Models of Spatially Heterogeneous Interactions, Proceedings of the 13th International Conference of GeoComputation, Dallas, Texas, US, May 20-23, 2015.
  3. Gong, Z., Thill, J-C. and Liu, W., 2015, ART-P-MAP Neural Networks Modeling of Land-use Change: Accounting for Spatial Heterogeneity and Uncertainty. Geographical Analysis. 47(4), 376-409.
  4. Gong, Z., Tang, W., Bennett, D.A. and Thill, J-C., 2013, Parallel Agent-based Simulation of Individual-level Spatial Interactions within a Multicore Computing Environment, International Journal of Geographical Information Science. 27(6), 1152-1170.
  5. Gong, Z., Tang, W. and Thill, J-C., 2012, Parallelization of Ensemble Neural Networks for Spatial Land-use Modeling, LBSN '12 Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Location-Based Social Networks, Redondo Beach, CA, US, Nov.6, 2012. P.48-54.
  6. Gong, Z., Tang, W. Bennett, D.A. and Thill, J-C., 2011, Development of A Shared-memory Parallel Agent-based Model of Opinion Exchange within a Multi-core Computing Environment, Proceedings of the 4th International Cartographic Association Workshop on Geospatial Analysis and Modeling, Burnaby, Canada, Aug.10-12, 2011.

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