Faculty Profile for Dr. Yihong Yuan

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Dr. Yihong Yuan
Assistant Professor — Department of Geography
phone: (512) 245-3208

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Yihong Yuan received her Ph.D. in Geography (2013) and M.A. in Statistics (2013) from the University of California, Santa Barbara, B.S in Geographic Information System (2009) from Peking University, Beijing. She is currently Assistant Professor of Geography at Texas State University (Texas State). Before joining Texas State, she worked as a visiting researcher at ETH Zurich and a senior data scientist in the private sector. Her research interests include (but are not limited to) big data analytics, human mobility modeling, and travel behavior analysis. She is particularly interested in extracting human activity patterns from multiple data sources such as telecommunication devices and location-based social media (LBSM). She has published more than 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. She also serves as an expert reviewer for multiple academic journals such as Nature (human behavior), Transactions in GIS; Cartography and Geographic Information Science; International Journal of Geographic Information Science, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems and etc.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Yuan, Y., Wei, G., & Lu, Y. (2018). Evaluating age and gender representativeness of location-based social media: A case study of Weibo. Annals of GIS, 24(3), 163–176.
  • Yuan, Y., & Le Noc, M. (2018). Exploring Urban Mobility from Taxi Trajectories: A Case Study of Nanjing, China (pp. 1–6). Proceedings of 7th International Conference on Data Science, Technology and Applications (DATA), SciTePress.
  • 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(3), 930–957.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad, Chinese Ministry of Education. 2013 - 2014
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Dangermond Travel Award, Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara. 2010 - 2013
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Excellence in Research, Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara. 2012
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Student Scholarship, GIScience 2012. 2012
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Excellent Award for Graduation, Peking University. 2009

Selected Grants

  • Yuan, Yihong (Principal). Service-learning Mini-Grant, Service Learning Excellence Program, Texas State University, $300. (Funded: 2016). Grant.
  • Yuan, Yihong (Principal). Characterizing Human Mobility from Mobile Phone Usage, Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship, UC Santa Barbara, Institutional (Higher Ed), $6667. (Funded: 2013). Grant.
  • Zong, Ziliang (Principal), Roundtree, Aimee (Co-Principal), Yuan, Yihong (Co-Principal). Developing Replicable and Scalable Technology for Data-Driven Smart Fire Services, Texas State University, $2500. (Funded: June 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018). Grant.
  • Raubal, M (Principal), Yuan, Yihong (Co-Principal). Characterizing human mobility from mobile phone usage. Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal, $5000. (Funded: 2012 - 2013). Grant.
  • Yuan, Yihong (Principal). Object-oriented Modeling and Implement Technologies of Spatio-temporal Data, Undergraduate Research Fund, Institute of RS and GIS, Peking University, China, Institutional (Higher Ed), $2500. (Funded: 2006 - 2007). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Quality Enhancement Committee
Reviewer / Referee
Reviewer / Referee
PLoS One
Reviewer / Referee
Ecological Informatics
Reviewer / Referee
Journal of Urban Technology