Xinyue Ye

Contact Info

Title: Associate Professor
Office: GITC 5104
Hours: By Appointments
Phone: 973-596-2976
Dept: Informatics

Dr. Xinyue Ye (Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara), Associate Professor in Department of Informatics and Director of Urban Informatics & Spatial Computing Lab and Core Faculty at Center for Big Data. He is also a Visiting Professor at Center for Geographical Analysis, Harvard University. Dr. Ye integrates social science and computational science towards information visualization, urban informatics and spatial social network analysis – the mapping of relationships among individuals in virtual, perceived, and physical networks. He models the space-time perspective of socioeconomic inequality and human dynamics for applications in various domains, such as economic development, disaster response, transportation and land use, public health and urban crime.  He was elected chair of the American Association of Geographers (AAG)’s Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group in 2014, co-chair of Asian Geography Specialty Group in 2015 and chair of China Specialty Group in 2018. He also served as president of the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Science from 2016 to 2017. Since 2011, he has been serving as Associate Editor of Stochastic Environmental Research & Risk Assessment, a leading SCI journal in spatial and environmental statistical modeling.Dr. Ye has published over 150 journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceeding papers. He won the national first-place research award from University Economic Development Association in 2011 and received the Regional Development and Planning emerging scholar award from AAG in 2012. Dr. Ye’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Justice, Department of Commerce and Department of Energy.



Ph.D. in Geographic Information Science, University of California at Santa Barbara
Dissertation: Comparative Space-Time Dynamics (NSF DDRI Award)

M.S. in Geographic Information System, Eastern Michigan University
Thesis: Urban Modeling and Land Use Change Detection in Detroit

M.A. in Economic Geography, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
Thesis: Intra-provincial Inequality in China under Reform

B.S. in Urban Planning, Zhejiang University, China


Positions Held

2018- Associate Professor, Department of Informatics, Ying Wu College of Computing, and Director, Urban Informatics & Spatial Computation Lab, New Jersey Institute of Technology

2017-2018 Associate Professor, Department of Geography and School of Digital Sciences, Kent State University

2017- Visiting Professor, Center for Geographical Analysis/Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University

2013- Director of Computational Social Science Lab, Kent State University

2013-2017 Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Kent State University

2010-2013 Assistant Professor, School of Earth, Environment, and Society & Center for Regional Development (Department of Commerce EDA University Center), Bowling Green State University


Journal Editorship

2017- Editorial Board Member, Big Earth Data

2016- Editorial Board Member, Data

2015-2018 Associate Editor, Papers in Applied Geography

2012- Secretary/Editorial Board Member, Book Series on Geospatial Technologies, Higher Education Press

2011- Associate Editor, Stochastic Environmental Research & Risk Assessment

2011- Co-editor, Annual Proceedings on International Conference on Geoinformatics

2011- Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research


Honors, Awards and Grant Funding

2017 David Olson Excellence Award, Kent State University (granted per year to only one faculty member who has stood as a leader, mentor, and advocate for graduate students of Department of Geography at Kent State University).

2016-17 Elected to be President of International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Science, among the largest GIS associations in the world.

2016-17 Academic Year Research and Creative Activity Appointment Award, Kent State University

2016 Regional Development and Planning (RDPSG) Distinguished Service Award, American Association of Geographers (AAG)

2014 Faculty Research Excellence Award, Kent State University

2014 Publication Service Award, International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Science

2013 Individual Service Award, International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Science

2012 Regional Development and Planning (RDPSG) Emerging Scholar Award, American Association of Geographers (AAG)

2011 National First-place Award of Research and Analysis, University Economic Development Association

2008 Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award, National Science Foundation

2006 Paper Award, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS)

2004 ESRI/GIScience Scholarship, Third International Conference on Geographic Information Science (Among 23 Global Recipients)


External Funding

My grant activities focus on developing and implementing new spatiotemporal and network methods in physical, virtual, and perceived spaces to better understand inequality, mobility, and diffusion.

[13] 2019-2021 Institutional PI, Using Sentiment Analysis and Topic Modeling in Assessing the Impact of Police “Signaling” on Investigative and Prosecutorial Outcomes in Sexual Assault Reports, National Institute of Justice, $714,199

Examine police report narratives from sexual assaults using sentiment analysis and LLDA modeling to examine the presence and impact of a reporting officer's "signaling" for decision making, case flow, and attrition to better understand if and how reporting officers' description of the sexual assault impacts whether cases proceed or fail to proceed in the criminal justice process.

[12] 2018-2023 Contributing Faculty, IUCRC: Center for Big (Data Deep) Learning, National Science Foundation, $750,000

Coordinate large-scale deep learning (DL), intelligent platforms, and DL-enabled big data applications in spatial social sciences and geo-humanities.

[11] 2017-2020 Co-PI, SI2-SSE: GeoVisuals Software: Capturing, Managing, and Utilizing GeoSpatial Multimedia Data for Collaborative Field Research, National Science Foundation, $500,000

Develop spatial social network analytics to integrate multimedia data in space, time and network. The software will: (1) Capture and transfer geospatial multimedia data in a variety of different field settings ranging from developed countries with advanced IT infrastructures, to countries that still lack a reliable access to the internet; (2) Manage and explore the collected data, when the data scale and dimensions impose technical challenges for non-IT professionals. It allows for the easy merging and query of GPS, video, audio, narratives, and so on – with flexibility for multiple input types; (3) Apply qualitative, quantitative, and spatial data analysis with mining algorithms, visual representations, and interactions.

[10] 2016-2018 Co-PI, S&CC: Support Community-Scale Study by Visual Analytics of Human Mobility and Opinion Data from Social Media Data, National Science Foundation, $100,190

Develop social media analytics in an interactive visual system to answer day-to-day questions by non-specialized users. In this way questions can be asked such as has this change actually done any good on this/my street? Or, Where can I tell my patient to exercise that is safe, culturally acceptable, and appropriate to who he/she is?

[9] 2015-2018 Co-PI, SI2-SSE: Collaborative Research: TrajAnalytics: A Cloud-based Visual Analytics Software System to Advance Transportation Studies Using Emerging Urban Trajectory Data, National Science Foundation, $300,000

Develop trajectory analytics to (1) provide easy access and unprecedented capability with a cloud-based storage and computing infrastructure; and (2) support both real-time and historical data query and analysis tasks with intuitive interface and visualization which promote easy user understanding and engagement.

[8] 2014-2019 Institutional PI, IBSS: Spatiotemporal Modeling of Human Dynamics across Social Media and Social Networks, National Science Foundation, $999,887

Conduct space-time analysis and modeling on the dynamics of information landscapes and meme diffusion. Analyze driving forces underlying memes flow over different network configurations.

[7] 2012-2013 Institutional PI/CNS IRG2 Collaborator, Center for Nanotechnology in Society, National Science Foundation, $5,000

Conduct space-time analysis of innovation activities in China.

[6] 2011-2013 Co-PI, University Center Program. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, $800,000.

Develop spatial econometrics and GIS toolbox development on labor shed analysis.

[5] 2011-2012 Co-PI, Coastal Ohio Wind, Department of Energy, $1,290,071.

Conduct economic analysis of alternative energy and simulation of economic gain and loss in the cases of wind turbine operation.

[4] 2010-2011 Senior Personnel, Williams County Economic Adjustment Strategy. Williams County Board of Commissioners, $87,500.

Analyze the occupation distribution at the firm level.

[3] 2010 Senior Personnel, NW Ohio Solar Energy Hub of Innovation, Ohio Department of Development, $72,250.

Conduct GIS analysis of firm location and supply chain identification.

[2] 2009-2011 Co-PI, University Center Program. US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, $320,000.

Develop open source tools to detect communities at risk under economic downturn.

[1] 2008-2009 Co-PI with Advisor PI, Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant: Comparative Space-Time Dynamics, National Science Foundation

Develop a framework of quantifying space-time dynamics to analyze patterns and trend of socioeconomic issues such as spatial inequality.


Internal Funding

[7] 2017-2018, Co-PI, Mapping to Support Health Interventions in the World’s Most Challenging Environments, Healthy Communities Research Initiative, Kent State University, $25,000

Co-develop the technical infrastructure in maximizing the efficiency of collecting, storing and analyzing spatial video data.

[6] 2017-2018, Co-PI, Developing a Digital Humanities Platform for Researching the History of Innovation, URC Research Seed competition, Kent State University, $10,000

Co-develop a low-barrier, effective platform for researching the history of innovation in data-intensive and collaborative environments. Will construct a platform that provides roadmaps and toolkits, aligning methodologies, theories, techniques, and open-source tools across multiple disciplines for use by digital humanities researchers and educators.

[5] 2015-2017 Co-PI, Digital Humanities Research with Smart Big Data — A Network Framework of Innovation History, Post-Doctoral Proposal Competition (hire a postdoc for two years),Kent State University, $100,000

Co-advise a post-doctoral associate in an interdisciplinary team that is composed of professors from Library and Information Science, Geography, History, and Liquid Crystal Institute. The postdoctoral project will integrate big data and digital humanities on exploring innovation diffusion.

[4] 2015-2016 Co-PI, Mapping and Modeling Public Attitude toward Fashion Sustainability in Online Social Media, College of the Arts Catalyst Interdisciplinary Project, Kent State University,$4,500

Explore the geo-special and temporal distribution of sustainable fashion movement through a grounded theory approach using data mining techniques. Analyze social media messages, particularly Twitter messages, to understand citizens’ attitudes towards fashion sustainability in virtual spaces. Understand how public opinions and attitudes toward sustainable fashion is distributed over geographical spaces and time.

[3] 2015-2016 Co-PI, GIS-LCCA Integrated Pavement Management, University Research Council, Kent State University, $2,500

Design a web-based tool to monitor the conditions of the road network and economic impacts of various constructions, maintenance and repair alternatives in near real time.

[2] 2013 PI, Data Mining of Events: Pursuing Big data-based Spatiotemporally Integrated Social Sciences over Cyber-infrastructure, Building Strength Major Research Project Award, Bowling Green State University, $10,000.

Deploy the modern accelerator technology and hybrid computer architecture and systems to conduct high performance computing on the solution of large-scale space-time interaction.

[1] 2011-2012 PI, Identifying Communities at Risk: Space-Time Data Analysis and Toolbox Implementation for Regional Economic Analysis, Faculty Research Committee Faculty Mentoring and Enrichment Award, Bowling Green State University, $5,000.

Design a series of indicators to measure economic inequality and development in an open source environment.


Travel Awards

2016 NSF Travel Award, Workshop on Measuring and Analyzing Interactions among Mobile Entities

2016 NSF Travel Award, Workshop on Innovative Cyberinfrastructure for Integrated Food, Energy, and Water Research

2015 U.S. National Committee (USNC) Award, 27th International Cartographic Conference

2013 NSF Junior Scholar Travel Award, The Second International Conference on Space, Time, and CyberGIS

2013 U.S. National Committee (USNC) Award, 25th International Cartographic Conference

2012 NSF Junior Scholar Travel Award, The First International Conference on Space, Time, and CyberGIS