Computerized Map Design (Fall 2013)
(Maps and Graphic Methods)

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Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou
Phone: (619) 594-0205  




Ming-Hsiang (Ming) Tsou is Professor in the Department of Geography, San Diego State University (SDSU).   He received a B.S. (1991) from National Taiwan University, an M.A. (1996) from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Ph.D. (2001) from the University of Colorado at Boulder, all in Geography. His research interests are in social media, Big Data, mapping cyberspace, Web GIS, mobile GIS, and GIS education. He is co-author of Internet GIS, a book published in 2003 by Wiley and served on the editorial boards of the Annals of GIS (2008-2013), Cartography and GIScience (2013-) and the Professional Geographers (2011-). Tsou was the Chair of the Cartographic Specialty Group (2007-2008), the Chair of Cyberinfrastructure Specialty Group (2012-2013) in the Association of American Geographers (AAG), and the co-chair of the NASA Earth Science Enterprise Data System Working Group (ESEDWG) Standard Process Group (SPG) from 2004 to 2007.  He has been served on two U.S. National Academy of Science Committees: Research Priorities for the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (2006-2007) and Geotargeted Alerts and Warnings: A Workshop on Current Knowledge and Research Gaps (2012- current). In 2007, he created and maintained web-based mapping services for monitoring San Diego Wildfires 2007 ( with remote sensing and web maps. Since 2008, Tsou served as a senior researcher in the GeoTech Center for promoting GIS education in community colleges and high schools ( In 2010, Tsou was awarded to a $1.3 million research project funded by National Science Foundation and served as the Principle Investigator (PI) of, "Mapping ideas from Cyberspace to Realspace" ( research project (2010-2014, Award #1028177). This NSF-CDI project integrates GIS, computational linguistics, web search engines, and social media APIs to track and analyze public-accessible websites and tweets for visualizing and analyzing the diffusion of information and ideas in cyberspace.


Teaching Assistant:

Dara Seidl (Ph.D. student)


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Last updated: August 24, 2013.