Dr. Ming-Hsiang (Ming)  Tsou

 Geospatial Technology and Science

will enable a second wave of quantitative revolution for our world.

Dr. Ming-Hsiang (Ming) Tsou
Department of Geography, San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-4493
current e-mail: mtsou@mail.sdsu.edu
Phone number: (619) 594-0205, Office: Storm Hall 326

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Ming-Hsiang (Ming) Tsou is Professor in the Department of Geography, San Diego State University.  He received a B.S. from National Taiwan University in 1991, an M.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1996, and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2001, all in Geography. His research interests are in Mapping Cyberspace, Internet mapping and distributed GIS applications, mobile GIS and wireless communication, multimedia cartography and user interface design, and cyberinfrastructure with GRID computing technology. He has applied his research interests in applications such as wildfire mapping, environmental monitoring and management, habitat conservation, K-12 education, and homeland border security. He is co-author of the book, Internet GIS, published in 2003 and served on the editorial boards of the Annals of GIS (2008-) and the Professional Geographers (2011-). Tsou was the co-chair of the NASA Earth Science Enterprise Data System Working Group (ESEDWG) Standard Process Group (SPG) from 2004 to 2007 and the 2007-2008 Chair of the Cartographic Specialty Group in the Association of American Geographers (AAG). He is the Webmaster for the Geographic Information Science and System (GISS) Specialty Group in AAG since 2006. Tsou received the 2004 and 2010 Outstanding Faculty Award at San Diego State University, and his name was listed in Marquis Publishing Who's Who in America in 2006, 2007, and 2008.  Tsou was appointed by the National Academy of Science in 2006 to serve on the committee on “Research Priorities for the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science”. In 2007, he created and maintained an interactive Web-based mapping services for San Diego Wildfires 2007 ( http://map.sdsu.edu) and his efforts have been recognized by the AAG newsletters and the San Diego Union Tribune (newspaper). In 2008, Tsou served as a senior researcher in the GeoTech Center ( http://www.geotechcenter.org/). In 2010, Tsou served as the Principle Investigator (PI) of a NSF-CDI project," Mapping ideas from Cyberspace to Realspace", funded by National Science Foundation, Division of Computer and Network Systems, NSF Program CDI-Type II Award # 1028177. http://mappingideas.sdsu.edu/ . He also initiated an open web mapping project in 2011, called "We Help Each Other" (WHEO), http://mappingideas.sdsu.edu/wheo/ .


Doctor of Philosophy, Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2001.
Master of Arts, Geography, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1996.
Bachelors of Science, Geography, National Taiwan University, 1991.

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Internet GIS: Distributed Geographic Information Services for the Internet and Wireless Networks, authored by Dr. Zhong-Ren Peng and Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou.  Published by Wiley. 2003.   ( http://map.sdsu.edu/gisbook/ )

Internet GIS book






1. Mapping Cyberspace to Realspace: Visualizing and Understanding the Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Global Diffusion of Ideas and the Semantic Web. NSF, Division of Computer and Network Systems,

NSF Program CDI-Type II. Award # 1028177. 2010 - 2014, funding: $1.3 millions.


Project Abstract:

The project integrates geographic information systems (GIS), geographic information science (GIScience), computational linguistics (CL), and semantic web (computer-based ontology) technologies to track and analyze public-accessible websites for progressively more defined clusters of words and phrases that characterize actual and potentially developing networks of social processes. Human and natural crises (e.g., epidemics), and hostile social movements (e.g., militia and hate groups) are examined as illustrative exemplars of the utility of such an integrated system. Website pages and web contents with identified clusters of words or phrases will be mapped (by geo-referencing their web addresses, URL, place names, gazetteers, blogs, etc.) over a world map (using GIS tools) with time stamps. The resulting map will provide a visual "information landscape" consisting of hundreds of website locations (using real world coordinate systems) containing related keywords or similar ideas. When integrated with time-series analyses, this map will allow examination of the paths and speed of information dissemination, as well as the evolving varieties of various ideas and their relationships. By creating a Semantic Web Automatic Reasoning and Mapping System (SWARMS) prototype, researchers can visualize the spread of concepts, ideas and news over time and space. Clusters of keywords and phrases will be identified and classified, and references to key ideas, provocative events, and important text sources will be collected. This innovative methodology could be applied in multiple languages and other applications, such as cellular phone text messages and social network messages (such as twitter messages).

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CDI project


2012, November 15, KPBS, ‘Using Twitter To Predict Elections—Or The Flu’





2. GIS Mapping for Older Adult Services in San Diego




This project attempts to identify gaps in health care services for the older populations of San Diego County. Through the use of a readily available, interactive Geographic Information System (GIS), healthcare agencies will be able to better understand the demographic of current and potential clients, identify which areas lack vital services, collaborate with other service providers, and develop strategies to reach out to underserved populations.


3. The Connectory GIS improvement project.


The Connectory "is an online resource that captures the capabilities and capacities of primary industry and technology companies and their supply chains across the U.S." To improve access to this information, the Connectory has partnered with the Geography department at SDSU for improvements to the current web map interface.



Ph.D. Dissertation Title: (2001, University of Colorado at Boulder)

A Dynamic Architecture for Distributing Geographic Information Services on the Internet.

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Movies (Mobile GIS applications)

NEW! Location Based Services in iPod Touch (Google Earth)
Demonstration of Location-based Services ( LBS) (Google Earth, Google Map) on iPod Touch

Professor Tsou 

3D Touch Table
This is an interesting demonstration of the touch panel plasma screen which allows us to interact with geospatial data in real time. It takes us one step ahead to visualize, analyze, collaborate and allows us to make better decisions.

Video demonstrating 3D touch panel plasma screen 
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Mobile GIS Movie Download (created in 2002)

(WMV format)

 Mobile GIS movie

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Mobile GIS Movie Download (created in 2002)


mobile GIS movie 2

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TV-NEWS and Newspaper Interview:


KUSI Channel 9 News KUSI Channel 9 News (Morning News), San Diego, November 30, 2005.

The highlights of CESAR lab and the visualization of San Diego Wildfire 2003 in Google Earth Demo. at San Diego State University. (WMV format).

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KUSI Channel 9 News - 2003KUSI-9News, San Diego,  June 20, 2002

The introduction of GIS research with Mobile devices, GPS, and remote sensing technologies at the Department of Geography, San Diego State University. (MPEG Movie Format)

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An old version of Internet GIS overview (in 2004), published on the GIS@development magazine.

Tsou, 2004,  Present Reality and the Future of Internet GIS.  at GIS@development, Vol. 8(7), pp. 29-32.


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Tsou, 2005.  Recent Development of Internet GIS at GIS@development:  http://www.gisdevelopment.net/technology/gis/techgis_002pf.htm


An old version of the explanation of cyberspace?

Some of my family photos are HERE:

New Photos


Ming's picture- small Dr.  Ming-Hsiang (Ming) Tsou.  Chinese name: 鄒明祥.  Professor.  San Diego State University

 Department of Geography.

 This is one of my favorite stories:  "A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and the corners he'd cut in Night City, and still he'd see the matrix in his sleep, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that colorless void".... written by William Gibson, Neuromancer, 1984.

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