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A Geographer – mapping human dynamics via social media and Big Data.

An Explorer – discovering spatiotemporal relationships between cyberspace and the real world.

Dr.Ming

Ming-Hsiang Tsou

Professor, Department of Geography, San Diego State University.

Founding Director, the Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (HDMA).

Mailing Address: Geography Department, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-4493

Telephone: (619)594-0205, Fax: (619)594-4938

Email: mtsou@mail.sdsu.edu

Web: http://geography.sdsu.edu/People/Pages/tsou/index.html

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BIOGRAPHY

Ming-Hsiang (Ming) Tsou is a Professor in the Department of Geography, San Diego State University (SDSU) and the Director of Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (HDMA). 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 Human Dynamics, Social Media, Big Data, Visualization, Internet Mapping, Web GIS, Mobile GIS, Cartography, and K-12 GIS education. He is co-author of Internet GIS, a scholarly book published in 2003 by Wiley and served on the editorial boards of the Annals of GIS (2008-), 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- 2013). Since 2008, Tsou served as a senior researcher in the GeoTech Center to promote GIS education in community colleges and high schools and conducted professional training workshops for GIS educators annually ( http://www.geotechcenter.org/). In 2010, Tsou was awarded to a $1.3 million research grant funded by National Science Foundation and served as the Principal Investigator (PI) of, "Mapping ideas from Cyberspace to Realspace" (http://mappingideas.sdsu.edu/) research project (2010-2014). 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. In Spring 2014, Tsou established a new research center, Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (http://humandynamics.sdsu.edu/), a transdisciplinary research area of excellence at San Diego State University to integrate research works from GIScience, Public Health, Social Science, Sociology, and Communication. Tsou is the founding director of the HDMA Center. In Fall 2014, Tsou received a NSF Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS) award for “Spatiotemporal Modeling of Human Dynamics Across Social Media and Social Networks” ($999,887, 2014-2018). This large interdisciplinary research project studies human dynamics across social media and social networks, focusing on information diffusion modeling over time and space, and the connection between online activities and real world human behaviors.

AWARDS AND HONORS

Teaching Awards

  • 2011: The San Diego State University Senate Excellence in Teaching Award for 2010-2011 (the College Awardee).
  • 2010: Outstanding Faculty Award, San Diego State University.
  • 2004: Outstanding Faculty Award, San Diego State University. (The Outstanding Faculty Awards are in recognition as the most influential university professor in the academic career of the Outstanding Graduating Senior.)

Professional and Research Awards and Honors

  • Elected Board of Directors (elected by the University Senates), San Diego State University Research Foundation (2014 – present).
  • Founding Director of the Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (only four selected clusters from total 28 proposals submitted via the call in the SDSU strategic plan in 2014).
  • 2012: The President's Leadership Fund (PLF) Faculty and Staff Awards for Excellence, San Diego State University (Award funding: $5,000).
  • 2009: HI-TEC (education) Innovative Program award at the 2009 HI-TEC conference (National Science Foundation: High Impact Technology Exchange Conference) with Professor Kennth Yanow at Southwestern College.

Serving on National Academy of Science Committees

  • 2012- 2013: National Research Council of the National Academy of Science (NAS), Committee on Geotargeted Alerts and Warnings: A Workshop on Current Knowledge and Research Gaps. Committee member, 2012- Current. (Research gap analysis for Department of Homeland Security and FEMA). http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18414
  • 2006-2007: National Research Council of the National Academy of Science, Committee on Research Priorities for the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science, Committee member. 2006-2007. http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=12004

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

2014-2018 PI (Tsou). National Science Foundation Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS) award for “Spatiotemporal Modeling of Human Dynamics Across Social Media and Social Networks” ($999,887, 2014-2018). Collaborate with Drs. Jay Lee (Co-PI, Kent State), Ruoming Jin (Co-PI, Kent State), Xinyue Ye (Kent State), Brian Spitzberg (Co-PI, SDSU), Jean Marc Gawron (Co-PI, SDSU), Heather Corliss (SDSU), and Xuan Shi (U of Arkansas). This large interdisciplinary research project will study human dynamics across social media and social networks, focusing on information diffusion modeling over time and space, and the connection between online activities and real world human behaviors. (http://socialmedia.sdsu.edu/)
2013-2015 Senior Personnel (Tsou). GeoTech Center 2.0. National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technology Education (ATE) program. PI: Vincent A. DiNoto, Jr., Director of GeoTech Center, Jefferson Community and Technical College. SDSU Sub-award: $54,895. (2013-2015). (http://www.geotechcenter.org/)
2010-2014 PI (Tsou). National Science Foundation (NSF) Award: “CDI-Type II: Mapping Cyberspace to Realspace: Visualizing and Understanding the Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Global Diffusion of Ideas and the Semantic Web.” 09/01/2010- 08/31/2014. (48 months). Award # 1028177. (Co-PIs: Dipak K Gupta, Political Science, SDSU; Jean Marc Gawron, Linguistics, SDSU; Brian Spitzberg, Communication, SDSU, Senior Personnel: An Li, Geography). Funding Amount: $1,300,213. (http://mappingideas.sdsu.edu/)
2012 PI (Tsou). GIS Mapping for Older Adult Services in San Diego. San Diego Foundation. $33,448. (Jan 2012 – Dec 2012). (Co-PI: Dr. Yawen Li, School of Social Work) (http://mappingideas.sdsu.edu/health/)
2009 Co-Investigator (Technology developer). Founding Agency: the San Diego Foundation. MAPS (Metropolitan Area Pluralism Study).PI: Dr. Rebecca Moore, Department of Religious Studies, SDSU. $ 23,000 (2009 – 2010). (http://geoinfo.sdsu.edu/maps/)
2009 PI (Tsou). Bizarre Map Challenge (BMC): A Nationwide Map Design Competition, funded by the National GeoTech Center (NSF-supported). (Nine months, Dec 1, 2009 – August 31, 2010). $31,000. Completed. (http://bizarremap.sdsu.edu/)
2009 PI (Tsou). International Community Foundation. “Baja-Eco-Info Mapping Tool: Mapping Conservation and Threats for the Gulf of California”, (nine months, Jan 1, 2009 – August 31, 2009). $11,500. Completed. (http://geoinfo.sdsu.edu/baja/)

TEACHING INNOVATIONS:

Building an Online Social Capital via Twitter

Dr. Tsou is compiling a list of 1,000 influential Twitter accounts based in San Diego, so emergency messages about evacuations, road closures and the like can be spread faster or targeted more closely to certain locations (source: KPBS).

interviewed by KPBS

Tracking Flu outbreaks in U.S. (2012, 2013, and 2014)

2014, January 31, ABC10News – San Diego, ‘SDSU researcher: Using Twitter to track the flu could save lives’ (source: abc 10 News and JMIR).

GEO Viewer

GeoViewer is a Web-based mapping application which provides the general public a window to see the ground truth of a topic and its changes in social media. ( GEO Viwer; image: CBS8News-San Diego )

PROJECT OF HDMA

SMART Dashboard

Dr. Tsou is working with Dr. Chin-Te (Calvin) Jung and the members of HDMA Center to develop the Social Media Analytics Research Testbed (SMART) Dashboard. SMART dashboard is a Geo-Targeted search tool for Twitter messages to monitor the diffusion of information and social behavior changes which provides an automatic procedure to help researchers to search geographically in cities. ( SMART Dashboard )

PROJECT OF HDMA Center

GISiBook on iPad and Mobile Devices

Dr. Tsou is collaborating with his students, Cynthia Paloma and Yi-Ting Chuang, to develop ……The Introduction to GIS textbook project provides high school and college GIS educators with a collaborative opportunity to engage students by contributing your GIS content or expertise to a free interactive digital textbook formatted for iBooks on iPad. ( GIS iBook Site )

SPONSORED BY GEOTECH CENTER

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Dr. Ming-Hsiang (Ming) Tsou, 鄒明祥

Professor, Department of Geography

Email: mtsou@mail.sdsu.edu

Phone number: (619) 594-0205,

Office: Storm Hall 313C

Mailing: Geography Department, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-4493