Prof. Dr. Song Gao.

Joseph App, Yuxin (Ann) Cai, Kexin Chen, Yuqi Gao, Kyler Hudson, Yuhan Ji, Yuhao Kang, Jake Kruse, Ayush Kumar, Mingxiao Li, Yunlei Liang, Brody Manquen, Kyle McNair, Joe Marks, Yu-Ning Liu, Timothy Prestby, Jinmeng Rao, Wen (Wendy) Ye.  


Song Gao

Dr. Song Gao, is an Assistant Professor in GIScience at the Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he leads the Geospatial Data Science Lab (GeoDS@UW). He holds a Ph.D. in Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara and alumni of the STKO Lab, a M.S. degree at the Institute of Remote Sensing and GIS, Peking University and alumni of the S3 Lab, and a B.S. degree with Honors at the School of Geography, Beijing Normal University, China. His main research interests include Geospatial Big Data Analytics, Geospatial Artificial Intelligence (GeoAI), GIScience theory, Human Mobility and Spatial Networks. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in prominent journals (e.g., PNAS) and conference proceedings, including 7 ESI highly cited papers. He is the recipient for various fellowships, grants, and awards at the university, state, and national/international levels, including the ‘Waldo Tobler Young Researcher Award’ in GIScience selected by the Austrian Academy of Sciences, The U.S. Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) Doctoral Scholarship, the International Cartographic Association (ICA) Scholarship, The Jack & Laura Dangermond Graduate Fellow, UCSB Geography Excellence in Research, AAG International Geographic Informational Fund, UW-Madison Undergraduate/Faculty HILLDALE FELLOW Award, NSF Grant, Microsoft AI for Earth Grant, and Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Grant, etc. He currently is the Associate Editor of Annals of GIS, Editor Board Members of Scientific Reports (Nature), Plos One, Cartography and Geographic Information Science, and serves as a peer reviewer and guest editors for a couple of high-impact academic journals. He has co-organized several workshops, symposiums, and paper sessions in AAG, ACM SIGSPATIAL, and GIScience. He is on the board of directors in the AAG GI Science & Systems, CyberInfrastructure specialty groups and CPGIS. He also had several software engineering summer internships including Esri Inc. (Applications Prototype Lab) and Apple Inc. (Maps Team) in California headquarters, and Esri Beijing R&D center. He has a passion for connecting theoretical research to advancements in GIScience to geospatial industry for solving real-world challenges. Publications and citations can be found in his Google Scholar page.

Current Students

Yuhao Kang

I am Yuhao Kang (康雨豪), a M.S./Ph.D. student at the Department of GeographyUW-Madison, supervised by Prof. Song Gao. I got my bachelor’s degree at the Department of Geo-Information Science, School of Resource and Environmental Sciences, Wuhan University. I was a Research Associate at the Google X, visiting student at the MIT Senseable City Lab and at the Institute of Remote Sensing and GIS, Peking University, and an algorithm engineer intern at the MoBike. My major research field is spatio-temporal data mining, geo-AI, social sensing, and urban computing. I am interested in technologies that are innovative and life-changing. You can also visit my personal website and contact me if you are interested in my projects.

Yunlei Liang

My name is Yunlei Liang. I’m a M.S./Ph.D. student in Cartography/GIS at the Department of GeographyUniversity of Wisconsin – Madison. My research interest mainly lies in GIS, spatial analysis and transportation. My recent research focuses on optimizing the bus system and providing better planning strategies for the local transit authority. In addition, I am working on location business intelligence modeling. Before studying at UW-Madison, I earned my bachelor degrees at the University of Waterloo and at Wuhan University.

Jake Kruse

My name is Jake Kruse. I’m a PhD student in Cartography/GIS at the Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin – Madison, supervised by Prof. Song Gao. I’m interested in providing actionable insights for sustainable cities, agriculture, redistricting, public health, and transportation through Geo-AI and data fusion. I studied Soil Science for my B.S. and M.S. in Soil Science at UW Madison. In my free time, I like to play jazz and Latin music on the guitar.”

Jinmeng Rao

My name is Jinmeng Rao. I am currently a second-year Ph.D. student in Cartography/GIS (also in Computer Science M.S. Program) at the Department of GeographyUniversity of Wisconsin – Madison, supervised by Prof. Song Gao. My research interests include Geo-AI, Privacy-Preserving AI, Computer Vision, Trajectory Data Mining, etc. More specifically, I’m interested in discovering knowledge from diverse data for supporting various geospatial applications such as machine learning/deep learning for data modeling, location recommendation via federated learning, computer vision for street view images, etc. I earned both my B.S. degree and M.S. degree at Wuhan University. You can find more information about me and my projects in here.

Kyler Hudson

My name is Kyler Hudson and I am a Master’s student in the Geography Department’s Cartography and GIS program. I am also a PhD student in the Political Science Department. My research interests lie at the intersection of these two disciplines, specifically geographic political polarization, federalism, and rural politics. I apply geospatial data science techniques, such as spatial autocorrelation and spatial clustering, to answer political science questions.

Ayush Kumar

My name is Ayush Kumar. I’m an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have prior experience in high performance parallel and distributed computing systems as well as Human-Computer Interaction. My areas of interest include geo-AI, machine learning in a geospatial context and understanding human geography by exploring spatial networks.

Wen Ye

My name is Wen (Wendy) Ye and I’m an undergraduate student majoring in computer science, data science, and statistics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. My main research interests are GeoAI, data analysis and geospatial applications of machine learning techniques. Previously, I conducted geospatial analysis related to city-level infrastructure. My current research focuses on community detection algorithms that ensure spatial contiguity. .


Yuqi Gao

My name is Yuqi Gao. I am a student in the accelerated Master’s program in Cartography and GIS at the Geography Department of UW-Madison. Before turning to the dark side of geospatial data science, I obtained my Master’s degree (MRes) in Economics from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain and studied Economics as an undergrad at University of the Pacific.

Timothy Prestby

My name is Tim Prestby. I am an undergraduate student in the GIS/Cartography program in the Geography Department of UW-Madison. I have two years of environmental studies under my belt before deciding to pursue Cartography and GIS. My main interests of GIS are data visualization and geo-computing.  I have studied abroad in Nicaragua and Netherlands. I am excited about the huge growth of potential applications GIS and Cartography offer to promote sustainability.

Mingxiao Li

My name is Mingxiao Li. I am a PhD student at the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences and a visiting student at UW-Madison. I hold a B.S. degree at the Wuhan University. My major is Catography and Geography Information Science and my areas of specialization include trajectory data mining, human mobility, and urban computing.

Joe Marks

My name is Joe Marks.  I am a student in the Accelerated Master’s program for Cartography and GIS at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  Before beginning the program, I completed my Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, also at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  I am interested in how geospatial data and GIS as a field interact with computer sciences.

Joseph App

My name is Joe App, I am a student in the Accelerated Master’s in Cartography and GIS at the Department of GeographyUniversity of Wisconsin – Madison. Before committing to a life of geospatial science I studied conservation biology and geography, with an emphasis in human-environmental interaction, here at UW – Madison. My interests are many including human mobility, peace studies, environmental remote sensing and how we can use the ever-growing bag of tools available in geospatial sciences to understand these processes and better know our world.

Brody Manquen

My name is Brody Manquen. I am an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Cartography and GIS and in Classical Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have prior experience in the study of human geography of the past through archaeology. My areas of interest include human connectivity and mobility patterns, social media data, and the conflict between political borders and naturally-occurring human borders.