University of Wisconsin–Madison

Guiming Zhang

Ph.D. candidate


Ph.D. Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, expected May 2018
M.S. Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, December 2016
M.S. Cart/GIS, Beijing Normal University, China, July 2013
B.S. Cart/GIS, Beijing Normal University, China, July 2010

Research Areas

Geographic information science, volunteered geographic information, geospatial big data analytics, predictive mapping, geocomputing

Current Research

A representativeness directed approach to spatial bias mitigation in VGI for predictive mapping.

Courses Taught

1. LecturerGeography 579: GIS and Spatial Analysis [Online]. 2017 Summer, Fall Semester. Topics: digital terrain analysis, spatial autocorrelation, spatial interpolation, point pattern analysis. This is a course for the ONLINE Master's Program in GIS & Web Map Programming (GWMP).

2. Lecturer, Geography 576: Geospatial Web and Mobile Programming [Online]. 2017 Spring Semester. Topics: Java programming language, web and mobile application development for GIS. This is a course for the GWMP program.

3. Lecturer, Geography 579: GIS and Spatial Analysis [Online]. 2016 Fall Semester. Topics: topics as above. This is a course for the GWMP program.

4. Teaching Assistant, Geography 170: Our Digital Globe - An Overview of GIScience and its Technology [Online]. 2016 Summer Semester. Topics: GIS, GPS, remote sensing.

5. Lecturer, Geography 377: An Introduction to Geographic Information System. 2016 Spring Semester. Topics: spatial data representation, spatial database, spatial analysis, geovisualization, uncertainty. This is an in-classroom course with 78 students enrolled.

6. Teaching Assistant, Geography 578: GIS Applications. 2015 SpringFall Semester. Topics: GIS application to solve real-world geographic problems, problem conceptualization, technical implementation.

7. Teaching Assistant, Geography 377: An Introduction to Geographic Information System, 2014 Fall Semester. Topics: geo-referencing, digitalizing, geodatabase, spatial analysis.

8. Teaching Assistant, Geography 676: Web Spatial Database Development and Programming, 2014 Spring Semester. Topics: relational data model, spatial database, PostgreSQL/PostGIS, Java programming language, Java Server Page, JavaScript, HTML.

9. Teaching Assistant, Geography 578: GIS Applications. 2013 Fall Semester. Topics: topics as above.

Recent Publications

1. Zhang, G., A.X. Zhu, Z.P. Huang, and W. Xiao. 2017. A heuristic-based approach to mitigating positional errors in patrol data for species distribution modeling. Transactions in GIS. doi: 10.1111/tgis.12303.

2. Zhang, G., A.X. Zhu, Z.P. Huang, G. Ren, C.Z. Qin, and W Xiao. 2017. Validity of historical volunteered geographic information: Evaluating citizen data for mapping historical geographic phenomena. Transactions in GIS. doi: 10.1111/tgis.12300.

3. Zhang, G., A.X. Zhu, and Q. Huang. 2017. A GPU-accelerated adaptive kernel density estimation approach for efficient point pattern analysis on spatial big data. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 31(10): 2068-2097. doi: 10.1080/13658816.2017.1324975.

4. Zhang, G., Q. Huang, A.X. Zhu, and J. Keel. 2016. Enabling point pattern analysis on spatial big data using cloud computing: Optimizing and accelerating Ripley’s K function. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 30(11):2230–2252. doi: 10.1080/13658816.2016.1170836.

5. Zhu, A.X., G. Zhang (corresponding author), W. Wang, W. Xiao, Z.P. Huang, G.S. Dunzhu, G. Ren, C.Z. Qin, L. Yang, T. Pei, and S.T. Yang. 2015. A citizen data-based approach to predictive mapping of spatial variation of natural phenomena. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 29(10):1864–1886. doi: 10.1080/13658816.2015.1058387.

6. Huang, Q., G. Cervone, and G. Zhang. 2017. A cloud-enabled automatic disaster analysis system of multi-sourced data streams: An example synthesizing social media, remote sensing and Wikipedia data. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 66: 23–37. doi: 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2017.06.004.

7. Roth, R.E., S. Young, C. Nestel, C.M. Sack, B. Davidson, J. Janicki, V. Knoppe-Wetzel, F. Ma, R. Mead, C. Rose, and G. Zhang. 2017. Global landscapes: Teaching globalization through responsive mobile map design. The Professional Geographer. Accepted.

8. Jiang, J., A.X. Zhu, C.Z. Qin, T. Zhu, J. Liu, F. Du, J. Liu, G. Zhang, and Y. An. 2016. CyberSoLIM: A cyber platform for digital soil mapping. Geoderma 263(1):234–243. doi: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2015.04.018.

9. Guo, S., A.X. Zhu, L. Meng, J. Burt, F. Du, J. Liu, and G. Zhang. 2015. Unification of soil feedback patterns under different evaporation conditions to improve soil differentiation over flat area. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 49:126-137. doi: 10.1016/j.jag.2016.02.002.

10. Guo, S., L. Meng, A.X. Zhu, J. E. Burt, F. Du, J. Liu, and G. Zhang. 2015. Data-gap filling to understand the dynamic feedback pattern of soil. Remote Sensing 7:11801–11820. doi: 10.3390/rs70911801.

11. Zhang, G., A.X. Zhu, S. Yang, C.Z. Qin, W. Xiao, and S. K. Windels. 2013. Mapping wildlife habitat suitability using kernel density estimation. Acta Ecologica Sinica 33(23):7590–7600. doi: 10.5846/stxb201208221185.

Awards and Honors

1. Best Paper Competition Award (Runner-up), 2nd International Symposium on Spatiotemporal Computing, Cambridge, MA, 2017.

2. Whitbeck Graduate Dissertator Award, Dept. of Geography, UW-Madison, 2017.

3. Trewartha Conference Travel Award, Dept. of Geography, UW-Madison, 2017

4. Campus-Wide Capstone Ph.D. Teaching Award, UW-Madison, 2016. Featured here and there.

4. First-Class Undergraduates Scholarship, Beijing Normal University, 2007, 2008

Other Activities

Peer Reviewer:

• Transactions in GIS

• International Journal of Image and Data Fusion


• Graduate student representative in the search committee of GIS/Physical faculty hire, 2017 Spring

• Third Place, ESRI Chinese College Students GIS Software Development Contest, 2009, 2010

• Excellent Olympics Volunteer Award, Beijing Summer Olympics, 2008

Contact Information


Mailing Address:

550 N. Park Street, Madison, WI53706