Dr Qunshan Zhao
- Lecturer in Urban Analytics (Urban Studies)
Dr. Qunshan Zhao joined the University of Glasgow in May 2019 as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Urban Analytics in the School of Social and Political Sciences. He holds both PhD and MA in Geography/GIScience from the Arizona State University in USA and a BE in Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, and GIS from the Wuhan University in China. Prior to coming to the UK, he was a postdoctoral research associate in the Knowledge Exchange for Resilience (KER) and Spatial Analysis Research Center (SPARC) at the Arizona State University.
Curriculum Vitae: CV_QunshanZhao_May2020
More detailed information can be found in my personal website.
Qunshan's research interest focuses on creating a sustainable urban future and tackling related social, economic, and environment problems by using analytical approaches including GIScience (geographic information systems, remote sensing and spatial analysis), machine learning/statistics, operations research, sensor networks, and urban climate modeling and instrumentation.
Ongoing research efforts include urban infrastructure location optimization (urban green infrastructure; alternative refuelling stations), human-environment interactions (human activity space in developing countries; urban crime and night lights; invasive species and human disturbance), heat resilience and fuel poverty (urban heat exposure citizen science program; Salvation Army utility assistance program efficiency improvement; fuel poverty and housing energy efficiency), and 3D spatial analytical methodology development (3D urban landscape change index, 3D tree shade coverage optimization).
- Geographic Information Science
- Remote Sensing
- Spatial Analysis
- Machine Learning
- Urban Climate Modeling and Instrumentation
- Urban and Regional Planning
- Urban Sensor Network
Twitter - @QunshanZhao
- 2019-2022. Co-Investigator. Urban Big Data Centre Data Service Extension. Economic and Social Science Council (ESRC), United Kingdom.
- 2019-2022. Co-Investigator. Ventilation based Planning Methods to Respond Urban Haze Supported by Multi-source Spatial-temporal Big Data. National Nature Science Foundation of China.
- 2017. Principal Investigator. Optimizing Tree Locations and Arrangement for Mitigating Urban Heat Island Effects and Improving Human Thermal Comfort in a Hot Arid Urban Residential Environment. Dissertation Research Grant, American Association of Geographers.
I am very happy to supervise PhDs and host Visiting Students/Scholars in:
- Big Data and Urban Analytics
- GIScience and Spatial Analysis
- Human Dynamics and Urban Resilience
- Urban Remote Sensing and Urban Climate Modeling
Please email me your updated CV if you are interested.
I am currently supervising:
- Niantang Liu (with Dr. Brian Barrett and Dr. Richard Williams) - A Deep Convolutional Neural Network-based framework For Crop Classification on High-Resolution Radar & Multispectral Imagery
- Henry Ibitolu (with Dr. Chris Beckett in the University of Edinburgh) - Mitigating Urban Heat Island Effects through the Intelligent Use of Sustainable Materials
- Big Data and Urban Analytics (Course Convener, Fall 2019)
- Quantitative Data Analysis (Course Tutor, Fall 2019)
- Programming Tools for Urban Analytics (Course Convener, Spring 2020)
- Urban Analytics Group Projects (Course Convener, Spring 2020)
- Social & Public Policy 2B: Policy, Politics and Power (Course Contributor, Spring 2020)
Professional activities & recognition
Prizes, awards & distinctions
- 2017: An outstanding paper based upon a recent dissertation in geography, American Association of Geographers (J. Warren Nystrom Award)
- 2017: Dissertation Research Grant, American Association of Geographers
- 2016: Imagery Grant, DigitalGlobe Foundation
- 2016: Imagery Grant, European Space Agency
- 2018 - 2019: Guest Editor, Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing of Urban Ecology and Sustainability (with Elizabeth A. Wentz)
- 2019 - 2020: Guest Editor, Annals of GIS, GIS and Urban Data Science (with Dr. Yijing Li and Dr. Chen Zhong)
Professional & learned societies
- 2018 - 2021: Board member, Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers
Qunshan's doctoral dissertation, Evaluating the Effectiveness of Tree Locations and Arrangements for Improving Urban Thermal Environment (Link: QunshanZhao_Dissertation), received the J. Warren Nystrom Award from the American Association of Geographers (AAG) as one of the most outstanding research papers, based upon a recent dissertation in 2018.
He is also serving as the Board Member of the Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group (SAM) at AAG from 2018-2021.