Dr. Bo Yang is an interdisciplinary postdoctoral scholar in the department of sociology at the University of Central Florida. He has a research background in the fields of GIS, remote sensing, drone mapping, geospatial computation, and spatio-temporal modelling. His research involves topics on coastal environmental management, spatio-temporal prediction, high-performance computing, sociological and environmental analysis and modeling.

Dr. Yang joined University of Central Florida for a collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) supports Citizen Science GIS at University of Central Florida (UCF). Dr. Timothy L. Hawthorne serves as PI and Dr. Bo Yang serves as lead post-doc researcher of the UCF portion of the grant. His responsibilities include engaging in intensive fieldwork for drone mapping and community building throughout MarineGeo sites along the west coast of North America; creating and implementing an online geospatial computing platform to share drone imagery and digitize GIS data; analyzing quantitative and qualitative datasets.

Dr. Yang received a B.S. degree in applied mathematics and a Master’s degree in computer science in China. He received his Master’s degree in Geographic Information Systems from University of Cincinnati in 2013, and earned his Ph.D. degree in Geography from University of Cincinnati in 2019.

Research Interests

Drone and satellite remote sensing
  • Optical, Multi-spectral, Hyper-spectral, Thermal, LiDAR, Nighttime
  • Image classification and segmentation
  • Image processing & analysis
Geographical Information Science (GIS) and spatial statistics
  • Spatio-temporal data fusion, assimilating, forecasting and hindcasting
  • Geo-statistics, Cokriging, Kalman filter, Conditional distribution
  • High-performance computing, Parallel computing, Cloud computing
Application areas
  • Urban heat island, Heat wave, Climate change
  • Coastal environmental management; Hydrological modeling
  • Crime prediction

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