Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Sciences
Affiliate Faculty, Center for the Advancement of Spatial Informatics Research and Education (ASPIRE)
Director, Spatially Integrated Social Science Lab
Ph.D., Texas State University
Dr. Gong's past and current research focuses on Geospatial Data Science, which is an emerging interdisciplinary field intersecting GIScience, computational sciences, and mathematical-statistical sciences. On the theoretical side, his research develops and implements novel spatial-temporal data mining algorithms, environmental exposure assessment methods, and visual analytics approaches for high-dimensional data. On the practical side, it includes exploring associations between environment risk factors and health effects in spatial big data, discovering knowledge from human trajectory data at different scales, and investigating patterns from social media big data.
Geographic Information Science, Big Data Science and Analytics, Spatio-Temporal Data Mining, Health and the Environment, GIS-Based Modelling
More specific research interests for Dr. Gong include developing and implementing novel spatial-temporal data mining algorithms, environmental exposure assessment methods, and visual analytics approaches for big data to better understand the relationships among human health, society, and environment.