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Liping Yang

  • Assistant Professor Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Department of Computer Science


Dr. Liping Yang is an Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Science (GIScience) and Computer Science, with a research focus on geospatial artificial intelligence (GeoAI), at University of New Mexico (UNM). Dr Yang directs the Geospatial Artificial Intelligence Research and Visualization Laboratory (GeoAIR Lab). She is also a faculty member in the Center for the Advancement of Spatial Informatics Research and Education (ASPIRE) at UNM. Dr. Yang is an expert in big data analytics research in GIScience and Data Science using data mining, computer vision, machine learning and deep learning, plus (geo) visual analytics. The primary focus of the GeoAIR Lab is advancing GIScience, remote sensing, environmental studies, and sustainability studies using (geospatial) artificial intelligence, integrated with geovisualization.

Dr. Yang was a postdoctoral research associate in the Information Sciences group at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), focusing on computer vision and machine learning algorithm development for technical diagram image analysis. Before joining LANL, she was a postdoc researcher on geospatial big data mining and geovisualization in the GeoVISTA Center at Penn State University.  Dr. Yang has worked many years at the intersection of GIScience, Computer Science, and Mathematics. Her multidisciplinary background on GIScience, graph theory, computational geometry, and machine learning provides her with a solid foundation to develop creative and novel solutions to advance machine vision and GIScience.