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Research Interests

My research interests mainly focus upon both the theoretical development of GIScience and the applications of GIS technologies in urban and regional analysis. I consider myself as a member of the still-growing research community, GIScientists. Currently I am actively involved in exploring the adoption of GeoComputational methods in geographic studies, which I believe has the potential to revolutionize both quantitative and qualitative studies in geography. In summary, my main research interests include:

   Spatial Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery: Simply put, the advance of IT, wide accessibility of computers, and accumulation of massive data provide the basis to Let data speak for themselves.

 

   Geovisualization and Information Visualization (Information Spatialization): Innovative visualization methods for facilitating thinking and problem solving in geographic domain. This goes beyond the traditional domain of cartography.

 

   Space-Time Dynamics: Current GISs are built upon a visually-oriented cartographic representational paradigm and its very difficult for them to handle temporal information effectively. A smart GIS should be the one that could offer reasoning (especial temporal reasoning) capabilities on its data and provide the related information required by users at the right time.

   GIS for Urban & Regional Analysis: GISs, as geographic analytical toolbox, have been used in various fields of urban and regional studies. This is an area calls for most the integration of GIS and spatial analysis methods. My area of research mainly focuses on urban commuting, public transit, crime & public safety, public health, economic development, groundwater pollutions.

  


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Projects

         2012-present. Biking Studies in the Bowling Green KY Area

         2011-present. Spatial Convergence and Spatial Structural Changes of Regional Economic Growth in Central China.

         2010-present. Geographic Factors of Colombian Violence.

         2010-present. Accessibility to Primary Care Physicians in the Nashville TN region.

         2009-present. Geographic Factors of Residential Burglary.

         2009-present. GIS and Groundwater Pollutions in Karst Regions.

         2008-present. Network Extensions of Spatial Analysis.

         2008-present. Visual Data Mining of Time-Series Geospatial Data

         2006-2009. Urban Commute Study in Small and midsize U.S. Cities.

         2006. WKU Transit Ridership Study.

         2005-2007. Bowling Green Traffic Accident Study.

         2005-2007. Geographical Analysis of Crime, Bowling Green, Kentucky

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         2002-2003. Intelligent Transportation System Benefit and Cost, New York State. (Dr. Thill, Jean-Claude; New York DOT).

         Summer, 2001. Highway Fatalities and Air Medical Transport Services: A Pilot Project. (Dr. Thill, Jean-Claude; CUBRC).

         2000-2001. Detection and Prediction of Geographical Changes in Crime Rates. (Dr. Peter Rogerson; NSF)

         1998-2000. Intelligent Transportation System Benefit and Cost, New York State. (Dr. Thill, Jean-Claude; New York DOT).

         1997-1998. Projects Supported for Sustainable Development of the Yellow River Delta. (Prof. Liu, Gaohuan; World Bank and Government of Dongyin City, Shandong Province, PRC).

         1996-1997. Migration Resettlement for Zigui County, Three-George Area. (Prof. Liu, Gaohuan; Government of Zigui County, Hubei Province, PRC).

         1995-1996. Migration Management Information System for Zigui County, Three-George Area. (Prof. Liu, Gaohuan; Government of Zigui County, Hubei Province, PRC).

         1994-1995. Urban Planning for Xinxiang County. (Prof. Feng, Chuanchun; Government of Xinxiang County, Henan Province, PRC).

         1994. Regional Planning for Luoyang City. (Prof. Zhou, Yixin; Government of Luoyang City, Henan Province, PRC).

Master Thesis Supervised

         Understanding Colombian Violence Through GIS And Spatial Statistical Approaches. Brandon Fowler. Thesis Project Director: Jun Yan. May, 2011.

         Assessing the Go BG Public Transit System of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Frank Aryee. Thesis Project Director: Jun Yan. May, 2011.

         Spatial Analysis of Fatal Automobile Crashes In The Commonwealth Of Kentucky. William Nathan Oris. Thesis Project Director: Jun Yan. May, 2011.

         Measuring the Accessibility to Primary Care Physicians in Nashville Metro Area Using GIS. Sami Almudaris. Thesis Project Director: Jun Yan. May, 2011.

         Geographic Factors of Residential Burglaries A Cast Study in Nashville, Tennessee. Jonathan Hall. Thesis Project Director: Jun Yan. December, 2010.

         Modeling Stormwater Pollutant Transport in a Karst Region Bowling Green, KY. Allison H. Ross. Thesis Project Director: Jun Yan. July, 2009.

         Commuting Analysis in a Small Metropolitan Area A Cast Study of Bowling Green/Warren County, Kentucky. Caitlin Hager. Thesis Project Director: Jun Yan. December, 2007.