Prof Dr May Yuan
May Yuan received all her degrees in Geography: B.S. 1987 from National Taiwan University and M.S. 1992 and Ph.D. 1994 from State University of New York at Buffalo. She is Ashbel Smith Professor of Geospatial Information Sciences and GIS Ph.D. director in the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. Before she joined UT-Dallas in August 2014, she was Brandt Professor and Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professor and Director of Center for Spatial Analysis at the University of Oklahoma (1994-2014). Currently, she is the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Geographical Information Science and Vice President of US Cartography and Geographic Information Society. In addition, she serves on US NOAA Environmental Information Services Working Group and US National Geospatial Advisory Committee. Her research interest expands upon space-time representation and analytics to understanding geographic dynamics. Over the years, she has been working to develop new approaches to represent geographic processes and events in GIS databases to support space-time query, analytics, and knowledge discovery. Her research has been supported by NSF, NASA, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Geological Survey, National Institute of Standards and Technology and state government agencies in the U.S.A. She recently founded the Geospatial Analytics and Innovative Applications (GAIA) Lab at UT-Dallas. She and her students are exploring ways to capture and apply the concepts of place for space-time representation and analysis.