Dapeng Li
GIScientist - Software Engineer - Geographer

About Me


I was born in Weihai, a small city on the east coast of Shandong Province, China. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from China University of Geosciences (Beijing), a geology school that has cultivated a great many geologists in China. I hold a Master's degree in Cartography and Geographic Information Systems from Peking University. I got my Ph.D. degree in Geography (Geographic Information Science & Cartography) from the University of Utah in August 2016.

My undergraduate studies mainly focused on software engineering, and I was trained as a software engineer. With my engineering background, I worked as a research assistant in graduate school for Dr. Chengqi Cheng in the Institute of Remote Sensing and GIS at Peking University.  I started to conduct research on Location-Based Services (LBS) and developed a strong interest in this field. In 2008, an earthquake hit Sichuan Province, China and caused many deaths. Because I was shocked by first responders' unpreparedness for that earthquake, I started to pay attention to geospatial technologies in emergency management. I believe that geospatial technologies can make a difference if we make better use of them in disasters.

At the University of Utah, I worked with Dr. Tom Cova (primary advisor) and Dr. Phil Dennison (co-advisor) on an National Science Foundation (NSF) project named "protective action triggers" (2011-2014), which aims to improve our understanding of evacuation timing and protectve action selection in wildfire evacuations. My dissertation focuses on wildfire evacuation modeling, which involves using fire spread modeling, trigger modeling, reverse geocoding, and traffic simulation to model wildfire evacuation as a coupled human-environmental system (CHES).

During the fourth year (2014-2015), I worked as a research assistant for Dr. Neng Wan. My research focused on mobile computing in public health applications. Specifically, I worked as a mobile developer to develop an Android app that collects bluetooth, GPS, and accelerometer data to study the relationship between human mobility and people's well-being. I also used smartphone accelerometer data for physical activity studies. My previous experience in mobile computing concentrated on mobile development and information systems, and this experience helped me sharpen my skills in mobile computing and develop a better understanding of its wide applications in public health.

In the fifth year (2015-2016), I worked as a research assistant for Dr. Quynh Nguyen on an NIH project that aims to use social media data to develop neighborhood indicators for public health studies. My responsibilities include spatial data processing and geovisualization. This project helped me develop a better understanding of social media applications (e.g., emotion detection, food mentions, and exercise) in public health.

I joined the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at Michigan State University after graduation. I am working as a postdoctoral researcher under Dr. Jianguo (Jack) Liu's guidance on a project that aims to examine the dynamics behind global food security and land use change, and my current research focuses on building a model to study these telecoupled global systems.

Education


2016

Ph.D. in Geography (Geographic Information Science and Cartograhy)

Department of Geography, Univesity of Utah, USA

Dissertation: Modeling wildfire evacuation as a coupled human-environmental system using triggers

Advisors: Dr. Thomas J. Cova & Dr. Philip E. Dennison

2011

M.S. in Cartograhy and Geographic Information Systems

Institute of Remote Sensing & GIS, Peking University, China

Advisor: Dr. Chengqi Cheng

2008

B.S. in Geographic Information Systems

School of Information Engineering, China University of Geosciences, China

Research


Research and teaching interests

Methods:

GIS, Systems Modeling & Integration, Spatial Analysis, Mobile Computing, Data Mining, Geocomputation, Geographic Information Engineering, Open Science

Fields:

Emergency Management, Public Health, Transportation, Social Media, Sustainability

Academic Employment

2016 - present

Postdoctoral Researcher (Supervisor: Dr. Jianguo (Jack) Liu)

Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, Michigan State University, USA

Project: Food security and land use: the telecoupling challenge (the Belmont Forum)

2015 - 2016

Research Assistant (Supervisor: Dr. Quynh Nguyen)

Department of Health Promotion and Education, University of Utah, USA

Project: HashtagHealth: A social media big data resource for neighborhood effects research (NIH)

Project website: https://hashtaghealth.github.io

2014 - 2015

Research Assistant (Supervisor: Dr. Neng Wan)

Utah Geo-Health Lab, Department of Geography, University of Utah, USA

Project: Understanding life-space characteristics based on cell-phone collected data (NIH)

2011 - 2014

Research Assistant (Supervisors: Dr. Thomas J. Cova and Dr. Philip E. Dennison)

Center for Natural and Technological Hazards (CNTH), University of Utah, USA

Project: Protective action triggers (NSF)

2008 - 2011

Research Assistant (Supervisor: Dr. Chengqi Cheng)

Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Information Engineering, Peking University, P.R. China

Project: Global spatial information organization and relevant applications (The National Basic Research Program)

Teaching


Teaching Experience

Summer 2014

Instructor

GEOG 5140: Methods in GIS (an advanced GIS course)

Department of Geography, Univesity of Utah, U.S.A.

Fall 2013

Guest Lecturer (teaching practicum)

GEOG 5180/6180: GIS & Python (ArcPy section)

Department of Geography, University of Utah, U.S.A.

Course Development Experience

Summer 2014

Course Developer

GEOG 1180: Introduction to Geo-Programming (Python programming)

Department of Geography, University of Utah, USA

Publications


Refereed Journal Articles

2016

Nguyen, Q., Li, D., Meng, H., Kath, S., Nsoesie, E., Wen, M., & Li, F. "Building a national neighborhood dataset from geotagged Twitter data for indicators of happiness, diet, and physical activity". JMIR Public Health & Surveillance. doi:10.2196/publichealth.5869

2016

Cova, T.J., Dennison, P.E., Li, D, Siebeneck, L.K., Drews, F.A., & Lindell, M.K. "Warning triggers in environmental hazards: who should be warned to do what and when?" Risk Analysis. doi:10.1111/risa.12651

2016

Nguyen, Q., Kath, S., Meng, H., Li, D., Smith, K., VanDerslice, J.A., Wen, M., & Li, F. "Leveraging geotagged Twitter data to examine neighborhood happiness, diet, and physical activity". Applied Geography, 73, 77-88.

2015

Li, D., Cova, T.J., & Dennison, P.E. “A household-level approach to staging wildfire evacuation warnings using trigger modeling”. Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems, 54, 56–67.

2013

Guo, X., Cheng, C., Tan, Y., & Li, D. “Study on Unified Encoding Method for Topographic Map Based on Subdivision Framework”. Periodical of Ocean University of China, 44(3). (in Chinese)

2010

Geng, X., Cheng, C., Song, S., & Li, D. “Global Subdivision Systems Based on Map Kilo-Grids”. Geography and Geo-Information Science, 2(3). (in Chinese)

Refereed Book Chapters

2017

Li, D.. “Geocoding and reverse geocoding". In Cova, T.J. & Tsou, M. (Eds.), Comprehensive Geographic Information Systems. Vol. 1, Elsevier. (In press)

Refereed Conference Proceedings

2015

Li, D., Cova, T.J., & Dennison, P.E. “An open-source software system for setting wildfire evacuation triggers”. 1st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on the Use of GIS in Emergency Management. doi: 10.1145/2835596.2835600

2015

Li, D., Cova, T.J., & Dennison, P.E. “Integrating fire-spread and household-level trigger modeling to stage wildfire evacuation warnings”. Geocomputation 2015.

2010

Li, D. & Cheng, C. "A proposed architecture for emergency response systems based on Digital Earth". Proc. SPIE 7840, the Sixth International Symposium on Digital Earth: Models, Algorithms, and Virtual Reality.

Non-refereed Conference Proceedings

2015

Li, D., Cova, T.J., & Dennison, P.E. “Establishing wildfire evacuation zones—a coupled human-environmental system approach”. Proceedings of the 13th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit & 4th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference. (Extended abstract)

Other Publications

2010

Qi, Y., Li, D., Fang, W., et al. “Using Build Forge to Install Tivoli Provisioning Manager”. IBM SSPD database, Document ID: TD105637.

Presentations


Conference Oral Presentations

2017

Li, D.. “An open source tool for tracing international food trade flows under the telecoupling framework”. Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

2016

Li, D., Cova, T.J., & Dennison, P.E. “Setting wildfire evacuation triggers by coupling fire and traffic simulation models”. The 5th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A

2016

Li, D., Cova, T.J., & Dennison, P.E. “Setting wildfire evacuation triggers by coupling fire and traffic simulation models: a spatiotemporal GIS approach". Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

2016

Cova, T.J., Li, D., & Dennison, P.E. “Spatio-temporal representation issues in modeling evacuation warning triggers”. Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

2015

Li, D., Cova, T.J., & Dennison, P.E. “Promote Open Science in Wildfire Evacuation Modeling: An Open-Source Software System for Setting Wildfire Evacuation Triggers”. The 26th Quarterly Salt Lake GIS Users Group (SLUG) Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.

2015

Li, D., Cova, T.J., & Dennison, P.E. “An open-source software system for setting wildfire evacuation triggers”. The 1st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on the Use of GIS in Emergency Management (EM-GIS), Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

2015

Li, D., Cova, T.J., & Dennison, P.E. “Integrating fire-spread and household-level trigger modeling to stage wildfire evacuation warnings”. Geocomputation 2015, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.

2015

Li, D., Cova, T.J., & Dennison, P.E. “Setting wildfire evacuation triggers by coupling traffic simulation, trigger modeling, and reverse geocoding”. Association of American Geographers (AAG) annual meeting, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

2015

Li, D., Cova, T.J., & Dennison, P.E. “Establishing wildfire evacuation zones—a coupled human-environment system approach”. Managing Fire, Understanding Ourselves: Human Dimensions in Safety and Wildland Fire, Boise, Idaho, U.S.A.

2014

Li, D., Cova, T.J., & Dennison, P.E. “Household-level wildfire evacuation trigger modeling”. AutoCarto 2014, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

2014

Li, D., Cova, T.J., & Dennison, P.E. “A framework for improving the use of online reverse geocoding services”. Association of American Geographers (AAG) annual meeting, Tampa, Florida, U.S.A.

2013

Li, D. & Cova, T.J. “Using geotagged tweets to explore geographic disparities of Twitter users: a case study of New Jersey state, U.S.”. CaGIS/ASPRS 2013 Specialty Conference—Imaging and Mapping for Disaster Management: From the Individual to the Global Community, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

Conference Poster Presentations

2014

Li, D., Cova, T.J., & Dennison, P.E. “Household-level wildfire evacuation trigger modeling”. Maps on the Hill, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.

2013

Li, D..“Social media in natural disasters: mapping tweet density in Hurricane Sandy”. Maps on the Hill, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.

2009

Li, D. & Cheng, C. "A proposed architecture for emergency response systems based on Digital Earth". The Sixth International Symposium on Digital Earth, Beijing, China.

Awards & Honors


Paper Awards

2016

Finalist for the Student Honors Paper Competition, Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers

2015

Jeanne X. Kasperson Student Paper Award, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers

Travel Awards

2016

Student Travel Award, the Associated Student of University of Utah (ASUU)

2015

Travel Award for Transportation and Communities Summit 2015, Point B: University of Utah Transportation Student Group

2015

NSF Travel Award for San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC)'s Summer Institute 2015

2015

NSF Travel Award for the 13th International Conference of GeoComputation

2015

Student Travel Award, the Associated Student of University of Utah (ASUU)

2014

Graduate Student Travel Award, the Graduate School of University of Utah

2013

Graduate Student Travel Award, the Graduate School of University of Utah

Scholarships

2010

Second-class Scholarship for Graduate Student, Peking University

2009

Second-class Scholarship for Graduate Student, Peking University

2008

First-class Scholarship for Graduate Student, Peking University

2007

Sino Petroleum & Chemical Scholarship, China University of Geosciences (Beijing)

2006

First-class Professional Scholarship, China University of Geosciences (Beijing)

2005

First-class Professional Scholarship, China University of Geosciences (Beijing)

2005

Second-class National Scholarship, China University of Geosciences (Beijing)

Other Awards

2006

Study Model of China University of Geosciences (Beijing)

2005

Third Prize in Mathematics Competition, China University of Geosciences (Beijing)

2005

Second Prize in the 2005 National English Contest for College Students

Portfolio


Skills


Programming Languages

C/C++, Java, Python, C#, Object-C, Swift, R, Perl, Matlab, IDL

Web Development

HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Apache HTTP/Tomcat Server

Mobile Development

Android, iOS, eMbedded Visual C++

WebGIS Development

OpenLayers, Leaflet, GeoServer, PostGIS, ArcGIS Server/ArcSDE

High Performance Computing

OpenMP, MPI, GPU, SLURM Scheduler, Kepler, gprof, IPython

Linux/Unix Skills

RedHat/Ubuntu Linux, Bash, Vim, Linux/Unix system programming

IDEs

Visual Studio, Eclipse, PyCharm, Android Studio, Xcode, WebStorm

Database Skills

SQL Server, DB2, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB

Software Development Tools

Git, SVN, MS Safe Source, Microsoft Visio, Rational Rose, Build Forge

Software Development Kits

ArcObjects/ArcEngine, OpenGL, Qt, VTK, ILOG CPLEX, Gurobi

GIS/Remote Sensing Tools

ArcGIS/ArcPy, ENVI, ERDAS IMAGINE, QGIS, Google Earth Engine

Agent-Based Modeling Tools

NetLogo, Repast, MATSim (traffic simulation)

Open Source Geospatial Tools

GDAL/OGR, OpenTools, PROJ.4, JTS, JOSM

Fire Spread Modeling Tools

FlamMap, FarSite, FireFamilyPlus, BehavePlus, fireLib

Contact Me


My Contact Information

Name:

Dapeng Li

Email:

lidapeng[at]msu[dot]edu

Telephone:

1-385-202-5806 (Google Voice)

Mail Address:

Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, Michigan State University

115 Manly Miles Building, 1405 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823, USA