Dapeng Li
GIScientist - Software Engineer - Geographer

Biography


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 the School of Information Engineering at China University of Geosciences (Beijing). My undergraduate studies mainly focused on software engineering, and I was trained as a full-stack software engineer. I hold a Master's degree in Cartography and Geographic Information Systems from Peking University. My Master studies focused on several advanced topics in GIS: global georeferencing systems, location-based services, GIS engineering, and Web GIS. I got my Ph.D. degree in Geography (Geographic Information Science & Cartography) from the University of Utah in 2016. My doctoral training concentrated on spatial modeling/simulation, big data, and mobile computing. I did my postdoc in the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at Michigan State University, and my postdoctoral training focused on telecoupling and global sustainability.

I am working as an Assistant Professor of GIS in the Department of Geography & Geospatial Sciences at South Dakota State University. I am teaching introductory and upper-level GIS courses. As a certified GIS Professional (GISP), I am dedicated to educating the next generation of GIS professionals and helping them succeed in their career.

I have a long-running research interest in better using geospatial technologies to save life and property in disasters. My current research primarily focuses on wildfire evacuation modeling and simulation in the American west. I will continue this line of research in the next few years to build better wildfire evacuation systems in the U.S. Meanwhile, I also start to work on other topics in hazards, public health, transportation, sustainability, and agriculture.

Education


2016

Ph.D. in Geography (Concentration: GIS, Big Data, & Mobile Computing)

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 (Concentration: Geoinformatics)

Institute of Remote Sensing & GIS, Peking University, China

2008

B.S. in Geographic Information Systems (Concentration: Software Engineering)

School of Information Engineering, China University of Geosciences (Beijing), China

Employment


2017 - present

Assistant Professor of GIS

Department of Geography & Geospatial Sciences, South Dakota State University, USA

2016 - 2017

Research Associate (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 Remote Sensing and GIS, Peking University, P.R. China

Project: Global spatial information organization and its relevant applications

Research


Research and teaching interests

Methods:

GIS, Systems Modeling & Integration, Spatial Analysis, Big Data Analytics, Open Science

Foci:

Hazards, Public Health, Transportation, Sustainability, Agriculture

Refereed Journal Articles

2019

Li, D., Cova, T.J., Dennison, P.E., Wan, N., Nguyen, Q.C., & Siebeneck, L.K. "Why do we need a national address point database to improve wildfire public safety in the U.S.?". International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 39, 101237. doi:10.1016/j.ijdrr.2019.101237 [pdf]

2019

Li, D., Cova, T.J., & Dennison, P.E. "Setting Wildfire Evacuation Triggers by Coupling Fire and Traffic Simulation Models: A Spatiotemporal GIS Approach". Fire Technology, 55, 617–642. doi:10.1007/s10694-018-0771-6 [pdf]

2019

Xu, Z., Chau, S., Ruzzenenti, F., Connor, T., Li, Y., Tang, Y., Li, D., Gong, M., & Liu, J. "Evolution of multiple global virtual material flows". Science of The Total Environment, 658, 659-668. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.12.169 [pdf]

2017

Meng, H.-W., Kath, S., Li, D., & Nguyen, Q. C. "National substance use patterns on Twitter". PLOS ONE, 12(11), e0187691. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0187691 [pdf]

2017

Nguyen, Q., McCullough, M., Meng, H., Debjyoti, P., Li, D., et al. "Geotagged U.S. Tweets (2015-2016) as Predictors of County-Level Health Outcomes". American Journal of Public Health doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303993 [pdf].

2017

Li, D., Cova, T.J., & Dennison, P.E. “Using reverse geocoding to identify prominent wildfire evacuation trigger points”. Applied Geography, 87, 14-27.doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2017.05.008 [pdf]

2017

Xu, Z., Tang, Y., Connor, T., Li, D., Li., Y., & Liu, J. "Climate variability and trends at a national scale". Scientific Reports. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-03297-5 [pdf]

2017

Nguyen, Q., Meng, H., Li, D.,Kath, S., et al. "Social media indicators of the food environment and state health outcomes". Public Health, 148, 120-128. doi:10.1016/j.puhe.2017.03.013 [pdf]

2017

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, 37(4), 601-611. doi:10.1111/risa.12651 [pdf]

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 [pdf]

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. doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2016.06.003 [pdf]

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. doi:10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2015.05.008 [pdf]

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

2018

Li, D. “Geocoding and reverse geocoding". In Cova, T.J. & Tsou, M. (Eds.), Comprehensive Geographic Information Systems. Vol. 1, Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.09593-2 [pdf]

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 [pdf]

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

2019

Li, D. “Transportation infrastructure in disaster resilience assessment”. GIS Professional, 291, 12-14. [pdf]

2010

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

Media Coverage

2019

In the Age of Fast-Moving Fires, What's the Best Way to Get People Out?”. KQED Science (Living With Wildfire: California Reimagined Series), June 3. (Reporter: Jeremy Siegel).

Teaching


Teaching Experience

South Dakota State University

2020-

Instructor

GEOG 790 Seminar: GIS Programming (Python Programming)[Syllabus]

2020-

Instructor

GEOG 477/577: Spatial Databases [Syllabus][Flyer]

2019-

Instructor

GEOG 476/576: Web GIS [Syllabus][Flyer]

2018-

Instructor

GEOG 473/573: GIS Data Creation and Integration [Syllabus][Flyer]

2019-

Instructor

GEOG 786: Geographic Information Systems (Advanced Web GIS) [Syllabus]

2017-

Instructor

GEOG 372: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems [Syllabus]

2017-

Instructor

GEOG 474/574 GIS: Vector and Raster Modeling [Syllabus]

University of Utah

2014

Instructor

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

2013

Guest Lecturer (teaching practicum)

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

Course Development Experience

South Dakota State University

2020-

GEOG 470/570: Introduction to GIS Programming (Python Programming)

2019

GEOG 790 Seminar: GIS Programming (Python Programming)

2019

GEOG 473/573: GIS Data Creation & Integration

2019

GEOG 476/576: Web GIS

2018

GEOG 786: Geographic Information Systems (Advanced Web GIS)

2018

GEOG 477/577: Spatial Databases (PostgreSQL/PostGIS)

2017

GEOG 474/574: GIS: Vector & Raster Modeling

2017

GEOG 372: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

University of Utah

2014

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

Professional Training Experience

2019

Instructor. Technical Training Session: Basics of Scripting with Python. The 2019 Black Hills Digital Mapping Agency Conference, Rapid City, South Dakota, U.S.A.

2019

Instructor. Technical Training Session: Using Python in Geocoding/Reverse Geocoding. The 2019 Black Hills Digital Mapping Agency Conference, Rapid City, South Dakota, U.S.A.

2018

Instructor. Technical Training Session: Introduction to Git. The 2018 Black Hills Digital Mapping Agency Conference, Rapid City, South Dakota, U.S.A.

Presentations


Conference Presentations

2019

Li, D. “An introduction to the GIS Professional (GISP) certification program”. The 2019 Black Hills Digital Mapping Agency Conference, Rapid City, South Dakota, U.S.A.

2019

Li, D. “A study on the GISP Certification program in the U.S.”. The Annual Meeting of the Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Division of the Association of American Geographers, Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A.

2019

Li, D. “An introduction to ArcGIS Collector”. South Dakota Statewide Geospatial Conference, Mitchell, South Dakota, U.S.A.

2019

Li, D. “An introduction to online geocoding and reverse geocoding services”. South Dakota Statewide Geospatial Conference, Mitchell, South Dakota, U.S.A.

2019

Li, D. “A preliminary study on the GISP program in the U.S.”. South Dakota Statewide Geospatial Conference, Mitchell, South Dakota, U.S.A.

2019

Li, D., Cova, T.J., & Dennison, P.E. “Coupling fire and traffic simulation models to set wildfire evacuation triggers”. Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Washington DC, U.S.A.

2019

Wan, N., Li, D., Cho, L., & Wetter, D. “Applying mobile technologies in public health research: challenges and opportunities for geographers”. Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Washington DC, U.S.A.

2018

Li, D. “Using online reverse geocoding services to set wildfire evacuation triggers”. The 2018 Black Hills Digital Mapping Agency Conference, Rapid City, South Dakota, U.S.A

2018

Li, D. “A preliminary examination of wildfire evacuation zoning: Evidence from the Vineyard Fire and the Carr Fire”. The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Division of the Association of American Geographers, Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.A.

2018

Li, D., Cova, T.J., & Dennison, P.E. “Coupling fire and traffic simulation models to set wildfire evacuation triggers”. The 4th Fire and Evacuation Modeling Technical Conference, Gaithersburg, Maryland, U.S.A. [Video]

2018

Li, D. “Modeling wildfire evacuation triggers using open GIS”. Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.

2017

Li, D., Cova, T.J., & Dennison, P.E. “Identifying prominent wildfire evacuation trigger points with reverse geocoding”. Great Plains/Rocky Mountains Division of the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Grand Forks, North Dakota, U.S.A.

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

Python, C/C++, Java, 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

PostgreSQL/PostGIS, SQL Server, DB2, MySQL, MongoDB

Software Development Tools

Git, SVN, 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

Opportunities


My recent research projects focus on: 1) Using big data to improve wildfire evacuation modeling and planning; 2) The development and use of open source Web GIS in wildfire evacuation, public health, and precision agriculture applications. My detailed research interests are as follows:

GIS:

Geoinformatics, Systems Modeling, Web GIS, Mobile Computing, Open Source GIS

Hazards:

Evacuation analysis/modeling/planning, disaster informatics

Public Health:

Big Data, Health Informatics, Mobile Health

Transportation:

Traffic Simulation, Transportation Planning, Public Transit

Sustainability:

Global Sustainability, Telecoupling, Food Security, Land Use Change

Agriculture:

Precision Agriculture, Agro-Informatics

Potential Collaborators

I have been doing research and development in GIS and its applications for over ten years. I enjoy working with scholars, stakeholders, and businesses and using my expertise to help them succeed. Please feel free to contact me if you need technical support in your research or project.

Potential Graduate Students

I am interested in working with motivated students to study GIS and its applications in hazards, public health, transportation, sustainability, and agriculture. As funded Research Assistant positions become available, I will post the information here and on other job boards (e.g., AAG website). The Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences will have 4~6 Teaching Assistant positions available every year. The Master's and Ph.D. programs are both STEM programs (more information). In addition, we have advanced computing resources in the department (more information). I strongly encourage those who want to pursue a career in GIS to reach out to me and send me a copy of your CV and a summary of your expertise and research interests.

Undergraduate Research

I enjoy involving motivated undergraduate students in my research. I encourage those who want to develop strong GIS skills (especially those who want to be GIS developers) to contact me. I will figure out how to fit you into my research projects and help you develop a career plan.

Contact Me


My Contact Information

Name:

Dapeng Li

Email:

dapeng.li[at]sdstate[dot]edu

Telephone:

1-605-688-4620

Mail Address:

Department of Geography, South Dakota State University

109 Wecota Hall, Box 506, Brookings, SD 57007, USA

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