li_zhenlong Zhenlong Li, Ph.D.

Director, Geoinformation and Big Data Research Laboratory (GIBD)
Associate Professor, Department of GeographyHazards and Vulnerability Research Institute (HVRI)
Core Faculty, Big Data Health Science Center (BDHSC)
Faculty Associate, South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality (CHQ)
University of South Carolina
709 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29208

Email:   zhenlong@sc.edu

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Dr. Zhenlong Li is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina (USC), where he established and leads the Geoinformation and Big Data Research Laboratory (GIBD). He received B.S. degree (2006) in Geographic Information Science from Wuhan University, and Ph.D. (2015, with distinction) in Geography and Geoinformation Sciences from George Mason University. Dr. Li is recognized as a Breakthrough Star by USC in 2020 and listed as one of the Geospatial World 50 Rising Stars by the Geospatial Media and Communications in 2021. He is also a Peter and Bonnie McCausland Faculty Fellow (2020-2023) at the USC College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Li’s primary research field is GIScience with a focus on geospatial big data analytics, high performance computing, spatiotemporal analysis, cyberGIS, and geospatial artificial intelligence with applications to disaster management, public healthhuman dynamics, and climate analysis. He has more than 100 publications including over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, 20 articles in books and proceedings, and 4 edited books. He has received funding support from NSF, NIH, NASA, and ESIP among others.

He served as the Chair of the Association of American Geographers CyberInfrastructure Specialty Group, Co-Chair of the Cloud Computing Group of Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), and the Board of Director of the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences (CPGIS). Currently, he sits on the Editorial Board of 4 international journals including the Geo-spatial Information SciencePLOS ONE, ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information , and Big Earth Data. He also serves as a peer reviewer for more than 30 international journals.