li_zhenlong Zhenlong Li, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Director, Geoinformation and Big Data Research Laboratory (GIBD)
Director, Center for GIScience and Geospatial Big Data (CeGIS)
Co-Lead, Social Media Core of Big Data Health Science Center (BDHSC)
Faculty Associate, South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality (CHQ)
Faculty Member, Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute (HVRI)
Department of GeographyUniversity of South Carolina
Callcott 320, 709 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29208

Email:   zhenlong@sc.edu
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Dr. Zhenlong Li is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and the Director of the Center for GIScience and Geospatial Big Data (CeGIS) at the University of South Carolina (USC), where he also created 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 selected 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 spatial computing, and GeoAI/CyberGIS with applications to disaster management, public healthhuman dynamics, and climate analysis. He has more than 120 publications including over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, most of which appeared in top-tier international journals in GIScience and related fields including IJGIS, CaGIS, CEUS, IJDE, and PNAS. He has received extramural funding support from NSF, NIH, NASA, NOAA, 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 and serves as a peer reviewer for more than 30 international journals.