Yiqun Xie

Assistant Professor
Geospatial Information Science
University of Maryland, College Park

Ph.D in Computer Science
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities


CV: Xie_CV.pdf

⧫ Funding

  • [Google] PI, $30,000 gift (NGO partner: Imazon, $75,000), Google, AI for Social Good (Impact Scholars).
  • [NSF] UMD PI, $755,098 (collaborative with the University of Pittsburgh. UMD share: $424,774), NSF Fairness in Artificial Intelligence (FAI) program (co-sponsored by Amazon), 2147195, 06/2022-05/2025.
  • [NASA] PI, $599,956, NASA Advanced Information Systems and Technology program, AIST-21-0068, expected 07/2022-01/2024.
  • [NSF] PI, $955,837 (collaborative with WSU: ~$1.24M in total), NSF EarthCube program, 2126474, 09/2021-08/2024. (Award page for UMD part, EarthCube news)
  • [NASA] Co-I (added to team after award), $747,164, NASA LCLUC, 20-LCLUC2020-0010, 2021-2023.
  • [Google] PI, $10,000 gift (NGO partner: The Aquaya Institute, $20,000), Google, AI for Social Good (Impact Scholars).
  • [NSF] PI, $174,983, NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) program, IIS-2105133, 08/2021-07/2023. (Award page)
  • [UMD] Team member, $366,000, Grand Challenges Grant (Team Project), Seed Grant, 03/2023-02/2026.
  • [UMD] PI, $10,000, Faculty-Student Research Award, Seed Grant, 08/2023-08/2024.
  • [UMD] PI, $19,981, Dean's Research Initiative, Seed Grant, 06/2021-06/2022.

⧫ Awards

  • 2024 - Selected to be honored at the Maryland Research Excellence Celebration 2024.
  • 2023 - Best Application Paper Award. SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM'23).
  • 2022 - Best Presentation - Honorable Mention. Google's AI for Social Good mid-program meeting.
  • 2022 - Best Paper Award. ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Analytics for Big Geospatial Data (BigSpatial'22). Seattle, WA.
  • 2021 - Best Paper Award. IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM'21). Auckland, New Zealand (and Virtual Online).
  • 2020 - Best Paper Award. ACM SIGKDD Workshop on Deep Learning for Spatiotemporal Data, Applications, and Systems (DeepSpatial'20). Virtual Online.
  • 2019 - Best Vision Paper Award. 27th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advancements in Geographic Information Systems (SIGSPATIAL'19), Chicago, IL. Recognized by the Computing Community Consortium's (CCC) Great Innovative Ideas program.
  • 2019 - Best Paper Award. 16th International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases (SSTD'19), Vienna, Austria. link
  • 2017 - Best Poster Award. 2017 UCGIS Symposium (University Consortium for GIS), Washington D.C.
  • 2016 - Early career researchers travel fund, ACM SIG-KDD Workshop on DS-FEW.
  • 2014 - Outstanding Student of the Year, ESRI Development Center at University of Minnesota
  • 2013 - Finalist Award, Annual Figure of College Students in China. link
  • 2013 - Annual Figure of College Students in Jiangsu Province.
  • 2012 - First Prize, AMAP China LBS Challenge.
  • 2001 - Silver Award, The World Peace Painting and Calligraphy Exhibition, Junior Group (Paris, France).