Ming-Hsiang Tsou

San Diego State University

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San Diego State University

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Ming-Hsiang (Ming) Tsou is a Professor in the Department of Geography, San Diego State University (SDSU) and the Director of the Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age. He received a B.S. (1991) from National Taiwan University, an M.A. (1996) from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Ph.D. (2001) from the University of Colorado at Boulder, all in Geography. His research interests are in Human Dynamics, Social Media, Big Data, Web GIS, Mobile GIS, and K-12 GIS education. He is co-author of "Internet GIS", published in 2003 by Wiley and served on the editorial boards of the Annals of GIS (2008-), Cartography and GIScience (2013-) and the Professional Geographers (2011-). Tsou has been served on two U.S. National Academy of Science Committees: “Research Priorities for the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science” (2006-2007) and “Geotargeted Alerts and Warnings: A Workshop on Current Knowledge and Research Gaps” (2012- 2013). Since 2008, Tsou served as a senior researcher in the GeoTech Center to promote GIS education in community colleges and high schools ( In 2010, Tsou was awarded to a $1.3 million research grant funded by National Science Foundation and served as the Principal Investigator (PI) of, "Mapping ideas from Cyberspace to Realspace" ( research project (2010-2014). In Spring 2014, Tsou established a new research center, Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (, a transdisciplinary research area of excellence at San Diego State University to integrate research works from GIScience, Public Health, Social Science, Sociology, and Communication. In Fall 2014, Tsou received a NSF Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS) award for “Spatiotemporal Modeling of Human Dynamics Across Social Media and Social Networks” (PI, $999,887, 2014-2018). Specialties: Social Media, Big Data, Human Dynamics, Web GIS


University of Colorado
Advisor: Degree 4

University of Colorado Boulder
1996 To 2000

State University of New York at Buffalo
1994 To 1996

National Taiwan University
B.S., 1991
1987 To 1992
Advisor: Degree 2

University at Buffalo
Master of Arts, 1995
Advisor: Degree 3

Professional Associations

2010 - Present

Job History

Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (HDMA)
Founding Director
April 2014 - present

San Diego State University
August 2000 - present

CEO and the Chief Scientist
March 2013 - July 2014

NAS workshop on Geotargeted Alerts
January 2013 - January 2013

GeoTech Center
January 2008 - January 2009

San Diego DA's Office
Technical advisory committee
January 2006 - January 2008

NRC report in 2007 (A research agenda for GIScience)
Committee member
January 2006 - January 2007

Honors and Awards

2004 Outstanding Faculty Award
San Diego State University

2010 Outstanding Faculty Award
San Diego State University

HI-TEC (education) Innovative Program award
NSF High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC)

San Diego State University Senate Excellence in Teaching Award
San Diego State University (SDSU)