My name is Xi Gong (龚玺). I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies  and Center for the Advancement of Spatial Informatics Research and Education (ASPIRE) at University of New Mexico, where I lead the Spatially Integrated Social Science (SISS) Lab

I was born in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. I received my PhD in Geographic Information Science (2016) from Texas State University, M.Sc. in Cartography & Geographic Information System (2011) from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, and B.Eng. in Spatial Informatics and Digitalized Technology (GIS & Software Engineering) (2008) from Wuhan University, Wuhan, China. My full C.V. is here.

My research interests include: Geographic Information Science, Big Data Science and Analytics, Machine Learning, Spatio-Temporal Data Mining, Health and the Environment, GIS-Based Modeling, etc.

Funded Ph.D. and M.S. Positions in GIScience oppotunities:

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I am looking for 1-2 PhD and Master students and research assistants to start in 2021 Fall who are interested in the above topics (competitive funding packages through Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, and academic scholarships are available). If you are interested in the PhD and MS program in GIScience at UNM, you can apply for formal admission to our programs using the online portal here. More information about our programs can be found here.


My past and current research focuses on Geospatial Data Science, which is an emerging interdisciplinary field intersecting GIScience, computational sciences, and mathematical-statistical sciences. On the theoretical side, my research develops and implements novel spatial-temporal data mining algorithms, environmental exposure assessment methods, and visual analytics approaches for high-dimensional data. On the practical side, my work includes exploring associations between environment risk factors and health effects in spatial big data, discovering knowledge from human trajectory data at different scales, and investigating patterns from social media big data.


Xi Gong, PhD,
Department of Geography & Environmental Studies
UNM Center for the Advancement of Spatial Informatics Research and Education (ASPIRE)
1 University of New Mexico
MSC01 1110
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Office: Bandelier Hall West Room 211
E-mail: xigong@unm.edu
Twitter: XG_GIS