External Grants

NSF Biodiversity on a Changing Planet (BoCP). Co-PI (with PI Di Yang). Project: BoCP-Design: US-China: Linking Organisms, Mechanisms and Processes for Supporting Standardized Biodiversity Monitoring During Alpine Treeline Shifts under Global Climate Change ($500,000).

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Minority Research Grant Program (MRGP). Co-PI (with PI Ayodeji Iyanda, Co-PIs Xinyue Ye, Temilola Salami, and Dongying Li). Project: Investigating the combined impact of spatial social networks and environmental exposure on minority youths’ mental health in the context of COVID-19 ($200,000)

NSF Humans, Disasters, and the Built Environment (HDBE). Co-PI (with PI Rui Liu, Co-PIs Shigang Chen, Yixin Wei, Jeffery Lindsey). Project: Improving Evacuation Situation Awareness and Decision Making: A Smart eVacuation Emergency Real-time System (SAVER) ($450,000)

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) University Transportation Centers (UTC). Co-PI (PI Xing Wu; Co-PIs Qianwen Guo, Xinyue Ye, Subasish Das, Bahar Dadashova, and Yueqing Li) Center for Transportation Infrastructure Resilience and Sustainability (CTIRS) ($2,000,000).

NSF Data Analytics that are Robust and Trusted (DART) Seed Grant. Sole-PI. Project: CI: AI-supported Cyberinfrastructure for Scalable Flood Resilience Assessment ($96,000)

NASA SMD Computational and Information Sciences and Technology Office. Co-PI (with PI Di Yang). Grant #80NSSC21M0177. Project: Assessing and Qualifying Citizen Science Labeling for Training Data for GLOBE Observer Mosquito and Land Cover Protocols Improving Data Quality within the GLOBE Observer Community ($93,824).

NASA EPSCoE Research Infrastructure Development (RID). Co-PI (with PI Yaqian He and Co-PI Matthew Connolly). Grant #80NSSC19M0066. Project: Quantifying impacts of irrigation and the consequent climate variability on crop yield in North Arkansas. ($40,000).

Travel Grant, Japan Local Organizing Committee to the International Cartographic Association, for the participation in the bi-annual International Cartographic Conference (ICC 2019). (¥100,000)

Travel Grant, U.S National Committee (USNC) to the International Cartographic Association, for the participation in the bi-annual International Cartographic Conference (ICC 2019). ($2000)






 Internal Grants

The SPARC Graduate Research Grant, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, University of South Carolina. Co-PI. Funded project: A Deep Learning Supported Flood Mapping Framework that Integrates Remote Sensing and Social Sensing. ($5000)


Teaching Resource Development Grant, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of South Carolina. ($750)


Awards, Honors, and Fellowships

IEEE Young Professional Rising Star

Second Place in Student Paper Competition, the 42nd of the Applied Geography Conference, Charlotte, NC, October 23rd-25th. ($100)


Breakthrough Graduate Scholar, University of South Carolina.

Departmental Breakthrough Graduate Scholar Nominee, Department of Geography, University of South Carolina.

Second Place in Robert Raskin Student Paper Competition, American Association of Geographers (AAG) Cyberinfrastructure Specialty Group (CISG), Washington, DC, April 3-April 7.

Second Place in Remote Sensing Specialty Group (RSSG) student paper competition, American Association of Geographers (AAG), New Orleans, LA, April 10-April 14. ($200)

First Place Student Paper Award, the 25th International Conference on GeoInformatics, Buffalo, OH, August 3rd. ($500)

Outstanding investigator, Lake management and protection in City of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, April 15.

Outstanding engineers, School of Remote Sensing and Information Engineering, Wuhan University, September 03.







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