Ningchuan Xiao

Ningchuan Xiao
Director, 2012-2016

Ohio State University
Department of Geography
1036 Derby Hall
154 N Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210

Ningchuan Xiao is an associate professor in the Department of Geography at the Ohio State University. He received his Ph.D. in Geographic Information Science from the University of Iowa in 2003 and then joined the Ohio State University. He has taught a wide ranges of courses in cartography, GIScience, spatial analysis and modeling, and world regional geography. Prior to coming to the United States in 1997, he was a certified ESRI instructor in China.

Dr. Xiao's research focuses on the development of effective computational methods in mapping and analyzing geographic information in various application domains. He is currently working with an interdisciplinary team on a project funded by the National Science Foundation to map and model the transmission of infectious diseases in the Far North Region of Cameroon. He has co-edited a 2010 CaGIS special issue on "Mapping the Census." He is currently chair of the Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group of the Association of the American Geographers and he serves on the editorial board of Annals of the Association of American Geographers, and Computers, Environment and urban Systems. He also serves as program chair of the GIScience 2012 conference.

Cartography as a discipline and profession is facing a significant challenge today as cartographic products have become ubiquitous in almost every aspect of our life. Dr. Xiao believes in an interdisciplinary approach to addressing such a challenge. If elected as a CaGIS board member, he will seek to strengthen and broaden the natural bond between cartography and other areas such as GIScience, computational sciences, and spatial analysis and modeling, where geospatial information plays a critical role. His goal is to foster substantial interactions among researchers from these areas through joint conferences, workshops, and research projects, which will lead to long-term research agendas for advancing cartographic knowledge.