Shaowen Wang


Professor, Geography & Geographic Information Science, UIUC

Founding Director, CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies

Centennial Scholar, Liberal Arts & Sciences

Associate Director for CyberGIS & Lead of Earth and Environment Theme, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)


Dr. Wang's research and teaching interests include geographic information science and systems (GIS), advanced cyberinfrastructure and cyberGIS, complex environmental and geospatial problems, computational and data sciences,  high performance parallel and distributed computing, and spatial analysis and modeling. His research has been actively supported by multiple U.S. government agencies and industry. He is the principal investigator of several multi-institution projects sponsored by NSF for establishing the interdisciplinary field of cyberGIS and advancing related scientific problem solving in various domains (e.g., agriculture, bioenergy, computational and data sciences, emergency management, geography and social sciences, geosciences, and public health).

He has published many peer-reviewed papers including articles in more than 20 journals. He has served as an Action Editor of GeoInformatica, and guest editor or editorial board member for multiple other journals, book series and proceedings. He is a past President of the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences (CPGIS) and Chair of CPGIS Board. He served on the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science Board of Directors from 2009 to 2012, and currently is President-Elect of UCGIS. He was appointed two terms as a Councilor of the Open Science Grid Consortium. He is a current member of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources of the U.S. National Academies.