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Fangzheng Lyu

Advisor: Dr. Shaowen Wang


I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography and GIS at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, under the supervision of Dr. Shaowen Wang. I earned my M.S. in Geography from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2021 and my B.E. in Computer Engineering at the University of Hong Kong in 2018.

My research interests include 1) examination and evaluation of heat dynamics in the urban area with cyberGIS and high-performance geospatial computing; 2) feature extraction using Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data; and 3) scientific gateway construction for accessing high-performance computer (HPC).

Research Interests

  • Geospatial Data Science
  • Computational Science
  • Urban Informatics
  • CyberGIS
  • GIScience
  • LiDAR Remote Sensing


  • MS in Geography and GIS, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2021
  • BE in Computer Engineering, University of Hong Kong, 2018

Courses Taught

  • GEOG105 - The Digital Earth (Instructor, Summer, 2022)
  • GEOG407 - Foundations of CyberGIS & Geospatial Data Science (TA, Spring, 2022)
  • GEOG507 - High-performance Geospatial Computing (Instructor, Fall, 2021)

Highlighted Publications

  • Lyu, F., Wang, S., Han, S., Wang, S. (2022). An Integrated CyberGIS and Machine Learning Framework for Fine-Scale Prediction of Urban Heat Island Using Satellite Remote Sensing and Urban Sensor Network Data. Urban Info 1, 6.
  • Lyu, F., Xu, Z., Ma, X., Wang, S., Li, Z., Wang, S. (2021). A vector-based method for drainage network analysis based on LiDAR data. Computers and Geosciences, 2021, 104892, ISSN 0098-3004
  • Lyu, F., Yang, Z., Xiao, Z., Diao, C., Park, J., Wang, S. (2022). CyberGIS for Scalable Remote Sensing Data Fusion. In: Proceedings of Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC22), Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 35, 1–4
  • Lyu, F., Kang, JY., Wang, S., Han, SY., Li Z., and Wang S. (2021). Multi-scale CyberGIS Analytics for Detecting Spatiotemporal Patterns of COVID-19. In: Shaw SL., Sui D. (eds) Mapping COVID-19 in Space and Time. Human Dynamics in Smart Cities. Springer, Cham
  • Lyu, F., Yin, D., Padmanabhan, A., Choi, Y., Goodall, J., Castronova, A, Tarboton, D., Wang, S. (2019). Reproducible Hydrological Modeling with CyberGIS-Jupyter: A Case Study on SUMMA. In: Proceedings of Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC19), Chicago, Illinois, USA, July 28 – August 1, 2019