Shaowen Wang


  • PhD, University of Iowa
  • MCS, Computer Science, University of Iowa
  • MS, Geography, Peking University
  • BS, Computer Engineering, Tianjin University, China

Shaowen Wang is a Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science (Primary), Computer Science (Affiliate), Information Sciences (Affiliate), and Urban and Regional Planning (Affiliate) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research and teaching interests primarily 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. He has received research funding from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Science Foundation (NSF), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Geological Survey (USGS), and industry; and served as Principal Investigator (PI) for about $14 million competitive research grants, PI for tens of millions of normalized computing hours to utilize NSF supercomputing resources, and co-PI and investigator for contributing to sponsored research supported with tens of millions of US dollars. He has published many peer-reviewed papers including articles in more than 20 journals. He has served as an Action Editor of GeoInformatica, Associate Editor of SoftwareX, and guest editor or editorial board member for multiple other journals, book series and proceedings. He served as 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 (UCGIS) Board of Directors from 2009 to 2012, and currently is President 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 US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He was a visiting scholar at Lund University sponsored by NSF in 2006 and NCSA Fellow in 2007, and received the NSF CAREER Award in 2009.

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 480 - Principles of GIS
  • GEOG 595 - Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies
  • GEOG 479 - Advanced GIS
  • GEOG 379 - Introduction to GIS