Dandong Yin


  • B.S, GIS, Peking University, China
  • B.S, Economics, Peking University, China

I'm a third year Ph.D student in CyberInfrastructure & Geospatial Infromation Laboratory, supervised by Prof. Shaowen Wang. I am also a member of CyberGIS center in National Center for Supercomputing Applications. The center has its own dedicated super computer ROGER. We do data- and computation- intensive geospatial analytics on various HPC platforms (including scalable database, Hadoop/Spark framework and traditional HPC with many CPUs + GPUs) as well as cloud computing environments (Openstack, Docker, Kubernetes, etc.). We typically deal with disparate geospatial data at the size of TB or even PB level, and the kind of computation that takes hundreds of thousands of core hour to solve complex geospatial problems at (fine scale × holistic scope).

I enjoy my mixed background of multiple worldview-shaping displines (Physics + Computation (Algorithm) + Economics + Geography), plus some family influence of (Biology + Psychology). As a natural extension, I am highly interested the super-displine of Complexity Science, where I found lots of similarity with traditional eastern Philosophy. I am motivated to conduct research in dicovering (e.g. human mobility, social dynamics), modeling (e.g. multi-agent modeling and simulation) and appling (e.g. collective intelligence design) complex system dynamics. Unsurprisingly, I am a big fan of Santa Fe school, and very proud to be admitted to 22nd Grauduate Workshop in Computational Social Science Modeling and Complexity at Santa Fe Institute 

Before joining University of Illinois, I got two bachelor's degrees from Peking University in Geographic Information Science and in Economics, respectively. I was involved in multiple research projects in undergraduate and first-authored a journal publication about developing an ant-colony-optimization based computer vision algorithm. In my junior year, I also joined the Mitacs Globalink Program in Canada and worked as a research intern in Visualization and Graphics Group, Department of Computer Science, Unverisity of Calgary, supervised by Prof. Usman Alim.

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