Ran Tao 陶然

Assistant Professor of GIScience

School of Geosciences, University of South Florida

E-mail: rtao AT usf.edu

Let the maps speak for themselves


Geographic Information Science | spatial interactions | spatial statistics & data mining | geovisualization | geocomputation | movement & mobility analysis | migration | smart city | urban shrinkage | conflicts & territories


Dr. Ran Tao is an assistant professor at the School of Geosciences, University of South Florida. His research centers on GIScience methods and applications, especially in movement analysis, travel behaviors, and spatial interaction phenomena. So far, he has developed a series of spatial flow data analytical methods that blend the latest techniques in spatial statistics, data mining, geovisualization, and geocomputation. His research has been sponsored by NSF, USDOT, and USF Research & Innovation. His works have been published in top-tier journals, such as IJGIS, CEUS, JTRG, Geographical Analysis. Besides, he is leading or engaged in interdisciplinary research projects that exert the power of GIS and spatial analysis, such as human travel behaviors, migration forced by natural disasters, shrinking city phenomena, location optimization of key infrastructure, and disease transmission surveillance. Dr. Tao has been actively serving the professional community. He was the 2022 chair of AAG Specialty Group Cyberinfrastructure. He also serves as the NSF proposal reviewer, editorial board member of Humanities and Social Sciences Communication,  and guest editor of special issues on Applied Sciences and IJGI.


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