Zhe(Sarina) Zhang

Zhe(Sarina) Zhang

Assistant Professor

GIScience, decision science, applied mathematics, spatial uncertainty, big data and CyberGIS, disaster management


  (979) 845-6523

  CSA 203C


Dr. Zhe Zhang has lived, studied, and worked in China, Finland, and the U.S. She leads the CyberGIS & Decision Support Systems Initiative in the Research Committee of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS). She collaborated with researchers and professors in various fields of sciences, including GIScience, computer science, atmosphere science, environmental science, military science, hydrological, agricultural and nuclear science. Through her interdisciplinary research, Dr. Zhang aims to develop intelligent spatial decision support systems for building urban resilience and improving urban sustainability. She explores several interrelated sub-research themes, such as spatiotemporal data modeling, uncertainty analysis of geographic information and risk, human and artificial intelligence, knowledge acquisition and representation, and big data and advanced cyberinfrastructure. Her research covers the application areas of disaster management, critical infrastructure modeling and protection, urban security, and food-water-energy nexus.

Her research has been supported by a number of U.S. and European governmental agencies such as National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Department of Agriculture(USDA), Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities (CNEC), the European Union, European Statistical Office, Business Finland, Academy of Finland, Finnish Defense Forces, and Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland.

Dr. Zhe Zhang is actively recruiting MS and PhD graduate students as well as visiting scholars to join Cyberinfrastructure and Decision Intelligence (CIDI) Laboratory at Texas A&M. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Zhe Zhang via an email zhezhang@tamu.edu.

Selected Publications

[1] 2019 Zhang Z., Virrantaus K., Yin D., and Wang S., Modeling Population Dynamics: An Object-Oriented Space-Time Composite Model based on Social Media and Urban Infrastructure Data. Geoinformatics in Sustainable Ecosystem and Society & Geospatial Artificial Intelligence for Urban Computing Conference, Guangzhou, China (Accepted).

[2] 2019   Zhao* J., Zhang*, Z., Sullivan, C., Identifying anomalous nuclear radioactive sources using Poisson Kriging and mobile sensor networks, PLoS ONE 14(5): e021613 (*Contributed equally to this work)

[3] 2018   Zhang, Z., 2018, Geospatial Software Institute: A Knowledge Hub for Driving Sustainable Geospatial Software Ecosystem. The 3rd NSF Workshop on Conceptualizing a National Geospatial Software Institute.

[4] 2018   Zhang, Z., Hu, H., Yin, D., Kashem, S., Li, R., Cai, H., Perkins, D., and Wang, S. A CyberGIS-enabled multi-criteria spatial decision support system: a case study on flood emergency management. International Journal of Digital Earth:12(11), 1364-1381

[5] 2018   Armstrong, M., Wang., S., and Zhang., Z. The Internet of Things and fast data streams: prospects for geospatial data science in emerging information ecosystems. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 46(1): 39-56.

[6] 2018   Seppänen, H., Luokkala, P., Zhang, Z., Torkki, P., and Virrantaus, K. Critical infrastructure vulnerability- a method for identifying the infrastructure service failure interdependencies, International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection, 22: 25-38. 

[7] 2017   Zhang, Z., Demsǎ, U., Wang, S., and Virrantaus, K. A spatial fuzzy influence diagram for modelling spatial objects’ dependencies: a case study on tree-related electric outages. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 32(2): 349-366.

[8] 2016   Zhang, Z., and Virrantaus, K. Use of fuzzy decision-making approach in analysis of the vulnerability of street network for disaster management. Nordic Journal of Surveying and Real Estate Research, 11(2): 7-19.

[9] 2014   Zhang, Z., Demsǎ, U., Rantala, J., and Virrantaus, K. A fuzzy multiple- attribute decision making modelling for vulnerability analysis on the basis of population information for disaster management. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 28(9): 1922-1939.

[10] 2010   Zhang, Z., and Virrantaus, K. Analysis of vulnerability of road networks on the basis of graph topology and related attribute information. Philips-Wren G., Jain L.C., Nakamatsu K., Howlett R., eds., Advances in Intelligent Decision Technologies, 353-363, New York: Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

[11] 2010   Zhang, Z., Rangsima, S., and Virrantaus, K. A spatio-temporal population model for alarming, situational picture and warning system. The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, 38 (2): 69-74.


2016 Doctor of Science (with distinction) in Geoinformatics, minored in applied mathematics, Department of Built Environment, Aalto University (before Helsinki University of Technology), Finland

2009 Master of Science (Technology) in Geomatics, Department of Surveying, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland

2005 Bachelor of Environmental Engineering, Tampere University of Applied Sciences


2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) travel grant for participating NSF 3rd Geospatial Software Institute Workshop.

2016 Doctor of Science degree with distinction.

2012 Doctoral dissertation grant from Doctoral Programme in Built Environment- Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland: 55,080 Euro (funded)


GEOG 678 Web GIS (online)

GEOG 660 Applications in GIS (online)

GEOG 478 Web GIS (in class)

GEOG 665 GIS Modeling (online)

Additional Information

Professional Experience

  • Visiting assistant professor, Department of Geography, Texas A&M University, September 2018 - May 2019
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, CyberInfrastructure and Geospatial Information Laboratory CIGI, Department of Geography & Geographic Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, January 2017-August 2018.
  • CyberGIS Studio Coordinator, CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, October 2017-August 2018.
  • Application Specialist, Department of Spatial Data Infrastructure Services, National Land Survey of Finland, August 2016-December 2016.
  • Researcher, Research group on Geoinformatics, Department of Built Environment, Aalto University, 2009-2016


Professional Affiliations 

  • Knowledge-based & Intelligent Engineering System (KES International)
  • International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • American Association of Geographers (AAG)
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS)



Shuyang Zhang (2018- )
Nanzhou Hu (2019-)
Zahra Ghorbani (Co-Advising, thesis has been defended)
Other graduate students
Lan Li (The University of Texas at Austin)
Harshita Chaudhary (TAMU)
Shashwat Tripathi (TAMU)
Jian-Siang Hong (TAMU)
Zeyu Wang (TAMU)


11/19/2019: I will be a chair for two AAG 2020 sessions: 1) Symposium on Frontiers in CyberGIS and Geospatial Data Science: Synergizing Geospatial Data Science with Domain Applications III: Disaster Management 2) Symposium on Frontiers in CyberGIS and Geospatial Data Science: University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) - CyberGIS and Decision Support Systems

11/17/2019: I am selected to serve as a panel for UCGIS Research Initiatives session at AAG 2020.

11/01/2019: Transactions in GIS special issue proposal was accepted.

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