Welcome to the academic site of Dr. Liping Di
Dr. Liping Di is internationally known for his extraordinary contributions to the geospatial information science/geoinformatics, especially to the development of geospatial interoperability technology and the federal, national, and international geographic information and remote sensing standards. He is the pioneer in the development of web-based, advanced, distributed geospatial systems and tools. He is an Earth System scientist engaging in the study of land surface processes and dynamics. Dr. Di has engaged in the geoinformatics and Earth system research for more than twenty-five years and has published over 400 publications. He has received a total of $50,000,048.63 ($40,315,370.63 as the PI, and $9,684,678 as Co-PI) research grants from federal agencies (NASA, NOAA, NSF, USGS, FGDC, DOE, NGA, USDA), international organizations (APN, OGC), and private companies.
Dr. Di is the founder of Center for Spatial Information Science and Systems (CSISS), a university-wide research center at George Mason University. CSISS is a university-level research center chartered by the Provost of GMU and affiliated with the College of Science. CSISS research activities are supported mainly by Dr. Di’s research grants and contracts from U.S. federal agencies and international organizations. Currently, the center has over 40 researchers with an annual research expenditure of more than $3 million. Under Dr. Di’s leadership, CSISS has become one of the leading research centers in the world in the areas of geospatial information science, technology and standards. In addition to managing the center and research projects, writing scientific proposals, publishing scientific papers, and leading national and international academic activities, Dr. Di also supervises both Ph.D. students and post-doctoral research fellows and teaches Ph.D. level classes on geospatial information interoperability, standards and Big Remote Sensing at the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science.
Dr. Di’s Research Interests: Geospatial Data and Information Systems and Standards; Information Interoperability and Sharing; Geospatial Web services; Earth Observation Sensor Web; Architecture of Distributed Systems for Data, Information, and Knowledge Services; Agro-geoinformatics; Remote Sensing; Global Environment Change; Land Surface Processes.