Chen Zhang

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Bio

Chen Zhang, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor at George Mason University

Fairfax, VA, USA

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Hi, I am Chen Zhang, a research assistant professor at the Center for Spatial Information Science and Systems, George Mason University. My research interests include:

  • Geographic Information Science and Systems, Remote Sensing, Earth System Science
  • Agro-Geoinformatics, Land Use and Land Cover Change, Environmental Modeling
  • Geospatial Information Interoperability and Standards, Web Services, Cyberinfrastructure
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Image Processing and Analysis, Pattern Recognition

Specifically, I am an active advocate of applying state-of-the-art methods, technologies, and tools in multidisciplinary fields to discover, understand, and share agro-geoinformation. I am also a full-stack software engineer in charge of developing, maintaining, and enhancing multiple operational geospatial data service systems including CropScape, VegScape, Crop-CASMA, and GEOSS Information Exchange DataHub.


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Education

Ph.D. in Earth Systems and Geoinformation Sciences

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA, USA

2021

M.S. in Computer Science

China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing
Beijing, China

2014

B.S. in Computer Science

China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing
Beijing, China

2011

Ongoing Researches

* Here is a list of my ongoing researches. Please see R&D Page for all research and development projects.

Food and Agriculture Cyberinformatics Tools (FACT): Machine-learning-based In-season Crop Mapping and Associated Cloud-based Bigdata Cyberinfrastructure to Support USDA NASS Decision Making

Research project funded by USDA NIFA (Grant #2021-67021-34151, PI: Dr. Liping Di)

Lead Software Engineer, Research Scientist
Feb. 2021 - present

NASA Interdisciplinary Research in Earth Science (IDS) Project: Improved Understanding and Prediction of Extreme Precipitation in Multiple Urban Systems

Funded by NASA (PI: Dr. Fei Chen, Institutional PI: Dr. Liping Di)

Software Engineer
Jan. 2021 - present

Crop-CASMA: A Web-based Geospatial Application for Crop Condition and Soil Moisture Analytics

Operational system in collaboration with USDA NASS and NASA

Lead Software Engineer, Research Scientist
Jun. 2019 - present

USDA NASS Online Geospatial Applications CropScape and VegScape Systems Maintaining, Hosting and Enhancement of NASS Operation

Operational system funded by U.S. Department of Agriculture

Senior Software Engineer, Research Scientist
Sep. 2018 - present

WaterSmart: A Cyberinfrastructure-Based Integrated Agro-Geoinformatic Decision-Support Web Service System to Facilitate Informed Irrigation Decision-Making

Research project funded by National Science Foundation (Grant #CNS-1739705, PI: Dr. Liping Di)

Research Scientist
Apr. 2018 - present

GEOSS Components and Services Registry

Operational system in collaboration with Federal Geographic Data Committee and U.S. Geological Survey

Senior Software Engineer
Apr. 2018 - present

Recent Publications

* Here is a list of my latest publications as the first author. Please see Publication Page for abstract and full-text access.
* Full publication list and citations can be found on my Google Scholar Profile.

Zhang, C., Di, L., Hao, P., Yang, Z., Lin, L., Zhao, H. and Guo, L., 2021. Rapid in-season mapping of corn and soybeans using machine-learned trusted pixels from Cropland Data Layer. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 102, 102374. doi: 10.1016/j.jag.2021.102374.

Zhang, C., Di, L., Yang, Z., Lin, L., Zhao, H. and Yu, E.G., 2021. An Overview of Agriculture Cyberinformatics Tools to Support USDA NASS Decision Making. The 9th International Conference on Agro-Geoinformatics. doi: 10.1109/Agro-Geoinformatics50104.2021.9530327.

Zhang, C., Yang, Z., Di, L., Lin, L., Hao, P. and Guo, L, 2021. Applying Machine Learning to Cropland Data Layer for Agro-Geoinformation Discovery. 2021 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS). doi: 10.1109/IGARSS47720.2021.9554628.

Zhang, C. and Lin, L., 2021. Image Processing Methods in Agricultural Observation Systems. In: Di L., Üstündağ B. (eds) Agro-geoinformatics: Theory and Practice, Springer Remote Sensing/Photogrammetry. Springer, Cham. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-66387-2_6.

Zhang, C., Di, L., Yang, Z., Lin, L. and Hao, P., 2020. AgKit4EE: A toolkit for agricultural land use modeling of the conterminous United States based on Google Earth Engine. Environmental Modelling & Software, 129, 104694. doi: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2020.104694.

Zhang, C., Yang, Z., Di, L., Lin, L. and Hao, P., 2020. Refinement of Cropland Data Layer Using Machine Learning. The International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, 42, pp. 161-164. doi: 10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-3-W11-161-2020.

Zhang, C., Di, L., Lin, L. and Guo, L., 2019. Machine-learned prediction of annual crop planting in the U.S. Corn Belt based on historical crop planting maps. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 166, 104989. doi: 10.1016/j.compag.2019.104989.

Zhang, C., Di, L., Yang, Z., Lin, L., Yu, E.G., Yu, Z., Rahman, M.S. and Zhao, H., 2019. Cloud Environment for Disseminating NASS Cropland Data Layer. The 8th International Conference on Agro-Geoinformatics. doi: 10.1109/Agro-Geoinformatics.2019.8820465.

Professional Experience

George Mason University

Research Assistant Professor, Center for Spatial Information Science and Systems

2022 - present

Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Information Science and Systems

2015 - 2021

Peking University

Research Assistant, Institute of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems

2012 - 2014

China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing

Research Assistant, Department of Computer Science and Technology

2011 - 2014

Professional Societies and Organizations

Member, IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

2022 - present

Member, IEEE GRSS (Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society)

2020 - present

Student Member, AGU (American Geophysical Union)

2020 - 2021

Student Member, AAG (American Association of Geographers)

2018 - 2021

Student Member, IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

2017 - 2021

Student Member, ESIP (Earth Science Information Partners)

2016 - 2021

Member, OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium)

2016 - present

Journal/Conference Reviewer

* Please see all verified reviews on Publon.

Agriculture, MDPI

2022

Agronomy, MDPI

2022

Alexandria Engineering Journal, Elsevier

2021

Applied Sciences, MDPI

2020 - 2021

Atmospheric Science Letters, Wiley

2022

Climate, MDPI

2020

Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, Elsevier

2020 - 2021

Ecological Informatics, Elsevier

2022

Environmental Challenges, Elsevier

2021

European Journal of Remote Sensing, Taylor & Francis

2021

Expert Systems with Applications, Elsevier

2021

Forests, MDPI

2020

Geocarto International, Taylor & Francis

2021

International Conference on Agro-Geoinformatics

2016 - 2022

International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, Elsevier

2022

International Journal of Digital Earth, Taylor & Francis

2021 - 2022

International Journal of Remote Sensing, Taylor & Francis

2020

ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, MDPI

2021

Journal of King Saud University - Computer and Information Sciences, Elsevier

2019 - 2020

Journal of Computational Science, Elsevier

2021

PeerJ, PeerJ

2021

Remote Sensing, MDPI

2020 - 2022

Remote Sensing Letters, Taylor & Francis

2021

Remote Sensing of Environment, Elsevier

2021

Science of the Total Environment, Elsevier

2020

Sustainability, MDPI

2020 - 2022

Technologies, MDPI

2021