Dr. Qing TIAN
Computational Social Science
College of Science
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 993-1405
Ph. D., 2011, University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment (Advisor: Daniel Brown)
M. Sc., 2002, George Mason University, Computer Science
M. Sc., 1993, Chinese Academy of Sciences, GIS and Remote Sensing
B. Sc., 1990, Peking University, Computer Science
2012, Post-doc, University of Michigan, Ford School of Public Policy (Advisor: Robert Axelrod)
09/1996, attended the 2nd International Workshop on Parallel Processing and Supercomputing Applications in Science and Engineering, International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy
02/1996 – 05/1996, completed the 34th IRI Specialized Training Course for Technicians, Rome, Italy, including a certificate on remote sensing applications at the European Space Agency (ESA), Frascati, Italy
C, C++, C#, Java, Python
English, Mandarin Chinese, Italian
I am an interdisciplinary researcher with broad interests in land use, development, human-environment systems, and complex adaptive systems in general. My research integrates social, economic, environmental and institutional perspectives and combines computer modeling with other methods (surveys, interviews, and spatial analysis) to study land use and development in less developed areas and sustainability of human-environment systems. I am also interested in policy from the perspective of complex adaptive systems and, related to this, human cognition and decision making. My current projects examine the influence of urbanization on agricultural land use and synergy between broader development and climatic adaptation in China.
2012 – present, Assistant Professor, tenure-track, Department of Computational Social Science, George Mason University
2012 – 2013, Research Associate, Center for Social Complexity, Mason-Smithsonian Joint Project on Climate and Society
2001 – 2005, Software Engineer, Veritas Software, Reston, VA
1997, Research Fellow, International Center for Science and High Technology (ICS), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Trieste, Italy
1993 – 1999, Assistant Research Professor, Institute of Remote Sensing Applications, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Peer-reviewed journal articles
Tian, Q., Brown, D.G., Bao, S, Qi, S. (2015). Assessing and mapping human well-being for sustainable development amid flood hazards: Poyang Lake Region of China. Applied Geography, 63, 66-76.
Tian, Q., Brown, D.G., Zheng, L., Qi, S., Liu, Y., Jiang, L. (2015).The role of cross-scale social and environmental contexts in household-level land-use decisions, Poyang Lake Region. Annals of Association of American Geographers. DOI: 10.1080/00045608.2015.
Tian, Q., Holland, J. H., Brown, D.G. (in review). Social and economic impacts of subsidy policies on rural development in the Poyang Lake Region, China: insights from an agent-based model. Agricultural Systems.
Tian, Q., Guo, L., Zheng, L. (in review). Understanding local and macro processes underlying rural livelihoods in the context of urbanization: Poyang Lake Region of China. Journal of Rural Studies.
Qi, S., Brown, D.G., Tian, Q., Jiang, L., Zhao, T., Bergen, K. (2009). Inundation extent and flood frequency mapping for the Poyang Lake, China, floodplain using Landsat TM and DEM. GIScience and Remote Sensing, 46(1), 101-127.
Jiang, L., Bergen, K.M., Brown, D.G., Zhao, T., Tian, Q., Qi, S. (2009). Land-cover change and vulnerability to flooding near Poyang Lake, Jiangxi Province, China. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 74(6), 775-786.
Tian, Q., Feoli, E. 1999. A new algorithm for improving remote sensing image classification with other spatial data based on GOODALL's affinity index. Journal of Remote Sensing, China, 3(3), 187-192, 246.
Yan, S. Y., Xiao, C. S., Tian, Q., Zhou, Y., Wang, S. X. (1997). Chinese agricultural statistical geographic information system and its applications. Journal of Remote Sensing, China, 1(2), 152-156.
Yan, S. Y., Tian, Q., Wang, S. X. (1996). Preliminary study on development of general software tool for spatial decision support system. Remote Sensing on Environment, China, 11(1), 68-78.
Contributions to books
Institute of Remote Sensing Applications/Chinese Academy of Sciences (1997). Agricultural Atlas of China (English Version), Star Map Press: Beijing. “joint co-author”
Institute of Remote Sensing Applications/Chinese Academy of Sciences (1997). Agricultural Atlas of China (Chinese Version), Star Map Press: Beijing. “joint co-author”
Tian, Q. 1992. Attribute data management in GIS, in Yan, S. (ed.) Theory and Technology of GIS (in Chinese).
2014, George Mason Summer Research Grant ($4860)
2008 – 2011, NASA Earth and Space Science Graduate Fellowship for doctorate dissertation research ($90,000)
2008 – 2010, Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute Graduate Fellowship for doctorate dissertation research ($50,000)
HONORS AND AWARDS
2011, Nominated for ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award
2011, Rackham One-term Dissertation Fellowship Award, the University of Michigan (including a stipend of $8600 and tuition)
2007, Alvan Macauley Award (recipients attained an "A" average for their first term at School of Natural Resources and Environment, $1000)
CSS 605 Object-Oriented Modeling of Social Science
CSS 643 Land-Use Modeling Techniques and Applications
CSS 665 Complex Adaptive Systems and Policy
CSS 692 Social Network Analysis
Co-chaired the session Toward a Habitable Planet at an ICAM/SFI workshop on Gateways to Emergent Behavior in Science and Society, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico, September 23-26, 2013 (sponsored by SFI)
Taught a seminar on Complex Adaptive Systems, ABM and Policy at the School of Public Policy and Governance, Tsinghua University, Beijing, December 10, 2014