Collegiate Affiliation

Dr. Di Zhu is an Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Science in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Society at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

The Geospatial Data Intelligence (GeoDI) Lab ( directed by Prof. Zhu aims at generating theoretical and actionable insights from big geo-data by exploring the frontiers across Spatial Analytics, Geospatial Artificial Intelligence, and Social Sensing.

Prof. Zhu's research uses integrated spatial thinking and cross-disciplinary methods to facilitate Intelligent Spatial Analytics (ISA) and Geographic Knowledge Discovery, focusing on the human-environment complexities within population, urban dynamics, public health, human mobility, spatial networks, socioeconomic sustainability, crime, business optimization, etc.

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Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Visiting Lecturer: SpaceTimeLab, University College London
  • PhD: Cartology and Geographic Information Science, Peking University
  • BSc: Cartology and Geographic Information Systems, Peking University
  • BA: Economics, Peking University


  • Geographic Information Science (GIScience)
  • Geospatial Artificial Intelligence (GeoAI)
  • Spatial Data Science
  • Urban Social Sensing
  • Spatial Statistics
  • Spatial Networks
  • Human Mobility