Yang, Bo

Dr. Bo Yang

Assistant Professor, Department of Urban & Regional Planning


Preferred: Bo.Yang02@sjsu.edu


  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Cincinnati
  • MA, Geographic Information System (GIS), University of Cincinnati
  • MS, Computer Science, Capital Normal University
  • BS, Applied Mathematics, Shaanxi Normal University

Research Interests

GIS, Remote Sensing, UAV Coastal Mapping, Machine-learning and AI, Urban Data Science


  • GEOG107 Mapping the World (GE)
  • URBP279 Advanced GIS for Urban Planning
  • GEOG239 Geographic Information Technology
  • GEOG282  Advanced Geographic Techniques and Drone Mapping


Dr. Bo Yang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning at San José State University. He is also the Associate Director of SJSU Spatial Analytics and Visualization Institute (SAVi), Faculty of NSF Industry-University Cooperative Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center (WIRC), and Research Associate of Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI).

Dr. Yang's interdisciplinary educational background includes a BS in Applied Mathematics, an MS in Computer Science, and a PhD in GIS and Geography. His expertise in mathematics and programming facilitate his research focus on cutting-edge technologies in GIS and remote sensing, including machine learning and AI in GIS, UAV remote sensing, coastal ecosystem monitoring, wildfire mapping, urban heat, urban crime, and urban transportation. He has published about 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals such as RSE, GRL, IJGIS, and Nature series. His papers have been selected as journal cover stories and top-viewed papers.

Dr. Yang is actively involved in student mentoring and cultivating the next generation of STEM scientists. He is faculty advisor of SJSU GIS and Drone Society, and is directing the SJSU Geofly Lab. He worked on multiple student participatory and community engagement projects, such as NSF START, REU, RET, and K-12 outreach. Additionally, he has been involved in GeoBusTM project, a mobile geospatial technology learning lab for K-12 and higher education.



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