May 2016: CUEC doctoral student won third place in poster competition

Mr. Peng Fu, a Ph.D. student at CUEC won the third place in the annual GIS Student Poster Competition that hosted by Indiana Geographic Information Council. His poster is about consistent Land Surface Temperature data from irregularly spaced Landsat Imagery. He found that the algorithm he used was able to predict daily LSTs at a reasonable average bias, and a possible way to improve the algorithm is to resort to weather-station LST for inferring daily-specific LST variation associated with different weather patterns.

May 2016: CUEC doctoral student recognized

CUEC doctoral student Yitong Jiang has been selected as one of the two doctoral-level recipients of the College of Graduate and Professional studies' Ethos Award. The Ethos Award recognizes outstanding contributions across all areas including academic performance, research, teaching and service.

She has also been selected as an Outstanding Graduate Assistant by department of earth and environmental systems.

Yitong started her doctoral program at Indiana State in the fall semester 2011 and is finishing up her dissertation. Her unique backgrounds in agriculture (master's degree from the University of Toledo and bachelor's from Chinese Agricultural University) and urban remote sensing (Indiana State) have potentials to generate new insights into the dynamic interactions between natural and built-up lands.

Yitong's dissertation research focuses on assessing the impact of urbanization associated land use and land cover changes on land surface temperature, surface moisture and evapotranspiration using remotely sensed data. She has approached this issue by using statistical analysis and surface energy balance modeling methods. In the past four years, Yitong has co-publish four peer-refereed journal articles at well-respected international journals and a refereed book chapter. She was the third place in the Three-Minute Thesis competition hosted by College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

In addition, Yitong has been an independent lecturer in our department in a foundational environmental geography class for the past years.

Source: Indiana State University Newsroom

May 2016: CUEC, Chinese Academy of Sciences further collaboration

The Center for Urban and Environmental Change at Indiana State University welcomed Linlin Lu, associate professor at Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in China, as part of its speakers series this spring.

Lu presented a speech on "Global Human Settlement Mapping from Satellite Imagery: Products and Applications" on March 10. About 30 graduate students and undergraduate students attended the seminar.This talk introduced the needs for global human settlement information in several application fields and reviewed several current global urban data products. Lu presented the framework, technology and preliminary products of CAS-JRC Global Human Settlement Layer (GHSL) mapping project and discussed possible applications of GHSL product in related fields such as urbanization analysis and disaster exposure mapping.

Lu's visit to campus also allowed her to meet with Qihao Weng, professor in the earth and environmental sciences department at Indiana State, and discuss current research and possible collaboration on human settlement mapping and assessment of urbanization impacts on environmental change and disaster damage assessment and exposure mapping.

Lu obtained Ph.D. degree in remote sensing from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2009. In the same year, she joined RADI as an assistant professor. Her primary research area is environmental change analysis and disaster damage assessment with remote sensing and geographic information systems technology.

Weng was recognized this year as Distinguished Supervisor for Student Professional Development at Indiana State for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Source: Indiana State University Newsroom

Apr 2015: Dr. Weng receives national geographer award

Dr. Qihao Weng has received a national award, 2015 Willard and Ruby S. Miller Award from the Association of American Geographers (AAG), on April 25, in recognition of his contributions to the geographic field, including his significant and pioneering contributions in urban remote sensing, extensive publication record, and dedicated teaching and mentoring for this discipline.

Source: Indiana State University Newsroom

Sep 2015: CUEC hosts geospatial workshop

The Center for Urban and Environmental Change at Indiana State University recently hosted a mini-workshop on the environmental and societal benefits of geospatial technologies.

Dean Jianli Ding and Fei Zhang from the School of Resources and Environmental Science at Xinjiang University in China, Wasit Wulamu and Matthew Maimaitiyiming from the Center for Sustainability at St. Louis University and fellows from CUEC presented their recent research and discussed related issues and future collaboration on Aug. 24.

Xinjiang is located in the northwest of China, and soil salinization is an important environmental issue in this arid region, especially in the desert oasis. Ding and Zhang introduced remote sensing methods they use to monitor the saline soil. Maimaitiyiming shared his recent research on the effect of "urban oasis" spatial pattern on land surface temperature and its implications for sustainable urban planning and climate change adaptation. Wulamu reviewed the urban inequality in St. Louis in the last 40 years in social and environmental perspectives.

Indiana State's Qihao Weng, director of CUEC, introduced the Group on Earth Observation key activities from 2016 to 2025, including global megacities monitoring initiative, generation of global human settlement layers, global urban remote sensing laboratory, urban impervious surface mapping in developing countries and more. The CUEC fellows also presented their recent research, which covers different perspectives of urban remote sensing: 3-D building reconstruction, utilization of time series data, urban heat island, urban surface moisture, dynamics of urban growth, regional economic development and the indicators of urbanization.

Ding, Wulamu and Weng further discussed student exchange, scholar visits, joint research, academic program collaboration, conferences and student placement that will strengthen the links between Indiana State and these institutions. Ding invited Weng to visit Xinjiang University at his earliest convenience.

Source: Indiana State University Newsroom

Feb 2015: Dr. Weng to lead geospatial technology journal

Dr. Qihao Weng has been selected as co editor-in-chief of a leading academic journal, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing is the flagship journal of International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, currently ranked third among all remote sensing journals. The field collectively covers geospatial technology, such as remote sensing, photogrammetry, and Geographic Information Systems, GPS, and geodesy.

Source: Indiana State University Newsroom

June 2014: CUEC research paper awarded first place in international confernece

Mr. Peng Fu and Dr. Qihao Weng were awarded the first place in the student paper competition of The Third Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Applications Workshop (EORSA 2014) held during June 11- 14 in Changsha, China. The paper is entitled: A parametric model for analyzing land surface temperature dynamics based on time series Landsat TIR data.

May 2013: CUEC student award scholarship

A second-year doctoral student, Miss Yitong Jiang, has been awarded the Altrusa Scholarship in the amount of $1000 for the 2013-14 academic year.

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist financially a international graduate student with the desire for higher education. Scholarship awards are based on the applicant's educational records, community service, personal achievements, and financial need.

Altrusa International is an international non-profit organization focused on community service. It was founded in 1917 as a chain of national clubs for business and professional women. Altrusa International of Terre Haute is its branch in this district.

Mar 2013: CUEC students presented in international conference

Three graduate students, Peng Fu, Yuanfan Zheng, and Yitong Jiang, presented their research in Baltimore during the annual conference of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). Their participation has been reported in ISU news:

May 2011: Dr. Weng recognized for outstanding contribution in remote sensing

Dr. Qihao Weng received the Outstanding Contributions Award from the Association of American Geographers during AAG 2011 Annual Conference in Seattle, WA. This award recognizes outstanding contributions made in the field of remote sensing through education, research, and outreach. Here's the link from Indiana State University Newsroom:

Apr 2010:

Dr. Qihao Weng and his student, Dr. Hua Liu who is now an assistant professor at Old Dominion University, has been seleted to receive a 2010 Erdas Award. This award from American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing recognizes the best scientific papers in remote sensing. Here's the link from Indiana State University Newsroom:

Apr 2009:

Dr. Bingjing Liang (CUEC fellow) has accepted tenure-track position in the Geography and Geology Department at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania

Mar 2009:

Mr. Xuefei Hu won the second place in AAG Remote Sensing Specialty Group 2009 student honors paper competition. His paper is entitled: Impervious Surface Extraction from IKONOS Imagery Using and Object-Based Approach.

Jan 2009:

Professor Qihao Weng has been appointed as Associate Editor of the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Publisher's Note

Oct 2008:

Professor Xiaohua Tong visited Indiana State University on October 16th, 2008.

Dr. Tong is a full professor and deputy chairperson at Department of Surveying and Geo-Informatics, Tongji University, Shanghai, China. He is currently visiting professor at University of California - Santa Barbara with Prof. Michael Goodchild. During his visit Dr. Tong delivered a talk on: "Modeling and Processing Uncertainties in Geospatial Data and Analysis: Recent Developments." pic1, pic2

Aug 2008:

Dr. Qihao Weng was awarded a senior fellowship with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Postdoctoral Program. He will work at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center for a year stating Dec. 15. Here's the link from Indiana State University Newsroom:

Aug 2008:

Ms. Bingqing Liang of CUEC was appointed as a faculty at Department of Geography, Western Illinois University.

July 2008:

Dr. Weng attended the XXI ISPRS Congress, Beijing, July 3-11, 2008, where he gave an oral presentation on remote sensing data requirements for urban impervious surface mapping, and also chaired the Working Group VIII/1 - Human Settlement and Impact Analysis. pic

July 2008:

Dr. Weng delivered a keynote address at 2008 International Workshop on Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Applications, Beijing, June 30- July 2, 2008. This event is co-sponsored by IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society. pic

June 2008:

The researchers from CUEC (Dr. Weng, Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar and Xuefei Hu) participated and presented their research at the ASPRS WGL/EGL Joint Summer Meeting which was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 13. Dr. Weng was the program chair for this event.

May 2008:

Dr. Qihao Weng was awarded a senior fellowship from NASA.

Apr - May 2008:

The researchers from CUEC (Dr. Weng, Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar, Xuefei Hu, Bingqing Liang, Minjuan Cheng and Jing Han) participated and presented their work at the 74 ASPRS annual meeting held at Portland, Oregon.

Apr 2008:

Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar (CUEC researcher) won First Place honors,\ in 12th Annual Undergraduate-Graduate Research Showcase hosted by Indiana State University, under the category Physical Science/Technology/Engineering: Oral Presentation ($150 award), for his presentation titled "Space-Time Analysis of Urban Heat Island".

Mar 2008:

Ms. Guying Li successfully defended her PhD dissertation. She is now currently working as a researcher at Auburn University, Alabama.

Mar 2008:

Dr. Dengsheng Lu, Research Fellow, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University, gave a presentation at Department of Geography on "Effects of urbanization on the net primary productivity in Southeastern China". The talk was sponsored by CUEC

Mar 2008:

Indiana State University Office of Information Technology has awarded our project, "Developing a virtual urban remote sensing laboratory", with $3,000 under the category of "Emerging Technologies". Principle Investigator: Dr. Qihao Weng, Co-Principle Investigator: Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar

Mar 2008:

Each year, students compete for top recognition (and cash prizes!) in the IndianaMap Student Poster Competition, held in conjunction with their annual conference. This year the second and third prizes were given to CUEC researchers. 2ND PLACE - Jing Han, Dr. Qihao Weng - Indiana State University and 3RD PLACE - Minjuan Cheng, Dr. Qihao Weng - Indiana State University

Feb 2008:

Dr. Hua Liu (CUEC fellow) has accepted a tenure track assistant professor position at Old Dominion University

Feb 2008:

The ISU student chapter of ASPRS is officially formed and granted recognition by ASPRS. The current ASPRS student chapter office is situated within the CUEC, 177 Science Building, ISU. President: Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar, Vice President: Xuefei Hu and Secretary: Jim Pace

Jan 2008:

Cooper, B. S., B. H. Williams, X. Hu, Q. Weng, and M. J. Angilletta presented a paper titled "Life in the big city: thermal tolerance of isopods in an urban heat island" at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. San Antonio, Texas.

Jan 2008:

Dr. Weng is selected as ISPRS TCVIII/WG1 secretary by the ISPRS office and is now a part of their workgroup.

Nov 2007:

Dr. Weng was selected as the Member of Editorial Board, Sensors (remote sensing section), ISSN: 1424-8220 , Impact factor: 1.373 (2006 ) for term 2007-2008 and Editorial Advisory Board Member, The Open Geography Journal, Bentham Science Publishers, ISSN: 1874-9232 ,2007.

Nov 19-22 2007:

Dr. Weng was invited for and made the following lectures / presentations:

2007: "Deriving Urban Heat Island Parameters from Satellite Remote Sensing Data",
     Beijing Meteorological Bureau, Beijing, China, Nov. 22 , 2007.
2007: "Research Progress in Urban Remote Sensing", Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping,
     Beijing, China, Nov. 21 , 2007.
2007: "An Integrated Remote Sensing-GIS Approach to the Relationship among Urban Development,
     Heat Island, and Air Pollution", Institute of Satellite Meteorology, National Satellite Meteorological Center,
     Beijing, China, Nov. 20, 2007.
2007: "Urban Remote Sensing and Digital Cities", China-US Workshop on Earth Observation and Digital Earth,
     Beijing, China, Nov. 19, 2007.

Nov 2007:

Dr. Weng was invited as a Guest Research Scientist by Beijing Meteorological Bureau, Regional Climate Center, November 2007

Aug 09-10 2007:

Dr. Huba Cai, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Western Michigan University visited the Center for Urban and Environmental Change (CUEC) to discuss with his grant mentor Dr. Weng regarding possible research topics and collaborative research (pics).

Aug 04-07 2007:

Mr. Charles Man Sing Wong, a Fulbright Scholar, and Research Associate/PhD candidate, Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics, Hong Kong Polytechnic University visited CUEC to discuss his research in the field of urban heat island and know about the research being carried out by the CUEC on the similar area. (pics).

July 02 2007:

Dr.Dev Niyogi - Assistant Professor and Indiana State Climatologist along with his doctoral students Ms. Hsin-I Chang and Mr. Ming Lei visited CUEC lab to discuss the integration of Urban Heat Models and parameters within the regional climate modeling (pics).

Summer 2007:

Ms. Hua Liu researcher at the CUEC completed her PhD defense and takes a teaching position at Old Dominion University (advisor Dr. Qihao Weng, committee members included Dr, Brian Ceh, Prof. Paul Mausel (emeritus faculty) and Dr. James H. Speer) (pics).

May 2007:

Dr. Qihao Weng was elected as the Director of ASPRS (American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing), Western Great Lake Region, which includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, and Upper Michigan.

May 09-11 2007:

During the ASPRS Conference Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar, Xuefei Hu and Hua Liu presented on topics "Space-Time analysis of urban heat islands using MODIS data", "Extracting impervious surface using spectral mixture analysis with multi-temporal ASTER images" and "Influences of land surface temperatures and landscape patterns on the West Nile virus propagations in two Midwest counties" respectively.

Mar 29 2007:

Dr. Weng was invited to give a lecture on Urban Landscape Pattern, Land Surface Temperature, and Urban Heat Island: A Remote Sensing Approach to the Relationship at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Mar 2007:

Dr. Qihao Weng signed a contract with Taylor & Francis publishing house for being the series editor for Remote Sensing Application series. The following books would be published as a part of the same:

Mar 2007:

"Ant's adjustability to temperature may have clue to manage global warming", publishes news reports and the latest information relating to the human environment and such interrelated concerns of the international community

Mar 12 2007:

Dr. Weng gave a presentation on Impervious Surface Mapping with Multi-Spectral Remote Sensing, Indiana Geographic Information Council.

Feb 2007:

"City ants take the heat", Scenta: Global warming information - effects & causes of global warming

Feb 2007:

"Subdivisions Replace Trees in Major U.S. Cities Adding to Urban Hot Spots". a report by

Feb 2007:

"Urban ants handle heat better", a repot by Live Science

Feb 2007:

Dr. Guofan Shao from Purdue gave a talk on "Use & misuse of digital remote sensing data for land use mapping". This program was sponsored by CUEC and Department of Geography, Geology and Anthropology (GGA), Indiana State University.

Oct 2006:

"Sometimes hot growth is not a good thing: study to explore how to cut cooling expenses", Goliath: Business knowledge on demand

Oct 20 2006:

Dr. Weng was appointed as a guest Professor at State key laboratory of information engineering in surveying, mapping & remote sensing (LIESMARS), Wuhan University, China for the period 2006-2010.

Oct 13 2006:

Dr. Weng was invited for giving a lecture on The Impact of Urbanization on Land Surface Temperatures - A Remote Sensing Approach by the Department of Geography, Northern Illinois University

Oct. 03, 2006:

Project aims to keep cities cooler in summer heat, Tribune Star, Section D: School Zone.

Aug 2006:

Mr. Cooper was awarded the undergraduate fellowship by the Lilly Endowment "Fulfilling the promise: pathways to pre-eminence" for his research topic "Biological consequences of Urban Land use in Indiana". Principal advisors were Dr. Weng and Dr. Angilletta.

July 17, 2006:

Dr. Weng signed a memorandum of understanding of CUEC and Key Lab of Radiometric Calibration and Validation for Environmental Satellites, China Administration of Meteorology to collaborate on urban environmental effects and urban heat islands research.

Summer 2006:

Dr. Qihao Weng during his trip to China was invited by several Universities as a guest speaker to talk on issues related to Urban Heat Island and other urban environmental problems.

May 06 2006:

Dr. Qihao Weng was awarded the prestigious Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Research/ Creativity award by Indiana State University.

Feb 2006:

Study looking to keep cities cool, Indiana State University Magazine, Vol. 8, Number 3,page 7

Nov. 21, 2005:

Project aims to keep cities cooler in summer heat, Hometown, page 10.

Nov. 16, 2005:

ISU project aimed at keeping Indy, other cities cooler in summer, Indiana State Connection, Vol. 6, Number 3, page 8.

Nov. 7, 2005:

Sometimes hot growth is not a good thing - Study to explore how to cut cooling expense, Indianapolis Business Journal, Section: INSIDE, Page Number: 5.

Oct. 24, 2005:

ISU Studies Effects of Warmer Temperatures in Urban Areas, Inside Indiana Business, a statewide electronic newspaper.

Summer 2005:

Dr. Qihao Weng was offered a post of guest Professor in Beijing Normal University for the period 2005-2007.