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Virginia Tech, PhD in Civil Engineering, 2018
Beijing Jiaotong University, Master of Valuation, 2015
Beijing Jiaotong University, Bachelor in Construction Management, 2013


URP 4273: Survey of Planning Information Systems
URP 6270: Introduction to Planning Information Systems


Urban Resilience
Urban Analytics
Crisis Informatics
Disaster Response
Social Media

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Dr. Wang’s research concerns resilient, smart, and safe cities. She studies the resilience of humans and the built environment to natural hazards and public health crises. She also develops data-driven intelligent system to enable agility in disaster and emergency response, and to detect small-scale crises for urban safety. Her research also engages evidence-based planning for urban resilience and data-informed infrastructure planning for future cities. Dr. Wang’s expertise includes multimodal data analytics (including natural language processing and computer vision), complex network analysis, spatiotemporal analyses, and real-time geo-visualization. Her interdisciplinary projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation (Awards #2028012, #1951816, #1760645), Natural Hazards Center, DCP Research Initiative SEED Grant and Global Fellow Program Seed Grant.


ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering Honorable Mention Award (2021)
University of Florida Research Promotion Initiative Award (2021)
Excellence in Research Award, College of Design, Construction and Planning (2021)
Great Teaching Certificate, UF Center for Teaching Excellence (2021)
Weather Ready Research Fellowships, Natural Hazard Center (NSF &NOAA) (2021)
Mitigation Matters Award, Natural Hazard Center, 2020
Global Research Fellow, by University of Florida, November 8, 2018
Virginia Tech IGEP BioBuild Fellowship, by Virginia Tech, Aug. 2015 – May 2018


Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles (updated August 2021):

[1]Wang, Y.*, Gao, S., Li, N, & Yu, S. (2021) Crowdsourcing the perceived urban built environment via social media: The case of underutilized land. Advanced Engineering Informatics. 50. 101371. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aei.2021.101371. (Q1 in Artificial Intelligence and Information Systems)

[2]Hao, H. & Wang, Y.* (2021) Assessing Disaster Impacts in Real Time (ADIR): A Data-Driven System Integrating Human, Hazards and Built Environments. ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000970. (Q1 in Civil and Structural Engineering).

[3]Wang, R., Li, N.* & Wang, Y. (2021) Does the Returners and Explorers Dichotomy in Urban Human Mobility Depend on the Observation Duration? An Empirical Study in Guangzhou, China. Sustainable Cities and Society. 102862. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2021.102862. (Q1 in Geography, Planning & Development)

[4]Gao, S. & Wang, Y.* (2021) Assessing the Impact of Hurricane Geo-Targeted Warning on Residents’ Decision-Making of Evacuation using Agent-Based Modeling. Natural Hazards. 1-24. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-021-04576-1 (Q1 in Earth and Planetary Sciences)

[5]Wang, Y*, Hao, H. & Platt, L. (2021) Examining Risk and Crisis Communications of Government Agencies and Stakeholders during Early-Stages of COVID-19 on Twitter. Computers in Human Behavior. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2020.106568 (Q1 in Human Computer Interaction)

[6]Hao, H. & Wang, Y.* (2020) Leveraging Multimodal Social Media Data for Rapid Disaster Damage Assessment. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 51, 101760. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101760. (Q1 in Safety Research)

[7]Yao, F. & Wang, Y.* (2020) Towards Resilient and Smart Cities: A Real-Time Urban Analytical and Geo-Visual System for Social Media Streaming Data. Sustainable Cities and Society. 63: 102448. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2020.102448. (Q1 in Geography, Planning & Development)

[8]Yao, F., & Wang Y.* (2020) Domain-Specific Sentiment Classification for Tweets in Hurricanes: A Domain Adversarial Neural Network (DANN) based Approach. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. 83, 101522. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2020.101522 (Q1 in Urban Studies & Geography).

[9]Wang, Y.*, Taylor, J.E. & Garvin, M.J. (2020) Measuring Resilience of Human–Spatial Systems to Disasters: Framework Combining Spatial-Network Analysis and Fisher Information. ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000782. (Q1 in Engineering)

[10]Wang, Y.*, Hulse, D., Von Meding, J., Brown, M. & Dedenbach, L., (2020) Conceiving Resilience: Lexical Shifts and Proximal Meanings in the Human-Centered Natural and Built Environment Literature from 1990 To 2018. Developments in the Built Environment. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dibe.2019.100003. (new peer-reviewed journal)

[11]Yao, F., & Wang Y.* (2019) Tracking Urban Geo-Topics based on Dynamic Topic Model. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. 79, 101419. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2019.101419. (Q1 in Planning & Urban Studies)

[12]Wang, Y. & Taylor, J.E.* (2019) Detecting Urban Emergencies Technique (DUET): A Data-Driven Approach based on Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) Topic Modeling. ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. 33(3): 04019023. doi: https://doi.org/10.1061/ (Q1 in Civil Engineering and Computer Science Applications)

[13]Wang, Y., & Taylor, J. E.* (2018). Coupling Sentiment and Human Mobility in Natural Disasters: A Twitter-based Study of the 2014 South Napa Earthquake. Natural Hazards, 1-19. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-018-3231-1 (Q1 in Earth and Planetary Sciences)

[14]Wang, Y., Wang, Q. & Taylor, J.E.* (2017) Aggregated Responses of Human Mobility Patterns to Severe Winter Storms: An Empirical Study. PLoS ONE. 12.12 (2017): e0188734. (Q1 in Multidisciplinary research)

[15]Brown, M., Murtha, T.*, Wang, L., & Wang, Y. (2020) Mapping Landscape Values with Social Media. Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture. pp. 542-548. doi: 10.14627/537690055.

[16]Murtha, T.*, Brown, M., Wang, Y., & Wang, L. (2019) ILAS: Intrinsic Landscape Assessment System for Landscape Design and Planning. Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture. pp. 84-94. doi:10.14627/537663009.

[17]Wang, C.*, Delport, J., & Wang, Y. (2019). Lateral motion prediction of on-road preceding vehicles: a data-driven approach. Sensors, 19(9), 2111. doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/s19092111.

[18]Liu, T.*, Wang, Y., & Wilkinson, S. (2016). Identifying Critical Factors Affecting the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Tendering Processes in Public–Private Partnerships (PPPs): A Comparative Analysis of Australia and China. International Journal of Project Management, 34(4), 701-716. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2016.01.004 (Top Cited Article; Q1 in Management Technology and Innovation)

Selected Peer-Reviewed Conference Articles (updated August 2021):

[1] Wang, Y.*, Wang, Q. & Taylor, J.E. (2021) Loss of Resilience in Human Mobility across Severe Tropical Cyclones of Different Magnitudes. The 18th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM2021). Blacksburg, VA (USA): Virginia Tech.

[2] Gao, S., Wang, Y.* & Platt, L. (2021) Modeling U.S. Health Agencies’ Message Dissemination on Twitter and Users’ Exposure to Vaccine-related Misinformation Using System Dynamics. The 18th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 2021). Blacksburg, VA (USA): Virginia Tech.

[3] Hao, H. & Wang, Y.* (2020) Hurricane Damage Assessment with Multi-, Crowd-Sourced Image Data: A Case Study of Hurricane Irma in the City of Miami. International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 2020) (pp. 825–837). Blacksburg, VA (USA): Virginia Tech.

[4] Wang, Y., Rahimi-Golkhandan, A., Chen, C., Garvin, M.J. & Taylor, J.E. (2019). Measuring the Impact of Transportation Diversity on Disaster Resilience in Urban Communities: Case Study of Hurricane Harvey in Houston TX. 2019 ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering (i3CE). Atlanta, USA. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784482445.071.

[5] Wang, Y. and Taylor, J.E. (2018). Urban Crisis Detection Technique: A Spatial and Data Driven Approach based on Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) Topic Modeling. Construction Research Congress (CRC 2018): Building Community Partnerships. (pp. 250-259). New Orleans, USA. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784481271.025.

[6] Wang, Y. & Taylor, J.E. (2017). Tracking urban resilience to disasters: a mobility network-based approach. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 2017) (pp. 97–109). Albi, France. Available at: http://idl.iscram.org/index.php.

[7] Wang, Y., Wang, Q. & Taylor, J.E. (2016) Aggregated Responses of Human Mobility Patterns to Severe Winter Storms, 6th International Conference of Building Resilience (ICBR 2016). Auckland, New Zealand.

[8] Mohammadi, N., Taylor, J.E., & Wang, Y. (2017). Towards Smarter Cities: Linking Human Mobility and Energy Use Fluctuations across Building Types. In Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2017). (pp. 2824-2833). DOI: 10.24251/HICSS.2017.341.

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