Xining Yang

Assistant Professor

Professor 140C Strong Hall



2015 Ph.D. Geography, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
2010 M.S. Geographic Information Science, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan

Interests and Expertise

Dr. Xining Yang received a B.Eng. from Wuhan University, China in 2008 and a M.S. from Eastern Michigan University in 2010. He earned his Ph.D. in geography from the Ohio State university in 2015. In 2016-2017 he was an assistant professor at California State University, Chico. He has been working as an assistant professor in the department of Geography and Geology at Eastern Michigan University starting September 2016. He is also affiliated with Institute of Geospatial Research and Education, and Center for Health Disparities Innovation and Studies at EMU.

Dr. Yang was broadly trained as a geographer and information scientist, with specific expertise in geographic information science and its interdisciplinary applications in health and environment. His research interests are in spatio-temporal analysis, health geography, volunteered geographic information (VGI), and Geovisualization. Dr. Yang has scientific publications in Applied Geography, ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, Sustainability, and International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research. He is also the coauthor of published books titled Big Data Support of Urban Planning and Management, and Urban Remote Sensing. His google scholar page is here. His doctoral dissertation was featured in Columbus Monthly as one of the eight fascinating OSU doctoral dissertations. Media report is here.


GEOG 276  Principles of GIS
GEOG 376  Spatial Analysis
GEOG 479/592  Quantitative Geography
GEOG 678 Advance Programming in GIS

[2019-08-01] Dr. Xining Yang (PI) received a $25,000 grant to promote active living in Hamtramck, Michigan. The project "Safe Routes to School Active Transportation Programs" was recently awarded by Michigan Fitness Foundation and Michigan Department of Transportation in the upcoming school year 2019-2020. Yang and his colleague Dr. Tsu-Yin Wu from school of nursing, will be implementing a variety of programs in city of Hamtramck with community partners and Hamtramck Public Schools to promote walking and biking as a healthy lifestyle using geospatial technology and citizen science.

[2018-10-01] Dr. Xining Yang (Co-PI) and his EMU colleagues from College of Health and Human Services,  Tsu-Yin Wu (Lead PI from Nursing), Alice Jo Rainville (Dietetics and Human Nutrition), Olivia Ford (Dietetics and Human Nutrition), received a $2.96 million dollar grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The five-year project, "Evidence-Based Strategies to Empower Asian Americans in Reducing Health Disparities" is an effort to improve health of all Americans through its Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Project. The overarching goal of this project is to reduce health disparities (e.g., hypertension, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity) by addressing preventative risk behaviors (poor nutrition and physical inactivity) and increasing utilization of preventative health services among Asian Americans in Michigan. Dr. Yang will take the lead role in physical activity domain using geospatial technology and citizen science approach to promote active living community in the study regions (Wayne and Kent counties, Michigan).