Dr. Ye’s expertise is on modelling the geographical perspective of socioeconomic inequality and human dynamics. He researches the development and implementation of new methods of spatiotemporal-social network analysis/modelling/simulation for different application domains, such as economic development, disaster response, land use, public health and urban crime. Dr. Ye won first place in Research and Analysis from the University Economic Development Association in 2011, and the emerging scholar award from AAG’s Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group in 2012. Dr. Ye is the founding director of Computational Social Science Lab at Kent State University. He has also served as chair of AAG Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group (2014-15), co-chair of AAG Asian Geography Specialty Group (2015-17), and president of the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Science (2016-17).
Dr. Ye has also received about $4.5 million in grants from the National Science Foundation, Department of Commerce, and Department of Energy. Recent federal research projects include University Center Program (Department of Commerce), Coastal Ohio Wind (Department of Energy), Comparative Space-Time Dynamics (National Science Foundation), Spatiotemporal Modeling of Human Dynamics Across Social Media and Social Networks (National Science Foundation), TrajAnalytics: A Cloud-based Visual Analytics Software System to Advance Transportation Studies Using Emerging Urban Trajectory Data (National Science Foundation), Support Community-Scale Intervention Initiatives by Visually Mining Social Media Trajectory Data (National Science Foundation), and GeoVisuals Software: Capturing, Managing, and Utilizing GeoSpatial Multimedia Data for Collaborative Field Research (National Science Foundation). Since 2011, he has served as associate editor of Stochastic Environmental Research & Risk Assessment.