Skip to main content

Yao-Yi Chiang

Assistant Professor (Research) of Spatial Sciences

Contact Information
E-mail: yaoyic@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 821-1310
Office: AHF B 55

LINKS
Curriculum Vitae
Faculty Profile on Departmental Website
Personal Website
Course Information
Group Websit
 

Biographical Sketch

Yao-Yi Chiang, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor (Research) in Spatial Sciences in the Spatial Sciences Institute, University of Southern California (USC). He is also a Visiting Computer Scientist at the USC Information Sciences Institute. Dr. Chiang received his Master and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Southern California in 2004 and 2010, respectively; his Bachelor degree in Information Management from the National Taiwan University in 2000. His general area of research is information integration, with a focus on discovery, extraction, and fusion of geospatial data from heterogeneous sources. In particular, Dr. Chiang is an expert in digital map processing, pattern recognition, and geospatial information system (GIS). He teaches spatial databases and GIS programing. He has published many articles on automatic techniques for geospatial data extraction and integration. Prior to USC, Dr. Chiang worked as a research scientist for Geosemble Technologies (now TerraGo Technologies), which was founded based on a patent on geospatial-data fusion techniques and he was a co-inventor.

 

Education

Ph.D. Computer Science, University of Southern California, 10/2010
M.S. Computer Science, University of Southern California, 12/2004
B.A. Information Management, National Taiwan University, 6/2000
 

Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Information Sciences Institute, 10/2010-08/2013  
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

Assistant Professor (Research) in Spatial Sciences , University of Southern California, 2013-2014   
 

Visiting and Temporary Appointments

Visiting Computer Scientist, Information Sciences Institute, 2013-2014   
 

PostDoctoral Appointments

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Information Sciences Institute, 10/2010-08/2013  
 

Other Employment

Research Scientist, Inferlink Corporation, 2013-  
Research Scientist, Geosemble Technologies and Fetch Technologies, USA, 2006-2007  
Research Programmer, Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California, 2005-2006  
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Dr. Chiang’s research interests lie at the intersection of Computer Science and Spatial Science where he employs theories in artificial intelligence to build algorithms and applications for acquiring, modeling, fusion, and visualization of spatial information.
 

Research Keywords

Digital map processing, geospatial data integration, image processing, graphics recognition, document analysis, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, geographic information system (GIS), geographic information science (GIScience)
 

Funded Research

Gifts and Endowments

Automatic Text Recognition in Historical Ordnance Survey Maps, (Conveyancing Liability Solutions), $60,000, 2014-2015  
Harvesting Geographic Information from Heterogeneous Raster Maps, (TerraGo Technologies), $75,000, 2013-2014  
 

USC Funding

USC Undergraduate Research Associates Program. Preserving Historical Geographic Data Through Automatic Maps Processing: This project deals with the challenges in incorporating our previous automatic map processing techniques into a GIS to eliminate the need for time-consuming manual work for map digitization., $3,150, 2014-2015  
 

Proposals Submitted

Accept, Yao-Yi Chiang, $60,000, 2014-2015  
Accept, Yao-Yi Chiang, $75,000, 2013-2014  
 

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

USC Spatial Computing Laboratory, http://spatial-computing.github.io/
 

Publications

Conference Proceeding

Jaiswal, A., Chiang, Y., Knoblock, C. A., Lan, L. (2014). Location Prediction With Sparse GPS Data. the Eighth International Conference on Geographic Information Science.
Chiang, Y., Chioh, P., Moghaddam, S. (2014). A Training-by-Example Approach for Symbol Spotting from Raster Maps. the Eighth International Conference on Geographic Information Science.
Sathe, M., Knoblock, C. A., Chiang, Y., Harris, A. (2014). A Parallel Query Engine for Interactive Spatiotemporal Analysis. Proceedings of the 22nd ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems.
Chiang, Y., Moghaddam, S., Gupta, S., Fernandes, R., Knoblock, C. A. (2014). From Map Images to Geographic Names. Proceedings of the 22nd ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems.
Chiang, Y., Wu, B., Anand, A., Akade, K., Knoblock, C. A. (2014). A System for Efficient Cleaning and Transformation of Geospatial Data Attributes. Proceedings of the 22nd ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems.
Narayanan, S., Jaiswal, A., Chiang, Y., Geng, Y., Knoblock, C. A., Szekely, P. (2014). Integration and Automation of Data Preparation and Data Mining. Proceedings of the First Workshop on Data Integration and Application.
Zhang, Y., Chiang, Y., Szekely, P., Knoblock, C. A. (2013). A Semantic Approach to Retrieving, Linking, and Integrating Heterogeneous Geospatial Data. In the Workshop on Semantic Cities, International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence.
Chiang, Y. (2013). Strabo: A Complete System for Label Recognition in Maps. The 26th International Cartographic Conference.
Chiang, Y., Knoblock, C. A. (2012). Generating Named Road Vector Data from Raster Map. pp. 57-71. In the Seventh International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience), Lecture Notes in Computer Science 7478, Springer.
Chiang, Y., Knoblock, C. A. (2012). Efficient and Robust Graphics Recognition from Historical Maps. pp. 25-35. In Graphics Recognition: Achievements, Challenges, and Evolution, Selected Papers of the Ninth International Workshop on Graphics Recogni- tion (GREC), Lecture Notes in Computer Science 7423, Springer.
Chiang, Y., Knoblock, C. A. (2011). Recognition of Multi-Oriented, Multi-Sized, and Curved Text. pp. 1399-1403. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition.
Chiang, Y., Leyk, S., Knoblock, C. A. (2011). Harvesting Cartographic Information from Historical Maps: Efficient User Intervention Strategy for Robust Graphics Recognition. In Proceedings of the Ninth IAPR International Workshop on Graphics Recognition (GREC).
Chiang, Y., Knoblock, C. A. (2010). Strabo: A system for extracting road vector data from raster maps (demo paper). pp. 544-545. In Proceedings of the 18th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems.
Chiang, Y., Knoblock, C. A. (2010). An approach for recognizing text labels in raster maps. pp. 3199-3202. In Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Pattern Recognition, pages.
Knoblock, C. A., Chen, C., Chiang, Y., Goel, A., Michelson, M., Shahabi, C. (2010). A general approach to discovering, registering, and extracting features from raster maps. In Proceedings of the Conference on Document Recognition and Retrieval XVII of SPIE-IS&T Electronic Imaging.
Chiang, Y., Knoblock, C. (2009). Extracting road vector data from raster maps. pp. 93-105. In Graphics Recognition: Achievements, Challenges, and Evolution, Selected Papers of the 8th International Workshop on Graphics Recognition (GREC), Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6020, Springer.
Chiang, Y., Knoblock, C. (2009). Classification of raster maps for automatic feature extraction. pp. 138-147. In Proceedings of the 17th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems.
Chiang, Y., Knoblock, C. (2009). A method for automatically extracting road layers from raster maps. pp. 838-842. In Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition.
Chiang, Y., Knoblock, C. (2008). Automatic extraction of road intersection position, connectivity, and orientations from raster maps. pp. 1-10. In Proceedings of the 16th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems.
Chiang, Y., Knoblock, C. A. (2006). Classification of line and character pixels on raster maps using discrete cosine transformation coefficients and support vector machine. pp. 1034-1037. In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Pattern Recognition.
Shahabi, C., Chiang, Y., Chung, K., Huang, K., Khoshgozaran-haghighi, J., Knoblock, C. A., Lee, S., Neumann, U., Nevatia, R., Rihan, A., Thakkar, S., You, S. (2006). GeoDec: Enableing geospatial decision making. In IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo.
Chiang, Y. (2005). Automatic extraction of road intersections from raster maps. pp. 267-276. In Proceedings of the 13th ACM International Symposium on Advances in Geographic Information Systems.
Desai, S., Knoblock, C. A., Chiang, Y., Desai, K., Chen, C. (2005). Automatically identifying and georeferencing street maps on the web. pp. 35-38. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Geographic Information Retrieval.
Chen, C., Knoblock, C. A., Shahabi, C., Chiang, Y., Thakkar, S. (2004). Automatically and accurately conflating orthoimagery and street maps. pp. 47-56. In The 12th ACM International Symposium on Advances in Geographic Information Systems.
 

Journal Article

Chiang, Y., Leyk, S., Knoblock, C. A. (2014). A Survey of Digital Map Processing Techniques. ACM Computing Surveys. Vol. 47 (1), pp. 1-44. Article
Chiang, Y., Knoblock, C. A. (2014). Recognizing Text in Raster Maps. GeoInformatica.
Chiang, Y., Knoblock, C. A. (2013). A General Approach for Extracting Road Vector Data from Raster Maps. International Journal of Document Analysis and Recognition. Vol. 16 (1), pp. 55-81.
Chiang, Y., Knoblock, C. A., Shahabi, C., Chen, C. (2009). Automatic and Accurate Extraction of Road Intersections from Raster Maps. GeoInformatica.
 

Advisement

Other Advisement or Time Devoted to Students

GIS Mentor, USC SCEC Undergraduate Studies in Earthquake Information Technology (USEIT) Program (Summer Semester), 2013-2014   
GIS Mentor, USC SCEC Undergraduate Studies in Earthquake Information Technology (USEIT) Program (Summer Semester), 2012-2013   
GIS Mentor, USC SCEC Undergraduate Studies in Earthquake Information Technology (USEIT) Program (Summer Semester), 2011-2012   
GIS Mentor, USC SCEC Undergraduate Studies in Earthquake Information Technology (USEIT) Program (Summer Semester), 2010-2011   
 

Guest Lectures in Courses

CSCI599: Geospatial Data Integration Taught jointly with Prof. Craig Knoblock. Prepared and taught half of the lectures., Spring 2014   
CSCI599: Geospatial Data Integration Taught jointly with Prof. Craig Knoblock. Prepared and taught half of the lectures., Spring 2011   
 

Honors and Awards

U.S. National Committee ICC Young Scholar Travel Award to International Cartographic Conference, 2013-2014  
USC Viterbi School Doctoral Fellowship, 2007-2010  
Best Paper Award, Second Place, the Forth Annual Intelligent Systems Division Graduate Student Symposium, Information Sciences Institute, 2009-2010   
Best Paper Award, Second Place, the Third Annual Intelligent Systems Division Graduate Student Symposium, Information Sciences Institute, 2008-2009   
 

Service to the University

Review Panels

National Science Foundation, Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) Division, 01/2015-12/2015  
 

Service to the Profession

Conferences Organized

Program Committee Member, ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, 2014-2015  
Program Committee Member, International Conference on Smart Systems, Devices and Technologies, 2014-2015  
Technical Program Committee, The Seventh International Conference on Advanced Geographic Information Systems, Applications, and Services, 2014-2015  
Program Committee Member, Workshop on Expanding the Boundaries of Health Informatics Using Artificial Intelligence, 2014-2015  
Program Committee Member, ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, 2013-2014  
Program Committee Member, Workshop on Expanding the Boundaries of Health Informatics Using Artificial Intelligence, 2013-2014   
Program Committee Member, ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, 2012-2013   
Program Committee Member, Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Special Track on AI and the Web, 2012-2013   
Program Committee Member, International Conference on Smart Systems, Devices and Technologies, 2012-2013   
Program Committee Member, International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, 2012-2013   
Program Committee Member, Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Special Track on AI and the Web, 2011-2012   
Program Committee Member, IAPR International Workshop on Graphics Recognition, 2011-2012   
Program Committee Member, Workshop on Knowledge Engineering, Discovery and Dissemination in Health, 2010-2011   
Organizer, Annual Intelligent Systems Division Graduate Student Symposium, Information Sciences Institute, 2008-2009   
 

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Geoinformatics and Geostatistics, 2013-  
 

Professional Memberships

GISP (Certified GIS Professional), 2015-  
ACM SIGSPATIAL, 2013-  
International Association for Pattern Recognition TC-10 (Technical Committee on Graphics Recognition), 2012-  
Association of American Geographers, 2010-  
Association for Computing Machinery, 2004-  
Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, 2004-  
 

Review Panels

Austrian Science Fund, Lise Meitner-Program, Austrian Science Fund (FWF), 2014-2015   
Taiwanese Association for Artificial Intelligence, Annual Outstanding Thesis Award, 2010-2011   
 

Reviewer for Publication

Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering , Manuscript review, 2015-  
Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, Manuscript Review, 2014-  
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, Manuscript Review, 2014-  
International Journal of Digital Earth, Manuscript Review, 2014-  
Cartography and Geographic Information Science, Manuscript Review, 2013-  
Data & Knowledge Engineering, Manuscript Review, 2013-  
Information Sciences, Manuscript Review, 2013-  
Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation, Manuscript Review, 2013-  
International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Manuscript Review, 2011-  
International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence, Manuscript Review, 2011-  
Journal of Spatial Information Science, Manuscript Review, 2011-  
Journal of Web Semantics, Manuscript Review, 2011-  
Transactions in GIS, Manuscript Review, 2011-  
 
 
Faculty may update their profile by visiting https://mydornsife.usc.edu.