Gibbons J, Malouf R, Spitzberg B, Martinez L, Appleyard B, ThompsonC, et al. (2019)Twitter-based measures of neighborhood sentiment as predictors of residential population health.PLoS ONE 14(7):e0219550.

Yang JA., Tsou MH., Spitzberg B., An L., Gawron J.M., Gupta D. (2019) Mapping Spatial Information Landscape in Cyberspace with Social Media. In: Wang S., Goodchild M. (eds) CyberGIS for Geospatial Discovery and Innovation. GeoJournal Library, vol 118. Springer, Dordrecht, DOI:

Lanxue Dang, Zhuo Chen, Jay Lee, Ming-Hsiang Tsou & Xinyue Ye (2019):
Simulating the spatial diffusion of memes on social media networks, International Journal of Geographical Information Science. 10.1080/13658816.2019.1591414

Gawron, J. M., Dodge, A., Tsou, M.-H., Spitzberg, B., & An, L. (2019). Linguistically guided community discovery. Big Data & Society.


Clark‡, J. C., Spitzberg, B. H., & Tsou, M-H. (2018, February). The digipolitical animal: Investigating the memetic diffusion of political messages on Twitter. Paper presented at the Western States Communication Association Conference, Santa Clara, CA.

Han, Su Yeon, Ming-Hsiang Tsou & Keith C. Clarke (2018) Revisiting the death of geography in the era of Big Data: the friction of distance in cyberspace and real space, International Journal of Digital Earth, 11:5, 451-469, DOI: 10.1080/17538947.2017.1330366.

Lee, Joey Ying, and Ming-Hsiang Tsou. “Mapping Spatiotemporal Tourist Behaviors and Hotspots Through Location-Based Photo-Sharing Service (Flickr) Data.” In LBS 2018: 14th International Conference on Location Based Services, pp. 315-334. Springer, Cham, 2018.

Martinez, Lourdes S., Sharon Hughes, Eric R. Walsh-Buhi & Ming-Hsiang Tsou (2018): “Okay, We Get It. You Vape”: An Analysis of Geocoded Content, Context, and Sentiment regarding E-Cigarettes on Twitter, Journal of Health Communication, DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2018.1493057

Shi, X., Xue, B., Tsou, M., Ye, X., Spitzberg, B., Gawron, J.M., Corliss, H., Lee, J. and Jin, R. 2018. Detecting Events from the Social Media through Exemplar-enhanced Supervised Learning. International Journal of Digital Earth. Accepted. DOI: 10.1080/17538947.2018.1502369

Sharag-Eldin, A., Ye, X., & Spitzberg, B. (2018). Multilevel model of meme diffusion of fracking through Twitter. Chinese Sociological Dialogue3(1), 17-43., DOI: 10.1177/2397200917752646

Spitzberg, B. H. (2018). Framing the game: An architectonic analogue for meta-theorizing academic activities. Studies in Media and Communication, 6(1), 11-25. doi: 10.11114/smc.v6il.2943. Twenge, J. M., Martin, G. & Spitzberg, B. H. (in press). Trends in U.S. adolescents’ media use, 1976-2015: The rise of the Internet, the decline of TV, and the (near) demise of print. Psychology of Popular Media Culture.

Long, Ying, Weixin Zhai, Yao Shen, and Xinyue Ye. “Understanding uneven urban expansion with natural cities using open data.” Landscape and Urban Planning 177 (2018): 281-293. Sharag-Eldin, Adiyana, Xinyue Ye, and Brian Spitzberg. “Multilevel model of meme diffusion of fracking through Twitter.” Chinese Sociological Dialogue 3, no. 1 (2018): 17-43. Federal support acknowledged. doi: 10.1177/2397200917752646

Wang, Zheye, Xinyue Ye, Jay Lee, Xiaomeng Chang, Haimeng Liu, and Qingquan Li. “A spatial econometric modeling of online social interactions using microblogs.” Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 70 (2018): 53-58.

Wang, Zheye, and Xinyue Ye. “Space, time, and situational awareness in natural hazards: a case study of Hurricane Sandy with social media data.” Cartography and Geographic Information Science (2018): 1-13. Wang, Zheye, and Xinyue Ye. “Social media analytics for natural disaster management.” International Journal of Geographical Information Science 32, no. 1 (2018): 49-72.

Yang, Chao, Meng Xiao, Xuan Ding, Wenwen Tian, Yong Zhai, Jie Chen, Lei Liu, and Xinyue Ye. “Exploring human mobility patterns using geo-tagged social media data at the group level.” Journal of Spatial Science (2018): 1-18.

Ye, Xinyue, and Xingjian Liu. “Integrating social networks and spatial analyses of the built environment.” (2018): 395-399.

Ye, X., Sharag-Eldin, A., & Spitzberg, B. H. (2018). Analyzing public opinions on death penalty abolishment. Chinese Sociological Dialogue. DOI: 10.1177/2397200918761665.


Book Chapter and Extend Abstracts

Yang JA., Tsou MH., Spitzberg B., An L., Gawron J.M., Gupta D. (2018) Mapping Spatial Information Landscape in Cyberspace with Social Media. In: Wang S., Goodchild M. (eds) CyberGIS for Geospatial Discovery and Innovation. GeoJournal Library, vol 118. Springer, Dordrecht. (

Nara, Atsushi, Ming-Hsiang Tsou, Jiue-An Yang, and Cheng-Chia Huang. “The Opportunities and Challenges with Social Media and Big Data for Research in Human Dynamics.” In Human Dynamics Research in Smart and Connected Communities, pp. 223-234. Springer, Cham, 2018.

Ye, Xinyue, Lanxue Dang, Jay Lee, Ming-Hsiang Tsou, and Zhuo Chen. “Open source social network simulator focusing on spatial meme diffusion.” In Human Dynamics Research in Smart and Connected Communities, pp. 203-222. Springer, Cham, 2018.

Ye, Xinyue, Shengwen Li, Xining Yang, Jay Lee, and Ling Wu. “The fear of Ebola: A tale of two cities in China.” In Big data support of urban planning and management, pp. 113-132. Springer, Cham, 2018.

Ye, Xinyue, Wenwen Li, and Qunying Huang. “A Synthesized Urban Science in the Context of Big Data and Cyberinfrastructure.” In Big Data Support of Urban Planning and Management, pp. 435-448. Springer, Cham, 2018.

Lee, Jay, and Xinyue Ye. “An open source spatiotemporal model for simulating obesity prevalence.” In GeoComputational Analysis and Modeling of Regional Systems, pp. 395-410. Springer, Cham, 2018.


Atsushi Nara, Xianfeng Yang, Sahar Ghanipoor Machiani, Ming-Hsiang Tsou, An integrated evacuation decision support system framework with social perception analysis and dynamic population estimation, In International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Volume 25, 2017, Pages 190-201, ISSN 2212-4209,

Elias Issa, Ming-Hsiang Tsou, Brian H. Spitzberg, Atsushi Nara (In Press). Understanding Spatio-Temporal Characteristics of Twitter Data With Geotagged and Non-geotagged Content: Two Case Studies With Topic of Flu and Ted-Movie, Annals of GIS.

Gawron, J. M., Dodge, A., Tsou, M-H., Spitzberg, B. H., & An, L. (2017: under submission). Using linking language to discover text communities and predict group fracture. Big Data & Society. doi: 10.1177/ToBeAssigned.

Hu, Y., Ye, X., & Shaw, S. L. (2017). Extracting and analyzing semantic relatedness between cities using news articles. International Journal of Geographical Information Science31(12), 2427-2451., DOI: 10.1080/13658816.2017.1367797.

Issa, E., Tsou, M-H., Nara, A., & Spitzberg, B. H. (2017). Spatio-temporal characteristics of Twitter data with geotagged and non-geotagged content: Two case studies with topic of flu and Ted (movie). Annals of GIS, 23(3), 1-17. doi: 10.1080/19475683.2017.1343257

Kim, I-H., Feng, C-C., Wang, Y-C., Spitzberg, B. H., & Tsou, M-H. (2017). Exploratory spatiotemporal analysis in risk communication during the MERS outbreak in South Korea. The Professional Geographer, 69(4), 629-643, doi: 10.1080/00330124.2017.1288577.

Lee, J. & Ye, X*. (2017) Obesity Prevalence Simulator: An Open Source Spatiotemporal Model for Simulating Obesity Prevalence. In Thill, J. and Dragicevic, S. (eds.) Springer’s Series on Advances in Geographic Information Science.

Long, Y., Zhai, W., Shen, Y., & Ye, X*. (2017) Understanding Uneven Urban Expansion with Natural Cities using Open Data. Landscape and Urban Planning doi: 317136378

Li, Q., Wei, W., Xiang, N., Feng, D., Ye, X*., & Jiang, Y. (2017) Social Media Research, Human Behavior, and Sustainable Society. Sustainability. doi:10.3390/su9030384

Martinez, L. S., Spitzberg, B. H., Tsou, M-H., Issa, E., & Peddecord, M. (2017, May). Vax Populi: The social [media] (de)construction of public health policy. Paper presented to the International Communication Association Conference, San Diego, CA.

Martinez, L., Record, R., & Spitzberg, B. H. (2017, May). Off target?: Magic bullets, hypodermic models, and progress in health campaigns research. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Dallas, TX.

Spitzberg, Brian and Gawron, Jean Mark. Toward Online Linguistic Surveillance of Threatening Messages.” 2017. Journal of Digital Forensics, Security, and Law. 11:3 pp. 43–78.

Sanguinet‡, M., Spitzberg, B. H., & Tsou, M-H. (2017, May). Hashtags, tweets and movie receipts: Social media analytics in predicting box office hits. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Dallas, TX.

Spitzberg, B. H. (2017, August). A big data approach to identification of interpersonal threat credibility. Keynote presentation to the National Threat Management Conference, Anaheim, CA.

Tsou, M-H., Jung, C-T., Allen, C., Yang, J-A., Han, S., Spitzberg, B. H., & Dozier, J. (2017, July). Building a geo-targeted event observation (geo) viewer for disaster management and situation awareness. Paper presented at the International Cartographic Conference in Washington DC.

Tsou, M. H., Jung, C. T., Allen, C., Yang, J. A., Han, S. Y., Spitzberg, B. H., & Dozier, J. (2017, June). Building a Real-Time Geo-Targeted Event Observation (Geo) Viewer for Disaster Management and Situation Awareness. In Advances in Cartography and GIScience: Selections from the International Cartographic Conference 2017 (p. 85-98). Springer.

Tsou, M-H., Zhang, H., Nara, A., and Han, S. (Accepted Short Abstract) Estimating hourly population distribution change at high spatiotemporal resolution in urban areas using geo-tagged tweets, land use data, and dasymetic maps. 2017 2nd International Symposium on Spatiotemporal Computing, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, August 7-9.

Xuan Shi, Paper “SRC: Accelerating the Calculation of Minimum Set of Viewpoints for Maximum Coverage over Digital Elevation Model Data by Hybrid Computer Architecture and Systems” has been published in the Proceedings of the 2016 ACM SIGSPATIAL Conference.

Ye, X., Li, S., Sharag-Eldin, A., Tsou, M., & Spitzberg, B. (2017). Geography of social media in public response to social topics. In Karimi, H. A. & B. Karimi (eds.) Geospatial data science: Techniques and applications (pp. 169-179). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.



Spitzberg, B. H. (2017). Acknowledgement of unwanted pursuit, threats, assault and stalking in a college population. Psychology of Violence, 7(2), 265-275.


Allen, C., Tsou, M. H., Aslam, A., Nagel, A., & Gawron, J. M. (2016). Applying GIS and Machine Learning Methods to Twitter Data for Multiscale Surveillance of Influenza. PloS one, 11(7), e0157734.

Yang, Jiue-An, Ming-Hsiang Tsou, Chin-Te Jung, Christopher Allen, Brian H. Spitzberg, Jean Mark Gawron, and Su-Yeon Han. (2016) “Social media analytics and research testbed (SMART): Exploring spatiotemporal patterns of human dynamics with geo-targeted social media messages.” Big Data & Society 3, no. 1 (2016): 2053951716652914. doi: 10.1177/2053951716652914.

Shih-Lung Shaw, Ming-Hsiang Tsou & Xinyue Ye (2016) Editorial: human dynamics in the mobile and big data era, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 30:9, 1687-1693. doi: 10.1080/13658816.2016.1164317.

An, Li, Ming‐Hsiang Tsou, Brian H. Spitzberg, Dipak K. Gupta, and J. Mark Gawron. (2016). “Latent trajectory models for space‐time analysis: An application in deciphering spatial panel data.” Geographical Analysis (2016). doi:10.1111/gean.12097.

Wang, Z., Ye, X *, & Tsou, M. (2016) Spatial, temporal, and content analysis of Twitter for wildfire hazards. Natural Hazards doi: 10.1007/s11069-016-2329-6. .

Li, S., Ye, X *, Lee, J., Gong, J., & Qin, C. (2016) Spatiotemporal analysis of housing prices in China: a big data perspective. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy. doi: 10.1007/s12061-016-9185-3.

Chong, Z., Qin, C. Ye, X * (2016) Environmental Regulation, Economic Network and Sustainable Growth of Urban Agglomerations in China. Sustainability.
doi: 10.3390/su8050467.

Zhao, H. Lee, J., Ye, X *, & Tyner, J. (2016). Spatiotemporal Analyses of Religious Establishments in Coastal China. GeoJournal DOI: 10.1007/s10708-016-9726-y. .
doi: 10.1007/s10708-016-9726-y.

Zhang, F., Zhu X., Ye, X *, Guo W., Hu T., & Huang, L. (2016). Analyzing Urban Human Mobility Patterns through Thematic Model at the Finer Scale. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information.
doi: 10.3390/ijgi5060078.

Huang, X., Zhao, Y., Yang, J., Zhang, C., Ma, C., & Ye, X. (2016). TrajGraph: A Graph-Based Visual Analytics Approach to Studying Urban Network Centralities Using Taxi Trajectory Data. Visualization and Computer Graphics, IEEE Transactions on, 22(1), 160-169.
doi: 10.1109/TVCG.2015.2467771.

Ye, X. & Lee, J. (2016) Integrating geographic activity space and social network space to promote healthy lifestyles. ACMSIGSPATIAL Health GIS.

Ye, X. & Mansury, Y. (2016) Behavior-Driven Agent-Based Models of Spatial Systems, Annals of Regional Science doi: 10.1007/s00168-016-0792-3

Tsou, M-H., Jung, C-T., Allen, C., Yang, J-A., Han, S., Spitzberg, B. H., & Dozier, J. (2016, July). Geo-targeted Event Observation (GEO) Viewer for situation awareness with advanced mapping and visualization functions. Poster presentation, SMSociety16 Conference, London, England.


Spitzberg, B. H., & Gawron, J. M. (2016). Toward online linguistic surveillance of threatening messages. Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law, 11(3, Article 7), 43-78. doi: (


Tsou, MH. 2015. Research challenges and opportunities in mapping social media and Big Data, Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 42:sup1, 70-74, doi: 10.1080/15230406.2015.1059251.

Li, A, Tsou, MH, Crook, S, Chun, Y, Spitzberg, B, Gawron, JM & Gupta, D. 2015. Space–time analysis: Concepts, quantitative methods, and future directions. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. doi: 10.1080/00045608.2015.1064510.

Jiang W, Wang Y, Tsou M-H, Fu X (2015). Using Social Media to Detect Outdoor Air Pollution and Monitor Air Quality Index (AQI): A Geo-Targeted Spatiotemporal Analysis Framework with Sina Weibo (Chinese Twitter). PLoS ONE, 10(10): e0141185.
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0141185.

Wang, Y., Wang, T., Ye, X*, Zhu, J., & Lee, J. (2015). Using Social Media for Emergency Response and Urban Sustainability: A Case Study of the 2012 Beijing Rainstorm. Sustainability, 8(1), 25.
doi: 10.3390/su8010025.

Tsou, MH, Jung, CT, Allen, C, Yang, JA, Gawron, JM, Spitzberg, B & Han, S. 2015. Social media analytics and research test-bed (SMART Dashboard). In Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Social Media & Society. Toronto: ACM Press. doi: 10.1145/2789187.2789196. Download.

Han SY, Tsou MH, Clarke KC. 2015. Do global cities enable global views? Using Twitter to quantify the level of geographical awareness of U. S. cities. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0132464. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0132464.

Silberman‡, W., & Spitzberg, B. H. (2015, November). THREADing the needle: Modeling a big data approach to threat message identification and assessment. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Dallas, TX.

Tsou, MH & Lusher, D. 2015. Mapping web pages by internet protocol (IP) addresses: Analyzing spatial and temporal characteristics of web search engine results. The International Symposium on Cartography in Internet and Ubitquitous Environments 2015. Download.

Jung, CT, Tsou, MH, & Issa, E. 2015. Developing a real-time situation awareness viewer for monitoring disaster impacts using location-based social media messages in Twitter. International Conference on Location-based Social Media. Download.


The following publications are made available from Mapping ideas from Cyberspace to Realspace Project:

Lee, J, Lay, JG, Chin, WBC, Chi, YL, Hsueh, YH. 2014. An experiment to model spatial diffusion process with nearest neighbor analysis and regression estimation. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research, 5 (1), 1-15. Download.

Tsou, MH, Woodruff, SI, Spitzberg, B, Reed, M, Moran, M, Gawron, M, Allen, C, & Yang, J. 2014. Using GIS and Geo-targeted Social Media (Twitter) to Track Illicit Drug Use Trends in Space and Over Time. GIScience 2014 Conference. Extended Refereed Abstract accepted.

Ming-Hsiang Tsou, Brian H. Spitzberg, Chris Allen, Anoshé Aslam, & Anna Nagel, Geo-Targeted Social Media Analytics for Tracking Disease Outbreaks and Public Opinion at the Municipal Scale. 2014 National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media, Atlanta, Georgia. August 19-21, 2014.

Dipak Gupta, Brian Spitzberg, Ming-Hsiang Tsou, Mark Gawron, & An Li. (in Press). Chapter 3: Of Mining and Mine Fields: Revolution in Paradigms of Data Analysis and Interpretation. In L. Fenstermacher (ed) Countering Violent Extremism: A Multidisciplinary Perspective. Air University Press.

Spitzberg, B. H. (in press). Toward a model of meme diffusion (M3D). Communication Theory. [accepted for publication, 7-Feb-2014).