Weiye Chen 陈玮烨

PhD Student, Geographical Sciences
University of Maryland, College Park (2021 – Present)

MS, Geography
Concentration in Computational Science and Engineering (CSE)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2019 – 2021)

BSc, Geographic Information Science, Zhejiang University (2016 – 2020)

Research Interests: Geospatial Artificial Intelligence (GeoAI), Spatial Data Mining

Currently in Eastern US Time (Daylight: UTC-4; Standard: UTC-5)

Greetings, this is Weiye!

TL;DR I am a student researcher in Geospatial Artificial Intelligence, and I am looking forward to employment (internship) and collaborations.

I am a student passionate about geospatial data science and artificial intelligence, with an emphasis on pattern mining, physics-guided machine learning, and responsible AI practices (fairness, security, etc.). One-sized AI doesn't fit all, and my research mainly addresses the challenges of applying machine learning on geolocated data (GIS, Remote Sensing, etc.). Application domains of my research include transportation, urban planning, economics, environmental science, and public health.

Through my research activities, I have built up understandings in computer vision, natural language processing, statistical computing and pattern analysis, I have also published several peer-reviewed research papers in venues of machine learning and geographic information science.

I am fortunate to have Professor Yiqun Xie as my main advisor at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), while pursuing a PhD in Geographical Sciences there.

(Click to expand) Before Joining UMD, I obtained my BSc in Geographic Information Science from Zhejiang University (ZJU), China. I had a Master of Science degree in Geography from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), advised by Professor Shaowen Wang. At UIUC, I worked as a student research intern at the CyberGIS Center for Advanced Spatial and Digital Studies, where I explored data science at scale (HPC) and web GIS software development. Besides, I had an internship experience in industry focusing on smart city and transportation AI research.

I strive to inspire, and I also look forward to learning from you. While I am looking for advanced research opportunities, I am open to collaborations in interested domains.


* indicates equal contribution

Peer-reviewed Journals

  • Harnessing Heterogeneity in Space with Statistically-Guided Meta-Learning
    Yiqun Xie*, Weiye Chen*, Erhu He*, Xiaowei Jia, Han Bao, Xun Zhou, Rahul Ghosh and Praveen Ravirathinam
    Accepted, Knowledge and Information Systems, Pending Publication
  • A Data-driven Adversarial Examples Recognition Framework via Adversarial Feature Genomes
    Li Chen, Qi Li, Weiye Chen, Zeyu Wang and Haifeng Li
    International Journal of Intelligent Systems (2022) 10.1002/int.22850
  • DAPnet: A Double Self-Attention Convolutional Network for Point Cloud Semantic Labeling
    Li Chen, Weiye Chen, Zewei Xu, Haozhe Huang, Shaowen Wang, Qing Zhu and Haifeng Li
    IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (2021) 10.1109/JSTARS.2021.3113047

Conference Papers

By both selectivity and impact, computer science conferences are considered as important as journals (National Academies Press).
  • Physics Guided Neural Networks for Time-aware Fairness: An Application in Crop Yield Prediction
    Erhu He*, Yiqun Xie*, Licheng Liu, Weiye Chen, Zhenong Jin and Xiaowei Jia
    Thirty-Seventh AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI'23), 2023.
  • Fairness by "Where": A Statistically-Robust and Model-Agnostic Bi-Level Learning Framework
    Yiqun Xie*, Erhu He*, Xiaowei Jia, Weiye Chen, Han Bao, Sergii Skakun, Zhe Jiang, Rahul Ghosh and Praveen Ravirathinam
    The Thirty-Sixth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI'22), 2022.
  • Sailing in the Location-Based Fairness-Bias Sphere
    Erhu He*, Yiqun Xie*, Xiaowei Jia, Weiye Chen, Han Bao, Xun Zhou, Zhe Jiang, Rahul Ghosh and Praveen Ravirathinam
    ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advancements in Geographic Information Systems (SIGSPATIAL'22), 2022
  • Deep Semantic Segmentation for Building Detection Using Knowledge-Informed Features from LiDAR Point Clouds
    Weiye Chen*, Zhihao Wang*, Zhili Li*, Yiqun Xie, Xiaowei Jia and Anlin Li
    ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advancements in Geographic Information Systems (SIGSPATIAL'22), 2022
    Pre-Recorded Video posted by SIGSPATIAL 2022
  • A Congestion Detection Framework based on Vehicle-Counter CNN and Self-Learning Critical Density Approach
    Yuheng Kan, Weiye Chen, Zian Ma, Shai Bai, Yue Gong
    The 24th IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC2021)
    (Paper and Presentation)

Highlights of Unpublished Projects

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A list of unpublished project highlighting my explorations in Pattern Mining, NLP, and Operational Research.
  • [2021 Manuscript] Solving Large-scale Threshold Covering Location Problem for COVID-19 Testing Sites
    Keywords: Spatial Optimization, Spatial Database Index, Spatial Accessibility
    Authors: Shaohua Wang, Weiye Chen, Jeon-Young Kang, Su Yeon Han, Shaowen Wang
  • [2021 Course Paper] A Comparison of News Recommendation Framework Baselines
    Keywords: Natural Language Processing, Recommendation System, Multimodal Learning, Microsoft MSN News
    Course: UIUC CS447 Natural Language Processing (Grade: A)
  • [2020 Manuscript] A Graph Convolutional Neural Network-Based Method for Solving Spatial Optimization Problems
    Keywords: Spatial Optimization, Mixed Integer Programming, Graph CNN, Spatial Accessibility
    Authors: Shaohua Wang, Weiye Chen, Fangzheng Lyu, Shaowen Wang
  • [2020 Web App] WhereTesting App on CyberGIS WhereCOVID-19: web-based COVID-19 Testing Information Portal
    Keywords: WebGIS, JavaScript, Mapbox, Spatial Accessibility, Geospatial Visualization
    Research Infrastructure Coordinators: Dr. Shaohua Wang, Dr. Zhiyu (Drew) Li, Dr. Shaowen Wang
  • [2020 Thesis] OD-Based Mobility Pattern Exploration with Enhanced Spatial Clustering Methods
    Keywords: Pattern Mining, Multivariate Scan Statistics, Clustering Algorithm
    Advisors: Dr. Shaowen Wang, Dr. Zhenhong Du, Dr. Shaohua Wang (Grade: A)
  • [2019 Course Paper] High Spatiotemporal Resolution Air Pollution Prediction with Satellite Remote Sensing Images
    Keywords: Optical Aerosol Depth, Remote Sening, Deep Learning, Geographic Weighted Regression, Time Series Analysis
    Team: Weiye Chen, Keran Sun, Anzhou Li, Qingjie Yang; Advisor: Dr. Feng Zhang (ZJU)

Work Experiences

I am actively looking for data science-related internships for summer 2023 and beyond.
  • Graduate Assistant
    University of Maryland
    • Graduate Research Assistant, May 2022 - Present
    • Teaching Assistant, Aug 2021 - May 2022
  • AI Research Intern (Transportation AI and Smart Cities)
    SenseTime Inc. (Shanghai, China)
    I was an intern working with research scientists and engineers with strong AI and transportation domain foucs. The main working theme was to address congestion problems in cities and highways.
    SenseTime Inc. (商汤科技) is a top commercial AI research institution in China, and is a leading innovator in computer vision and smart cities with a very high impact.
  • CyberGIS Research Intern
    CyberGIS Center for Advanced Spatial and Digial Studies, University of Illinois
    Supervised by Dr Shaohua Wang (then postdoc, now at UCAS) and Professor Shaowen Wang (advisor), May 2020 - August 2021
  • GIS Software Engineer Intern
    Supervised by Yurong Chen (then PhD Student) and Professor Feng Zhang.
    Zhejiang Provincial Key Lab of GIS, GIS Lab of Zhejiang University July - August 2018


  • ACM SIGSPATIAL CUP 2022 Top-3 Finalist
    Proposed a deep learning solution to extract building footprints from LiDAR point clouds in a limited time frame (pending news letter link).
    Team: Weiye Chen*, Zhihao Wang*, Zhili Li*, Yiqun Xie, Xiaowei Jia, Anlin Li
  • National AI Contest (China): AI+Remote Sensing Finalist
    Designing and training a pipelined deep learning solution to segment images retrieved from remote sensing.
    Team: Li Chen (lead), Qi Li, Weiye Chen, Wanyu Wei, Junwen Xiao
  • Illinois GIS Day Student Research Poster Competition 2020
    Weiye Chen, Shaohua Wang, Shaowen Wang OD-Based Mobility Hotspot Pattern Exploration with Enhanced Spatial Clustering Methods See the poster here
    Third Place Winner Department of GGIS, UIUC - Nov 2020
  • Axis-ORMIR Battle of The Elements 2019
    Prediction of Insurance Premium for House Damage from Hail Storms in the Context of Global Warming
    Weiye Chen, Faith Y. Zou
    Using statistics and machine learning techniques with GIS data to assess the amount of the premium annually that the insurance companies need to pay to policyholders in Kansas due to wind and hail damages in the context of global warming.
    First Place Winner $5000 Inter-school Competition Anouncement
    AXIS and the Office of Risk Management and Insurance Research (ORMIR), Gies College of Business, UIUC - Nov 2019

Honors and Awards

  • Travel Grant Award
  • Dean's Fellowship
    University of Maryland, College Park (2021)
  • Program Scholarship, School of Earth Sciences
    Annual awards to exceptional students enrolled in the School of Earth Sciences, ZJU.
    Zhejiang University (2016-2020)
  • Zhejiang University 5-star Student Volunteer
    More than 250 hours of volunteer services for public benefits.
    Certified by the Student Volunteer Service Department, Zhejiang University (2019)

Core Courses

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  • UIUC
    Machine Learning (A-), Statistical Computing (A), CyberGIS (A), Advanced Spatial Analysis (A), Spatial Simulation: Agent-Based Modeling (A+), Introduction to Data Mining (A), CS447 Natural Language Processing (A), CS519 Scientific Visualization (A), GEOG595 Spatial Aware Statistical Methods (A+)
  • Zhejiang University
    • Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics
      Software Engineering (Project: Stock Trading System (JavaScript))
      Database System (Project: MiniSQL, a simulated DBMS (C++))
      Computer Graphics (Project: AirStrike, A WebGL-based 3D mini-Game (JavaScript))
      Programming in C, Programming in JAVA, Data Structures and Algorithms
      Probabilities and Statistics, Calculus, Linear Algebra
    • Geographic Information Science and Sociology
      Database for Spatial Applications, Web-based GIS Mapping, Cartography, Quantitative Methods in GIS, Remote Sensing Image Processing, Introduction to Large-scale Remote Sensing Information Systems...
      Econometrics, Macroeconomics, Introduction to New Institional Economics...

Professional Skills

  • Programming Languages
    Python (Primary), R (Proficient), JavaScript (Intermediate), C/C++/Swift/C#.NET (Intermediate but becoming obsolete), MATLAB (Beginner)
  • Data Science and Machine Learning
    TensorFlow, PyTorch; Pandas; Groubi, IBM CPLEX; PostgreSQL (PostGIS), MySQL; Linux and HPC
  • Productivity and Creativity
    Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom; Draw.io