Dr. Shuming Bao

Director of China Data Institute, Michigan USA

Shuming Bao received his Ph. D. in applied economics from Clemson University. He is currently the director of the China Data Institute in the US, and the co-director of the Geocomputation Center for Social Sciences at Wuhan University, and the co-director of the China Data Lab project at Harvard University. He was a faculty member and the director of the China Data Center at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor before he started the China Data Institute in 2018. Dr. Bao has published more than 80 papers in the areas of GIS, regional economics, and spatial data analysis.

WATCH LIVE: November 2nd at 1:00 pm

Dr. Shuming Bao

It has been a challenge for understanding the COVID-19 outbreak with mass and imperfect information: incomplete data, inaccurate reports, and fragmented records. This talk will discuss solutions to those challenges and how we can build COVID-19 puzzles with spatiotemporal data for a better understanding in the global patterns of COVID-19. The topics will include: different data resources for COVID-19 study; methodologies for the integration of data in diversified formats from different sources; technologies for efficient data analysis and visualization; approaches for building COVID-19 puzzles; and possible impacts on reshaping the socioeconomic landscape in the future. It will also introduce the Spatial Data Lab, a joint initiative by the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University, Geo-computation Center for Social Sciences of Wuhan University, China Data Institute, and Future Data Lab, on a cloud based platform that offers an integrated environment of data, tools and workflows for spatiotemporal data analysis.