Xinyue Ye

Harold L. Adams Endowed Professor of Urban Planning; Director of Center for Geospatial Sciences, Applications, and Technology
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  • Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning
  • Center for Geospatial Sciences, Applications and Technology
  • Center for Housing and Urban Development
  • Texas A&M Institute of Data Science
  • Texas A&M Division of Research
  • Department of Multidisciplinary Engineering
  • Department of Geography

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Dr. Xinyue Ye is the Harold Adams Endowed Professor in Urban Informatics and Stellar Faculty Provost Target Hire at Texas A&M University (TAMU). He serves as the Faculty Fellow (Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships) for The Division of Research at TAMU. With a career experience in urban planning, regional economics, geographic information systems, and computational science, his research focuses on urban and regional artificial intelligence, particularly in the context of convergence research. Dr. Ye models the space-time perspective of socioeconomic inequality and human dynamics for applications in various domains, such as economic development, disaster response, transportation and land use, public health, and urban crime. According to the most recent Google Scholar Citation Global Ranking, Dr. Ye is ranked as 7th in Urban Informatics, 10th in Spatial Econometrics, and 20th in GIScience.


Due to his innovative research integrating geography, planning, and computational science, Dr. Ye is the most junior faculty member and only the second planning faculty in North America elected as a Fellow of the American Association of Geographers (AAG). Additionally, Dr. Ye is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.


He won the national first-place research award from the University Economic Development Association in 2011 and received the Regional Development and Planning Emerging Scholar Award/Distinguished Scholar Award from AAG in 2012/2022. He was also the recipient of annual research awards from both computational science (New Jersey Institute of Technology) and Geography (Kent State University). Dr. Ye was named one of the top 10 young scientists by The World Geospatial Developers Conference in 2021. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Justice, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, Department of Health and Human Services, Microsoft, and the Canada Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. In addition to his appointment in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Dr. Ye holds three joint appointments in the Department of Geography at the College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Multidisciplinary Engineering at the College of Engineering, and Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy at the Bush School of Government and Public Policy.


Prof. Ye is the Elected President of the Spatial Decision Support Consortium and the Editor-in-Chief of Computational Urban Science, an open-access journal published by Springer. He also serves as the co-editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research. He established the Urban Data Science Lab as a platform for innovative urban solutions. Dr. Ye is the Director of the Center for Geospatial Sciences, Applications, and Technology (GeoSAT) established by the Texas A&M Board of Regents, with the aim of facilitating the convergence of computing and geospatial science. As the interim director of the Center for Housing & Urban Development, Dr. Ye promotes the vision of “urban informatics+” to integrate human-centered urban and regional science research across disciplines. He leads the Urban Artificial Intelligence Lab, funded through the Texas A&M Institute of Data Science. This lab focuses on developing digital twins and virtual/augmented reality (VR/AR) for multi-scaled simulations and scenarios, enabling real-time analysis of built environments and testing sustainable growth and climate action scenarios. The lab involves 55 faculty members across nine colleges at TAMU, including the Galveston campus, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, AgriLife Research, and Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Dr. Ye directs the focus of smart cities and transportation in the PhD program of Urban and Regional Science at Texas A&M University. Additionally, he leads the development of the urban data science course series, one of the seven selected across campus.



Geographic Information Science
University of California at Santa Barbara