Xiaojun Yang

Xiaojun Yang
Director, 2012-2016

Department of Geography
Florida State University
321 Bellamy Building
P.O.Box 3062190
Tallahassee, FL 32306


Xiaojun Yang is a tenured Associate Professor of Geography at Florida State University. His research interest is with the development of geospatial science and technologies to support geographic inquiries in environmental and urban domains. He has done research for NASA and received competitive grants from NSF and EPA. Xiaojun has authored or co-authored more than 80 publications including five books with John Wiley, Springer, and Taylor & Francis. Xiaojun has maintained an extensive professional service record, including a guest editorship for several peer-reviewed journals and a one-decade long service for the International Cartographic Association (ICA). He became a full member to represent the United States on the ICA Commission on Mapping from Satellite Imagery (recently renamed into Commission on Mapping from Remote Sensor Imagery) in 2000, Vice-Chair of the Commission in 2007, and Chair since 2008. Xiaojun has been serving on the Scientific Committee for AutoCarto2010 and AutoCarto 2012. Xiaojun received his BS and MS in Geological Science from the Chinese University of Geosciences, MS in Applied Geomorphology from the University of Twente (Netherlands), and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Georgia. 

For more than one decade, I have had the honor of serving on the International Cartographic Association. I am an academic geographer specializing in remote sensing and mapping science. If elected to the Board, I am committed to continue to support the advancement of the Society through its publications, meetings, and governmental relations. I believe a strong academic representation in CaGIS is critical to advance the major goals of the Society, especially for promoting research and educational activities and for promoting the scholarship and professional career development of students. I also believe that we need to continue fostering the participation and interactions of all the sectors of our professions, from scholars, practitioners, and policy makers, which can help promote the creation, analysis, and use of maps and other geospatial information to support effective decision-making and improve human well-beings. Also, we are challenged to engage the younger generation of professionals who are pivotal for the continued growth and success of our Society.