Research Interests

I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Geography Department at University at Buffalo, SUNY. My research interest is the application of Agent-based Modeling and simulation in the field of urban health and sustainability, included but not limited to the integration of Agent-based Model with GIS, System Dynamic, Social Network, and Ontology.

Academic Background

Teaching Assistant   Fall 2016

  • GEO 493/593:

       Dynamic Modeling of Human & Environmental Systems

  • Research Assistant   April 2013 - PRESENT

  • National Center for Geographic Information Analysis (NCGIA)

       NIH R01 award DE023072: "Integrating Social and Systems Science Approaches to Promote Oral Health Equity"

  • Peer Reviewer   August 2014

  • American Journal of Public Health
  • Ph.D. Candidate   SEPTEMBER 2014 - PRESENT

    Department of Geography, University at Buffalo, SUNY
    • Advisor: Sara S. Metcalf
    • Dissertation Committee:
      • Sara S. Metcalf (Chair)
      • Jared Aldstadt
      • Thomas Bittner
    • Dissertation Topic:

      "An Ontological Foundation for Spatial Dynamic Modeling of Oral Health Disparities"

    Master of Science in Geography   AUGUST 2012 - JUNE 2014

    Department of Geography, University at Buffalo, SUNY
    • M.S. Thesis:

      "Modeling Social Factors to Transportation Mode Choice for Oral Health Equity of Older Adults"

    Bachelor in Geographic Information Science   SEPTEMBER 2008 - JUNE 2012

    Department of Geography, Harbin Normal University, China
    • B.S. Thesis:

      "GIS Application on Management of Water Resource Pollution"


  • Modeling Social Capital as Dynamic Networks to Promote Access to Oral Healthcare   (Conference Proceedings)
  • Wang, H.; Northridge, M.E.; Kunzel, C.; Zhang, Q.; Kum, S.S.; Gilbert, J.L.; Jin, Z.; Metcalf, S.S.;
    Proceedings of 9th International Conference, SBP-BRiMS: Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Modeling (2016), 9708: 117-130
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-39931-7_12

  • The ElderSmile TimeMap: Benefits of Connecting Statistics With Time and Place
  • Kum, S.S.; Wang, H.; Wang, P.; Jin, Z.; De La Cruz, L.; Northridge, M.E.; Kunzel, C.; Marshall, S.E.; Metcalf, S.S.;
    American Journal of Public Health (2015), 105 (9): 1748-1750
    DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302730

  • Boundary Objects for Group Model Building to Explore Oral Health Equity   (Conference Proceedings)
  • Kum, S.S.; Wang, H.; Jin, Z.; Xu, W.W.; Mark, J.; Northridge, M.E.; Kunzel, C.; Marshall, S.E.; Metcalf, S.S.;
    Processings of 33rd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society (2015), 2: 1753-1768

  • Modeling Social Factors of Oral Health Equity for Older Adults   (Conference Proceedings)
  • Metcalf, S.; Wang, H.; Kum, S.; Jin, Z.;Wang P.; Widener, M.; Kunzel, C.; Marshall, S.; Northridge, M.;
    Proceedings of the 2013 Winter Simulation Conference: Simulation: Making Decisions in a Complex World (2013), 3994-3995

  • Remote Sensing Classification for Zhalong Wetlands Based on Support Vector Machine
  • Zhang, C.; Zang, S.; Jin, Z.; Zhang, Y.;
    Wetland Science (2011), 9 (3): 263-269

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