Department Personnel

Xuwei Chen

    Xuwei Chen

       Davis Hall, Room 212A
       chen@niu.edu

       Assistant Professor
       Ph. D. Texas State University


       
    

Research Emphasis: Geographic Information Science, Transportation Geography, and Urban Geography



 

 

 

 



  

Specific Research Endeavors

My research interests lie in the domains of geographic information science, transportation geography, and urban geography. I am very interested in the applications of GIS techniques to investigate social and environmental problems.

My previous research focused on agent-based microsimulation of emergency evacuations, spatial analysis of crime patterns, network analysis of commuter patterns and facility locations, and vulnerability assessment. Currently, I am continuing my study on emergency evacuation and commute patterns. I am particularly looking at how different variables, e.g. evacuation zoning structures, evacuation sequences, spatial-temporal variations of evacuation population, human behaviors, affect the effectiveness of evacuation strategies at a micro-scale level.