Zengwang Xu

Zengwang Xu

Assistant Professor

Office: Bolton Hall, Room 475
Phone: 414-229-4874
E-mail: xuz@uwm.edu
Curriculum Vitae: pdf (102kb)

Mailing Address:

Professor Zengwang Xu
Department of Geography
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201


Ph.D., Geography, Texas A&M University, 2007
M.S., Geography, Nanjing University, China, 1998
B.E., Surveying Engineering, Southwestern Jiaotong University, China, 1995

Courses Taught:

Geog 525: Geographical Information Science

Office Hours:

By appointment only

Research Interests:

My research integrates GIS, complex networks/systems science, and spatial and statistical analyses to study the structures, functions, patterns, and evolution of geospatial networks/systems, e.g., complex urban systems, transportation networks, and social contact networks. My primary interests are to investigate the relation between persistent system level patterns and individual based processes, and the effects of spatiality on the structure and functions and the evolving connectivity on dynamics occurring on complex spatial networks/systems. One study on Texas urban system shows that the persistent macro level pattern of city size distributions can be better approximated by spatially and temporally autocorrelated growth processes of individual cities. Others address the structures and dynamics occurring on transportations networks. In addition, my recent projects applied GIS and spatial analysis to investigate population vulnerability to hurricane wind damage in the US Gulf Coast over past five decades, and to interpolate 2000 census tract data to the redistricted 2010 census tracts. My ongoing research addresses spatial and temporal network analytics on human social contact networks by investigating epidemic diffusion and online social networks.

Representative Publications:

Xu, Zengwang, and Harriss, Robert. “Discontinuities in the evolution of the city system in Texas from 1850 to 2010.” Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems 43. (2014): 14-24.
Logan, John R., Xu, Zengwang, and Stults, Brian. “Interpolating U.S. Decennial census tract data from as early as 1970 to 2010: A longitudinal tract database.” The Professional Geographer 66. (2014): 412-420.
Xu, Zengwang, and Harriss, Robert. “A Spatial and Temporal Autocorrelated Growth Model for City Rank-Size Distribution.” Urban Studies 47.2 (2010): 321-335.
Xu, Zengwang, and Sui, D. Z. “Effect of Small-World Networks on Epidemic Propagation and Intervention.” Geographical Analysis, Geographical Analysis 41.3 (2009): 263-282.
Xu, Zengwang, and Sui, D. Z. “Small-world characteristics on transportation networks: a perspective from network autocorrelation.” Journal of Geographical Systems 9.2 (2007): 189-205.