Zhe(Sarina) Zhang

Zhe(Sarina) Zhang

Assistant Professor

GIScience, decision science, applied mathematics, spatial uncertainty, big data and CyberGIS, disaster management


  (979) 845-6523

  CSA 203C


Dr. Zhang is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Texas A&M University. Her primary research area is Geographic Information Science and within it, a focus on Cyberinfrastructure, knowledge-driven spatial decision-making, spatial uncertainty modeling, human-centered Geospatial Artificial Intelligence, and social sensing. Dr. Zhang's research aims to develop scalable, sustainable, and intelligent decision support systems to advance spatial knowledge discovery in various application domains such as disaster resilience, critical infrastructure protection, agricultural risk management, and public health surveillance.  
Dr. Zhang currently leads the CyberGIS & Decision Support Systems Initiative in the Research Committee of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS). She also serves as a guest editor for Transactions in GIS journal- a special issue on Cyberinfrastructure and Spatial Decision Support System. She has published peer-reviewed articles in several leading GIScience related journals such as the International Journal of Geographic Information Sciences, International Journal of Digital Earth, Cartography and Geographic Information Science, International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection, and PlosOne journal
Her previous projects have been supported by several U.S. and European government agencies such as National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Department of Agriculture(USDA), Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities (CNEC), the European Union, European Statistical Office, Business Finland, Academy of Finland, Finnish Defense Forces, and Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland.
Dr. Zhe Zhang is actively recruiting MS and Ph.D. graduate students as well as visiting scholars to join the Cyberinfrastructure and Decision Intelligence (CIDI) research group at Texas A&M. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Zhe Zhang via email zhezhang@tamu.edu.

Selected Publications

  • [1] 2020   Zhang, Z., 2020. Thematic accuracy. The Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge (2ndQuarter 2020 Edition) John P. Wilson(ed). https://gistbok.ucgis.org/bok-topics/thematic-accuracy-assessment

  • [2] 2020   Li, D., Chaudhary, H., and Zhang, Z., 2020. Modeling Spatiotemporal Pattern of Depressive Symptoms Caused by COVID-19 Using Social Media Data Mining. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(14), 4988. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17144988

  • [3] 2019   Zhao* J., Zhang*, Z., Sullivan, C., Identifying anomalous nuclear radioactive sources using Poisson Kriging and mobile sensor networks, PLoS ONE 14(5), e021613 (*Contributed equally to this work)

  • [4] 2019   Zhang, Z., Geospatial Software Institute: A Knowledge Hub for Driving Sustainable Geospatial Software Ecosystem. The 3rd NSF Workshop on Conceptualizing a National Geospatial Software Institute.https://gsi.cigi.illinois.edu/workshop3/position-papers/

  • [5] 2019   Zhang, Z., Hu, H., Yin, D., Kashem, S., Li, R., Cai, H., Perkins, D., and Wang, S. A CyberGIS-enabled multi-criteria spatial decision support system: a case study on flood emergency management. International Journal of Digital Earth, 12(11): 1364-1381

  • [6] 2019   Armstrong, M., Wang., S., and Zhang., Z. The Internet of Things and fast data streams: prospects for geospatial data science in emerging information ecosystems. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 46(1): 39-56.

  • [7] 2018 Seppänen, H., Luokkala, P., Zhang, Z., Torkki, P., and Virrantaus, K. Critical infrastructure vulnerability- a method for identifying the infrastructure service failure interdependencies, International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection, 22: 25-38. 

  • [8] 2017   Zhang, Z., Demsǎ, U., Wang, S., and Virrantaus, K. A spatial fuzzy influence diagram for modelling spatial objects’ dependencies: a case study on tree-related electric outages. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 32(2): 349-366.

  • [9] 2016   Zhang, Z., and Virrantaus, K. Use of fuzzy decision-making approach in analysis of the vulnerability of street network for disaster management. Nordic Journal of Surveying and Real Estate Research, 11(2): 7-19.

  • [10] 2014   Zhang, Z., Demsǎ, U., Rantala, J., and Virrantaus, K. A fuzzy multiple- attribute decision making modelling for vulnerability analysis on the basis of population information for disaster management. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 28(9): 1922-1939.


2016 Doctor of Science (with distinction) in Geoinformatics, minored in applied mathematics, Department of Built Environment, Aalto University (before Helsinki University of Technology), Finland

2009 Master of Science (Technology) in Geomatics, Department of Surveying, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland

2005 Bachelor of Environmental Engineering, Tampere University of Applied Sciences


GEOG 678 Web GIS (online & in class)

GEOG 660 Applications in GIS (online)

GEOG 665 GIS Modeling (online)

GEOG 695 Frontiers in GIScience (in class) 

GEOG392/676 GIS Programming (In class, Fall 2020) 

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