Dr. Rui Li

Assistant Professor

Geography and Planning
University at Albany

Contact Information

1400 Washington Ave. AS211
Department of Geography and Planning,
University at Albany, SUNY Albany, NY, USA 12222

Email:Rui Li Albany Email

Welcome to Rui Li's homepage

I am currently an assistant professor at the Department of Geography and Planning at University at Albany, State University of New York . My research interests address various aspects of Geographic Information Science with a special focus on the Spatial Cognition such as wayfinding behaviors and Navigation Systems.

I am also an affiliated member of the Spatial Intelligence Laboratory in the Institute for Geoinformatics at University of Muenster in Germany, where I have spent two years working as a substitute professor and post-doctoral researcher in two funded projects: WayTO (Wayfinding through Orientation information) funded by German Science Foundation (DFG) and strategic partnership on Spatial Learning (funded by European Union Erasmus + Program).

Currently, I am working in the projects of addressing providing cognitively efficient wayfinding solutions, landmark selection for spatial orientation as well as location based services for both indoor and outdoor environment. More information can be found on my Research page. Research proposals are also ongoing through internal and external collaborations with different researchers. If you have crossed research interests and would like to discuss with me, please feel free to contact me.


Graudate student Carl Tompkins just received the second place in the paper competition as an incentive to encourage publication at the 2016 Middle State AAG Annual Conference in Altoon, PA. (Nov 2016)

Manuscript titled Effects of Visual Variables on the Perception of Distance in Off-Screen Landmarks: Size, Color Value, and Crispness was just published in Gartner, G. Huang, H (Eds) Progress in Location-Based Services 2016 . Access to this publication is here (Nov 2016)

Co-authored manuscript titled Off-Screen Landmarks on Mobile Devices: Levels of Measurement and the Perception of Distance on Resized Icons was just published in the German Journal of Artificial Intelligence KI - K√ľnstliche Intelligenz . Access to this publication is here (Nov 2016)

Co-authored paper titled Orientation Information in wayfinding instructions: Evidences from human verbal and visual instructions was just accepted to be published in the GeoJournal . Full text is available here by Springer (Feb 2016)

Invited talk titled "Spatial Information Science in Art Design" and a successive three-day workshop on "Using Geospatial Technologies in Art Design" were given at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing, China. (Dec/2015)

Graduate advisee Jiayan Zhao received Master Thesis Grant from the Cartography Speciality Group of the Association of American Geographers to support his thesis research on visualizing distant objects on mobile systems. (Dec/2015)

Curriculum Vitae is updated to October 2016. Click here. to view the most recent version.