Rui Li, Ph.D.
I am currently an associate professor in Geography and Planning at University at Albany, State University of New York .
My core research interests is GIScience with a special focus on spatial cognition. Current projects include the design and evaluation of a mobile App for spatial orientation in built environments,wayfinding and navigation, and spatial and health disparity of COVID-19 effects. For more information about my research, please see my Research or CV. (updated Mar 2021)
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Single authored manuscript "Visualizing COVID-19 information for public: Designs, effectiveness, and preference of thematic maps" is published in Human Behavior and Emerging Technologies.
Engaged researcher grant received to investigate spatial and health disparity of COVID-19 effects in New York City neighborhoods.
Co-authored manuscript "Staying oriented in wayfinding: A comparison of orientation information between English and Mandarin speakers" is published in GeoJournal.
My main research interests include the spatial and cognitive theories on supporting spatial awareness in navigation, the design and evaluation of prototypes to support spatial orientation, App development for regional and historical sites, and spatial disparity in pandemic.
Here is a list of sample projects with their completion status. For a full list of publication, please see CV.
Teaching is an important part of my academic career by not only introducting the fundemental theories and practial skills to students but also advising students to carry out reserach projects that contribute to the literature or communities. Here are a few sample courses that I teach regularly.
Introduction to Geospatial Technologies
For students with no previous GIS knowledge. The only required course in GIS Minor curriculum.
Introduction to Cartography
Introductory course on basic map concepts and practical skills of creating your own thematic and online maps.
Creating your own small GIS database. Practical analyses of spatial data from own communities: crime data, election, and Mesonet, etc.
GIS Project Development
Capstone course for MS GIS students to develop reserach projects as well as practical solutions to communitiy requests.
Human Factors in GIS
From a cogntive perspective, addressing the human dimension/factors in GIScience.
Transferring data to knowledge
Designing, developing, and proposing geospatial solutions to support decision making.
I am an amateure but enthusastic in graphics design, especially logos.
Here are some examples of logos that I've designed in the past and have been used in events or business.