About Us

The Laboratory of Compuational Spatial Science for Sustainability (COMPASS Lab)  is a research group in the  School of Geoscience  at University of South Florida. The COMPASS Lab conducts research on GIScience and Spatial Data Science to promote resilience and sustainability of human communities facing natural hazards and climate change. The lab is led by  Dr. Yi Qiang an Assistant Professor at USF Geosciences.

Our Missions


AutoCarto 2022

Jinwen Xu, Xiang Li, Cong Ma and Yi Qiang have presented their research in 2023 AAG Conference in Denver.

Dissertation Defense

Jinwen Xu successifully defended his PhD dissertation in March 2023.

Join us

We welcome graduate students interested in GIS and spatial data science to join our team. Please contact Dr. Yi Qiang for more details.

Featured Research

Research programs are funded by

Trivia Time

Compass was invented in China during the Han Dynasty (200 BC - 100 AD) where it was called the "south-governor" (sīnán 司南). The original form of compass is a spoon-shaped lodestone placed in the center of a plate. In the Age of Exploration, compass had a profound influence on geography and the shaping of the world. In the 21st century, the COMPASS Lab leverages data and computing revolutions to study environment-human interactions for a sustainable future. 

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School of Geosciences
University of South Florida

Address: 4202 E. Fowler Ave, NES 107, Tampa, FL 33620

Lab director: Dr. Yi Qiang