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.



Scale Symposium at AAG

The Lab is organizing Symposium of Scale in Spatial Analytics and Modeling during the 2022 Annual Meeting of AAG 2022. Learn more details from here.

CroScalar Project

The website of the CroScalar project is online. Tools and sef-paced tutorials about the multi-scale spatio-temporal modeling framework (MSTF) will be available in this website soon.

Join us

We welcome graduate and undergraduate students interested in GIS and spatial data science to join our lab. Funded Ph.D./MA position available in 2022 Fall.

Featured Research

Team Members

Yi Qiang

Lab Director
Assistant Professor

Jinwen Xu

Graduate Research Assistant
PhD Candidate


Meridian Lab, University of Colorado at Boulder

Algorithms and Parallel Computing Group, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

GEAR Lab, Texas A&M University

RSGIS Lab, Louisiana State University

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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Contact us

School of Geosciences
University of South Florida

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

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