Ryan Zhenqi Zhou

Ryan Zhenqi Zhou

Ph.D. Student, Research Assistant

Department of Geography

University at Buffalo - SUNY


Ryan Zhenqi Zhou is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB), and a research assistant at GeoAI Lab, guided by Dr. Yingjie Hu. He is interested in GeoAI, Disaster Resilience, Public Health, Urban Analytics, and Human Mobility.

Prior to starting his Ph.D., he completed his M.E. in Landscape Architecture at the Nanjing Forestry University, and B.A. in Landscape Gardening at the Zhejiang A&F University. Apart from studying, he likes strength training and soccer.

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  • GeoAI
  • Disaster Resilience
  • Public Health
  • Urban Analytics
  • Human Mobility
  • Ph.D. in Geography, 2026 (expected)

    University at Buffalo - SUNY, USA

  • M.E. in Landscape Architecture, 2021

    Nanjing Forestry University, China

  • B.A. in Landscape Gardening, 2018

    Zhejiang A&F University, China


Aug 2021 – Present Buffalo, New York State, USA
  • Research Assistant, GeoAI Lab, May 2023 - Present
  • Teaching Assistant, GEO 481/506 Geographical Information Systems Lab, Aug 2022 - May 2023
  • Research Assistant, Funded by NSF Research Experience for (REG) Grant, May 2022 - Aug 2022
  • Research Assistant, GeoAI Lab, Aug 2021 - May 2022
Aug 2020 – Oct 2020 Shanghai, China
  • Spatial Data Analyst (Intern), Project: Assessment of the land used for educational facilities in Pudong, Shanghai


14. Sun, K., Hu, Y., Ma, Y., Zhou, R. Z., & Zhu, Y. (2023): Conflating point of interest (POI)
     data: A systematic review of matching methods
. Computers, Environment and
     Urban Systems
, 103, 101977.
13. Xu Z., Li M., Chen Y., & Zhou R.Z. (2023): Assessing the cycling accessibility of
     comprehensive parks with online maps: a case study of Nanjing City
. Journal of
     Nanjing Forestry University Natural Science
, 1-8 (in Chinese).
12. Zhou R.Z., Hu Y., Tirabassi J.N., Ma Y., & Xu Z. (2022): Deriving neighborhood-level
     diet and physical activity measurements from anonymized mobile phone location data
     for enhancing obesity estimation
. International Journal of Health Geographics, 21, 22.
11. Zhang B., Dong Y., Kelobonye K., Zhou R.Z., & Xu Z. (2022): Delineating walking
     catchment of the existing and proposed public sports facilities with open-source data:
     a case study of Nanjing. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy.
10. Chen Y., Zhang B., Li M., Zhou R.Z., & Xu Z. (2022): Concatenating daily exercise
     routes with public sports facilities, bicycle lanes, and green spaces: a feasibility
     analysis in Nanjing, China
. Land, 11, 2251.
9. Yue M., Hu Y., Moncrieff G.R., Slingsby J.A., Wilson A.M., Maitner B., & Zhou R.Z.
    (2022): Forecasting vegetation dynamics in an open ecosystem by integrating deep
    learning and environmental variables
. International Journal of Applied Earth
    Observation and Geoinformation
, 114, 103060.
8. Dong Y., Zhang B., Zhou R.Z., & Xu Z. (2022): Assessing the accessibility of
    swimming pools in Nanjing by walking and cycling using Baidu Maps
. International
    Journal of Geo-Information
, 11(10), 515.
7. Zhou R.Z., Xu Z., Liu A., Zhou S., Mu L., & Zhang X. (2021): Mapping the accessibility
    of medical facilities of Wuhan during the COVID-19 pandemic
. International Journal
    of Geo-Information
, 10(5), 318.
6. Xu Z., Zhou R.Z., Wang Y., Han L., & Xing J. (2021): Analysis on walking shed in
    comprehensive parks and urban form from a Park-City perspective
. City Planning
, 45(03), 81-90 (in Chinese).
5. Xu Z., Liu A., Zhou R.Z., & Han L. (2021): Analyzing and scenarioizing walking routes
    and urban context of middle school students with Baidu Map: a case study of Jianye
    District of Nanjing
. Modern Urban Research, 2, 33-40+91 (in Chinese).
4. Xu Z., Gao Z., Zhou R.Z., & Zhang J. (2021): Research on campus sitting space: a
    case study of Nanjing Forestry University
. Modern Urban Research, 4, 30-35 (in
3. Zhou R.Z. & Xu Z. (2020): Detecting the pedestrian shed and walking route
    environment of urban parks with open-source data: a case study in Nanjing, China
    International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(13), 4826.
2. Liu A., Kelobonye K., Zhou R.Z., Xu Q., Xu Z., & Han L. (2020): School commuting
    mode shift: a scenario analysis for active school commuting using GIS and online
    map API
. International Journal of Geo-Information, 9(9), 520.
1. Zhang J., Zhou R.Z., & Xu Z. (2020): Suitability evaluation of university facilities
    layout based on demand characteristics: taking several universities in Nanjing as
. Modern Urban Research, 4, 43-51 (in Chinese).

Conference & Workshop Presentations

11. Oral presentation (2023): Understanding spatial impacts of the Texas winter storm in
    2021 via mobile phone location data and nighttime light images, in the 2023 AAG
    Annual Meeting, Mar. 26, 2023, Denver, Colorado, USA.
10. Oral presentation (2022): Deriving neighborhood-level diet and physical activity
    measurements from anonymized mobile phone location data for enhancing obesity
    estimation, in the GEOMED 2022, Oct. 14, 2022, University of California, Irvine,
    California, USA.
9. Poster presentation (2022): Human mobility data demonstrates increase in park
    visitation since start of COVID-19 pandemic in Buffalo, New York, in the American
    College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) 2022 annual meeting
, Jun. 15-18, 2022,
    Denver, Colorado, USA (Co-Author).
8. Poster presentation (2022): Mapping the accessibility of medical facilities of Wuhan
    during the COVID-19 pandemic, in the University Consortium for Geographic
    Information Science (UCGIS) Symposium 2022
, Jun. 7-9, 2022, Syracuse, New York,
7. Oral presentation (2022): The role of place visits related to diet and physical activity
     from mobile phone location data in enhancing obesity estimation at the
    neighborhood level, in the Graduate Student Lightning Talks, Spring 2022 Colloquium
    Speaker Series, UB Department of Geography
, Feb. 18, 2022, Buffalo, New York,
6. Poster presentation (2019): Measuring the walkability around the urban parks: a case
    study of Nanjing, in the 16th International Conference on Urban Health, Nov. 4-8,
    2019, Xiamen, Fujian, China.
5. Poster presentation (2019): Mapping the service area and population of urban parks
    for park city initiative: a case study of Nanjing, in the 16th International Conference
    on Urban Health
, Nov. 4-8, 2019, Xiamen, Fujian, China.
4. Oral presentation (2019): Old community renovation based on data analysis, in the
    9th Summer Workshop DigitalFUTURES YOUNG Forum 2019—Architectural
    Intelligence held at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP), Tongji
, Jun. 30 to Jul. 6, 2019, Shanghai, China.
3. Poster presentation (2019): Intelligence and Strategy of Urban Deduction—Spark
    Planning (UrbanGAN), in the 9th Summer Workshop DigitalFUTURES SHANGHAI
    2019—Architectural Intelligence held at the School of Architecture and Urban
    Planning (CAUP), Tongji University
, Jun. 30 to Jul. 6, 2019, Shanghai, China (Co-
2. Oral presentation (2019): Social Loop, loops to connect city and communities, in the
    International Digital Urban Design Week held by International Society of City &
    Regional Planners (ISOCARP) and Southeast University
, Jun. 10-15, 2019, Nanjing,
    Jiangsu, China.
1. Poster presentation (2018): The urban community agriculture practices in Chinese
    cities: case studies in Nanjing, in the 15th International Conference on Urban Health,
    Nov. 27-30, 2018, Kampala, Uganda, Africa (Co-Author).

Awards & Grants

12. Hugh W. Calkins Applied GIS Award, By Department of Geography at the University
     at Buffalo - SUNY, 2023
11. NSF Research Experience for Graduates (REG) Grant, by Human-Environment and
    Geographical Sciences (HEGS) program in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF),
    Student PI, 2022
10. Outstanding Graduate Award, by Nanjing Forestry University, 2021
9. Funded student research project by the Postgraduate Research & Practice Innovation
    Program of Jiangsu Province (KYCX20_0893), Department of Education, Jiangsu,
    China, Student PI, 2020
8. National Scholarship Award, by Department of Education, China, 2020
7. Outstanding Graduate Student Award, by Nanjing Forestry University, 2020
6. First-class Scholarship Award, by Nanjing Forestry University, 2020
5. Best Project Award, International Digital Urban Design Week held by International
    Society of City & Regional Planners (ISOCARP) and Southeast University in Nanjing,
4. Second-class Scholarship Award, by Nanjing Forestry University, 2019
3. Third-class Scholarship Award, by Zhejiang A&F University, 2017
2. Second Prize, 4th ZAFU Career Planning Competition, by Zhejiang A&F University,
1. Third Prize, 4th ZAFU ‘Beautiful Village’ Design Competition, by Zhejiang A&F
    University, 2015


Peer Reviewer for Academic Journals

Committee Service

  • Co-host, GISalon, GISphere (Student academic organizations), Oct. 2021-present, USA.
  • Faculty Liaison for PhD, Geography GSA, University at Buffalo - SUNY, Sept. 2022-present, USA.
  • Conference Assistant, 2023 AAG Annual Meeting, Mar. 23-27, 2023, USA.