Junjun Yin

Junjun Yin

Assistant Research Professor

Social Science Research Institute

ICDS Associate

Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

Pennsylvania State University

About me

My research interests center on computational geography to understanding the geospatial complexity in human-urban interactions. I focus on geospatial Big Data analytics for studying urban dynamics concerning urban mobility, accessibility, and sustainability. I am keen to incorporate state-of-the-art methodologies into my research, such as advanced data mining and machine learning, geovisual-analytics, and high-performance computing to delineate the spatiotemporal geography with spatial Big Data.

As a GIScientist, I am interested in understanding different interplay between human activities and the geospatial settings of urban environment. I look into human mobility patterns and its applications for understanding dynamic urban structures, with research questions addressing whether urban mobility is shaped by the underlying urban structure or the real-world human interactions actually delineate the image of a city.


  • GIScience
  • Computational Social Science
  • Spatial Analysis and Modelling
  • Geo-Complexity
  • Human Mobility


  • Postdoc in GIScience, 2016

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Ph.D in Spatial Information Science, 2013

    Dublin Institute of Technology



Assistant Research Professor

Pennsylvania State University

Jan 2019 – Present University Park, PA

Social Science Big Data Research Scientist

Pennsylvania State University

Dec 2016 – Present University Park, PA


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jan 2016 – Jun 2016 Urbana, IL

Postdoctoral Research Associate

CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies; National Center for Supercomputing Applications; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mar 2014 – Nov 2016 Urbana, IL