Computational Place and Behavioral Modeling at the Individual and Society Level
Cheng Fu is a Lecturer and Senior Researcher (Oberassistent in German)
in the Department of Geography, University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland.
Previously, he was Postdoctoral Researcher in the same department.
Cheng received his Ph.D. in Geography from the Department of Geographical Sciences,
University of Maryland (UMD), USA in 2018. Before that, he received his M.A. in Geography
from Binghamton University (BU), NY, USA and
B.S. in Remote Sensing and GIS from Peking University (PKU), Beijing, China.
Data mining and data modeling on human-behavior-related Big Data
Urban place modeling
Mobility and health
Geographical information retrieval and visualization
Wu, C., Fu, C., Su, H., Zheng, L., Ji, R., and Hu, Y., (2009). GPS-Collection Technology for Agriculture
Mobile Management. Transactions of the Chinese Society for Agricultural Machinery, 2009, 40(Z1):169-172.
In Chinese with English abstract.
Tang, A., Wu, C., Zheng, L., Ji, R., Chen, X., and Fu, C. (2009). 农业移动终端无线传输技术. (Wireless
Telecommunication Technology for Agriculture Applications). Transactions of the Chinese Society of
Agricultural Machinery S1, 244-247. In Chinese.
Contributor to Chapter 2, Chapter 4, and Appendix 4 of Brunner, H-P (Apr. 2016). Innovation Networks and
the New Asian Regionalism: A Knowledge Platform on Economic Productivity. Co-published by Asian
Development Bank, Philippines & Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, U.K. & Northampton, MA, U.S.A.
2015.4 AAG Annual Conference 2015 “Simulate Human Daily Activity and Time Use Pattern Using Knowledge
2014.11 ACM SigSPATIAL 2014 “WeiboStand: Capturing Chinese Breaking News Using Weibo”
2014.4 AAG Annual Conference 2014 “Preliminary Study on Urban Land Use Classification by Georeferenced
2014.2 Maryland Emergency Management Association Conference 2014 “Preliminary Study on Linking Twitter
to Crime Issues”
2013.3 AAG Annual Conference 2013 “Characterize Geo-Social Properties of an Online Social Network
-identify connection between social and spatial clusters”
2020.8-present — Mobility Assessment with Modern Technology in Older Patient’s Real-life by the General
Practitioner (MOBITEC-GP), funded by the ‘Velux-Stiftung’’ Foundation.
2019.11-present — Mobility, Activity, and Social Interaction Study (MOASIS), funded by the the
2018.7-2020.12 — Track&Know: Big Data for Mobility Tracking Knowledge Extraction in Urban Areas, funded
by European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program.
2017.2-2018.5 — Analyzing Travelers’ Response to Different Active Traffic Management Technologies,
funded by the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration.
2014.10-2016.6 — Collaborative Research: Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Processes and Systems
Type 1: Human Geography Motifs to Evaluate Infrastructure Resilience, funded by National Science
2014.10-2014.12 — Spatial Computing and Point Spatial Index in Hadoop
2014.6-2014.8 and 2014.10-2015.3 — Socio-economic and Trade Information Collection and Visualization for
Great Mekong and Central Asia, Office of Regional Economic Integration, Asian Development Bank.
2012.8-2014.4 — Web-GIS based Crime Dashboard in Washington D.C. metropolitan area (R.A.), funded by
Department of Justice, U.S.A.
2013.2-2013.5 — Preliminary Study on Classifying Detailed Urban Land Use by Geotagged Tweets. Department
of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland.
2012.9-2012.12 — Gesture-Detection-based Human-Robot Control System. Department of Geographical
Sciences, University of Maryland.
2011.9-2012.4 — Study on Characterizing Geo-Social Properties of Foursquare Users, SUNY Binghamton
2008.10-2010.7 — Team member of Management System Development of Public Safety and Emergency Response,
funded by Ministry of Science and Technology of the P.R.C.
UZH 2020 GEO 874 Introduction to Databases, MSc program
UZH 2020 GEO 875 Spatial Databases, MSc program
UZH 2019-2021 GEO 881 Advanced Spatial Analysis II, MSc program
UZH 2019 GEO 876 Introduction to Programming for Spatial Problems, MSc program
UMD 2016 GEOG 476 Object-oriented Programming for GIS, BSc program
UMD 2016 GEOG 788F Big Data Analysis in Python, Short course for graduate students
Alexandra-Ioana Georgescu “Optimising Locations for Future Return Car-sharing Services: Case Study of the Swiss Car-sharing Cooperative Mobility”. Master Thesis. Main advisor. 2021.02-present
Martin Specker. “Gait Analysis of Older Adults: Filter Comparison and Geographical Context”. Master thesis. Main advisor. 2020.10-present
Pascal Griffel. “Correlates of Older Adults’ Out-of-Home Behaviour: Linking Health and Cognition with Mobility Indica-tors Derived from GPS-Trajectories”. Master thesis. Main advisor, with Prof. Dr. Christina Röcke, Dept. of Psychology UZH. 2020.02-2021.01
Livio Brühwiler. “Predicting Individual Car Accident Risk using G.P.S. Trajectories and Critical Driving Events Data”. Master thesis. Main advisor. 2020.02-2021.01
Reetta Vaelimaeki. “The Relationship of Visiting Places and the Health of the Aging: through Spatial Trajectory Data”. Master thesis. Main advisor. 2019.08-2020.11. Graduated.
Ursina Boos. “Towards Cross-Scale Origin Destination Individual Mobility Networks Using Big Data”. Independent research project. Main advisor. 2018.09-2019.02