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Min Chen Professor

Research Interests: 
  • Virtual Geographic Environments
  • Geographic modeling and simulation
  • Geographic Information System

Educational Background

Ph.D., Cartography and GIS, Nanjing Normal University, China (2009)

BA, Computational Mathematics, University of Pennsylvania, (2004)



Research Interests

Virtual Geographic Environments, Geographic modeling and simulation, Geographic Information System 


Selected Research Projects

  • PI,Thousand Talents program for Young Scholars of China (Funded as the highest level) 
  • PINSF for Excellent Young Scholars of China "Geographic Modelling and Simulation"(2017-2019, No.41622108).
  • PI,NSF of China“DEM-based analysis of the characteristics and spatial heterogeneity of lunar impact crater”(2014-2017,No. 41371424).
  • PI,NSF of China“Outdoor blind guiding-oriented urban space modeling and Key technologies”(2012-2014,No. 41101439).
  • Co-PI & assistant of the chief scientist, The National Basic Research Program (973 Program) “Simulation and evaluation of the influence of human activities and global change” (2015-2019, 2015CB954100).
  • Cooperation chief scientist, Special project of Collaborative innovation center of Jiangxi Province (2011 plan), “Virtual geographic experiment for ecological security based on VGEs” (2014-2017, JXS-EW-00)
  • Vice director, The National Key Technology R&D Program of China” Remote sensing monitoring system about water environment in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao area and its application” (2012-2014, No. 2012BAH32B03)


Here are 1-2 Post-doctoral positions in our team (geographic modeling and simulation, model sharing and integration), please contact for details, welcome to join us! (Salary: ¥160,000 per year, without additional achievement awards)


Selected Journal Articles

  • Mingyue Lu, Min Chen*, Xuan Wang, Jinzhong Min, Aili Liu. 2017. A Spatial Lattice Model Applied for Meteorological Visualization and Analysis. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 6(3):77.
  • Jinwei Shen, Tinggang Zhou, Min Chen*. 2017. Discovering spatial and temporal patterns from taxi-based Floating Car Data: a case study from Nanjing. GIScience & Remote Sensing.
  • Jinwei Shen, Tinggang Zhou, Min Chen. 2017. A 27-Intersection Model for Representing Detailed Topological Relations between Spatial Objects in Two-Dimensional Space. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 6,37. doi: 10.3390/ijgi602003
  • Chunxiao Zhang, Hui Lin, Min Chen, Xinqi Zheng, Rongrong Li, Yulin Ding. 2017. A modelling system with adjustable emission inventories for cross-boundary air quality management in Hongkong and the Pearl River Delta, China. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 62: 222-232
  • Ting Wei, Wenjie Dong, John Moore, Qing Yan, Yi Song, Zhiyong Yang, Wenping Yuan, Jieming Chou, Xuefeng Cui, Xiaodong Yan, Zhigang Wei, Yan Guo, shili Yang, Di Tian, Pengfei Lin, Song Yang, Zhiping Wen, Hui lin, Min Chen, Guolin Feng, Yundi Jiang, Xian Zhu, Juan Chen, Xin Wei, Wen Shi, Zhiguo Zhang, Juan Dong, Yexin Li, and Deliang Chen. 2016. Quantitative Estimation of the Climatic Effects of Carbon Transferred by International Trade. Scientific Reports, doi: 10.1038/srep28046.
  • Yongning Wen, Min Chen, Songshan Yue, Peibei Zheng, Guoqiang Peng, Guonian Lu. 2016. A Model-Service Deployment Strategy for Collaboratively Sharing Geo-Analysis Models in an Open Web Environment. International Journal of Digital Earth, doi: 10.1080/17538947.2015.1131340.
  • Songshan Yue, Min Chen, Yongning Wen, Guonian Lu. 2016. Service-oriented model-encapsulation strategy for sharing and integrating heterogeneous geo-analysis models in an open web environment. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 114, 258-273.
  • Songshan Yue, Jianshun Yang, Min Chen, Guonian Lu, Axing Zhu, Yongning Wen*.2016. A function-based linear map symbol building and rendering method using shader language. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 30(2):143-167.
  • Chunxiao Zhang(#),Min Chen(#),Rongrong Li, Chaoyang Fang, Hui Lin*. 2016.What’s going on about geo-process modeling in virtual geographic environments (VGEs) . Ecological Modelling, 319: 147-154.
  • Hui Lin, Min Chen*. 2015. Managing and sharing geographic knowledge in virtual geographic environments (VGEs). Annals of GIS, 21:4, 261-263.
  • Ying Bao#, Qingjiu Tian*, Min Chen#.2015. A Weighted Algorithm Based on Normalized Mutual Information for Estimating the Chlorophyll-a Concentration in Inland Waters Using Geostationary Ocean Color Imager(GOCI) Data. Remote sensing, 7:11731-11752.
  • Min Chen, Hui Lin*,Olaf Kolditz, Cui Chen. 2015. Developing dynamic Virtual Geographic Environments (VGEs) for geographic research. Environmental Earth Sciences, 74:6975–6980.
  • Hui Lin, Michael Batty, Sven E. J?rgensen, Bojie Fu, Milan Konecny, Alexey Voinov, Paul Torrens, Guonian Lu, A-Xing Zhu, John P. Wilson, Jianya Gong, Olaf Kolditz, Temenoujka Bandrova, Min Chen*. 2015. Virtual environments begin to embrace process-based geographic analysis. Transactions in GIS, 19(4):493-498.
  • Chunxiao Zhang, Min Chen, Yulin Ding, Rongrong Li, Hui Lin*. 2015. A virtual geographic environment system for multiscale air quality analysis and decision making: A case study of SO2 concentration simulation. Applied Geography, 63:326-336.
  • Ying Bao, QingJiu Tian*, Min Chen, Chunguang Lv. 2015. Analysis on Diurnal Variation of Chlorophyll-a concentration based on optical classification using GOCI data. Spectroscopy and Spectral Analysis. Accepted.
  • Min Chen,Hui Lin,Deer Liu*,Hongping Zhang,Songshan Yue. 2015. An object-oriented data model built for blind navigation in outdoor space. Applied Geography, 60:84-94.
  • Songshan Yue,Yongning Wen*,Min Chen,Guonian Lu,Di Hu,Fu Zhang. 2015. A data description model for reusing, sharing and integrating geo-analysis models. Environmental Earth Sciences, 74(1): 7081-7099. .
  • Min Chen, Yongning Wen, Songshan Yue. 2015. A progressive transmission strategy for GIS vector data under the precondition of pixel losslessness. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 8:3461-3475.
  • Jian Lin, Bo Huang*, Min Chen*, Zheng Huang. 2014. Modeling urban vertical growth using cellular automata—Guangzhou as a case study. Applied Geography, 53:172-186.
  • Chunxiao Zhang, Hui Lin*, Min Chen, RongRong Li, ZhiChao Zeng. 2014. Scale Compatibility Analysis in Geographic Process Research: A Case Study of a Meteorological Simulation in Hong Kong. Applied Geography, 52:135-143.
  • Zeqiang Chen, Hui Lin*, Min Chen, Deer Liu, Ying Bao, Yuling Ding. 2014. A framework for sharing and integrating remote sensing and GIS models based on Web service. The Scientific World Journal. Article ID 354919, 13 pages.
  • Ying Bao, QingjiuTian, Min Chen, HuiLin. 2014. An Automatic Extraction Method for Individual Tree Crowns Based on Self-adaptive Mutual Information and Tile Computing. International Journal of Digital Earth, 8(6): 495-516.
  • Chunxiao Zhang, Hui Lin, Min Chen. 2014. Scale matching of multiscale digital elevation model (DEM) data and the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model: A case study of meteorological simulation in Hong Kong. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 7:2215-2223.
  • Hui Lin, Min Chen*, Guonian Lu, Qing Zhu, Jianhua Gong, Xiong You, Yongning Wen, Bingli Xu, Mingyuan Hu. 2013. Virtual Geographic Environments (VGEs): a New Generation of Geographic Analysis Tool. Earth-Science Reviews,126:74-84.
  • Yongning Wen, Min Chen*, Guonian Lu, Hui Lin, Songshan Yue, Xin Fang. 2013. A Characteristic Bitmap Coding Method for Approximate Expression of Vector Elements Based on Self-Adaptive Gridding. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 27(10):1939-1959.
  • Min Chen, Hui Lin, Yongning Wen, Li He, Mingyuan Hu. 2013. Construction of a virtual lunar environment platform. International Journal of Digital Earth, 6(5): 469-482.
  • Hui Lin, Min Chen*, Guonian Lv. 2013. Virtual Geographic Environment: A Workspace for Computer-Aided Geographic Experiments. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 103(3): 465-482.
  • Li He, Min Chen*, Guonian Lu, Hui Lin, Longyu Liu. 2013. An approach to transform Chinese historical books into scenario-based historical maps. Cartographic Journal, 50(1): 49-65.
  • Min Chen, Hui Lin, Yongning Wen, Li He, Mingyuan Hu. 2012. Sino-VirtualMoon:A 3D web platform using Chang'e-1 data for collaborative research. Planetary and Space Science, 65(1):130-136.
  • Min Chen, Hui Lin, Mingyuan Hu, Li He , Chunxiao Zhang. 2013. Real geographic scenario based virtual social environment: integrate geography with social research. Environment and planning B- Planning & Design, 40(6): 1103-1121.
  • Yongning Wen, Min Chen*, Guonian Lu, Hui Lin. 2013. Prototyping an open environment for sharing geographical analysis models on cloud computing platform. International Journal of Digital Earth, 6(4):356-382.
  • Min Chen, Hui Lin, Guonian Lv, Li He, Yongning Wen. 2011. A spatial-temporal framework for historical and cultural research on China. Applied Geography, 31: 1059-1074.
  • Yongning Wen, Min Chen*, Xiao Wang, Fu Zhang, Li He.2011. Research on HTML5-based Web Vector Map Publishing Strategy. International Journal On Advances in Information Sciences and Service Sciences, 3(9): 274 -285.
  • Min Chen, Hong Tao, Hui Lin, Yongning Wen. 2011. A visualization method for geographic conceptual modelling. Annals of GIS, 17(1): 15-29.
  • Mingyuan Hu, Hui Lin, Bin Chen, Min Chen, Weitao Che, Fengru Huang. 2011. A Virtual Learning Environment of Chinese University of Hong Kong. International Journal of Digital Earth, 4(2):171-182.
  • Chen Min, Sheng Ye-hua,Wen Yong-ning, Jinwei Sheng, Hongjun Su.2008.Virtual Geographic Environments Oriented 3D Visualization System. Journal of System Simulation, 20(19): 5105-5108.


Totally 10 patents issued, 2 software copyright owned.


Honors and Awards

Second Prize in Natural Science awarded by the Ministry of Education of PRC, 2014

Second Prize in Natural Science awarded by the Education department of Jiangsu province, 2016

The 6th University Innovative Personality in GIS in China, 2016


Academic Title

PI of Thousand Talents program for Young Scholars of China

Project Leader of NSF for Excellent Young Scholars of China

Secretary of AAG GIScience and Systems Specialty Group, 2016-

Secretary of the VGE committee of the international digital earth society (China committee), 2016-

Editorial board member of Environmental Earth Sciences

Guest editor of International Journal of Digital Earth, 2016.

Guest editor of Environmental Earth Science, 2015.

Guest editor of Annals of GIS, 2015. 

Distinguished Professor of Jiangsu Province, China

Hundreds of Young Talents in NJNU