Diep Dao, PhD

Diep Dao, PhD

Diep Dao, PhD

Associate Professor
Columbine Hall, rm. 2035

Areas of Interest

  • Geographical Information Science (GIScience)
  • Spatial Analysis and Modeling
  • Spatial Big Data Analytics
  • Urban Regional Analysis
  • GPS-based Positioning and Navigation


  • Ph.D (2013) Geography & Urban Regional Analysis, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • M.Sc (2005) Geomatic Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada
  • B.E. (2002) Geomatic Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to GIS (GES 3030/5030)
  • Spatial Database (GES 4040/5040)
  • Geovisualization (GES 4070/5070)
  • Advanced GIS (GES 4080/5080)
  • Internet GIS (GES 4120/5120)
  • Introduction to Geospatial Computing (GES 4130/5130)

Selected Publications

  • Cleland Z.*, K.A. Dao, and T.H.D. Dao. (2023, In press). Detecting Changes in Spatial Characteristics of Colorado Human-caused Wildfires Using Apriori-based Frequent Itemset Mining. International Journal of Computers, Environment, and Urban System (CEUS).
  • Dao, T.H.D. and J-C. Thill. (2022). Metric, Topological, and Syntactic Accessibility in Three-Dimensional Urban Networked Spaces: Modeling Options and Visualization. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 2022, 11, 467.https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi11090467. 
  • Dao, T.H.D., Thill, J.C. (2021). "CrimeScape: Analysis of Socio-spatial Associations of Urban Residential Motor Vehicle Theft." Social Science Research 101(102618). ISSN 0049-089X, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2021.102618.
  • Dao, T.H.D., Gibbes, C. (2020). "The Making of a Mega-region: Regional Development and the Landscapes of Colorado’s Front Range Urban Corridor". The Rocky Mountain West: A Compendium of Geographic Perspectives. Washington D.C., American Associations of Geographers.
  • Dao, T.H.D., Ravesloot, C., Greiman, L., Hargrove, T. (2019). "Mining Spatial Associations between Daily Activities and Health using EMA-GPS Data". Transactions in GIS 23(3). DOI:10.1111/tgis.12539.
  • Dao, T.H.D. (2018). Rule Learning for Spatial Data Mining. The Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge (1st Quarter 2018 Edition), John P. Wilson (ed.). DOI: 10.22224/gistbok/2018.1.3
  • Dao, T.H.D., and J-C. Thill. (2017). “Indoor Three-dimensional Accessibility Auditing for Computer-aided Architectural Design”. Transaction in Geographic Information Systems 2017:1-23.
  • Dao, T.H.D. and J-C. Thill. (2017). "Detecting Attribute-based Homogeneous Patches Using Spatial Clustering: A Comparison Test". W. Popovich, M. Schrenk, J-C Thill, C. Claramunt, and T. Wang (Eds.) Lecture notes in Geoinformation & Cartography: New Frontiers in Information Fusion and Intelligent GIS: From Maritime to Land-based Research. Springer-Verlag. 37-54.
  • Dao, T.H.D., C. Ravesloot, L. Greiman, and T. Hargrove. (2016). "Linking Daily Travel Mobility and Pain Experience Using GPS Tracking Data and Ecological Momentary Assessment Technique." American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, San-Francisco, LA, March 31-April 3, 2016.
  • Dao T.H.D. and J-C. Thill. (2016) "The SpatialARMED Framework: Handling Complex Spatial Components in Spatial Association Rule Mining". Geographical Analysis 48 (3): 248-274.
  • Zhou, Y., T.H.D. Dao, J-C. Thill, and E. Delmelle. (2015). "Enhanced 3D Visualization Techniques in Support of Indoor Location Planning". Computer, Environment, and Urban System (CEUS) 50, 15-29.
  • Dao, T.H.D. (2012). "Global Satellite Positioning System and Applications". In K.A. Dao (Eds) Experimental Methods in Modern Physics, Hanoi, Vietnam: Vietnam Education Publication House, 512-570.
  • Dao, T.H.D., and J-C. Thill. (2012). "A Comprehensive Framework for Spatial Association Rule Mining". In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Geographic Information Science. Columbus, OH, USA. (GIScience 2012 International Conference Student Award)
  • Dao T.H.D., Y. Zhou, J-C. Thill, and E. Delmelle. (2011). "Spatio-temporal Location Modeling in a 3D Indoor Environment: the Case of AEDs as Emergency Medical Devices". International Journal of Geographical Information Science 26 (3), 469-494.Thill J-C., T.H.
  • D. Dao, and Y. Zhou. (2011). "Traveling in the Three-dimensional City: Applications in Route Planning, Accessibility Assessment, Location Analysis and Beyond". Journal of Transport Geography 19 (3), 405-421.
  • Tran M.T., and T.H.D. Dao. (2006). "The Global Positioning Systems: Theory and Applications". Hanoi, Vietnam: Vietnamese Educational Publication. (200 page book in Vietnamese).
  • Dao T.H.D., P. Alves, and G. Lachapelle. (2004). "Performance Evaluation of Multiple Reference Station of GPS RTK for a Medium Scaled Network". Journal of Global Positioning Systems 3 (1), 173-182.
  • Lachapelle G., H. Kuusniemi, T.H.D. Dao, G. MacGougan, and M.E. Cannon. (2004). "HSGPS Signal Analysis and Performance Under Various Indoor Conditions". Navigation 51 (1), 29-43.
  • Dao T.H.D., C. Rizos, and J. Wang. (2002). "Location-based Services: Technical and Business Issues". GPS Solutions 6, 169-178.

Honors and Awards

  • 2012 GISciences 2012 Conference Student Award, Association of American Geographers (among 10 recipients internationally)
  • 2009 G. Herbert Stout Award for Exemplary Student Paper in North Carolina GIS Conference
  • 2008-09, 2012 Graduate Travel Award, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • 2008-2012 Ph.D. Graduate Full Assistantships, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • 2003 Best Presentation Award, the 16th International Technical Meeting of The Satellite Division, The Institute of Navigation, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • 2003, 2004 Graduate Research Scholarship, University of Calgary, Canada
  • 2003-2005 Alberta Informatics Circle of Research Excellence (iCORE) M.Sc. Graduate Full Assistantships, the Government of Alberta, Canada
  • 1998-2002 The Australian Agency for International Development Scholarship, University of New South Wales, Australia (50 recipient nationally, awarded fully-sponsored 4 year undergraduate study program)

Volunteer and Service

  • Coordinator, UCCS Undergraduate Certificate in Geographical Information Science (2018 – current)
  • Chair, The Jacquelyn Beyer Women in Geography Grant Committee (2018 Fall – current)
  • Coordinator, GIS internship with El Paso Teller 9-1-1 Authority (2016 – current)
  • Co-coordinator, GES Colloquium (2018 – current)
  • Member, GES Graduate Review Committee (2016 – current)
  • Member, UCCS Graduate Research Fellowship committee (2018 - onward)
  • Member, Steering Committee of the University of Montana Data Science Initiate (2013-2016)
  • Reviewer
    o NSF EARLY-CAREER award in Geography and Spatial Science
    o WILEY Publisher
    o International Journal of Geographic Information Science (IJGIS)
    o Journal of Computers, Environment and Urban Systems (CEUS)

Curriculum Vitae