Qihao Weng, a Fellow of AAAS, IEEE, and ASPRS, is the Director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Change and a Professor of Geography at Indiana State University, and had worked as a Senior Fellow at the NASA from 2008 to 2009. He received his Ph.D. degree in geography from the University of Georgia in 1999. Weng is currently the Lead of the Group on Earth Observation’s (GEO) Global Urban Observation and Information Initiative, and serves as an Editor-in-Chief of the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.
Qihao Weng, a Fellow of AAAS, IEEE, and ASPRS, is the Director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Change and a Professor of Geography at Indiana State University, and had worked as a Senior Fellow at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration from 2008 to 2009. He received his Ph.D. degree in geography from the University of Georgia in 1999. Weng is currently the Lead of the Group on Earth Observation’s (GEO) Global Urban Observation and Information Initiative, and serves as an Editor-in-Chief of the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Additionally, he works as the Series Editor of Taylor & Francis Series in Remote Sensing Applications and Taylor & Francis Series in Imaging Science. Weng has been the Organizer and Program Committee Chair of the biennial IEEE/ISPRS/GEO-sponsored International Workshop on Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Applications conference series since 2008, a National Director of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing from 2007 to 2010, and a panelist of U.S. DOE’s Cool Roofs Roadmap and Strategy committee in 2010.
In 2008, Weng received a prestigious NASA senior fellowship. He received the Outstanding Contributions Award in Remote Sensing in 2011, the AAG E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Award in 2015, and the 2020 AAG Distinguished Scholarship Honors Award, all from the American Association of Geographers. Furthermore, in 2019, he was given a Taylor & Francis Lifetime Achievements Award, and a fellowship from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science under the "JSPS Invitational Fellowships for Research in Japan" (Short-term S). In 2005, at Indiana State University, he was selected as a Lilly Foundation Faculty Fellow. In the following year, he also received the Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Research Award. Weng was the recipient of 2010 Erdas Award for Best Scientific Paper in Remote Sensing (1st place) and the 1999 Robert E. Altenhofen Memorial Scholarship Award, which were both awarded by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. He was also awarded the Best Student-Authored Paper Award by the International Geographic Information Foundation in 1998. Weng has been invited to give more than 110 talks by organizations and conferences held in U.S.A., Canada, France, China, Spain, Brazil, Greece, UAE, and Hong Kong, and he is honored with distinguished/chair/honor/guest professorships at twelve top universities in China which include Peking University. In 2018, Weng was elected as a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a member of the EU Academy of Sciences. In 2019, he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has also been named a fellow of American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing of the 2020 class.
Weng’s research focuses on remote sensing applications to urban environmental and ecological systems, land-use and land-cover changes, urbanization impacts, environmental modeling, and human-environment interactions. Through a serial invention of innovative algorithms, techniques, methods and theories for urban remote sensing, Weng’s research fosters the science and technology of remote sensing and satellite imaging in geographical and environmental applications while narrowing the gap between geography, geosciences, and landscape ecology. Weng is the author of 244 articles (journal articles, chapters, and others), 14 books, and 5 conference proceedings. According to Google Scholar, as of Sept. 2020, Weng’s publications accumulated 20,000 citations (H-index of 65), and 44 of his publications have had more than 100 citations each. Weng’s research has been supported by agencies that include NSF, NASA, USGS, USAID, NOAA, and National Geographic Society.