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Faculty Image Diep Dao
Office: Stone Hall 207
Phone: 406-243-6821


Current Position:

Assistant Professor

Office Hours:

Tuedays: 11:00 AM -1:00 PM and by appointment via email

Field Of Study:

Geographical Information Science (GIScience), Spatial Analysis and Modeling, Spatial Data Mining, GeoComputation, GPS-based Positioning and Navigation

Research Interests:

Building from a background in Geomatics Engineering and GIScience, Dr. Dao's research interests lie in the development of new approaches of spatial analysis and modeling that can be broadly applied within GISciences and its interdisciplinary setting. She is the author and co-author of various publications which have achieved over 200 citations. Her most recent research projects relates to spatial network analysis, spatial data mining, and time geography.


GPHY 580: Seminar in GIS & Cartography
GPHY 588: Vector GIS & Spatial Analysis (with Labs)
GPHY 491: Programming for GIS (with Labs)
GEOG4000/5000: GIS for non-majors (UNCC)


Ph.D (2013) Geography & Urban Regional Analysis, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
Dissertation: A Comprehensive Geospatial Knowledge Discovery Framework for Spatial Association Rule Mining (Advisor: Dr. Jean-Claude Thill)

M.Sc (2005) Geomatic Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada
Major: Global Navigation Satellite Systems
Thesis: Performance Evaluation of Multiple Reference Station GPS Real-time Kinematic for a Medium Scaled Network (Advisor: Dr. Gerard Lachapelle)

B.E. (2002) Geomatic Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia
Honour Class 1 - Concentrations: Geospatial Technologies
Thesis: Location based services Technical and Bussiness Issues (Advisor: Dr. Chris Rizos)


Association of American Geographers (AAG)

Specialized Skills:

Geographical Information Science (GIScience), Spatial Analysis and Modeling, Spatial Data Mining, GeoComputation, Time Geography, GPS-based Positioning and Navigation

Selected Publications:

Working Papers

Dao, T.H.D. and Thill, J-C. Metric, Topologic, or Syntactic? Modeling Alternatives for Three-dimensional Urban Space Accessibility. International Journal of Geographic Information System.

Dao, T.H.D. and Thill, J-C. Analysis and Visualization of Accessibility for Three-dimensional Urban Planning and Management, Applied Geography

Dao, T.H. D and Thill, J-C. Handling Complex Spatial Components for Spatial Association Rule Mining, Geographical Analysis.

Zhou Y., Dao T.H.D., Thill J-C., and Delmelle E. (Accepted with minor revision) Enhanced Visualization Techniques in Support of Indoor Location Planning,  Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems.

Selected  Peer-Reviewed Articles 

Dao, T.H.D., Zhou Y., Thill J-C., and Delmelle E. (2011) Spatio-temporal Location Modeling in a 3D Indoor Environment: the Case of AEDs as Emergency Medical Devices, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Volume 26, Issue 3, Pages 469-494 .

Thill J-C., Dao T.H.D., and Zhou Y. (2011) Traveling in the Three-dimensional City: Applications in Route Planning, Accessibility Assessment, Location Analysis and Beyond, Journal of Transport Geography, Volume 19, Issue 3, Pages 405-421.

Dao, T.H.D. and Thill, J-C. (2010) Metric and Syntactic Accessibility Modeling for Three-Dimensional Urban Transportation Networks, The 57th Annual North American Meetings of the RSAI, Denver, Colorado, November 10-13, 2010.

Dao, T.H.D. and Thill J-C. (2009) Contextualized Space-Time Accessibility Modeling and Measurements with NeuroFuzzy Proximity Relations, International Conference on Advanced Geographic Information Systems & Web Services (GEOWS), pp.158-164, 2009.

Dao T.H.D., Nagarajan N., Law C.L., and Poh E.K. (2007) Investigation of GPS Signals for Synchronization of UWB Indoor Positioning System, European Navigation Conference ENC-GNSS07, Geneva, Switzerland, May 29-31, 12 pages.

Dao T.H.D., Alves P., and Lachapelle G. (2004) Performance Evaluation of Multiple Reference Station of GPS RTK for a Medium Scaled Network, Journal of Global Positioning Systems, International Association of Chinese Professionals in Global Positioning Systems, Volume 3, Number 1-2, Pages 173-182.

Lachapelle G., Kuusniemi H., Dao T.H.D., MacGougan G., and Cannon M.E. (2004) HSGPS Signal Analysis and Performance Under Various Indoor Conditions, Navigation, U.S. Institute of Navigation, Volume 51, Issue 1, Pages.29-43.

Dao D., Rizos C., and Wang J. (2002) Location-based Services: Technical and Business Issues, GPS Solutions, Springer-Verlag, Volume 6, Pages 169-178.

Books and Chapters

Dao, T.H.D (2012) Global Satellite Positioning System and Applications, in Experimental Methods in Modern Physics (Eds. Dao Khac An), chapter IX, Vietnam education publication House, pp.512-570

Tran M.T. and Dao T.H.D. (2006) The Global Positioning Systems: Theory and Applications, Vietnamese Educational Publication, 200 pages in Vietnamese