Yongze Song

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor)
School of Design and the Built Environment
Curtin University
Perth, 6102, WA, Australia
Email: yongze.song@curtin.edu.au

Dr. Yongze Song is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) and Doctoral Supervisor at Curtin University, Australia. He is a Royal Geographical Society (RGS) Fellow, United Kingdom, DAAD AInet Fellow, Germany, and a Publications Committee Member of the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG).

He has expertise in developing geospatial methods and implementing Earth data for sustainable infrastructure. He developed more than 16 new geospatial methods and 8 R software packages with over 110,000 downloads for understanding geographical and spatial data. He published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, including 6 highly-cited papers. He is a recipient of more than ten awards at international and national levels, such as the Geospatial World 50 Rising Stars, the Global Top 10 Young Scientist Award, and the Australian National Location Data First Prize.

He is an Editorial Board Member of over 10 international peer-reviewed journals, including GIScience & Remote Sensing, iScience, International Journal of Digital Earth, Remote Sensing, Geo-spatial Information Science, Annals of GIS, etc. He serves as a Guest Editor for journals of International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, Science of Remote Sensing, etc. He serves as a Chair or Program Committee Member for international conferences held in Australia, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Norway, China, France, the United States, Canada, Iran, Vanuatu, and Greece. He serves 40 peer-reviewed journals as a reviewer. He was invited to present more than 60 research seminars at universities (e.g., Harvard University, Australian National University, National University of Singapore, Peking University, etc.) and industries globally.

Research Interests

Sustainable development, spatial statistics, geospatial theories, sustainable infrastructure, megaproject management

Developed New Geospatial Theories and Methods

Part I. Spatial prediction models

Part II. Spatial factor exploration models

Part III. Other geospatial theories and models

Developed Open-Source Geospatial Software (100,000+ downloads)

Optimal Parameters-based Geographical Detectors (OPGD) for spatial factor exploration.

R package “GD” | publication


Geographically Optimal Similarity (GOS) for spatial prediction.

R package “geosimilarity” | publication


Second-Dimension Spatial Association (SDA) for spatial prediction.

R package “SecDim” | publication


Interactive Detector for Spatial Association (IDSA) for spatial factor exploration.

R package “IDSA” | publication


Homogenous Segmentation (HS) for segmenting spatial lines data

R package “HS” | publication


Segment-based Kriging (SK) for spatial prediction.

R package “SK” | publication


Energy Decomposition Analysis (EDA) for analysing carbon emission factors.

R package “EDA” | publication


SDGdetector: Detecting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Text.

R package “SDGdetector”


Wavelet Spatial (WS) model for wavelet-based spatial prediction

R package “WS” | publication

Leadership and Services
Leadership in International Academic Societies
  • Fellow of Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), United Kingdom
  • DAAD AInet Fellow, Germany
  • Committee Member of the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG)
  • Member of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), WG IV/2
Leadership in the University
  • Faculty Graduate Studies Committee (FGSC) Member, 2023-
  • University Reviewer for Peer Review of Educational Practice (PREP), 2022-
  • School Research Committee Member, 2023-
  • Chair and Reviewer of the Milestone Oral Presentation of HDR students, 2022-
  • Assistance for the ERA (Education Research Abstracts) development process for school, 2022
  • Faculty Research Committee Member, 2021-2022
Editorial Experience

Associate Editor

  • All Earth, Taylor & Francis. IF 2.750

Editorial Board Member

  • GIScience & Remote Sensing, Taylor & Francis. IF 6.238
  • Geoscientific Model Development, European Geosciences Union. IF 6.892
  • International Journal of Digital Earth, Taylor & Francis. IF 4.606
  • Remote Sensing, MDPI. IF 5.349
  • Geo-spatial Information Science, Taylor & Francis. IF 4.278
  • Journal of Spatial Science, Taylor & Francis. IF 1.840
  • Scientific Reports, Nature. IF 4.996
  • Annals of GIS, Taylor & Francis.
  • Resources, Environment and Sustainability, Elsevier.

Guest Editor

Research Team
  • Geospatial World 50 Rising Stars, 2023
  • Special Thanks Award: The 35th Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 2022
  • Global Young Scientist Award (Top 10), 2021
  • Global Peer Review Award: Top reviewers in Geosciences (Top 1%) and Top reviewers in Cross-field (Top 1%), Publons, 2020
  • Chancellor’s Award for Exceptionally High Standard in the PhD Thesis, Curtin University, 2019
  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad (Top 0.1% Globally), 2019
  • National Honourable Mention: Exploring the Oceans Award, GovHack, Australia, 2018
  • National Honourable Mention: STEM Award, GovHack, Australia, 2017
  • Australian National First Prize: Location Data First Prize, GovHack, Australia, 2016
Chair or Committee Member for International Conferences

Conferences in over 10 countries, including Australia, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Norway, China, France, the United States, Canada, Iran, Vanuatu, and Greece.

Reviewer for Books (Publishers):
Reviewer for Refereed Journals, A – Z:
  1. Annals of GIS
  2. Annals of the American Association of Geographers
  3. AIMS Mathematics
  4. Applied Sciences
  5. Asian Geographer
  6. Austrian Journal of Statistics
  7. Big Earth Data
  8. Buildings
  9. Built Environment Project and Asset Management
  10. Complexity
  11. Computers and Geosciences
  12. Energies
  13. Environmental Earth Sciences
  14. Environmental Impact Assessment Review
  15. Environmental Research Communications
  16. Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability
  17. Environmental Science & Technology
  18. GIScience & Remote Sensing
  19. Heliyon
  20. IEEE Access
  21. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing
  22. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics
  23. Information Sciences
  24. International Journal of Digital Earth
  25. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  26. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology
  27. International Journal of Geographical Information Science
  28. International Journal of Green Energy
  29. International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology
  30. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
  31. Journal of Cleaner Production
  32. Journal of Environmental Management
  33. Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization
  34. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering
  35. Nature Communications
  36. PLOS One
  37. R Journal
  38. Remote Sensing
  39. Remote Sensing of Environment
  40. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
  41. Resources, Conservation & Recycling
  42. Science of The Total Environment
  43. Sensors
  44. Sustainability
  45. Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure
  46. Sustainable Cities and Society
  47. Transactions in GIS