Bin Jiang

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Bin Jiang is Professor in geographic information science, geographic information systems or geoinformatics at the University of Gävle, Sweden. He is affiliated to the Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm (KTH) through the KTH Research School at Gävle. He has been coordinating the Nordic Network in Geographic Information Science (NordGISci), and has organized a series of NordGISci summer schools for the Nordic young researchers. He is the founder and chair of the International Cartographic Association Commission on Geospatial Analysis and Modeling, and has established an ICA workshop series on the research topic. He is also an associate editor of the international journal: Computers, Environment and Urban Systems (Elsevier). He has developed the Head/tail Breaks a new classification for data with a heavy-tailed distribution.


Jiang obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees respectively from Wuhan University, formerly Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping, and Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping, Beijing, China. He took Doctorate in 1996 at the University of Utrecht and International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), the Netherlands.

Work in space syntax[edit]

Jiang joined the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London as a senior research fellow in 1997, where he worked with Michael Batty for integrating space syntax into GIS. He developed Axwoman [1] a plugin to ArcView GIS for urban morphological analysis (latest version 6.0 is based on ArcGIS). He proposed point-based space syntax,[2] which is implemented in Axwoman 5.0. He proved that streets (either named streets or natural streets) are better than axial lines for predicating traffic flow[3] and weighted PageRank is better indicator for traffic flow than local integration.[4] Recently he has with his assistant developed AxialGen 1.0 [5][6] for automating the axial lines for space syntax analysis.


  1. ^ B. Jiang, C. Claramunt and M. Batty (1999). "Geometric accessibility and geographic information: extending desktop GIS to space syntax" (PDF). Computers Environment and Urban Systems. 23 (2): 127–146. doi:10.1016/S0198-9715(99)00017-4. 
  2. ^ B. Jiang and C. Claramunt (2002). "Integration of space syntax into GIS: new perspectives for urban morphology" (PDF). Transactions in GIS. 6 (3): 295–309. doi:10.1111/1467-9671.00112. 
  3. ^ B. Jiang and C. Liu (2009). "Street-based topological representations and analyses for predicting traffic flow in GIS". International Journal of Geographical Information Science. 23 (9): 1119–1137. arXiv:0709.1981Freely accessible. doi:10.1080/13658810701690448. 
  4. ^ B. Jiang (2009). "Ranking spaces for predicting human movement in an urban environment". International Journal of Geographical Information Science. 23 (7): 823–837. arXiv:physics/0612011Freely accessible. doi:10.1080/13658810802022822. 
  5. ^ B. Jiang and X. Liu (2010). "Automatic generation of the axial lines of urban environments to capture what we perceive". International Journal of Geographical Information Science. 24 (4): 545–558. arXiv:0811.4489Freely accessible. doi:10.1080/13658810902950351. 
  6. ^ B. Jiang and X. Liu (2009). "AxialGen: a research prototype for automatically generating the axial map". Presented at CUPUM 2009, Hong Kong, 16–18 June 2009. arXiv:0902.0465Freely accessible. 

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