The HDMA center is a research institute under the College of Arts and Letters, at San Diego State University.
Director and Founder
Ming-Hsiang Tsou (Director of HDMA Center, Professor of Geography) 2012 SDSU President's Leadership Fund (PLF) Awards for Excellence, expert in Web GIS, Mobile GIS, Cartography, Social Media, and Big Data.
Advisory Board Members and Co-Founders
John Elder (Distinguished Professor of Public Health; former director and Senior Core Investigator, Institute for Behavioral and Community Health [IBACH]) 2012 SDSU President's Leadership Fund (PLF) Awards for Excellence, expert in randomized trials for chronic disease prevention in Latino communities.
Sheldon Zhang ( Past Chair of Sociology, Professor ), expert in Human Trafficking, Transnational Organized Crime, Juvenile Delinquency, Probation and Parole, etc.
Piotr Jankowski (Chair of Geography), expert in Spatial Decision Support Systems. Public Participation GIS, Visual Analytics, Geocomputation Methods, Volunteered Geographic Information, and Water Resource Modeling and Management.
Brian Spitzberg (Senate Distinguished Professor, School of Communication), expert in communication theories, communicative (in)competence, obsessive relational intrusion.
Bruce Appleyard (Public Affairs) focuses on identifying how these policies and practices can be used in concert with one another to improve sustainability, livability, social equity, and public health outcomes.
Eric Buhi (Graduate School of Public Health) focuses on understanding and promoting sexual health among young people.Studying the impact of and employing innovative technologies for health promotion/behavior change.
Atsushi Nara (Geography) has developed advanced spatio-temporal analytic algorithms, data mining and geovisualization frameworks and toolkits, monitoring methodologies, agent-based models, and web-GIS applications to facilitate understanding and decision making of moving object dynamics.
Joseph Gibbons (Sociology) focuses on the implications of class and racial segregation within and between neighborhoods across three areas: the service provision of nonprofit community-based organizations, neighborhood conditions, and health disparities.
Lourdes Martinez (Communication) focuses on social influence, social network analysis, and health communication campaigns. Currently researching how people gather and share information from their social environment and how this affects their behavior.
Michael Peddecord, Dr.P.H. is Emeritus Professor of Public Health at San Diego State University (SDSU) and a research associate at SDSU’s Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age. He previously taught a variety of graduate courses including: Public Health Surveillance and Health Program Planning and Evaluation. His current public health practice activities at the Epidemiology and Immunization Branch, San Diego County health department focus on influenza surveillance, vaccination coverage assessments and evaluation immunization improvement initiatives.
Professor Chen, Feixiang (Beijing Forestry University). Expertise: Mobile GIS, GIS databases, Android Platform Application Development.
Professor Yi-Chen Wang, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore. Expertise: Health GIS, Physical Geography.
Jiue-An (Jay) Yang (Geography, SDSU).
Su Yeon Han (Geography, SDSU).
Chris Allen (Geography, SDSU).
Alejandra Coronado (Geography, SDSU)
Hao Zhang (Geography, SDSU)
Elias Issa (Geography, SDSU)
Cody Rosentrater (Public Health, SDSU)
Vaishali Doshi (Publich Health, SDSU)
Full List of Members→Human-Dynamics-faculty-list.xlsx
(To view Excel files you may need to download Microsoft Excel.)
Former Members and students
Calvin (Chin-Te) Jung (Former Chief Data Scientist) focused on using state of art technologies to design and implement Web-GIS applications to consolidate research results of HDMA center.
Graduate Student: Jessica Dozier (MS in Geography, SDSU, 2014-2016)
Graduate Student: Jared Jashinsky (MPH in Public Health, SDSU, 2015-2016)
Graduate Student: Stephanie Nowinski (Graphic Design, SDSU, 2015-2016)
Graduate Student: Dhiraj Patil (MS in Computer Science, SDSU).
HDMA Faculty Members
College of Business
Learning Design and Technology, JMS CSU, Chancellor's Office
Graduate School of Public Health
Computational Science Research Center
Chicana/o Studies & English and Comparative Literature
Civil & Environmental Engineering
SDSU Research Foundation
Center for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience