Shaowen Wang is trained as both a geographer and computer scientist. His research interests center on three interrelated themes: 1) computational and geographic information sciences; 2) advanced cyberinfrastructure, cyberGIS, and geospatial data science; and 3) multi-scale geospatial problem solving and spatiotemporal analytics. He has published numerous peer-reviewed papers including articles in more than 30 journals (e.g., Annals of the American Association of Geographers, BioScience, Computers and Geosciences, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Parallel Computing, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). He led the development of the Open Science Grid Generic Information Provider that has been widely used. He has also led several multi-institution projects to advance cyberGIS and related scientific problem solving. Wang invented and has been leading the research and development of the GISolve Toolkit that represents cutting-edge software for cyberGIS integration and applications (e.g., in agriculture, bioenergy, emergency management, geography and social sciences, geosciences, and public health). He was the founding manager of the Grid Research and educatiOn group @ ioWa (GROW) to foster computational science research and education by a multidisciplinary team within several Iowa higher education institutions. Currently, he is the founding director of the CyberInfrastructure and Geospatial Information Laboratory (CIGI Laboratory) and CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies (CyberGIS Center) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Summary of Extramural Research Funding (received from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and industry): Principal Investigator (PI) for more than $15 million competitive research grants; PI for tens of millions of normalized computing hours of NSF supercomputing resources; and Co-PI and investigator for contributing to sponsored research with tens of millions of U.S. dollars.