Jia Yu

Jia Yu

Assistant Professor, Ph.D.

Washington State University

Jia Yu is a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor at Washington State University School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Arizona State University in Summer 2020 under the guidance of Mohamed Sarwat. His research focuses on large-scale database systems and geospatial data management. In particular, he worked on distributed geospatial data management systems, database indexing, and geospatial data visualization. Jia’s research outcomes have appeared in the most prestigious database / GIS conferences and journals, including SIGMOD, VLDB, ICDE, SIGSPATIAL and VLDB Journal. He is the main contributor of several open-sourced research projects such as Apache Sedona (incubating), a cluster computing framework for processing big spatial data, which receives 300,000 downloads per month and has users / contributors from major companies.

I am the director of Data Ocean Lab at Washington State University EECS.

I am looking for undergrad students in US to do a Summer 2022 internship at our AgAID National AI Institute. Intern work will be contributed to Apache Sedona (https://sedona.apache.org/) and make an immediate impact in the Big Data industry. Financial support is avaialble. Apply here


  • 02/16/2022: Delivered a talk about Apache Sedona to Microsoft Maps & Geospatial Team
  • 02/2022: Invited to be Poster and Demo Co-Chair of ACM SIGSPATIAL 2022, Registration Chair of IEEE ICDE 2023, Program Committee member of VLDB 2023.
  • 01/2022: Invited to be a Program Committee member of ACM SIGMOD 2023 and IEEE MDM 2022.
  • 08/15/2021: A full research paper about partition-aware Deep Learning framework has been accepted to ACM SIGSPATIAL 2021.
  • 08/09/2021: My first proposal as the lead PI received $1.25 million from NSF EarthCube program (my share $293,452). In this collaborative project with University of Maryland (led by Prof. Yiqun Xie), we are committed to building ICESpark, an open-Source big data platform for science discoveries in the Arctic, on top of Apache Sedona. See my funding.
  • 07/29/2021: Our team at WSU - AgAID Institute - is one of 11 NSF National AI Institutes this year. We received $20M from NSF and NIFA for the next 5 years! [ NSF News] [ AgAID website] [ Twitter].


  • Database systems
  • Distributed data systems
  • Geospatial data management


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, 2020

    Arizona State University

  • B.E. in Software Eng., Outstanding Graduate, 2013

    Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, China (西北农林科技大学, Project 985 & 211)