Jia Yu is a co-founder of Wherobots Inc., a venture-backed company for helping businesses to drive insights from spatiotemporal data, and leads the engineering team at Wherobots. He is currently on leave of absence from his role as a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Washington State University. 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, a cluster computing framework for processing big spatial data, which receives 800,000 downloads per month and has users / contributors from major companies.
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)