Jia Yu is an 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 (advisor: Mohamed Sarwat) in Summer 2020. 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, SSTD 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 200,000 downloads per month and has users / contributors from major companies (e.g., Facebook, Uber, AT&T, and MoBike).

Here is a one-page summary of my research.

I am actively looking for Computer Science PhD students to join me in Spring 2021. Please read this page.

Call For Papers and Call For Participation



  • Database systems
  • Distributed data systems
  • Geospatial data management


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, 2020

    Arizona State University

  • BEng in Software Engineering, Outstanding Graduate, 2013

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