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 (incubating), a cluster computing framework for processing big spatial data, which receives 800,000 downloads per month and has users / contributors from major companies.

Call For Papers

  • The 4th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on APIs and Libraries for Geospatial Data Science ( SpatialAPI 2022). Each accepted tutorial will have two 45-minute sessions to conduct their hands-on tutorial. Please read the call.
  • The 1st 1st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Spatial Big Data and AI for Industrial Applications ( GeoIndustry 2022). Please read the call.


  • 09/2022: I am currently on leave of absence from WSU.
  • 07/2022: The initial version of GLIN is released on GitHub. GLIN is a Lightweight Learned Indexing Mechanism for Complex Geometries.
  • 05/2022: Invited to Program Commttee member of ACM SIGSPATIAL 2022, SIGSPATIAL 2022 Student Research Competition, EDBT 2023 demo track.
  • 05/19/2022: Delivered a talk about Apache Sedona to Amazon
  • 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.


  • 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)