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Research Interests

Network analysis, geovisualization, geotransformation, GIS algorithms, and GIScience;
Land-use change, human-environment interactions, and agent-based complexity modeling;
Intraurban Migration, land and housing markets, land use and transportation, and urban geography.


Sun, S., C. Di, L. Li, B. Sulkow, W. Qiu (2024). Quantity of Questing Blacklegged Ticks and Associated Micro-scale Environmental Data collected from Four Suburban Parks near New York City. Data in Brief, 52: 109819. [Link].

Di, C*, B. Sulkow, W. Qiu, S. Sun (2023). Effects of Micro-Scale Environmental Factors on the Quantity of Questing Black-Legged Ticks in Suburban New York. Applied Sciences, 13 (20):11587. [Link].
  * Graduate Advisee, MS in GeoInformatics

Sun, S. (2023). Redrawing electoral maps to curb gerrymandering: a case study of New York State in 2022. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Advanced Research Methods and Analytics (CARMA 2023), June 28-30, 2023. Servilla, Spain. Universitat Politècnica de València. Edited by MARTÍNEZ-TORRES, R. & TORA, S. [Link].

Sun, S. , D. C. Parker, D. G. Brown (2023). From an Agent-based Laboratory to the Real World: Effects of “Neighborhood” Size on Urban Sprawl. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 99:101889. [Link].

Sun, S. (2022). A Mapping of the Twentieth Century Urban Geography in North America using Written Narratives and Network Analysis. The Professional Geographer 74 (4):668-687. [Link].

Kelly, D*, S. Sun (2021). How Phantom Networks, Provider Qualities, and Poverty Sway Medicaid Dental Care Access: A Geospatial Analysis of Manhattan. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18 (23):12383. [Link].
  * Undergraduate Advisee, BA in Geography

Sun, S. (2021). Developing a Comprehensive and Coherent Shape Compactness Metric for Gerrymandering. Annals of the American Association of Geographers 111 (1): 175-195. [Link at] [PDF]

Sun, S. (2020). Applying forces to generate cartograms: a fast and flexible transformation framework. Cartography and Geographic Information Science 47(5): 381-399. [Link at] [PDF]

Sun, S. (2019). A spatial one-to-many flow layout algorithm using triangulation, approximate Steiner trees, and path smoothing. Cartography and Geographic Information Science 46(3): 243-259. [Link at] [PDF]

Sun, S. (2017). Examining Intraurban Migration in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area using Parcel Data. In Big Data for Regional Science, eds. L. Schintler, L. & Z. Chen. Routledge: London. [Link at Routledge] [PDF]

Sun, S. (2016). An Automated Spatial Flow Layout Algorithm using Triangulation, Approximate Steiner Tree and Path Smoothing. Proceedings of AutoCarto 2016 - The 19th International Research Symposium on Computer-based Cartography. Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. September 14-16, 2016. Edited by S.M. Freundschuh. [Link at Cartography and Geographic Information Society] [PDF]

Sun, S. (2016). Symbolize Map Distortion with Inscribed Circles in Polygons. International Journal of Cartography 2 (2): 166-185 [Link at] [PDF]

McDonald, G.K., K. Brauman, S. Sun, K. Carlson, E. Cassidy, J. Gerber, and P. West (2015). Rethinking Agricultural Trade Relationships in an Era of Globalization. BioScience 65 (3): 275-289 [Link at Oxford Journals] [PDF]

Sun, S. (2015). A Perception-based Color Recommendation Algorithm for Hierarchical Regions. Cartography and Geographic Information Science 42 (3): 259-270 [Link at] [PDF]

Sun, S. and S.M. Manson (2015). Simple Agents, Complex Emergent City: Agent-based Modeling of Intraurban Migration. In Computational Approaches for Urban Environments , eds. Marco Helbich, Jamal Jokar Arsanjani, and Michael Leitner. Springer. [Book Link at Springer] [PDF]

Sun, S., D.C. Parker, Q. Huang, T. Filatova, D.T. Robinson, R.L. Riolo, M. Hutchins, and D.G. Brown (2014). Market Impacts on Land-use Change: An Agent-based Experiment. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 104 (3): 460-484. [Link at] [PDF] [Program]

Huang, Q., D. C. Parker, T. Filatova, S. Sun (2013). A Review of Urban Residential Choice Models using Agent-based Modelling. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 41(4):661-689, doi:10.1068/b120043p [Link at] [PDF]

Huang, Q., D. C. Parker, S. Sun, T. Filatova (2013). Effects of agent heterogeneity in the presence of a land-market: a systematic test in an agent-based laboratory. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 41: 188-203. [Link at] [PDF]

Sun, S. (2013). A Fast, Free-Form Rubber-Sheet Algorithm for Contiguous Area Cartograms. International Journal of Geographic Information Science 27 (3): 567-93. [Link at] [PDF] [Program] [Documentation]

Sun, S (2013). An Optimized Rubber-Sheet Algorithm for Continuous Area Cartograms. The Professional Geographer 16 (1): 16-30. [Link at] [PDF] [Program] [Documentation]

Robinson, D. T., S. Sun, M. Hutchins, R.L. Riolo, D.G. Brown, D. C. Parker, T. Filatova, W.S. Currie, and S. Kiger (2013). Effects of land markets and land management on ecosystem function: A framework for modelling exurban land-change. Environmental Modelling and Software 45: 129-40. [Link at] [PDF]

Sun, S. and S. M. Manson (2012). Intraurban Migration, Neighborhoods, and City Structure. Urban Geography 33 (7): 1008-1029. [Link at] [PDF]

Parker D.C., S. Sun, T. Filatova, Magliocca, N., Q. Huang, D.G. Brown, and R. Riolo (2012). The Implications of Alternative Developer Decision-Making Strategies on Land-Use and Land-Cover in an Agent-Based Land Market Model. In Proceedings of the Sixth Biennial Meeting of International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, R. Seppelt, A.A. Voinov, S. Lange and D. Bankamp (Eds.), Leipzig, Germany . [Link at] [PDF]

Manson, S. M., S. Sun, and D. Bonsal (2012). Agent-Based Modeling and Complexity. In Agent-Based Models for Geographical Systems, eds. A. J.Heppenstall, A.T. Crooks, L.M. See, and M. Batty, 125-139: Springer Netherlands. [Link at] [PDF]

Parker, D. C., D. G. Brown, T. Filatova, R. L. Riolo, D. T. Robinson, and S. Sun (2012). Do land markets matter? A modeling ontology and experimental design to test the effects of land markets for an agent-based model of ex-urban residential land-use change. In Agent-Based Models for Geographical Systems, eds. A. J.Heppenstall, A.T. Crooks, L.M. See, and M. Batty, 525-542: Springer Netherlands. [Link at] [PDF]

Sun, S. and S. M. Manson (2011). Social Network Analysis of the Academic GISc Community. The Professional Geographer 63 (1): 18-33. [Link at] [PDF]

Sun, S. and S. M. Manson (2010). An Agent-based Model of Housing Search and Intraurban Migration in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. In Proceedings of the Fifth Biennial Meeting of International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, Ottawa, Canada. [Link at] [PDF]

Robinson, D. T., T. Filatova, S. Sun, R. L. Riolo, D. G. Brown, and D. C. Parker (2010). Integrating Land Markets, Land Management, and Ecosystem Function in a Model of Land Change. In Proceedings of the Fifth Biennial Meeting of International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, Ottawa, Canada. [Link at]] [PDF]

Manson, S. M., H. A. Sander, D. Ghosh, J. M. Oakes, M. W. O. Jr, W. J. Craig, T. F. L. Jr, E. Myott, and S. Sun (2009). Parcel Data for Research and Policy. Geography Compass 3 (2):698-726. [ Link at] [PDF]

Sun, S. and S. M. Manson (2007). Distance Cartogram: Concept, Approximate Algorithm, and Examples. Proceddings of 2007 International Workshop on Geographic Information Science. Beijing.

Pan, M., Y. Wang, K.-X. Li, and S. Sun (2003). Multiple Resolution Octree Data Structure: Theory Exploration and Application. Geography and GIS 19 (4):37-40. (In Chinese)

Sun, S., Y.-K. Li, et al. (2002). WebGIS application in National Economic and Trade Commission. Proceedings of China Digital City Forum. Beijing. (In Chinese)

Sun, S., Y.-K. Li, S.-Y. Xu, X.-J. Meng, and Z.-D. Zhong (2001). Dynamic Positioning and Railway Management System. Railway Computer Application 10 (9):25-27. (In Chinese)

Xiao, B., J.-R. Hou, K.-Y. Xiao, and S. Sun (2000). Visual Statistical Software System for Spatial Information. Geological Review 46 (Z1):176-181. (In Chinese)

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