About

Xiaogang (Marshall) Ma is an associate professor of computer science at the University of Idaho. He received his Ph.D. degree of Earth Systems Science and GIScience from University of Twente, Netherlands in 2011, and then completed postdoctoral training of Data Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research focuses on deploying data science in the Semantic Web to support cross-disciplinary collaboration and scientific discovery, with broad interests in complex systems in Earth and environmental sciences, data interoperability and provenance, and visualized exploratory analysis of Big and Small Data. Ma was one of the four invited early-career panelists at the 2016 International Data Week. He is active in international societies of data science and geoinformatics, including ACM SIGWEB, CODATA, ESIP, RDA, GSA, AGU and IAMG. Ma received the Science of Team Science (SciTS) Meritorious Contribution Award in 2018, the IAMG A.B. Vistelius Research Award in 2015, and the inaugural ICSU-WDS Data Stewardship Award in 2014.

Education

  • Postdoctorate of Sloan DCO Data Science Postdoctoral Fellowship, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 06/2012-06/2014
  • Ph.D. in Earth Systems Science and GIScience, ITC, University of Twente, The Netherlands, 11/2011
  • Dr.Eng. (with distinction) in Geoinformatics Engineering, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, 12/2009
  • B.Eng. (with distinction) in Land Resources Management, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, 06/2002

Curriculum Vitae

Career

  • On-site Visiting Scientist, Earth and Planets Laboraotry, Carnegie Institution for Science, 08/2022-01/2023
  • Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Idaho, 08/2022-Present
  • Dean's Distinguished Fellow, College of Engineering, University of Idaho, 09/2022-09/2024
  • Affiliate Faculty, Department of Earth and Spatial Sciences, University of Idaho, 08/2018-Present
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Idaho, 08/2016-08/2022
  • Associate Research Scientist, Tetherless World Constellation, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 06/2014-08/2016
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Tetherless World Constellation, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 06/2012-06/2014
  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 01/2013-05/2013

Honors and Awards

  • 2021, University of Idaho College of Engineering Outstanding Early Career Faculty Award
  • 2021, Most Cited Articles (2017-2021), Computers & Geosciences, Elsevier
  • 2019, Funding Friday Award, Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (my postdoc is leading author)
  • 2019, Best Poster Award at the 2019 University of Idaho Computer Science Industrial Advisory Board Meeting (my student is leading author)
  • 2018, Frontiers Spotlight Award Finalist (my paper is in one of the 10 shortlisted article collections)
  • 2018, SciTS Meritorious Contribution Award, Science of Team Science (SciTS) 2018 Conference, Galveston, TX
  • 2017, Guest Professor of Computer Science at China University of Geosciences, Wuhan
  • 2016, Panelist, International Data Forum, Denver, CO
  • 2015, NSF-EarthCube Distinguished Lecturer
  • 2015, Andrei Borisovich Vistelius Research Award, International Association for Mathematical Geosciences
  • 2015, Best Paper Nomination, Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP)
  • 2015, Vespucci Institute 2015 - Spatial Ontologies for e-Science
  • 2014, Inaugural WDS Data Stewardship Award, International Council for Science-World Data System
  • 2013, Funding Friday Award, Federation of Earth Science Information Partners
  • 2012, Funding Friday Award, Federation of Earth Science Information Partners
  • 2012, Councilor Nominee, International Association for Mathematical Geosciences
  • 2011, Top 25 Hottest Articles (Jul.–Sept., 2011), Computers & Geosciences, Elsevier
  • 2011-present, Travel Grants awarded by: NSF-EarthCube (3), NSF-RDA (1), NSF-EarthRates (1), CAES (1), A.P. Sloan Fdn. (8), W.M. Keck Fdn. (3), USGS (1), Univ. of Oxford (1), Columbia Univ. (2), Smithsonian Inst. (1), UCLA (1), McGill Univ. (1), CIW (1), GSA (1), Ohio State Univ. (1), ICSU-WDS (1), Google (1), IAMG (1), ESIP (1), CODATA (2), Global Young Academy (1), CUG (2)

Projects

  1. 2021-2024: PI, EarthCube Capabilities: OpenMindat - Open Access and Interoperable Mineralogy Data to Broaden Community Access and Advance Geoscience Research, funded by National Science Foundation (NSF)
  2. 2020-2023: Co-PI, GeoWeaver: Building an Open-Source Platform for Enabling Ad Hoc Management, Open Sharing, and Robust Reuse of NASA Earth Data-driven Hybrid AI Workflows, funded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  3. 2020-2024: Lead PI, RII Track-2 FEC: Leveraging Big Data to Improve Prediction of Tick-Borne Disease Patterns and Dynamics, funded by National Science Foundation (NSF)
  4. 2020-2021: PI, REU Supplement to NSF OAC CSSI #1835717, funded by National Science Foundation (NSF)
  5. 2019-2020: Co-PI, A paleoclimate database, funded by Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) (my postdoc is PI)
  6. 2019-2019, Co-PI, FAIRTool.org toward better Earth science data stewardship, funded by Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) (my PhD student is PI)
  7. 2018-2019: PI, Grant to Support Attendees of the 2019 U.S. Semantic Technologies Symposium (US2TS), funded by the Artificial Intelligence Journal, Elsevier
  8. 2018-2022: PI, Elements: Software: HDR: A knowledge base of deep time to facilitate automated workflows in studying the co-evolution of the geosphere and biosphere, funded by National Science Foundation (NSF)
  9. 2018-2019: PI, US2TS: U.S. Semantic Technologies Symposium, funded by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  10. 2017-2018: PI, Student Support for the 2018 U.S. Semantic Technologies Symposium (US2TS), funded by National Science Foundation (NSF)
  11. 2017-2018: PI, Collecting data standards among scientific disciplines and building a catalogue, sub-award from Research Data Alliance (NSF ACI-1349002)
  12. 2017-2018: PI, Leveraging data science to explore co-relationships between elements and minerals, funded by UI ORED Seed Grant
  13. 2016-2018: Affiliated Scientist, MILES: Managing Idaho's Landscapes for Ecosystem Services, funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) through Idaho EPSCoR
  14. 2015-2018: Affiliated Scientist, DTDI: Deep Time Data Infrastructure, funded by W. M. Keck Foundation
  15. 2015: Co-PI and Project Leader, Research Data Alliance Adoption Initiatives, funded by National Science Foundation (NSF)
  16. 2012-2016: Sub-Project Leader, DCO-DS: Deep Carbon Observatory – Data Science, funded by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  17. 2013-2014: Sub-Project Leader, INTEROP ECO-OP: Employing Cyber Infrastructure Data Technologies to Facilitate IEA for Climate Impacts in NE & CA LME's (#3 & #7), funded by National Science Foundation (NSF)
  18. 2013-2014: Project Leader, GeoData II 2014: EarthCube Assessment of the 2013 State of Geoinformatics: A Community and Interagency Exploration of the Life Cycle, Citation, and Integration of Geoscience Data, funded by National Science Foundation (NSF)
  19. 2013-2014: Co-PI, Semantic Similarity Computation and Concept Mapping in the Earth and Environmental Sciences, funded by Foundation for Earth Science
  20. 2013-2016: Member, Deep Carbon Observatory Extreme Physics and Chemistry (DCO-EPC) Computer Cluster, funded by Carnegie Institution of Washington
  21. 2013-2014: Consultant, RDESC: Resource Discovery for Extreme Scale Collaboration, funded by Department of Energy (DoE)
  22. 2012-2014: Project Leader, GCIS-IMSAP: Global Change Information System - Information Modeling and Semantic Application Prototype, funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) and University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
  23. 2012-2013: PI, Exploratory Visualization of Earth Science Data in a Semantic Web Context, funded by Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)

Contact

Email

max@uidaho.edu

Office phone

+1 208-885-1547


Mailing address

Xiaogang (Marshall) Ma
Department of Computer Science
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1010
Moscow, ID 83844-1010, USA


Office address

Janssen Engineering Building #230
University of Idaho


IDEA Lab

The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Data Exploration and Analytics (IDEA Lab)