Jia Wang

Dr Jia Wang


Dr Jia is currently working as a lecturer of spatial informatics at University of Greenwich. Her research focuses on spatial cognition, navigation, mobility and walkability in urban spaces with development of formal and computational models. Applications of her work include volunteered geographic information systems, intelligent navigational systems, human computer interaction, and smart cities.
Jia has a PhD in Geoinformatics from the University of Münster in Germany and she is also the Fellow of HEA.

Responsibilities within the university

Module Leader 19/20

COMP1020 Software Tools for Academic Practice

COMP1615 Business Intelligence and Data Mining

COMP1814 Statistical Techniques with R


Dr Jia is the reviewer for several top tier international journals within and outside GIS domain such as International Journal of Geographic Information Science, Journal of Spatial Information Science, Journal of Geographic Systems, Sustainability, Spatial Cognition and Computation, Journal of Urbanism and so on.

Research / Scholarly interests

The boundary between computer science, spatial cognition, and geographic information science. Current research interests include:

  • Pedestrian navigation & walkability
  • Movement & formal models
  • Qualitative approaches to spatial representation & reasoning
  • Sketch map vs. language in structuring space

Recent publications


Wang, Jia and , Worboys, Michael (2017), Ontologies and representation spaces for sketch map interpretation. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 31 (9) . pp. 1697-1721 ISSN: 1365-8816 (Print), 1365-8824 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/13658816.2017.1309043).

Wang, Jia , Duckham, Matt, Worboys, Michael, School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences, RMIT University (2016), A framework for models of movement in geographic space. Taylor and Francis Ltd.. In: , , , . Taylor and Francis Ltd., International Journal of Geographical Information Science (Special Issue: Analysis of Movement Data), 30 (5) . pp. 970-992 ISSN: 1365-8816 (Print), 1365-8824 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13658816.2015.1078466).

Wang, Jia , Schwering, Angela, Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Münster (2015), Invariant spatial information in sketch maps — a study of survey sketch maps of urban areas. JOSIS. In: , , , . JOSIS, Journal of Spatial Information Science (11) . pp. 31-52 1948-660X (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5311/JOSIS.2015.11.225).

Book section

Wang, Jia and , Rui, Li (2018), Reassessing underlying spatial relations in pedestrian navigation: a comparison between sketch maps and verbal descriptions. IGI Global. In: , , In: Maki Habib (ed.), Handbook of Research on Investigations in Artificial Life Research and Developmen. IGI Global, (1st) . pp. 49-67 . ISBN: 9781522553960 (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Conference item

Wang, Jia and , Worboys, Michael (2016), Pedestrian navigation aids, spatial knowledge and walkability. In: The 9th International Conference on Geographic Information Science, Tuesday, 27 September - Friday, 30 September 2016, Montreal, Canada , . , (doi: ).

Conference proceedings

Wang, Jia and , Li, Rui (2019), Sketch maps and verbal descriptions in structuring space. AGILE. In: , , , Geospatial Technologies for All. Selected Papers of the 21th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Scienc. AGILE, (doi: https://agile-online.org/conference_paper/cds/agile_2018/shortpapers/168%20AGILE_2018.pdf).

Klochkova, Olena , Wang, Jia, Wood, Zena Marie, Worboys, Michael (2017), Pedestrian route planning based on an enhanced representation of pedestrian network and probabilistic estimate of signal delays. GISRUK. In: GISRUK2017, 18th - 21st April 2017, Manchester, UK , GISRUK 2017 e-Proceeding. GISRUK, (63) . pp. 1-6 (doi: http://huckg.is/gisruk2017/GISRUK_2017_paper_63.pdf).

Wang, Jia , Wood, Zena Marie, Worboys, Mike (2016), Conflict in pedestrian networks. Springer International Publishing. In: , , , Geospatial Data in a Changing Worl. Springer International Publishing, , 4 . pp. 261-278 . ISBN: 9783319337838ISSN: 1863-2246 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-33783-8_15).