Shaowen Wang, Principal Investigator (PI) and Director of I-GUIDE, is a Professor and Head of the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. where he is also the founding director of the CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies. He conducts research on geographic information science and systems (GIS), advanced cyberinfrastructure and cyberGIS, complex social and environmental problems, computational and data sciences, geospatial science and technology, high-performance and distributed computing, and spatial analysis and modeling. He has received research funding from several U.S. federal and state agencies (e.g., CDC, DOE, Illinois EPA, NASA, NIH, NSF, USDA, and USGS) and industry, and served as PI of more than $30 million competitive research grants. He currently also is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University.