Yan Huang received her B.S. degree in Computer Science from Peking University, Beijing, China, 1997 and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from University of Minnesota, 2003. She is currently a professor of the department of the Computer Science and Engineering of University of North Texas. She started to serve as Senior Associate Dean of College of Engineering of the University of North Texas in September 2019. She served as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies September 2016 – June 2018 and January 2019 – August 2019; and as Interim Dean July 2018 – December 2018 at the same college.
Her research interests include spatio-temporal databases and mining, urban computing, geo-stream data processing, and location-based social networks. Her work has been recognized by four best paper runner-up awards from major ACM and IEEE conferences. Her work has been supported by Texas Advanced Research Program (ARP), Oak Ridge National Lab, National Science Foundation, Texas Department of Transportation, National Geo-spatial Intelligence Agency, and Office of Naval Research. She is a recipient of University of North Texas Decker Scholar award and is recognized as an ACM Distinguished Member for outstanding scientific contribution to computing in 2019.
She held many leadership positions (general chair, program chair, treasurer, etc.) in many conferences. She was on the Executive Board of ACM SIGSPATIAL (2010-2014). She served as a General Chair of SIGSPATIAL in 2014 and Co-chair in 2015. She is the Program Chair for SIGSPATIAL 2020. She holds the ACM SIGSPATIAL Distinguished Service Award.