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iGIScience Symposium

Event Type
Geography and Geographic Science
Illini Union - Room 407
Oct 4, 2013   1:00 - 5:00 pm  
This event is free and open to the public.
Please click here to register for the iGIScience Symposium
Matt Cohn
(217) 333-1880

On Friday, October 4, 2013, the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science will hold a half-day iGIScience Symposium to celebrate geographic information science and its close ties with geography at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The event will include presentations, panels, and posters by current and former departmental faculty, students, and affiliates about innovations in GIScience theory, methods, and applications. The event will look to the past and the future, providing many opportunities for participants to interact, learn from each other, and develop possibilities for the future of GIScience.


1:00 -  Introduction: Geography & GIScience and School of Earth, Society, and Environment

1:15 - GIScience in Practice Panel: a dialogue highlighting the diverse applications of GIS in the public and private sectors. Students interested in GIScience-based careers can learn about opportunities and challenges faced by alumni in the field.


     Anthony Adduci - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

     Brett Beardsley - Argonne National Laboratory

     Steven Breese - Nokia/Navteq

     Elizabeth Lyon - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

     Steven Thayer - Physicians Immediate Care

2:15 - Lightning Talks

2:45 - Coffee Break

3:15 - Keynote Address: Shaowen Wang - GGIS Associate Professor, LAS Centennial Scholar

4:00 -  GIScience Futures Panel: This discussion will highlight the diverse applications, technologies, and methods used in GIScience education and research. Panelists will also explore where the field is headed.


     Marc Armstrong - University of Iowa

     Veronica Escamilla - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

     Mei-Po Kwan - GGIS Professor, University of Illinois

       Sara Metcalf - Geography Professor, University at Buffalo

       Steven Radil - Ball State University

       E. Lynn Usery - U.S. Geological Survey

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