Panel and Special Presentation

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Panel Discussion and Special Presentation

The organizers of AGILE 2018 are very pleased to announce two special additions to the conference program that should be of great interest to all GIS practitioners, a panel discussion and special presentation, both featuring Dr. Michael Goodchild:


"Panel Discussion - Conceptualizing a Geospatial Software Institute (GSI)" - June 13, 2018

Throughout the globe, changes and concerns such as emergency management, population growth, and rapid urbanization are creating scientific and societal challenges that are both localized and interdependent across space and time. Data related to location (i.e., geospatial data) collected and used for academic, governmental, and industrial purposes urgently needs innovative geospatial software to allow such data to be transformed into valuable insights and significant scientific knowledge. Fields such as agriculture, ecology, emergency management, environmental engineering and sciences, hydrology, geography and spatial sciences, geosciences, national security, public health, and social sciences all require geospatial data and software to make important advances. This project funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation seeks to conceptualize a Geospatial Software Institute (GSI) as a long-term hub of excellence in software infrastructure that will bring together the diverse research communities that use advanced geospatial data analysis software to do their research.

The project will develop a strategic plan for such a Geospatial Software Institute, that is, develop the vision and roadmap of the Institute by mobilizing the relevant communities and stakeholders. The central goal of this project is to understand how to structure and implement a GSI as a long-term hub of excellence in advanced geospatial software infrastructure, that can bring together and serve the advanced and diverse geospatial research and education communities. The project will bring together the perspectives of diverse academic, governmental, and industrial institutions as well as international partners to better understand the requirements for a GSI, identify potential software contributors, and then develop the mission, vision and plan for the GSI. A community report will additionally be produced, that will assess critical science and engineering needs as well as promising solutions for high-performance geospatial software. Finally, this project will make useful contributions to the strategic objectives of the U.S. National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI).


Participants in the panel discussion will include:

Mike Goodchild - University of California, Santa Barbara -

Mike Gould - Esri -

Marinos Kavouras - National Technical University of Athens -

Martin Raubal -  ETH Zürich -

Monika Sester - Leibniz University of Hannover -

Shaowen Wang - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign -



The organizers of AGILE 2018 are also very pleased to announce the following special presentation as part of the conference program:



Prof. Michael Goodchild - June 14, 2018

"Reimagining the history of GIS"

Fifty years after the initial efforts that coalesced as GIS, it is possible to look back and ask whether the decisions made then are still viable. Those decisions were constrained by the computing environment of the time, which was extremely primitive compared to today’s. The Canada Geographic Information System is used to illustrate those decisions and their consequences. Today it is possible to imagine a very different birth of GIS, based on globes rather than maps, and with positional uncertainty and spatial resolution addressed at the outset. Hierarchical data structures for the globe are introduced, and the advantages of congruent geography are discussed. GIS today still reflects in part the constraints of computing in the mid 1960s.

Dr. Michael F. Goodchild is Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he also holds the title of Research Professor. He is also Distinguished Chair Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Research Professor at Arizona State University, and holds many other affiliate, adjunct, and honorary positions at universities around the world. Until his retirement in June 2012 he was Jack and Laura Dangermond Professor of Geography, and Director of UCSB’s Center for Spatial Studies. He was elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Member of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006, and Foreign Member of the Royal Society and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2010; and in 2007 he received the Prix Vautrin Lud. He was Chair of the National Research Council’s Mapping Science Committee from 1997 to 1999, and of the Advisory Committee on Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences of the National Science Foundation from 2008 to 2010. His research interests center on geographic information science, spatial analysis, and uncertainty in geographic data



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