In May 2018, UCGIS and the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) co-hosted a Symposium & AutoCarto in Madison, Wisconsin, at the historic Concourse Hotel in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. The theme, Frontiers of Geospatial Data Science, allowed us to focus our discussions and paper presentations around topics of big data, deep learning, data-intensive computing platforms, and visualization, as well as geospatial big data sources and applications such as location-aware social media and autonomous vehicles. We considered connections between Geospatial Science and the burgeoning field of Data Science, seen in newly named academic departments and calls for funded research. Participants contributed their ideas for what next steps UCGIS might take with a Data Science initiative, including a forthcoming white paper. 

The annual suite of Awards were distributed and awardees were recognized, including Helen Couclelis for the Research Award, Jochen Albrecht for the Education Award, and Keith Clarke for the Carolyn Merry Mentoring Award.

The full printed proceedings (pdf) from the event are available, as well as many of the paper and poster presentations themselves. The two students selected by the conference attendees for Scholarship Awards for their posters are Yanghui Kang (University of Wisconsin - Madison) for Predicting County-Level Maize Yield with Deep Learning and Satellite Data, and Samuel Levin (University of Texas - Dallas), for Viewshed Analysis for UAS Flight Planning.  

 Symposium Discussion Yanghui Kang Forecasting Maize Yield UW Campus Field Trip  Samuel Levin Viewshed Analysis for UAS Flight Planning UCGIS 2018 Award Winners Albrecht, Couclelis, Clarke Reception and Poster Session

 

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UCGIS Awards for 2018 Announced

The review committees have completed their tasks, and the recipients of the 2018 Awards have been selected. Dr. Helen Couclelis, Professor emerita from the University of California at Santa Barbara, will receive the Research Award. Dr. Jochen Albrecht of Hunter College was chosen for the Education Award. The Carolyn Merry Mentoring Award will go to Dr. Keith Clarke, also of the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Our awardees will be recognized during the upcoming 2018 Sympsosium / AutoCarto on May 23rd at the Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin.