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