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CyberGIS­‐Enabled Geospatial Revolution in the Big Data Era

February 03, 2015
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Dr. Shaowen Wang
Department of Geography & Geographic Information Science,
University of Illinois at Urbana-­‐Champaign

Professor

Abstract

CyberGIS represents an interdisciplinary field synergizing advanced cyberinfrastructure, geographic information science and systems (GIS), spatial analysis and modeling, and a number of geospatial domains to improve research productivity and enable scientific breakthroughs. It has emerged as a fundamentally new GIS modality based on holistic integration of high performance and distributed computing, data­‐driven knowledge discovery, visualization and visual analytics, and collaborative problem-­solving and decision-­making capabilities through geospatial innovation and critical computational and spatial thinking. The importance of this integration is reflected by significant needs to bridge the digital divide between advanced cyberinfrastructure and geospatial communities in the big data era. This presentation discusses challenges and opportunities for cyberGIS to enable synergistic advances of digital and spatial studies while nurturing digital geospatial ecosystems.

Biography

Shaowen Wang is a Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science (Primary), Computer Science, Library and Information Science, and Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-­‐Champaign (UIUC), where he is named a Centennial Scholar. He is also Associate Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) for CyberGIS and Interim Lead of NCSA’s Earth and Environment Theme, and Founding Director of the CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies and CyberInfrastructure and Geospatial Information Laboratory. He holds affiliate appointments within UIUC’s Computational Science and Engineering Graduate Program and Illinois Informatics Institute. He received his BS in Computer Engineering from Tianjin University in 1995, MS in Geography from Peking University in 1998, and MS of Computer Science and PhD in Geography from the University of Iowa in 2002 and 2004 respectively. His research and teaching interests include computational and data sciences, geographic information science and systems (GIS), cyberGIS and cyberinfrastructure, multi­‐scale geospatial problem solving, parallel and distributed computing, and spatial analysis and modeling. His research has been actively supported by multiple U.S. government agencies and industry. He has published many peer-­reviewed papers including articles in more than 15 journals. He has served as an Action Editor of GeoInformatica, and guest editor or editorial board member for multiple other journals, book series and proceedings. He is a past President of the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences (CPGIS) and currently serving as the Chair of CPGIS Board. He served on the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science Board of Directors from 2009 to 2012, and was appointed two terms as a Councilor of the Open Science Grid Consortium. He was a visiting scholar at Lund University sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2006 and NCSA Fellow in 2007, and received the NSF CAREER Award in 2009.

Details

Date:
February 3, 2015
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Venue

Rudder Tower, Room 301