The Potomac Region of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is calling for student posters to present at this year’s GeoTech Conference. GeoTech is a two-day technical conference for geographers, image scientists, and engineers that is hosted by the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. The focus of the conference this year is Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs.
We are looking for students of all academic levels to contribute their ideas in the spatial sciences in regards to the engineering, data processing, or applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. This is a great opportunity for students interested in learning more about UAVs and spatial technologies as students are given full access to the conference to meet with other students and professionals.
This year, GeoTech will be hosted at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, on September 23 and 24, 2015, and will feature a large student presence from many universities in the Potomac/Mid-Atlantic region.
If you are interested in participating in the poster session, please click on the google form here: http://goo.gl/forms/EVO8SVYKbW. If you are interested in participating, but you are unsure about the topic, please submit a form anyway, and we will be in contact with you to help create a great project!
If you do not want to submit a poster, you are welcome to register as a student at a reduced rate. Click here for more information about the two-day conference:http://www.asprspotomac.org/2015geotech/index.html .
We look forward to your application!
*Computers, Environment and Urban Systems (http://bit.ly/1KwYm0m), with a Mason GGS paper at the #1 spot: Yang, C., Raskin, R., Goodchild, M., & Gahegan, M. (2010). Geospatial cyberinfrastructure: past, present and future. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 34(4), 264-277.
* Geojournal (http://bit.ly/1emX2Ri), with a Mason GGS paper at the #2 spot: Stefanidis, A., Crooks, A., & Radzikowski, J. (2013). Harvesting ambient geospatial information from social media feeds. GeoJournal, 78(2), 319-338.
* International Journal of Digital Earth (http://bit.ly/1LXAylf) with a Mason GGS paper at the #2 spot: Yang, C., Goodchild, M., Huang, Q., Nebert, D., Raskin, R., Xu, Y., … & Fay, D. (2011). Spatial cloud computing: how can the geospatial sciences use and help shape cloud computing?. International Journal of Digital Earth, 4(4), 305-329.
* Transactions in GIS (http://bit.ly/1Udvw9Y), with a Mason GGS paper at the #3 spot: Crooks, A., Croitoru, A., Stefanidis, A., & Radzikowski, J. (2013). # Earthquake: Twitter as a distributed sensor system. Transactions in GIS, 17(1), 124-147.
* ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (http://bit.ly/1LGefm6), with a Mason GGS paper at the #3 spot: Jackson, S. P., Mullen, W., Agouris, P., Crooks, A., Croitoru, A., & Stefanidis, A. (2013). Assessing completeness and spatial error of features in volunteered geographic information. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 2(2), 507-530.
We are very proud to be a leading force in shaping tomorrow’s geoinformation science!
We are pleased to announce that our Geospatial Intelligence Program is accredited by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF).
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The Employee of the Month Selection Committee is very pleased to announce the selection of Deborah Hutton, Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science as Employee of the Month for July 2015.
Debbie will be formally presented with this award by President Cabrera in his office, 5th Floor of Merten Hall, 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26. Debbie’s family, co-workers and friends are all encouraged to attend the ceremony.
Congratulations to Debbie!
Congratulations to Mr. Ian Ward, who is the recipient of this prestigious University-wide award. Ian is primarily involved with teaching Major World Regions and Physical Geography courses as part of our undergraduate program, and the award acknowledges his commitment to providing his students meaningful and significant learning experiences. Mr. Ward has been offering undergraduate courses for many years at GGS, and we certainly hope that he will continue doing so for many years to come. His regional focus is Latin America with over 17 teaching experience.
The GGS Department is happy to report that Mike Tischler is the new Director of the National Geospatial Program of the US Geological Survey. Mike is a PhD candidate in our Department, and is scheduled to defend his dissertation and graduate next month. The soon to be Dr. Tischler is completing his dissertation on the ‘Assessment and Optimization of a Multiple Reference Spatial Similarity Model”.
Congratulations to Michael Resig (first place) and Sam Mull (second place) for winning the Map-Off competition held on 27 March. When interviewed, this is what each had to say about their experience.
“I had the opportunity to apply my GIS skills overseas for three seasons during and following my undergraduate studies. I was the GIS Specialist and Architect Surveyor for the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon (archaeological excavation). This experience for me was, by-far, the most influential aspect of witnessing and integrating the power of GIS and mapping. During this time I realized that the application of GIS was only limited to the imagination and experience of the user. GIS can be used for, and improve, almost any application.
I began working for Northrop Grumman as a Geospatial Engineer/Analyst in 2009. My time as a GIS professional within the defense-contracting world has been a fantastic opportunity to experience more of the GIS world. While working at NG I was introduced to the GGS program at GMU and jumped on the opportunity. I recently finished my Masters in Geoinformatics and Geospatial Intelligence from GMU, and I’d have to say it was a fantastic, essential, educational program regarding my career and interests. Over the years I have gravitated towards open-source solutions, and Open Street Map was a significant discovery for me. I became involved with volunteering for OSM through the Ushahidi Haiti Project in 2010. Ever since then I have periodically contributed towards mapping relief projects, such as MapGive’s Map-a-thon for the Ebola outbreak in 2014. Utilizing and contributing to OSM is an important element to my character and professional outreach. Making geospatial information available to the world and agencies for humanitarian aid is essential. Geospatial information and mapping are incredibly powerful toolsets that can be applied to almost any field. Acquiring even a basic knowledge of the advantages of GIS can improve the relevance and usefulness of a situation.
Thank you for hosting the Map-Off! It was a great chance for a lot of people to contribute towards a good cause, and I look forward to next time.” -Michael Resig, First Place Mapper
“My first experience using open street map was in high school following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. I was a senior enrolled in my first GIS class when the earthquake occurred and my teacher at the time had mentioned that local mappers were convening in Washington DC to assist with mapping the area. While at the conference we were given a workstation with up to date satellite imagery showing the destruction to the countries infrastructure. My task was to look at areas where buildings had fallen into the streets and blocked the roadway and mark those areas online. Since then I have pursued the study of GIS and related fields and I should be graduating next fall.” -Sam Mull, Second Place Mapper