Title: Geoinformatics research at CSISS
Liping Di, PhD
Where: Innovation Hall, rm 215G
When: Thursday, October 29 @ 5:00 pm
The Center for Spatial Information Science and Systems (CSISS), chartered by the provost in 2006, is one of university research centers aliased with the College of Science at George Mason University. CSISS currently has seventeen research faculties, eight Ph.D. students, and a number of visiting scholars. The missions of CSISS are to develop advanced geospatial information technologies and standards for automating the processes from geospatial data to information and knowledge and use the technologies and standards to solve the natural and social issues of national or global significance.
The center’s research currently is concentrated on four interconnected areas: 1) national and international standards on geographic information; 2) geospatial cyberinfrastructure technology; 3) Earth observation sensor web; and 4) cyberinfrastructure-enabled Earth system/remote sensing research.
CSISS’ research has been supported by NASA, NSF, NOAA, USGS, USDA, NGA, OGC and other national and international funding agencies. This presentation will present the results of recently finished research projects and discuss the objectives and plan for the on-going research projects at CSISS.
Please join us on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 in Exploratory Hall, Room 3301 from 9:30am – 10:30am for Dr. Sven Fuhrmann’s Tenure Presentation:
Dr. Sven Fuhrmann, Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science, George Mason University
August 2015 was the official start of the International Map Year, a worldwide recognition of maps, mapping products and their roles and uses. While on one hand the history and achievements of mapping products are being celebrated; the International Map Year also encourages exploring new challenges and opportunities to further develop spatial visualization techniques and products. Dr. Fuhrmann has been a member of geovisualization developments for the past 15 years and significantly shaped cartography and geovisualization research. His presentation reflects on past geovisualization challenges and achievements and highlights his current and future research. Dr. Fuhrmann will outline three aspects of his geovisualization work: a) usability and usefulness of true 3d display environments for time critical tasks and decision making, b) recent developments in social media and geovisualization, and c) geovisualization-based spatial learning and thinking. The presentation will close !
in the spirit of the current International Map Year: as an open invitation to join interdisciplinary cartographic innovation research, and thus collaboratively shape geovisualization.
Dr. Sven Fuhrmann is an Associate Professor of Geovisualization and Geoinformation Science at the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science, George Mason University. He received his Ph.D. in geoinformatics from the Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster, Germany in 2002. Dr. Fuhrmann has over 15 years of experience in GIScience and Geovisualization, bridging cutting-edge research developments in the United States and Europe. He is an established member in national and international commissions that are concerned with developing geospatial research agendas and novel research strategies. His research interests include geovisualization and human-computer interaction, social media and cartography, geovisualization-based spatial learning and thinking, and art in cartography.
The GGS Fall Speaker Series continues this week with Laura Lukes, Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching & Faculty Excellence. We’re going to talk about how to create exams and assessments. This discussion will be improved if we bring examples, so feel free to bring in (or send to Dr. Lukes ahead of time) exams you have made, you have taken and found to be useful, or you have taken and found to be ineffective.
Where: Innovation Hall, rm 215G
When: Thursday, October 15 @ 5:00 pm
Abstract: The key to effective assessment is knowing what the learning goals are for your students. As such, we will start by exploring a general “designing with the end in mind” framework for course design. Then we will examine the difference between formative and summative assessments, as well as types of assessment questions.
Finally, we will discuss specic tactics and tools for designing your own assessments/exam questions. Bring some examples from your courses! If time permits, we will collectively workshop your example assessment/exam questions.
The GGS Fall Speaker Series Continues!
“Tracking the Charcoal Trade: Investigating Dynamic Intersections between Urbanization and Land Use/Land Cover Change in Mozambique”
Dr. Julie Silva, Assistant Professor
Department of Geographical Sciences
University of Maryland, College Park
Where: Innovation Hall, rm 215G
When: Thursday, October 1 @ 5:00 pm
Abstract: This interdisciplinary study investigates critical elements of the coupled natural-human system that connects urban energy demands, rural livelihoods, and Miombo ecosystem degradation in rapidly urbanizing areas of southern Africa. This dynamic and complex system is expected to experience rapid changes in the coming years as a result of urbanization, particularly in mid-size cities like our case study Tete in Mozambique. Using eld data collected in 2015, we analyze socio-economic surveys conducted with urban charcoal consumers and rural producers as well as biophysical data to develop an expanded ecosystem model framework to produce more accurate forest degradation estimates under conditions of economic and environmental change. Preliminary study findings indicate that urban charcoal consumption is a function of social and cultural factors in addition to economic conditions. Furthermore, findings suggest that rural producers are slow to switch to the use of less preferred, but more abundant, tree species that produce lower quality charcoal even as urban demand for charcoal increases. This is caused by competition with producers from outside areas and other factors, including urban consumer preferences for high quality charcoal, social norms governing local resource use, ecological considerations, and the scarcity of other economic opportunities. Preliminary results also indicate that decision-making processes of rural producers result in larger ecological footprints of charcoal-driven forest degradation in Miombo woodlands than identified by remotely sensed imagery and official statistics.
Look forward to seeing you there!