CIGI News & Events

2010

Shaowen Wang named Helen Corley Petit Scholar, congratulations Shaowen!

[12/10/10] Shaowen Wang has been named a Helen Corley Petit Scholar for 2011-12, an honor given annually to exceptionally successful newly-tenured faculty members in the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences based on their extraordinary records as scholars and teachers. The endowment is provided by Mrs. Helen Corley Petit, a deceased alumna of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Chris Korose successfully defended his Masters thesis, congratulations Chris!

[11/11/10] CIGI student - Chris Korose - has successfully defended his Masters thesis in the Department of Geography.

U of I Press Release: Researchers to Develop Cyberinfrastructure for Geography Software

[10/28/10] http://www.news.illinois.edu/news/10/1028GIS.html.

NSF has awarded a $4.4 million 5-year CyberGIS project led by Shaowen Wang

[09/23/10] This National Science Foundation project, entitled ”CyberGIS Software Integration for Sustained Geospatial Innovation,” involves multiple academic institutions, and government, industrial and international partners.

Eric Shook successfully passed his PhD qualification exam, congratulations Eric!

[09/22/10] CIGI student - Eric Shook - has successfully defended his PhD Qualification Exam in the Department of Geography.

CIGI awarded over 1.2 million hours of supercomputing time by NSF for advancing computational geospatial sciences

[09/14/10] The National Science Foundation TeraGrid resource allocation award to a team led by Professor Shaowen Wang supports an array of research and education activities for advancing computational geospatial sciences. The amount of resources awarded can be understood in terms of the total number of computing hours consumed as equivalent to uninterrupted use of a single-CPU high-end desktop computer for over 140 years. This award includes access to several most powerful supercomputers in the world for open scientific research such as the Ranger at the Texas Advanced Computer Center and the Lincoln GPGPU cluster at NCSA and, thus, will enable CIGI researchers and educators to continue, and lead on, cutting-edge computationally intensive geographic discoveries and computational geospatial sciences education based on large-scale spatial analysis and high-fidelity geovisualization.

CyberGIS - Postdoctoral Researcher Opportunity (ABD also considered)

[9/7/10] One Postdoctoral Researcher position is open within the CyberInfrastructure and Geospatial Information Laboratory (CIGI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, starting immediately. The successful candidate will work on one or more research projects related to cyberinfrastructure, GIS, spatial analysis and modeling, and CyberGIS applications.

Applicants should have a recent Ph.D. degree in GIScience, spatial analysis, or a related field. Knowledge and experience in advanced Web technologies and geovisualization are desirable. The successful candidate will conduct cutting edge research and coordinate with multidisciplinary collaborators involved. He or she will also work with graduate students of the GIScience track in the Department of Geography at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Stipend depends on qualifications. The original appointment is for one year. Extension after the first year depends on availability of funding and performance.

More information about CIGI can be found at: www.cigi.illinois.edu.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send application, CV, and three letters of reference via e-mail to Ms. Susan Etter (etter1@illinois.edu) with a copy to Dr. Shaowen Wang (shaowen@illinois.edu).

Shaowen Wang, PhD
Founding Director, CIGI (www.cigi.illinois.edu)
Sr. Research Scientist, NCSA (www.ncsa.illinois.edu)
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
Faculty Affiliate, Computational Science and Engineering Program
Faculty Affiliate, Illinois Informatics Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
330 Davenport Hall
607 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801-3671
Shaowen Wang recognized for the second time in a row as one of the Teachers Ranked As Excellent

[8/20/10] Shaowen Wang is rated by students as one of the Teachers Ranked As Excellent for the Spring 2010 semester. The recognition is based on results obtained from the Instructor and Course Evaluation (ICES) questionnaire forms evaluated by the Center for Teaching Excellence.

CIGI members present a hands-on tutorial, three papers, and one poster at the NSF TeraGrid 2010 conference

[7/30/10] Four CIGI members (Yan Liu, Anand Padmanabhan, Eric Shook, and Shaowen Wang) will attend this year's TearGrid conference at Pittsburgh, PA, August 1-5. We have one tutorial, three papers, and one poster accepted. Specifically, Yan and Shaowen will collaborate with Nancy Wilkins-Diehr from SDSC to conduct a hands-on tutorial for TeraGrid science gateway building blocks. Our work in scalable optimization methods and ABM-based land use simulation will be presented on the science track. GISolve's Web 2.0 features will be presented on the gateway track. Eric, Shaowen, and Wenwu will present a communication-aware parallel computing framework for agent-based modeling on poster track. Please visit TeraGrid 2010 conference program for detailed information.

CIGI members join the TeraGrid science gateway team for delivering a full-day hands-on tutorial at SciDAC'10

[6/25/10] Yan Liu and Shaowen Wang will join the TeraGrid science gateway team, organized by Nancy Wilkins-Diehr (from SDSC), to give a full-day tutorial on TeraGrid science gateway application development at the SciDAC'10 conference on July 16, 2010 in Chattanooga, TN. Please register if you are interested. SimpleGrid will be used as part of the tutorial software.

Shaowen Wang participates in NSF summit on broadening impacts

[6/21/10] Shaowen Wang was one of just 120 participants in NSF's Broader Impacts in Research and Discovery Summit, held in Washington DC from June 21-23, 2010. Sponsored by the Computer Information Science & Engineering Division (CISE), the summit discussed the five NSF criteria for broadening the impact of research it supports, which resulted in a new set of review guidelines.

CIGI members join the TeraGrid science gateway team for delivering a full-day hands-on tutorial at SciDAC'10

[6/21/10] https://outreach.scidac.gov/scidac2010/tutorials/.

1st International Workshop on High Performance and Distributed GIS (HPDGIS) in conjunction with ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2010

[6/21/10] http://www.cigi.illinois.edu/hpdgis10/.

CIGI members will teach a half-day hands-on tutorial on science gateway development at TeraGrid'10

[5/19/10] Yan Liu, Shaowen Wang, and Nancy Wilkins-Diehr (from SDSC) will teach the tutorial of “Hands-on Tutorial for Building Cyberinfrastructure-Enabled and Community-Centric Science Gateway Applications”, at the TeraGrid 2010 conference on August 2, 2010 in Pittsburgh, PA. Please register if you are interested in learning the building blocks for science gateway application development. SimpleGrid will be used as the tutorial software.

CIGI members participate in AAG

[4/14/10] Eric Shook, Wenwu Tang, and Shaowen Wang presented their work at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting held in Washington DC. Eric Shook presented “Examining the influence of spatial patterns on parallel agent-based modeling performance”; Wenwu Tang presented “Parallel Agent-based Modeling for Large-scale Geographic Systems”; and Shaowen Wang presented “Simplifying Access to Cyberinfrastructure: A SimpleGrid Approach” and chaired the “High Performance Computing for Geographic Sciences” session co-hosted by the Cyberinfrastructure Speciality Group.

Shaowen Wang recognized as one of the Teachers Ranked As Excellent

[3/12/10] Shaowen Wang is rated by students as one of the Teachers Ranked As Excellent for the Fall 2009 semester. The recognition is based on results obtained from the Instructor and Course Evaluation (ICES) questionnaire forms evaluated by the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Thomas Furlani and Shaowen Wang are co-organizing the upcoming Open Science Grid Collective VO Meeting

[2/19/10] This meeting is scheduled to take place during 3:30-5pm on March 9, 2009 in Fermi Lab as part of the Open Science Grid All Hands Meeting. The meeting aims to foster the exchange of experiences among the Open Science Grid Collective VOs and understand how to better represent the strategic interests of the collective VOs on the Open Science Grid Council. Currently, the Open Science Grid has over a dozen collective VOs that are mostly focused on other sciences than high energy physics.

Shaowen Wang and Nancy Wilkins-Diehr are co-chairing the NSF Cyber-GIS workshop

[1/11/10] The NSF Cyber-GIS workshop will take place in conjunction with the 2010 UCGIS Winter Meeting at Doubletree Hotel, Washington, DC. The workshop aims to underpin fundamental issues of Cyber-GIS for enhancing cyberinfrastructure while advancing the next-generation GIS with synergistic high-performance, distributed, and collaborative capabilities.

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