CIGI News & Events


CFP: IJGIS special issue on CyberGIS
Geography professor taps into the power of supercomputers to rethink maps and spaces
CyberGIS Speaker Series: Imaging the Earth's deep interior: a statistical perspective

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Ping Ma
Associate Professor, Department of Statistics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Imaging the Earth's deep interior: a statistical perspective”

HPDGIS'2011 on Nov. 1 in Chicago

[10/30/11] HPDGIS'2011 will be held in conjunction with The 19th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2011).

CIGI's research associate Guofeng Cao will present at the Dept. of Geography's Colloquia Series on October 28, 2011

[10/24/11] CIGI's research associate Dr. Guofeng Cao will present at the Department of Geography's Colloquia Series this Friday, October 28 in Davenport Hall room 219. He will present his dissertation, titled “A Geostatistical Framework for Categorical Spatial Data Modeling.”

CIGI awarded over 3 million hours of supercomputing time by NSF for advancing geospatial sciences and technologies

[10/06/11] The National Science Foundation XSEDE resource allocation award to a team led by Professor Shaowen Wang will support an array of research and education activities during 2011-2012 for advancing computational spatial sciences based on the research and development of CyberGIS. The amount of resources awarded (3,134,669 Service Units) 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 360 years. This award includes access to several most powerful supercomputers in the world for open scientific research such as the 62,976-core Ranger computer at the Texas Advanced Computer Center, the Trestles data-intensive computing system at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, and the Forge GPU cluster at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and, thus, will enable CIGI researchers and educators to continue, and lead on, cutting-edge computationally intensive geographic discoveries and computational spatial sciences education.

The NSF CyberGIS project will hold its first annual meeting at ORNL during Sept. 28-30, 2011

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CyberGIS Speaker Series: Culturomics 2.0 - Room 1030 NCSA, 10-11am, September 23

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Kalev H. Leetaru
Institute for Computing in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Culturomics 2.0: Forecasting large-scale human behavior using global news media tone in time and space”

Illinois scientific visualization teams help show impact of 'The Great Flood' for premiere at ELLNORA
Eric Shook will give a series of WebGIS Tutorials in September

Beginning on September 12, CIGI member Eric Shook will be teaching a three-part series on WebGIS tutorials. The first tutorial will be focused on HTML, the second on JavaScript, and third on Google Maps API. No previous experience in WebGIS is necessary. Each participant will create a website using the material covered in each week's session. The tutorials will be held September 12, 19, and 26 in Davenport Hall room 338 from 3:00-4:00pm.

Michael Goodchild will visit UIUC during Oct. 12-14 and give George A. Miller lecture on Oct. 13
Yanli et al. won the best research poster award at TeraGrid'11, congratulations!

The poster titled “GPGPU-Based Parallel Viewshed Analysis on CyberGIS Gateway” with Yanli as the first author won the research poster award at TG11. Congratulations to Yanli and all the co-authors!

CIGI members present a hands-on tutorial, a paper, and a poster at the NSF TeraGrid 2011 conference

[7/20/11] Five CIGI members (Babak Behzad, Yan Liu, Anand Padmanabhan, Shaowen Wang and Yanli Zhao) attend this year's TearGrid conference at Salt Lake City, UT July 17-21. We have one tutorial, a paper, and one poster accepted. Specifically, Yan and Shaowen collaborated with Nancy Wilkins-Diehr from SDSC and Raminder Singh, Suresh Marru, and Marlon Pierce from Indiana University to conduct a hands-on tutorial on “Building Science Gateway Applications on Cyberinfrastructure”. Anand and Shaowen in collaboration with J.P. Navarro from University of Chicago presented a paper titled “A CyberGIS Gateway Approach to Interoperable Access to the National Science Foundation TeraGrid and the Open Science Grid”. Yanli presented a poster titled “GPGPU-Based Parallel Viewshed Analysis on CyberGIS Gateway”. Anand, Shaowen and Yan were co-authors on this poster. Please visit TeraGrid 2011 conference program for detailed information.

CIGI's work highlighted on the cover of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)
Shaowen Wang spoke on the panel of kicking off NCSA's 25th anniversary celebration
Workshop on Sustainable Human Settlements with Instant and Ubiquitous Access Technologies
Shaowen's paper selected among 25 classic papers of IJGIS

[2/26/11] International Journal of Geographic Information Science (IJGIS) put together 25 classic papers for its 25th anniversary. The paper “A theoretical approach to the use of cyberinfrastructure in geographical analysis”, authored by Shaowen Wang and Marc Armstrong, is selected as one of them. Please see the full list of papers on IJGIS website.

Informatics-GIS group, advised by Eric Shook, is a finalist in 1867 Society Fund

[2/24/11] The GIS student group of the Informatics Club, advised by Eric Shook, is working on a project called IMap which uses the group's knowledge of student life and the geography of campus to create an online custom map to route students, staff, faculty, and visitors between buildings on campus. The IMap project was selected as one of three finalists to be considered for funding by the 1867 Society Fund. Students who give monetary donation to any Urbana campus gift fund automatically become 1867 Society members and are able to vote for one of the three finalists in March. The project was featured as a finalist in The News Gazette. See for more information about IMap.

Su Yeon Han named CIGI Student of the Year, congratulations Su!

[2/20/11] Su has been awarded the first Student of the Year within CIGI, recognizing her diligent working ethic and outstanding research performance at her stage. She has taken the office spot for the Student of the Year, and will receive a certificate of honor.

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