CIGI News & Events 2012

CyberGIS Speaker Series: Charlie Catlett

Monday, December 10, 1:00-2:00PM, NCSA room 1040
Charlie Catlett of Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago will kick off the 2012-2013 CyberGIS Speaker Series with a talk titled “Computational Urban Sciences: Opportunities in Chicago and Beyond.” For more information and to view the abstract, click here.

CIGI Partnering with Kalev H. Leetaru and SGI to Produce the 'Global Twitter Heartbeat' -- #tweetbeat

[11/15/2012] “SGI has partnered with Kalev H. Leetaru of the University of Illinois and Dr. Shaowen Wang of the CyberInfrastructure and Geospatial Information (CIGI) Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to create the first ever real-time combined population, tone and geographic analysis and heat map visualization of Tweets on a SGI UV 2000, the Big Brain computer.”

Read the full press release on SGI's website.

CyberGIS Symposium being organized for AAG 2013

[10/17/2012] A series of CyberGIS activities are being organized as part of AAG 2013, including multiple panels and paper sessions that will facilitate the sharing of the state of the art and discussions about opportunities and challenges, cutting-edge progress, and major trends and impacts of CyberGIS.

To present a paper in any of the paper sessions above, please register and submit your abstract online, and email your presenter identification number (PIN), paper title, and abstract to by October 24, 2012. If you would be interested in speaking on any of the panels, please contact with Shaowen Wang before October 29, 2012.

For more information on panel sessions, paper sessions and sponsors, please visit:

National Science Foundation awarded 5.58 million supercomputing hours to CIGI for CyberGIS research and education

[09/24/12]] A team led by Professor Shaowen Wang has been awarded 5.58 million supercomputing hours for the academic year of 2012-2013 by the NSF eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) program to advance computational spatial sciences based on the research and development of CyberGIS. The amount of resources awarded can be understood as equivalent to the uninterrupted use of a single-CPU high-end desktop computer for over 630 years. This award includes access to a rich set of most powerful supercomputers in the world for open scientific research and, thus, will enable CIGI researchers and educators to continue, and lead on, cutting-edge computationally intensive geographic research and computational spatial sciences education. These resources cover a wide spectrum of supercomputer architectures and parallel computing models. Specifically, our allocated supercomputing time is distributed on the following 7 high-end resources operated by 4 supercomputer centers:

System Location Peak Performance (TeraFlops) Processor Cores Memory (TB: terabytes) Storage Features for CyberGIS Use
Ranger Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) 579.4 62,976 123 1.73PB shared; 31.4TB local Optimized compilers and message passing interface (MPI) for large-scale analysis and modeling
Lonestar TACC 302 22,656 44 1PB shared; 276TB local Production runs; algorithm development; performance profiling; parallel visualization
Longhorn TACC 2,048 CPU cores; 512 GPUs 13.5 210TB geospatial visual analytics
Gordon San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) 341 16,384@compute; 768@I/O 64 300TB flash (SSD); 4PB disk Compute nodes for data intensive analyses; I/O nodes for hosting data analysis services
Trestles SDSC 100 10,368 20.7 39 TB flash (SSD); 4PB disk shared Production runs; algorithm development; performance profiling
Blacklight Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center 37 4,096 2 16TB shared-memory partitions shared Shared-memory model for memory-intensive spatial analysis
Keeneland GA Tech/National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) 4,224 CPU cores; 792 GPUs 8.4 NFS; Lustre Spatial analysis and modeling based on hybrid architecture

CIGI has been awarded access to computational resources by NSF continuously since 2007. A set of high-performance and scalable spatial analysis and modeling methods and services have been developed to fully exploit these high-end computational resources.

Julie Carlson chosen as a Bailey Scholar for the 2012-13 school year, congratulations Julie!

[08/29/12]] CIGI undergraduate student - Julie Carlson - has been selected as a Bailey Scholar for the 2012-2013 academic year.

CIGI featured in NCSA's Summer 2012 Access Magazine

[08/16/2012] The National Center for Supercomputing Applications' (NCSA) Summer 2012 edition of Access Magazine features Deep and Wide, which provides a summary about the CIGI team, CIGI's mission, and a set of past/present research endeavors and projects.

CyberGIS'12 A Success

[08/09/2012] The First International Conference on Space, Time, and CyberGIS (CyberGIS'12) was a success. Please check out the conference web site for presentation videos and slides.

CyberGIS'12: Call for Participation

[06/28/2012] Submissions for abstracts (no more than 250 words) addressing new theories, methods, and applications of CyberGIS and Space-Time Analysis/Modeling/Synthesis are being accepted for the First International Conference on Space, Time, and CyberGIS. Along with an abstract, the author should submit a two-page resume/biosketch. Deadline for abstract submission is Monday, July 9, 2012. For more information, please visit the participation page:

Yanli Zhao successfully passed her PhD qualification exam, congratulations Yanli!

[04/24/12] CIGI PhD student - Yanli Zhao - has successfully defended her PhD Qualification Exam in the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science.

CyberGIS'12 will be held during August 6-9, 2012 at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

[03/29/12] The First International Conference on Space, Time, and CyberGIS (CyberGIS’12): will take place during August 6 - 9, 2012 on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA. The call for Position Papers for CyberGIS'12 can be found at:

Babak Behzad has successfully passed his PhD qualification exam in Computer Science, congratulations Babak!

[03/17/12] CIGI student - Babak Behzad - has successfully passed his PhD Qualification Exam in the Department of Computer Science.

Eric Shook on the List of Teachers Ranked As Excellent By Their Students!

The university has recognized Eric Shook on the List of Teachers Ranked As Excellent By Their Students. This is a great honor for outstanding teachers. Eric won this as a teaching assistant to Shaowen's GIS class. Please check out Daily Illini newspaper and university website for the complete listing. Congratulations, Eric!

Eric Shook - CIGI Student of the Year (2011)!

The CyberInfrastructure and Geospatial Information Laboratory has recognized Eric Shook as the 2011 Student of the Year. In addition to his recognition, Eric will receive a conference travel award good for up to $300. Congratulations, Eric!

CyberGIS Speaker Series: Why Spatial is Important in Major IT Business?

[03/02/12] cybergis-speakerseries-joonheo.pdf
Dr. Joon Heo
Geometrics and Remote Sensing Laboratory
Yonsei University
“Why Spatial is Important in Major IT Business?”

CFP: Springer Book - CyberGIS: Fostering a New Wave of Geospatial Discovery and Innovation
CyberGIS Speaker Series: Geospatial Semantics and CyberGIS

[02/03/12] cybergis-usery-1.pdf
E. Lynn Usery, Director of the Center for Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS) at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) will give a Colloquium talk on February 14, 2012 to discuss the use of CyberGIS to help create semantically enriched data, and the use of these data as a part of CyberGIS.

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