NSF Blue Waters awarded ~9.8 million computing hours to a team led by Dr. Wang to advance redistricting research
[5/17/13] 600K node hours (equivalent to approximately 9.8 million computing hours) on the NSF Blue Waters supercomputer have been awarded to a research team led by Dr. Shaowen Wang to advance redistricting optimization research at fine geospatial scales. Redistricting can be formulated as discrete optimization problems that are NP-hard, and has attracted significant research interests in political science, geography, geographic information science (GIScience), and operations research with tremendous societal impacts. The research team will exploit massive computational power provided by Blue Waters to address computational challenges in redistricting optimization. Dr. Wendy Cho (political science) and Yan Liu @ CIGI serve as Co-PIs for this award.
[5/10/13] Many thanks for your contributions to the academic excellence of CIGI; congratulations on your graduation/achievements, and new opportunities; and all the best for your future journeys!!!
[5/8/13] CIGI student - Eric Shook - has successfully defended his PhD thesis in the Department of Geography and GIScience.
[03/27/2013] Shaowen Wang is rated by students as one of the Teachers Ranked As Excellent for the Fall 2012 semester. The recognition is based on results obtained from the Instructor and Course Evaluation (ICES) questionnaire forms evaluated by the Center for Teaching Excellence.
CyberGIS Speaker Series March 22: "Exploratory Space-Time Data Analysis: Distributional and Computational Issues"
[3/21/2013] Dr. Sergio Rey from Arizona State University will give a presentation during the GGIS Colloquium series at 3:00PM in Davenport Hall 219. Abstract and more information can be found here.
[2/22/2013] Due to inclement weather, today's Speaker Series event has been cancelled. CIGI hopes to welcome Dr. Shaw back to the UIUC campus in the future.
[1/11/13] As a component to the research documentation process, the CyberInfrastructure and Geospatial Information Laboratory has recently created short tutorial videos to demonstrate functionalities in the CyberGIS Gateway viewshed app and visualization tool. Videos are available on CIGI's YouTube Channel.
The CyberInfrastructure and Geospatial Information Laboratory has recognized Julie Carlson as the 2012 Student of the Year for her outstanding performance in office and development work. Julie joined CIGI as an undergraduate assistant. Her dedication, passion, and nice communication skills allowed her to excel in lab administrative tasks, development projects, and education and outreach activities in CIGI. The work she delivered often exceeded expectations. She received unanimous vote for the award from CIGI staff in the performance review meeting. She was recognized and received a certificate of honor in the group meeting on December 21, 2012. She will also receive a $300 student travel award. Congratulations, Julie!