UCSB Geographers Well-Represented at GIScience 2014


UCSB Geography faculty members Daniel R. Montello, Werner Kuhn, Krzysztof Janowicz, and Helen Couclelis, as well as graduate students Grant McKenzie, Song Gao, Jiue-an Yang, and Bo Yan (not to mention several alumnae), took part in the Eighth International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2014) in Vienna, Austria, held September 23-26, 2014. “GIScience 2014 continues a highly successful series of conferences started in 2000 that regularly brings together more than 200 international participants from academia, industry, and government organizations to discuss and advance the state-of-the-art in Geographic Information Science” (source).

September 23 was dedicated to Workshops and Tutorials. The main conference took place from September 24 to 26 and offered two distinct submission streams: Full Papers and Extended Abstracts (Ibid. and see the program overview here). The UCSB Department of Geography was well-represented:

  • Our Chair, Dan Montello, co-authored a full paper: “3D network spatialization: Does it add depth to 2D representations of semantic proximity?” by Sara Irina Fabrikant, Sara Maggi, and Daniel R. Montello
  • Professors Werner Kuhn and Krzysztof Janowicz co-authored a full paper: “Linked Data – A Paradigm Shift for GIScience” by Werner Kuhn, Tomi Kauppinen, and Krzysztof Janowicz.
  • Professor Werner Kuhn also presented an extended abstract: “What is Field and Object Information?”
  • PHD candidate Grant McKenzie presented an extended abstract: “Coerced Geographic Information: The not-so-voluntary side of user-generated geo-content” by Grant McKenzie and Krzysztof Janowicz.
  • PHD student Song Gao presented an extended abstract for the STKO team: “Detecting Origin-Destination Mobility Flows From Geotagged Tweets in Greater Los Angeles Area” by Song Gao, Jiue-An Yang, Bo Yan, Yingjie Hu, Krzysztof Janowicz, and Grant McKenzie.
  • While grad student Bo Romero did not attend, he was a co-author of a full paper titled “An Ontology Pattern for Surface Water Features.”

In addition, UCSB Geography’s Spatio-Temporal Knowledge Observatory (STKO) team, headed by Professor Janowicz, participated in the workshops on the first day of the conference. Krzysztof Janowicz, Benjamin Adams, Grant McKenzie, and Tomi Kauppinen co-organized a full-day “Workshop on Geographic Information Science Observatories” (http://stko.geog.ucsb.edu/gio2014/), and Song Gao presented a poster, “TrajAnalyst: Matching Data to Trajectory Analysis Modules via a Conceptual Framework” by Song Gao, Jiue-An Yang, Krzysztof Janowicz, Yingjie Hu, and Bo Yan, in a separate Workshop on Analysis of Movement Data (AMD 14) ).

“The GIScience conference series has always had a focus on fundamental research themes and questions. GIScience 2014 strongly welcomes articles and proposals covering emerging topics and fundamental research findings across all sectors of Geographic Information Science. The submission of papers dealing with GIS applications is discouraged” (elsevier.com, Ibid.). Hats off to our UCSB representatives who are at the cutting edge of research that deals with Geographic Information Science.

Editor’s note: Many thanks to grad student Song Gao for providing the information for this article.

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Some of the UCSB representatives at the Eighth International Conference on Geographic Information Science, including Grant McKenzie, Song Gao, Jiue An Yang, Bo Yan, Li Gong (Geography Visiting Scholar), Andrea Ballatore, (spatial@ucsb), Amin Abdalla, and Carsten Keßler

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Krzysztof Janowicz is an Assistant Professor for Geographic Information Science at the Geography Department of UCSB and runs the STKO Lab. “Jano” is also a Faculty Research Affiliate of the Center for Information Technology and Society, as well as the Cognitive Science Program.