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Geospatial ForumThe Geospatial Forum brings together researchers, educators, practitioners, and students of the geospatial sciences in an exciting series of lively presentations and discussions of frontiers in geospatial analytics for solutions to environmental and societal challenges. Come exchange ideas with each other and our distinguished guest speakers as they share their latest research, experiences, and applications in geospatial analytics. Everyone is welcome!

The center hosts the forum on most Thursdays during Fall and Spring semesters (note schedule below) at 3:30-4:30pm in 5103 Jordan Hall, NC State Central Campus.  Light refreshments and coffee are served at 3:00 pm in the 5th Floor lobby. Check the program below for topics that may interest you. We hope to see you at a future Forum!

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The Forum is a Wolfpack Certified Sustainable event.  As part of our sustainability efforts, we encourage attendees to please bring your own cup, mug, or thermos for coffee and tea.

 

Spring 2017 Schedule

Forums are recorded and available online as video podcasts generally within 48 hours. Links to video podcasts are below.

Date

Speaker 

Topic 

Video Podcast

February 2 Dr. Brian Reich – Associate Professor, Department of Statistics, North Carolina State University Deep Spatial Learning for Forensic Geolocation with Microbiome Data   (abstract)
February 16 Dr. Marc Serre – Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Incorporating River Distances and Flow in the Geostatistical Estimation of Surface Water Quality in Rivers of North Carolina and Maryland   (abstract)
February 23 NC GIS Conference No Forum
March 2 Dr. Shaowen Wang – Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Geography & Geographic Information Science and Department of Computer Science Synergistically Advancing CyberGIS and Geospatial Data Science   (abstract)
March 9 SPRING BREAK No Forum
March 23 Dr. Dar Roberts – Professor, Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara Advanced Spectroscopic, Vertical and Thermal Analysis of an Urban Area   (abstract)
April 6 Dr. Sandra Yuter – Professor, Department of Marine, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University Spatial Frameworks for Analysis of Clouds and Storms   (abstract)
April 27 Dr. Emilio Mayorga – Senior Oceanographer, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington Synthesizing River Carbon Fluxes from Streams to the Globe: Needs, Opportunities and Frustrations   (abstract)

 

Fall 2016 Schedule

Date

Speaker 

Topic 

Video Podcast

September 1 Dr. Benjamin Watson – Associate Professor, Dept. of Computer Science, North Carolina State University Location Experience — Where We’ve Been, Are, and May Be    (abstract)
September 15 Dr. Paul Byrne – Assistant Professor of Planetary Geology, Dept. of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University The Geological Evolution of Mercury Determined with GIS    (abstract)
September 29 Dr. James Wickham – Senior Research Biologist, US Environmental Protection Agency Those Hot, Hot Temperate Forests   (abstract)
October 6 FALL BREAK No Forum
October 13 Nate Irwin – Lead Developer, Trailhead Labs, San Francisco, CA How Do We Save GIS?   (abstract)
October 27 Dr. Budhendra Bhaduri – Geographic Information Science and Technology Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Landscape Dynamics, Geographic Data, and Scalable Computing: the Oak Ridge Experience   (abstract)
November 10 Dr. Susan Ustin – Professor of Environmental and Resource Sciences, Dept. of Land and Natural Resources & Director – Center for Spatial Technologies and Remote Sensing (CSTARS), University of California Davis Mapping Distribution of Aquatic Macrophytes Dynamics between Years in the Sacramento Delta with AVIRIS-ng   (abstract)
November 17 Dr. Stacy Supak – Teaching Assistant Professor, Center for Geospatial Analytics, North Carolina State University Working with Government Agencies to Use Open Data for Social Good   (abstract)
November 24 THANKSGIVING No Forum
December 1 Dr. Joshua Gray – Assistant Professor of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University Kalman Filter Applications in Remotely Sensed Imaging (abstract)

 


Spring 2016 Schedule

Date

Speaker 

Topic (Click Title for PDF)

Video Podcast

January 14 Dr. Robert Scheller – Associate Professor, Dept. of Environmental Sciences and Mgmt, School of the Environment, Portland State University Managing Forests for Change Under an Uncertain Future
January 21 Dr. Michael Emch – Professor and Chair, Department of Geography; Professor, Department of Epidemiology; Fellow, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Incorporating Geographic Context into Intervention Evaluation: Cholera and Malaria Vaccine Trials
February 4 Dr. Larry Band – Voit Gilmore Distinguished Professor of Geography, Director – Institute for the Environment, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Triangulating Water Supply, Forests and Urbanization in the Triangle
February 18 Dr. David Berrigan – Biologist & Program Director, Health Behaviors Research Branch, Behavioral Research Program, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health Geospatial and Contextual Approaches to Diet, Weight and Physical Activity for Cancer Control: Research and Research Opportunities from the National Cancer Institute
February 25 Dr. Conghe Song – Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Integrating Satellite and Ground Observations to Understand Global Terrestrial Ecosystem Productivity in the 21st Century 
March 10 SPRING BREAK No Forum
March 24 Dr. Jeffrey Hepinstall-Cymerman – Associate Professor, Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, University of Georgia Geospatial Data and Techniques for Understanding the Movement Ecology, Resource Selection, and Landscape Ecology of Terrestrial Vertebrates 
March 31 Dr. Peter Vogt – Scientific Officer, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability GuidosToolbox: Analysis of Pattern, Connectivity, Fragmentation, Cost, and More 
April 21 Dr. Siva Ravada – Senior Director of Development, Oracle Spatial & Graph and MapViewer, Server Technologies Trends and Research Opportunities in Big Spatial Data Analytics


Fall 2015 Schedule

Date

Speaker 

Topic

Video Podcast

August 20 Dr. Maria J. Santos – Assistant Professor, Environmental Sciences, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, Netherlands Ecosystem Responses under Land Sparing and Sharing across Scales of Time and Space
September 3 Dr. Okan Pala – Research Associate, Center for Geospatial Analytics, NC State Geospatial Approach to Critical Infrastructure Recovery
September 10 Dr. Kurt Riitters – Research Ecologist, US Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center, Research Triangle Park, NC Mapping and Monitoring Forest Fragmentation at National to Global Scales
September 17 Dr. William Hargrove – Senior Research Ecologist, Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station ForWarn, a National Satellite-Based Forest Disturbance Detection System, and Other Diverse Uses of Phenology and Remote Sensing Data for Large-Scale Vegetation Monitoring
September 24 Dr. Diana Sinton – Executive Director, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science Learning Through Geospatial Analytics
October 1 Dr. Sidharth Thakur – Sr. Research Data Software Developer, RENCI, and Adjunct at Dept. of Computer Science, NC State Geo-Visualization on the Web: Tools and Methods
October 8 FALL BREAK No Forum
October 15 Dr. Tom Allen – Professor, Dept. of Geography, Planning, and Environment, East Carolina University Geospatial Analytics for Coastal Hazards
October 22 Dr. Eric Delmelle – Associate Professor, Dept. of Geography & Earth Sciences, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Accelerating the Detection of Space-Time Clusters for Vector-borne Diseases
October 29 FER Seminar with Dr. Jonathan Greenberg – Assistant Professor, Dept. of Geography & Geographic Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign No Forum
November 5 Dr. Maggie Holland  Assistant Professor, Dept. of Geography & Environmental Systems, University of Maryland Untangling the Effects of Conservation Policy and Management on Forests in the Ecuadorian Amazon
November 12 Dr. Janet Franklin – Professor, School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, Arizona State University From Microclimates to Macroecology: Tree Species Range Dynamics in a Changing Climate
November 19 Dan Colby – Senior Vice President / Product Development, ProStar Geocorp, Inc.
  1. Pieces of the Puzzle – Enabling Geospatial Intelligence: Mobile, Cloud and Enterprise Integration in the Oil and Gas Industry
  2. ProStar-CGA Industry Experience Program
  3. World Pipelines – Pieces of the Puzzle – July 2015
November 26 THANKSGIVING BREAK No Forum
December 3 Dr. Aaron Hipp – Associate Professor, Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management, NC State Spatial Uncertainty and Physical Activity: Linking GIS, GPS, and Accelerometer Data


Spring 2015 Schedule

Date

 

Speaker

 

Topic

(Click Title for PDF Download)

Video Podcast

 

January 22 Dr. Ross Meentemeyer – Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Professor of Geospatial Analytics, Director of the Center for Geospatial Analytics, and Professor of Forestry and Environmental Resources, NCSU Biodiversity and Disease Transmission: Discovery and Communication through Geospatial Analytics
January 29 Jeff Essic – Data Services Librarian, D.H. Hill Library, Research & Information Services, NCSU Data Management Planning and Library Geospatial Data Services
February 5 Dr. Todd BenDor – Associate Professor, Department of City & Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Salinization of the NC Coastal Plain through Saltwater Intrusion – Landscapes in Transition along the Leading Edge of Climate Change
February 12 Dr. Dennis Zielstra – GIS Administrator, Seminole Tribe of Florida and
Dr. Francesco Tonini
– Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Center for Geospatial Analytics
Analysis of Big Spatial Data with Postgres/PostGIS and R – Case Studies in OpenStreetMap and Interactive Web Mapping from R
February 19 Robert Mickler – Adjunct Instructor, Forestry & Environmental Resources, NCSU, and President/CEO of Carolina Ecosystem Services Geospatial Tools to Estimate Wildland Fire Carbon Budgets: the Evans Road Fire and Pains Bay Fire Case Studies
February 26

NC GIS Conference, Feb. 25-27, Raleigh, NC

More information: ncgisconference.com

No Forum
March 5 Dr. Elizabeth Delmelle – Assistant Professor, Dept. of Geography & Earth Sciences, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Mapping the ‘DNA’ of Urban Neighborhoods: Clustering Longitudinal Sequences of Neighborhood Socioeconomic Change using Sequential Pattern Mining
March 12 SPRING BREAK No Forum
March 19 Makiko Shukunobe – Research Assistant, Center for Geospatial Analytics, NCSU Advancing Research Frontiers with Geovisualization Technology
March 26 Dr. Qi Dai – Senior Consultant, CGI Federal | Technical Lead, GIS Operation and Support, EPA National Geospatial Support Team Geospatial Analytics in the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)
April 2 SPRING HOLIDAY No Forum
April 9 Dr. Melissa McHale – Assistant Professor of Urban Ecology, Dept. of Forestry and Environmental Resources, NCSU Democratization of Ecosystem Services – How Urban Ecology and New Advanced Remote Sensing Techniques Can Save An Idealized and Poorly Applied Concept
April 16 Dr. Jennifer Swenson – Associate Professor of the Practice of Geospatial Analysis, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University Forest Cover Changes: Multi-Scale Detection and Analysis of Canopy Cover Shifts
April 23 Dr. Wayde Morse – Associate Professor, Department of Forest Management and Economics, Auburn University Methodological Frontiers in Public Participation GIS to Improve Stakeholder Engagement in Natural Resource Management

Fall 2014 Schedule

Date

Speaker 

Topic 

Video Podcast

September 4 Dr. Markus Neteler – Head of GIS and Remote Sensing Unit at Fondazione Edmund Mach in Trento, Italy & Chair of the GRASS GIS Project Steering Committtee Deriving Environmental Indicators from Massive Spatial Time Series using Open Source GIS  Podcast > HERE
September 11 Dr. Derek Van Berkel – Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Geospatial Analytics Methods for integrating people in Maps: Web scraping, Agent-based models and social-spatial collaborative decision making Podcast > HERE
September 18 Dr. Roland Kays – Research Associate Professor, Dept. of Forestry & Environmental Resources, NCSU, and Director of the Biodiversity & Earth Observation Lab, Nature Research Center, NC Museum of Natural Sciences Fine Scale Spatial Patterns of Animal Movements on a Natural Landscape Podcast > HERE
September 25 Dr. Jim McCarter –  Research Associate Professor, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, NCSU US National Forest System Carbon Assessment: Linking spatial disturbance maps to Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data Podcast > HERE
October 2 Dr. Maxwell Baber – Director of Academic Programs, United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation Geospatial Intelligence in the Age of Spatial Reasoning Podcast > HERE
October 9 FALL BREAK No Forum
October 16 Dr. Erin Hestir – Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program Cluster Assistant Professor in Geospatial Analytics, Dept. of Marine, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, NCSU Hyperspectral Remote Sensing for Aquatic Ecosystem Science Podcast > HERE
October 23 Dr. Eric Money – Associate Director of Professional Education, Center for Geospatial Analytics Bayesian-based Spatiotemporal Estimation of Water Quality for Basin-wide Mapping & Assessment Podcast > HERE
October 30 Vaclav Petras – PhD Student, Center for Geospatial Analytics and MEAS, Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Lab How Open Source Geospatial Development Works Podcast > HERE
November 6

Dr. Jordan Smith – Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Social Science and GIS (PRTM) and Faculty Fellow, Center for Geospatial Analytics (CGA)

Bill Slocumb, GISP – Research associate, CGA

Charlynne Smith, GISP – Research associate, PRTM and CGA

Developing a geospatial platform for the National Park Service’s Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Branch Podcast > HERE
November 13 Dr. Raju Vatsavai – Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program Cluster Associate Professor of Geospatial Analytics, Dept. of Computer Sciences, NCSU, & Center’s Associate Director of Computational Methods Pixels, Objects, and Beyond Podcast > HERE
November 20 Dr. Pavel Tucek – Department of Geoinformatics, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic Geocomputational Approach to the Assessment of Forest Health in Czech Republic Podcast > HERE
November 27 THANKSGIVING BREAK No Forum
December 4

Kyle Snyder – Director of NextGen Air Transportation Center, Institute for Transportation Research and Education, NCSU

Thomas Zajkowski – NGAT Flight Operations Manager

Geospatial Applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Podcast > HERE