2019 AAG Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group Annual Student Paper Competition Winners

Please join us to congratulate the following students who won the 2019 AAG-GISS Best Student Paper Competition:

1st place: Jue Wang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Advisor: Mei-Po Kwan.

Paper Title: An Analytical Framework for Integrating the Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Environmental Context and Individual Mobility in Exposure Assessment

2nd place: Xin Feng, University of California at Santa Barbara, Advisor: Alan Murray.

Paper Title: Medical Drone Delivery: Optimizing Location under Spatiotemporal Heterogeneity

Final list: 

Huanfa Chen, University College London, Advisor: Tao Cheng.

Paper Title: Locating sharing-bike stations for maximal coverage: incorporating multi-type and dynamic user demands

Kangjae Lee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Advisor: Mei-Po Kwan.

Paper Title: Interpretation of contextual influences with predictive analytics:Travel mode likelihood mapping using GPS trajectories of individuals

Chanwoo Jin, San Diego State University, Advisor: Atsushi Nara.

Paper Title: Similarity Measurement on Human Mobility Data with Spatially-weighted Structural Similarity Index (SpSSIM)

Call for Abstracts: 2019 AAG Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group Annual Student Paper Competition

The Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group (GISS-SG) of the Association of American Geographers is pleased to announce the 2019 Honors Competition for Student Papers on Geographic Information Science (GIS) topics to be presented at the annual meeting. The purpose of this competition is to promote scholarship and written and oral presentation by students in the field of GIS. Papers are invited from current graduate and undergraduate students on any topic in geographical information systems and geographic information science.

Please see detailed information under the menu Awards –> Student Paper Competition link.

new GISS Board of Directors for 2018-2020

Greetings, It is my pleasure to announce the new GISS Specialty Group Board, began their service at the close of the 2018 Annual Meeting:

Serving 2018-2020:

Chair: Robert Stewart, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Vice Chair: Bandana Kar, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Academic Director: Ran Wei, University of California, Riverside

Secretary/Communications Director: Song Gao, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Commercial Director: Wendy Dorman, Radiant Solutions

Past-Chair: Zachary Christman, Rowan University

Serving 2018-2019:

Student Director: Rui Zhu, University of California, Santa Barbara

All 3 constitutional amendments were passed with >95% approval (60% required), and the board will work to update the language of the constitution and post on the webpage at http://aag-giss.org Thank you to all those who stepped forward to run for the GISS Specialty Group Board of Directors, and thanks also to the members who voted in the election. Thank you also to the self-/nominees for Government Director. The board will reach out privately to discuss next steps.

Thank you also to to the outgoing board for your service to the GISS Specialty Group:

Thomas Crawford (Virginia Tech), Academic Director

Min Chen (Nanjing Normal University) Secretary/Treasurer

Yingjie Hu (University of Tennessee) Student Director

Diansheng Guo (University of South Carolina), Past-Chair

2019 AAG Session Sponsorships

In order to facilitate the AAG sessions organization,  the current GISS board of directors decided to sponsor all the session requests that are related to our mission statement. Please feel free to add our specialty group “Geographic Information Science and Systems” into your CFP. The default answer to the AAG session sponsorship would be “Yes”!

Mission statement
1. Promote the exchange of ideas and information relating to GIS.
2. Promote GIS research.
3. Improve the understanding of the proper application of GIS procedures.
4. Develop materials and promote activities needed to improve the teaching of GIS concepts.
5. Promote and coordinate activities and directions with other professional organizations involved with GIS.
6. Pursue charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

If you have any other questions, please contact our BOD Chair Dr. Robert Stewart (stewartr1@ornl.gov) or the Communications Director: Dr. Song Gao (song.gao@wisc.edu)

Ballot for the GISS Specialty Group Board Member Elections, 2018

Please find linked here the ballot for the constitutional amendments and new members of theBoard of Directors of the GISS Specialty Group: https://goo.gl/forms/U3sXufJ8eLKCn0W22

Voting will be open until 8:00 AM US Central Time April 10, 2018, coinciding with the start of the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers. Please see your membership email for more information.

Call for Abstracts: AAG Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group Annual Student Paper Competition

The Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group (GISS-SG) of the Association of American Geographers is pleased to announce the 2018 Honors Competition for Student Papers on Geographic Information Science (GIS) topics to be presented at the annual meeting. The purpose of this competition is to promote scholarship and written and oral presentation by students in the field of GIS. Papers are invited from current graduate and undergraduate students on any topic in geographical information systems and geographic information science. 

Please see detailed information under the Awards –> Student Paper Competition link.

National Assessment of GIS & T in higher education

Please see below for information regarding a National Assessment of GIS & T in higher education. Survey link here:


Over the past three decades there has been a proliferation of courses in Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T), and this makes it challenging to have a sense of the size and diversity of the discipline. Therefore, there is strong support for a national assessment of the current scope and major trends in the teaching of GIS&T. This assessment should be a valuable resource for every segment of our discipline including those that impact workforce issues. The results will provide a basis for evaluating some of the assumptions about the growth of the discipline. With the new digital production of the GIS&T Body of Knowledge, we are interested in understanding how well our coverage of topics is consistent with what is taught in GIS&T classes.

In addition to measuring the scope of the field, this project also aims to chronicle the diverse ways GIS&T education has expanded across disciplines; how instructional methods and content have changed; and how well graduates are prepared for the workplace.

We would also like to capture the impact of technological and societal changes on the faculty teaching GIS&T courses. For example, how are instructors dealing with changing technology and do they find it rewarding and enjoyable.

Thus our goal is to conduct a nationwide assessment of all higher education courses that provide instruction in the use of GIS&T those that deal with the design, implementation and impact of the technology and those that cover new frontiers of GI Science.. We aim to include every course from two-year certificate programs to Ph.D. level seminars.

This survey is endorsed by Esri, the University Consortium on Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), and the American Association of Geographers. Once completed, the summary results will be openly available in several formats but individual responses will be not be released.

We would like anyone who teaches GIS & T to complete a survey for each course. This includes courses in cartography, remote sensing, surveying etc. that utilize GIS software. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GIS_Course_Survey

The effort is directed by David Cowen, professor emeritus, University of South Carolina.

Position: MSU Director of RS&GIS Research and Outreach Services

The Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences at Michigan State University is seeking a candidate to fill the position of Director for the program, Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services (RS&GIS). Successful candidates are expected to conduct research at the forefront of Geographic Information Science (GIScience) to solve problems from local to global scales and will be expected to teach one class per year within the Department. Primary responsibilities include obtaining external grant funding and conducting research that utilizes the skillset of existing staff employed by RS&GIS and the Department. The Director will also serve as the principal investigator for the program’s outreach opportunities. This position will both pursue their own research interests, as well as integrate geospatial technologies into research initiatives through interdisciplinary collaboration across campus. To assist with this, the Director will have access to a successful, innovative, collaborative team of analysts and developers, as well as talented and ambitious Department faculty.

Please see linked document for more information, or contact Dr. Alan F. Arbogast, Professor and Chairperson, Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences dunes@msu.edu

Assistant Professor Tenure Track Position at Utah State


Assistant Professor, Geospatial Analysis of Environment and Society

The Department of Environment and Society (EnvS) at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor with expertise in geo-informatics and geospatial modeling of social-environmental systems. This position is part of a cluster of hires focusing on analysis of large data sets across multiple colleges at Utah State University. This is a permanent, full-time (nine-month) position based at the USU main campus in Logan. The relative emphasis for the position is 50% research, 40% teaching/advising, and 10% service. The position will start August 2017.

Position Summary: The successful candidate must have a strong conceptual and theoretical background in geospatial analytics, large data sets, social-environmental science, Geographic Information Systems, and associated quantitative methods. Quantitative, policy-relevant work concerning land use, natural resource management, environmental perceptions and conflict, ecosystem services, global change, energy, or transportation networks would interface well with the collaborative interests of EnvS faculty. Teaching would include up to three courses per academic year. Courses would be taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Topics may include Intro or Advanced GIS, Geovisualization, Geospatial analytics, and land change modeling. Courses may be delivered face-to-face, via distance learning, or in a blended format. Service includes participation in faculty duties on campus as well as professional involvement off-campus.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have an earned doctorate at the date-of-hire in geography or a related field. They also should have a publication record consistent with their career stage, and be able to show the potential to build and maintain a productive research program, including the ability to secure competitive external funding. Candidates must also have the ability to effectively collaborate in an interdisciplinary academic setting that may include stakeholders such as government agencies and private sector entities.

Preferred Qualifications: Prior teaching experience is welcomed. Experience with or the desire to learn about distance-education course delivery is advantageous. The ideal candidate will have a proven record in geospatial analysis of large social-environmental data sets and a background in social science.

Review of applications begins December 5, 2016. Applicants should submit (a) a cover letter, which should also include your “Research Statement” and “Teaching Philosophy;” (b) a curriculum vitae; and (c) the names of three persons who can provide letters of reference. See http://usu.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobid=1749 for more information and to apply online.

For further information contact Dr. Joseph Tainter, Search Committee Chair at joseph.tainter@usu.edu.

tenure-track GIScience position at USF

The School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida seeks to fill a 9 month, full-time and tenure-earning, Assistant Professor position in the field of GIScience with an emphasis on spatial analysis, statistics, and modelling. The successful candidate could have any research specialty, though preference may be given to candidates with strengths in medical geography, transportation, or human security. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally funded research program, mentor graduate students, and teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses.

PhD in Geography or related field is required and must be conferred by appointment start date. Salary is negotiable. To apply, please visit http://employment.usf.edu and attach a cover letter, CV, teaching philosophy, evidence of successful research, and provide names and contact information for three references. Review of applications begin on November 15, 2016. Additional information is available at the School of Geosciences website: http://hennarot.forest.usf.edu/main/depts/geosci/ and by emailing the search committee chair, Dr. Joni Downs (downs@usf.edu).

USF is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. For information regarding the USF System, please visit our website at http://system.usf.edu/ Conclusion of this search is subject to final budget approval. According to Florida Law, applications and meetings regarding them are open to the public. USF is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Institution.