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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 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 ( or the Communications Director: Dr. Song Gao (