If any one paradigm within cartography has an “intellectual leader,” it is analytical cartography. Waldo Tobler originated (in the 1960s) and nurtured (in the 1970s and 1980s) the idea of mathematical, transformational, or analytical approach to the subject. Tobler laid out the agenda for an analytical cartography in his seminal 1976 paper, “Analytical Cartography,” published in the American Cartographer. This paper, and Tobler’s ideas, had a profound effect on American academic cartography” (A History of Twentieth Century American Academic Cartography: McMaster, Robert B, Susanna McMaster, American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 29 305-320, 2002).
Each year, the AAG Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group and the GIScience Journal Transactions in GIS collaborate to honor the legacy of Waldo Tobler by hosting a sponsored session, “The Waldo Tobler Distinguished Lecture in GIScience”, featuring a leading light in the field of GIScience. Please join AAG-GISS this year for an exciting and informative talk by a driving force in the field of GIScience.
Past Tobler Lecture Awardees
2015: Dr. Elizabeth Wentz, Arizona State University
2014: Dr. Matt Duckham, University of Melbourne
2013: Dr. Dawn Wright, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)
2012: Dr. Andrew Frank and Dr. Nick Chrisman (Discussant: Dr. Daniel Sui)
2011: Dr. Richard J. Aspinall, Macaulay Institute
2010: Dr. André Skupin, San Diego State University
2009: Dr. David M. Mark, University at Buffalo
2008: Dr. Marc P. Armstrong, University of Iowa