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GEOCROWD Summer School 2014

Mar 5, 2014   //   by Dieter   //   Events, News  //  No Comments

GEOCROWD Summer School 2014

2nd GEOCROWD Summer School on Data Management for Crowdsourced and Volunteered Geographic Information


Full Info: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/geoinformatics/events-2/geocrowd-summer-school/


July 14 to July 17, 2014


Centre for GeoInformatics at University of St Andrews is pleased to announce it will run a GEOCROWD supported “Creating a Geospatial Knowledge World” summer school in July 2014. The objective of GEOCROWD is nothing less than training a new generation of scientists with respect to taming this geodata tsunami and addressing the challenge of transforming the data into meaningful chunks of information obtained with simplicity and speed comparable to that of Web-based search. GEOCROWD comes at a crucial time: our ability to generate geospatial data has increased to unprecedented levels (with respect to both their size and rate), the wealth of information that can be derived from user-contributed content is extremely high, but our ability to make this valuable information actionable for the benefits of science, business, or our everyday lives is hindered by the algorithmic, computational as well as semantic complexity of the required data and information processing. Consortium members have been extensively involved in research in several problems that are fundamental to managing the geospatial information. GEOCROWD represents a natural follow-up to their earlier work, will consolidate and align their currently diverse plans to pursue further relevant research. Its outreach activities will increase the ability of the research community and academia to transfer their research results to industry and influence the development of competitive sophisticated stream management systems.


Monday 14th July

9:00 Welcome

9:30 Keynote Lecture: Mike Goodchild,

University of California, Santa Barbara

10:30 Coffee

11:00 ESR Presentations*

13:00 Lunch

14:00 ESR Presentations*

16:00 Coffee

16:30 Mentoring Session: Publications and Presentations

17:30 Finish

Tuesday 15th July

9:30 Keynote Lecture: Steffen Fritz, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria

10:30 Coffee

11:00 ESR Presentations*

13:00 Lunch

14:00 ESR Presentations*

16:00 Coffee

16:30 Mentoring Session: Grant Applications

17:30 Finish

Wednesday 16th July

9:30 Field Excursion

17:00 Return

19:30 Works

Thursday 17th July

09:30 Keynote Lecture: Carson Farmer, Center for Advanced Research of Spatial Information (CARSI) and Hunter College, City University of New York

10:30 Coffee

11:00 ESR Presentations*

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Mentoring Session: Career Development

14:00 Geocrowd PI Meeting

15:00 Round Table – Any Questions

17:00 Close

*Early Stage Researchers’ presentations. Expected 20 slots: 5 sessions of 2 hours each. 4 Speakers per session, 30 minutes for each speaker.


Professor Michael F. Goodchild is Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he also holds the title of Research Professor. He also holds an affiliate appointment in the Department of Geography at the University of Washington. Until his retirement in June 2012 he was Jack and Laura Dangermond Professor of Geography, and Director of UCSB’s Center for Spatial Studies. He received his BA degree from Cambridge University in Physics in 1965 and his PhD in geography from McMaster University in 1969, and has received four honorary doctorates. He was elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Member of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006, and Foreign Member of the Royal Society and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2010; and in 2007 he received the Prix Vautrin Lud. He was editor of Geographical Analysis between 1987 and 1990 and editor of the Methods, Models, and Geographic Information Sciences section of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers from 2000 to 2006. He serves on the editorial boards of ten other journals and book series, and has published over 15 books and 500 articles. He was Chair of the National Research Council’s Mapping Science Committee from 1997 to 1999, and of the Advisory Committee on Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences of the National Science Foundation from 2008 to 2010. His research interests center on geographic information science, spatial analysis, and uncertainty in geographic data.

Dr Steffen Fritz studied physics and geography at the University of Tübingen, Germany and received a Master of Science degree from the University of Durham, UK in 1996 in Geographical Information for Development. He was then awarded a studentship from the School of Geography at the University of Leeds, UK where he finished his PhD in 2001and researched the topic of how the wild land perception of people could be mapped. He then undertook a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Joint Research Centre (in Italy) from 2002. During this time he worked on land cover, where his primary task was to mosaic, harmonize, and produce the Global Land Cover 2000 database. Based on his work on land cover, he investigated the uncertainties in global land cover. Since 2007 Dr Fritz is at IIASA where become the initiator and driving force behind Geo-Wiki.org and Geo-Wiki mobile, a global land cover validation tool based on Web 2.0 and crowdsourcing to reduce uncertainties in land cover. Dr Fritz is group leader of the Earth Observation Systems group within the Ecosystem Services and Management program. He is vice-chair of the COST action ‘Mapping the citizen sensor’. His research interests include crowdsourcing, volunteered geographical information, land-use science, earth observation, citizen science, fuzzy logic, remoteness mapping, global and regional vegetation monitoring, crop yield and crop acreage estimations of agricultural crops, serious gaming, gamification, in-situ data collection of land-use and land cover via crowdsourcing and the potential of using crowdsourcing in developing countries.

Dr. Carson Farmer is Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Research of Spatial Information (CARSI) and Assistant Professor of GIScience at Hunter College, City University of New York. Dr. Farmer’s research interests span a wide range of topics in urban and regional analysis, with a focus on spatial-temporal dynamics, complexity, and spatial interaction. He is particularly interested in movements and flows of individuals, information, and commodities within urban environments, as well as the development and implementation of novel spatial analysis methods and software aimed at characterizing these flows. Dr. Farmer teaches courses in Transportation Geography, Spatial Data Analysis, and Introductory and Advanced GIS, with a particular focus on Open Source GIS and Computational GIScience.

Register: http://onlineshop.st-andrews.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=28&catid=14&prodid=365

Accommodation has been booked at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Cost £46/ per night (including Breakfast). Registration fee for External Participant’s is £150.

Full info: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/geoinformatics/events-2/geocrowd-summer-school/

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