Monday, 4 March 2019

2019 Waldo-Tobler Young Researcher Awards

The Austrian Academy of Sciences' Commission for GIScience annually selects the winner of a 'Young Researcher' competition, based on an outstanding publication submitted by applicants. This year's review-and-selection process started from a historically high number of excellent entries, with two applicants tied for first place.

  >>> Sincere congratulations to <<<  

Auriol Degbelo for his paper jointly authored with Werner Kuhn: "Spatial and temporal resolution of geographic information: an observation-based theory", published in: Open geospatial data, software and standards (2018) 3: 12.

Auriol Degbelo currently is a research associate in the 'Situated Computing and Interaction Lab', Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Münster. This paper highlights a new approach to formalize spatial and temporal resolution of sensor observations that have been described with an ontology. The theory is highly influential as it might change the way we think of resolution – especially in the age of Volunteered Geographic Information.

An equal first prize goes to Wei Luo for his paper co-authored with Alan M. MacEachren: "Geo-social visual analytics" in JOSIS, No 8 (2014).

Wei Luo is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the The Spatial Analysis Research Center (SPARC), School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. The paper of Wei Luo and Alan MacEachren highlights a novel approach that goes beyond current geo-visual analytics, and succeeds in discussing an approach that integrates both the geographical and social (network) distance in visual analytics.

Friday, 7 December 2018

Prof Michael Batty: recipient of Waldo-Tobler GIScience Prize 2019

The Austrian Academy of Sciences through its Commission for GIScience is awarding the GIScience Prize named after Prof Waldo Tobler to a scientist having demonstrated outstanding and sustained contributions to the discipline worthy of inspiring young scientists in Geoinformatics or Geographic Information Science, and having accomplished significant advances in research and education.

By unanimous decision by an external panel of peers, the 2019 prize will be awarded to Prof Michael Batty (UCL Bartlett Professor, Chairman, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis - CASA) - congratulations!

A glimpse into Prof Batty's work is offered at - summarizing his outstanding contributions to the development of computer models of cities and regions, helping to understand and better manage these urban environments now home to a majority of the world's population.

These achievements, documented in an outstanding publication and supervision record, are based on a stellar academic career culminating in the position of  Bartlett Professor of Planning, and Chair of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London (UCL).

Prior to that Prof Batty served at different universities in the UK and in the US. From 1990 to 1995, he was Director of the NSF National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) in the State University of New York at Buffalo. From 1979 until 1990, as Professor of City and Regional Planning in the University of Wales at Cardiff he acted as the Dean of the School of Environmental Design (1983-1986) and Head of the Department (1985-1989). His early career was as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Manchester (1966-1969) and as a Research Assistant, Lecturer, then Reader at the University of Reading (1969-1979). He has held several visiting appointments in computing, engineering, planning, and geography at the Universities of Illinois, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Bristol, and Michigan

Prof. Batty has made many contributions to research and education in Geographic Information Science (GIScience) and Geoinformatics, respectively. His current research interests integrate spatial planning concepts, spatial modelling and methods and concepts from Geoinformatics – just to name some of the most important fields of interest and achievements.

Congratulations to this recognition of a lifetime of leadership and excellence - we at ÖAW GIScience are honoured to welcome you as the 2019 recipient of the Waldo-Tobler GIScience Prize!

Saturday, 17 November 2018

ÖAW GIScience 'Young Researcher Award'

After being selected as 2018 recipient of the Austrian Academy of Science Waldo-Tobler 'Young Researcher Award', Pablo Cabrera Barona on Nov 16 received the award certificate during the Foromundo UNIGIS conference in Quito, Ecuador.
Pablo Cabrera-Barona accepting
the award from Prof Josef Strobl

Pablo Cabrera Barona had completed his PhD in 2017 at the University of Salzburg with a thesis on "A Multidisciplinary Spatial Framework for Health Inequalities Analysis with Emphasis on Deprivation and Healthcare Accessibility" and currently is working as a researcher and academic teacher at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) and the Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales, Quito in public health, statistics and public policy as well as planning.

Congratulations, and best wishes for a successful academic career addressing the timely theme of 'Quality of Life' at the intersections of Geography, Ecology, Public Policy and Health!

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Prof Helena Mitasova receiving Waldo-Tobler GIScience Prize 2018

On Oct 3, Prof Mitasova was received at the Austrian Academy of Sciences to deliver the annual Waldo-Tobler lecture, titled "Dynamic Surfaces and Geospatial Processes" - this distinguished honour has been awarded to her as the winner of this year's Waldo-Tobler GIScience Prize - Congratulations!

The audience was left impressed by the visionary combination of innovative spatial analysis and geovisualization methods, thanking Prof Mitasova for numerous contributions to the discipline of Geoinformatics, entirely available under open source frameworks.

Nomination letters for the 2019 Waldo Tobler GIScience Prize already can be sent to, no later than October 31, 2018. Candidates shall be introduced with a cover letter justifying the nomination, a full scientific CV and list of publications.

GI_Forum Journal 2018/1 - open access to symposium papers

The Austrian Academy of Sciences Press is granting Open Access to all reviewed GI_Forum 2018 articles through its GI_Forum Journal.

GI_Forum Journal publishes high quality original research across the transdisciplinary field of Geographic Information Science (GIScience). The journal provides a platform for dialogue among GI-Scientists and educators, technologists and critical thinkers in an ongoing effort to advance the field and ultimately contribute to the creation of an informed GISociety.

This publication is included in Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index which can be accessed via the Web of Science™ and Web of Knowledge™.

The GI_Forum 2019 Symposium is scheduled for July 2-5, with papers invited for submission under!

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Oct 3: Waldo-Tobler Lecture by Helena Mitasova at ÖAW, Vienna

Please join us for the  2018 Waldo-Tobler GIScience Prize award ceremony on October 3, 3pm at ÖAW.  This year's distinguished recipient is Prof Helena Mitasova, offering a lecture on 'Dynamic Surfaces and Geospatial Processes' on this occasion!

For details and registration, please visit the >>>event information page.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Keynote Announcement: Michael F. Goodchild @ GIScience Symposium, October 25, 2018

Michael F. Goodchild, Member National Academy of Sciences US

Please >>register<< and Save the Date: October 25, 2018


In cooperation with the Austrian Academy of Sciences - Commission for Geographic Information Science and the University of Salzburg Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS this scientific colloquium features plenary presentations by leading Geographic Information Scientists.
We are honoured to announce Michael F. Goodchild, Member National Academy of Sciences US and Professor Emeritus of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara and Affiliate Professor of Geography, University of Washington. His keynote lecture on ‘GISCIENCE AND GEOGRAPHY: AN EVOLVING RELATIONSHIP’ will be followed by distinguished shorter contributions from his scholars and colleagues, showcasing highlights of the advancement of fundamental guiding principles, impacts of Geographic Information Science, and recent and future trends impacting society.

Date: October 25, 2018, 13:00 – 17:30
Venue: Edmundsburg, Europasaal, Salzburg
Organizers & Sponsorship: University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Preliminary schedule
13:00 – 13:30   Welcome addresses
13:30 – 14:30   Keynote: Michael F. Goodchild, Member National Academy of Sciences US
14:30 – 15:00   GIS – Geoinformatics: a journey through time
15:00 – 15:30   Coffee break & networking
15:30 – 17:30   Recent and future trends in GIScience & Geoinformatics

> ÖAW GIScience Commission contact: Prof. Dr. Thomas Blaschke

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