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. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40965-018-0053-8

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 has been a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the The Spatial Analysis Research Center (SPARC), School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning at Arizona State University and now is a Research Associate at the Boston Children's Hospital Computational Health Informatics Program (CHIP) and Harvard Medical School. 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.

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