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Students and scholars named in first national CyberGIS Summer School

The CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) is hosting a Summer School for graduate and early-career scholars to gain cutting-edge knowledge about scientific problem solving enabled by CyberGIS and geospatial data science. Thirty-six students from around the country are slated to participate.

In May 2017, the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) will launch its first Summer School for graduate students and early-career scholars around the theme of Collaborative Problem Solving with CyberGIS and Geospatial Data Science.

Participants will develop novel solutions to a set of motivating and significant scientific problems as they learn about cutting-edge scientific advances and technical capabilities of cyberGIS (e.g. ROGER). These problems focus on three general interdisciplinary areas: emergency management; smart and connected communities; and the nexus of food, energy and water systems.

The Summer School is designed to provide professional interactions that are key to addressing complex geospatial problems and related big data challenges. Participants will also prepare their reports and present their posters at the subsequent UCGIS Symposium 2017 in Arlington, Virginia.

We are pleased to announce the following participants in this inaugural year. Each of those with asterisks (*) will be receiving about $2,000 of travel award funding, generously supported by the National Science Foundation, to attend both the Summer School and Symposium.

  • Jayakrishnan Ajayakumar, Kent State University*
  • Shakil bin Kashem, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign*
  • Heng Cai, Louisiana State University*
  • Patricia Carbajales-Dale, Clemson University*
  • Jim Coll, University of Kansas*
  • Chunyuan Diao, State University of New York at Buffalo*
  • Shaun Fontanella, Ohio State University*
  • Christopher Franklin, University of Texas Dallas*
  • Irene Garousi-Nejad, Utah State University*
  • Lee A. Hathcock, Mississippi State University
  • Jessica D. Hedgepeth Balkin, University of Colorado Boulder*
  • Nicole Helgeson, University of Minnesota*
  • Mehdi Heris, University of Colorado Boulder*
  • Te-Yao Lee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Ruopu Li, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
  • Xiao Li, Texas A&M University*
  • Zhenlong Li, University of South Carolina*
  • Ziqi Liu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Jason Matney, North Carolina State University*
  • Volodymyr Mihunov, Louisiana State University*
  • Dinuke Munasinghe, University of Alabama*
  • Josphat Mutunga, University of Redlands*
  • Dylan Perkins, University of Wyoming*
  • Vaclav Petras, North Carolina State University*
  • Anna Petrasova, North Carolina State University*
  • Yi Qi, Brown University
  • Nicholas Robison, University of Washington*
  • Pranab K. Roy Chowdhury, University of Tennessee, Knoxville*
  • Bryan C. Runck, University of Minnesota*
  • Dorris Scott, University of Georgia*
  • Maya Patrice Scott, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Yiqun Xie, University of Minnesota*
  • Haowen Xu, University of Iowa*
  • Chunzhu Wei, University of Salzburg*
  • Weixing Zhang, University of Connecticut*
  • Tianqi Zou, Cornell University*

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