Conference Program

Conference sessions are on Wednesday and Thursday, and hands-on training sessions are on Tuesday.

12:30 pm
1:15 pm
ArcGIS Big Data Analytics (Chairs: Mansour Raad and Steve Kopp, Esri)
ArcGIS provides a comprehensive, integrated platform for CyberGIS. We will begin with a brief overview of the ArcGIS Platform to provide context for how a system of Desktop, Server, Online, Mobile, and Cloud software works together for organizations managing and analyzing spatial information. The majority of the session will focus on spatial analysis capabilities and ongoing improvements being made to improve the scalability and performance for working with large data. This will include currently available projects leveraging Hadoop, Spark, and other technologies. We will also present work to be released later this year providing easy access across the platform to distributed, highly scalable, implementations of commonly used vector and raster spatial analysis techniques.

This is a presentation and demo session, so no laptop is needed to follow along.
3:15 pm
3:30 pm
OpenStack on ROGER (Chairs: Johnathan Rush and Jeff Terstriep, CyberGIS Center @ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
ROGER is the first cyberGIS supercomputer, and it's based here in Urbana-Champaign. ROGER is a hybrid system, combining traditional batch computation with data-intensive computing (e.g. Hadoop, Spark), and an OpenStack private cloud. During this workshop, participants will learn how to leverage the cloud system together with ROGER's computation and big data storage capabilities.

To follow along, participants should have a laptop computer with any operating system.
5:30 pm
Tour of CyberGIS ROGER Supercomputer and Reception
National Petascale Computing Facility
8:00 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am
Welcome & Introduction
  • Shaowen Wang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Peter Schiffer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
8:45 am
Keynote – Mike Goodchild, University of California - Santa Barbara
Title: Is CyberGIS Transformative? (Chair: May Yuan)
9:30 am
CyberGIS Innovation and Scientific Frontiers (Chair: E. Lynn Usery)
  • Yan Y Liu, David R Maidment, David G Tarboton, Xing Zheng, Ahmet Yildirim, Nazmus S Sazib and Shaowen Wang. A CyberGIS Approach to Generating High-resolution Height Above Nearest Drainage (HAND) Raster for National Flood Mapping
  • Viswanath Nandigam, Christopher Crosby, Ramón Arrowsmith and Minh Phan. Enabling High Impact Geospatial Research Using Distributed HPC Resources in OpenTopography
  • Timothy Nyerges, Keith Reynolds, Steven Paplanus, Philip Murphy, Bruce Miller and Clive Spenser. Decision Support Workbench for Adaptive Ecosystem Management: CyberGIS-enabled Big Data and Big Models in Open Systems Science.
10:30 am
10:45 am
Plenary - Rajiv Ramnath, National Science Foundation
NSF Software Programs
11:15 am
Novel Applications and Methods (Chair: Huayi Wu)
  • Hao Hu, Tao Lin, Bo Li and Shaowen Wang. Spatiotemporal Bayesian Hierarchical Model for Analysis of Weather Variability on Crop Yield
  • Cheng-Zhi Qin, Xue-Wei Wu and A-Xing Zhu. A Method for Applying Application Context Knowledge in Digital Terrain Analysis to Automated Modeling
  • Wei-Ting Liao, Tao Lin, Luis Rodriguez, Shaowen Wang and Yizhao Gao. Mining Agricultural Information from Social Media
12:15 pm
1:30 pm
Keynote – Shaowen Wang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Title: CyberGIS and Geospatial Data Science for Transforming Digital Discovery and Innovation (Chair: Timothy Nyerges)
2:15 pm
CyberGIS Capabilities and Technologies (Chair: Anand Padmanabhan)
  • Kate Keahey. Chameleon: Platform Supporting Highly Configurable and Reproducible Computational Experiments
  • Wei Wan, Lan Zhao, Jaewoo Shin, Shandian Zhe and Carol Song. PyMapLib for Rapid Development of Geospatial Data Analysis Tools
  • Kiumars Soltani, Anand Padmanabhan, Yan Liu and Shaowen Wang. Fast Indexing of Spatial Objects Using GeoHash
3:15 pm
3:45 pm
Visions and Perspectives (Chair: Ranga Raju Vatsavai)
  • Mohan Ramamurthy. Unidata’s Vision for Transforming Geoscience by Moving Data Services and Software to the Cloud
  • Aiman Soliman, Kiumars Soltani, Anand Padmanabhan and Shaowen Wang. Consistency of Social Sensing Signatures Across Major US Cities
  • Junjun Yin, Bingxian Lu, Dandong Yin and Shaowen Wang. A Scalable Visual-analytics Approach for Studying Mobility Networks: Revealing Hierarchical Structures in Taxi Mobility Flows of New York
4:45 pm
Panel: Collaboration and Partnership Opportunities Across Academia, Government, and Industry (Chair: Budhendra Bhaduri)
Panelists: Michael Bishop, Steve Kopp, Mohan Ramamurthy, Sugumaran Ramanathan, Carol X. Song, and E. Lynn Usery
5:30 pm
Poster Reception (Chair: Johnathan Rush)
  • Ashwin Shashidharan - pFUTURES: A Parallel FUTure Urban-Region Environment Simulation Framework for Urban Growth Models
  • Avijit Sarkar, James Pick and Jessica Rosales - Geographies of E-Commerce and E-Entertainment in US Counties: Spatial Patterns and Socio-Economic Influences
  • Chuanrong Zhang, Tian Zhao and Weidong Li - The Role and Challenges of Geospatial Semantic Web for Geospatial Big Data
  • Enes Yildirim - Real Time Flood Loss Estimation and Emergency Decision Support Systems on the Web
  • Huayi Wu, Jun Cao, Zhipeng Gui, Xiaojing Liu and Xiaoqiang Cheng - A Distributed Geospatial Service Monitoring Framework for Capturing Spatiotemporal Characteristics of Service Performance
  • James Coll - Comprehensive Accuracy Assessment of the Daily MODIS Snow Cover Datasets and the Most Common Gap Filling Methods
  • Kytt MacManus - Population Estimation Service
  • Lei Zou - Social Sensing of Disaster Resilience through Twitter: a Case Study of Hurricane Sandy
  • Mansour Raad and Steve Kopp - GIS in the Age of Big Data
  • Muhammed Sermet - Real-Time Web-Based Watershed Delineation Using JavaScript, Python and WebGL
  • Shaohua Wang - SuperMap GIScript: An Open Source GIS Script Engine for Spatiotemporal Big Data
  • Shiyong Liu, Qiuyun Wu, Luo Chen, Jun Li and Ning Jing - A Cluster-based Remotely Sensed Image Mosaic Algorithm with Parallel IO
  • Tian Zhao, Chuanrong Zhang and Weidong Li - Projecting Distributed WFS Data As RDF Data
  • Xinyue Ye - Open Source Geographical Social Network Toolkit
  • Yanan Xin - Using Volunteered Geographic Information to Estimate People’s Accumulated Radiation Exposure
7:30 pm
Adjourn Reception
8:00 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15 am
  • Shaowen Wang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
8:30 am
Keynote – Jiawei Han, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Title: Towards Integrated Geo-Social Media Mining (Chair: Shaowen Wang)
9:15 am
Geospatial Data Science (Chair: Tapani Sarjakoski)
  • Guofeng Cao. High-Resolution Mapping of Ground-Level PM 2.5 Concentrations: A High Performance Geostatistical Approach
  • Nathan Casler, Kiumars Soltani, Hao Hu, Bingxian Lu, Dandong Yin, Yan Liu and Shaowen Wang. Multigrid Framework for Large Scale Global Raster Analytics
  • Myeong Hun Jeong, Shaowen Wang and Clair J. Sullivan. Density Maps Based on Data Depth
10:15 am
11:00 am
Lighting Talks (Chair: Daniel S. Katz)
  • Steve Kopp. Applications of Scalable Cloud Computing for Imagery and Raster GIS Analysis
  • Benjamin Lewis and Paolo Corti. HHypermap: A Platform for Building and Maintaining a Global Geoservices Registry
  • Sujing Wang and Qiang Xu. A Framework for Location-based Social Media Analysis on Hadoop Ecosystem
  • Jin Xing and Renee Sieber. Scale Verification in CyberGIS: A Case Study in Road Change Detection
  • Chuanrong Zhang, Tian Zhao and Weidong Li - The Role and Challenges of Geospatial Semantic Web for Geospatial Big Data
  • Wu Songbing and Chen Luo. Pyracube-A Data Structure for Large-scale Moving Objects Aggregation
12:00 pm
1:00 pm
Invited Plenaries: CyberGIS-Enabled Discovery and Innovation
  • David LeBauer. Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture Phenotyping Reference Platform (TERRA-REF).
  • Johnathan Rush and Keith Kintigh. Synthesized Knowledge of Past Environments (SKOPE)
  • Clair Sullivan. Radiation Hot Spot Detection with Sensor Networks Enabled by CyberGIS
1:45 pm
Panel: Future Directions of CyberGIS and Geospatial Data Science (Chair: Shaowen Wang)
Panelists: Budhendra Bhaduri, Mike Goodchild, Daniel S. Katz, Mansour Raad, Tapani Sarjakoski, and May Yuan
2:45 pm
Awards (Chair: Scott Wilkin)
3:00 pm