• Generating Data to Improve Farm Management (by using precision technology to inexpensively conduct long-term, large-scale field trials on several continents) — David S. Bullock, Agricultural and Consumer Economics (February 18)

August 19


Plenary: State of CyberGIS

Session: Scientific Frontiers and Applications

Session: Innovation and Technologies: CyberGIS Gateway

Session: Innovation and Technologies: CyberGIS Toolkit

Innovation and Technologies: Middleware and Services

Panel: CyberGIS Beyond Software Integration

August 20


Plenary Session: Insights

Lightning Talks

  • Toward a New Programming Language to Lower the Barriers to Entry for CyberGIS — Eric Shook
  • Exploring Sustainable Systems Through Case Syntheses Using CyberGIS — Mu-Ning Wang and Timothy Nyerges
  • A Statistical Analysis and Geospatial Distribution of Soil Moisture in Texas — Gonzalo Espinoza, David Maidment, Irene García-Martí and Timothy Whiteaker
  • Computational Approaches to Exploring the Complexity of Spatial Aggregation — Ningchuan Xiao
  • Efficient Mapping of Large-Scale Moving Objects on a High Performance GIS — Hongchen Xu, Luo Chen, Ning Jing, Wei Xiong and Lu Liu

Plenary Session: Perspectives

Panel: Synergies Between CyberGIS and Geodesign

Lightning Talks

Panel: CyberGIS Future Directions

August 21

Plenary: Software and Education at NSF/ACI

Lightning Talks by CyberGIS Fellows


  • Computational Impact Assessment of Media—and its Contextualization in Space (among other Features) — Jana Diesner, Computer Science (October 7)
  • What's Beneath the Water? Measuring and Imaging the Form of Rivers and Lakes: Techniques, Data and GIS Needs — Jim Best, Geology, Geography and GIS, Mechanical Science and Engineering (August 28)
  • GPS: Cool Applications You May Never Have Imagined — Grace Xingxin Gao, Aerospace Engineering (May 9)
  • Toward Reliable Design of Facility Location: Addressing the Threat of Probabilistic Service Disruptions — Yanfeng Ouyang, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (May 2)
  • Searching for a Needle in a Haystack: Can Knickpoint Detection be Automated? — Alison Anders, Geology (April 1)
  • Environmental Data Management for the Great Lakes — Luigi Marini, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (March 14)
  • Modeling River Basins as Coupled Human and Natural Systems — Ximing Cai, Civil and Environmental Engineering (February 28)
  • Optimizing Data Resources for Reuse: Site-Based Data Curation — Carole Palmer, Graduate School of Library and Information Science (February 11)
  • Big Data for Future Energy and Urban Infrastructures: Challenges and Opportunities — Budhendra Bhaduri, Corporate Research Fellow, Oak Ridge National Lab (March 19)
  • CyberGIS Center Vision — Shaowen Wang, Founding Director, CyberGIS Center (March 19)
  • The Need for CyberGIS — E. Lynn Usery, US Geological Society (March 19)
  • Panel: Synergistic Advances of CyberGIS and Integrated Digital and Spatial Studies — Shaowen Wang (chair), Budhendra Bhaduri, Peter Bol, Xin Chen, Rob McMaster, E. Lynn Usery (March 19)
  • Panel: Impact of the CyberGIS Center on Research and Education Excellence @ Illinois — Edward Seidel (chair), Alison Anders, Ximing Cai, Wendy K Tam Cho, Jana Diesner, Gary Miller, Luis Rodríguez, John Towns (March 19)

September 15

Plenary Addresses: CyberGIS Community Case Studies

CyberGIS in Action: Demos and Tutorials


September 16

Welcome and Introductions


Plenary Address


  • Science with CyberGIS — Wendy K. Tam Cho (University of Illinois), Li An (San Diego State University), Xun Shi (Dartmouth College), David Tarboton (Utah State University)
  • Science of CyberGIS — Luc Anselin (Arizona State University), Timothy Nyerges (University of Washington), E. Lynn Usery (U.S. Geological Survey), Shaowen Wang (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Nancy Wilkins-Diehr (San Diego Supercomputer Center), Dawn Wright (Esri)

Lightning Talks

  • Towards a Generic Framework for Trustworthy Spatial Crowdsourcing — Cyrus Shahabi
  • A Scalable Geoprocessing Workflow for Big Geo-Data Analysis and Optimized Geospatial Feature Conflation based on Hadoop — Song Gao, Linna Li, and Michael F. Goodchild
  • A CyberGIS Decision Support Platform for Sustainable Bio-based Systems Development — Tao Lin and Luis F. Rodríguez
  • Terra Populus: Integrated Data on Population and the Environment — Steven M. Manson, Tracy Kugler, and David Van Riper
  • GPGPU-based Data Structures and Algorithms for Geospatial Computation – A Summary of Results and Future Roadmap — Sushil K. Prasad, Xi He, Satish Puri, Mike Mcdermott, Shashi Shekhar, Xun Zhou and Mike Evans
  • CyberGIS and the GIS Body of Knowledge — André Skupin
  • Geospatial Analytics in the era of Big Data and Extreme Scale Computing — Raju Vatsavai and Budhendra Bhaduri
  • Mapping the pulse of shopping behavior: Black Friday, economic geography, and Cyberspace — Xinyue Ye and Wenwen Li
  • Developing a Space-Time GIS Data Model for CyberGIS — Ziliang Zhao and Shih-Lung Shaw
  • Local Moran's I within the CyberGIS framework based on PySal for the analytics and the CSF for visualization and workflow management — Sergio Rey, Robert Pahle, Luc Anselin
  • Replication and Optimization in Causal Inference — Wendy K Tam Cho, Department of Political Science (November 15)
  • Multi-angle Imaging of Earth from Space: Past, Present, Future — Larry Di Girolamo, Department of Atmospheric Sciences (October 28)

August 7

Keynote Addresses

Plenary Addresses: Progress and Tools

Lightning Talks

  • Mapping the Spatial Diffusion of Innovations in Cyberspace and the Distortion Effects via Different Social Media Communication Channels — Ming-Hsiang Tsou, San Diego State University
  • Structured Participation Toolkit for Collaborative Problem-Solving: CyberGIS Implementation Considerations — Mary Roderick, Timothy Nyerges, and Michalis Avraam, University of Washington
  • A CyberGIS-Enabled Statistical Framework for Spatiotemporal Data Fusion — Guofeng Cao and Shaowen Wang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Cartographic Modeling Language Approach for CyberGIS: A Demonstration with Flux Footprint Modeling — Micahael E. Hodgson, April Hiscox, Shaowen Wang, Babak Behzad, Sara Fletcher, Kiumars Soltani, Yan Liu, and Anand Padmanabhan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Utilizing GPU for CyberGIS — Todd Mostak and Lex Berman, Harvard University

Plenary Addresses: Insights and Perspectives

Lightning Talks

Plenary Addresses: Strategic Directions

  • The Unique Qualities and Responsiblities of a Geographical Cyberinfrastructure — Mark Gahegan, University of Auckland
  • Big Data Challenges for the Analysis of Human Space-Time Behavior — Mei-Po Kwan, University of California-Berkeley

Panel Discussion

August 8

Welcome and Introduction

  • Welcome Remarks — Dr. Robert Easter, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Welcome Remarks — Dr. Debasish Dutta, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Software at NSF/OCI — Dr. Daniel S. Katz, National Science Foundation


Plenary Addresses

CyberGIS Showcases

  • A CyberGIS Approach to Digital Humanities and Social Sciences: The World of Textual Geography and a Case Study of Wikipedia's History of the World — Kalev Leetaru, Eric Shook, and Shaowen Wang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • The Integration of 2 Science Gateways: CyberGIS + OpenTopography — Choonhan Youn, Nancy Wilkins-Diehr, Christopher Crosby, Anand Padmanabhan, Myunghwa Hwang, Yan Liu, and Shoawen Wang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • A Parallelized Cartographic Modeling Language (CML) - Based Solution for Flux Footprint Modeling — Micahael E. Hodgson, April Hiscox, Shaowen Wang, Babak Behzad, Sara Fletcher, Kiumars Soltani, Yan Liu, and Anand Padmanabhan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Panel: Science of CyberGIS