2017 Mapping Science Committee

I’m looking forward to chairing the Mapping Science Committee (MSC) of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine! We have a great committee for the next three years:

  • Harvey J. Miller, Chair, The Ohio State University
  • Daniel G. Brown, University of Michigan
  • Stewart Fotheringham, Arizona State University
  • Henry Lin, Pennsylvania State University
  • Mark E. Reichardt, Open GIS Consortium, Inc.
  • Kathleen Stewart, University of Maryland
  • Kristin M. Tolle, Microsoft Research
  • Grady H. Tuell, 3D Ideas
  • Martha McCart Wells, Spatial Focus, Inc.

Here are the biographical sketches for this first-rate team.

The MSC organizes and oversees National Research Council studies that provide independent advice to society and to government at all levels on geospatial science, technology, and policy. It also addresses aspects of geographic information science that deal with the acquisition, integration, storage, distribution, and use of spatial data. Through its studies, the committee promotes the informed and responsible development and use of spatial data for the benefit of society.

Want a job? Get a degree in GIS (from The Ohio State University)!

Forbes looked at Bureau of Labor Statistics data that predicted which jobs would have the highest growth between 2014 – 2024.   The top twenty fastest growing jobs can be found at this website: http://www3.forbes.com/business/the-20-fastest-growing-jobs-in-america/.  Two careers on the list are:

  • #15: cartographer
  • #8: statistician

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) combines cartography and statistics, leading to career opportunities with tremendous growth potential! 

Where should one prepare for a career in GIS?  You can’t go wrong at the Department of Geography, The Ohio State University!  The geography program at Ohio State is consistently listed as one of the top programs in the USA for a spatial career.

More information:

Analyzing Movement and Mobility Within Geographic Context

Call for Participation: Workshop on Analyzing Movement and Mobility Within Geographic Context

The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
11-12 May 2017

Abstract submission deadline: Monday, 20 February 2017

The wealth of mobile objects data (MOD) generated by GPS, radiolocation, proximity sensors and other location-aware technologies comes with a significant cost – the lack of path semantics such as the motivations and activities associated with the mobility behavior. Consequently, methods for analyzing MOD focus on the morphology of the object’s path in space with respect to time. Ignoring the geographic context is a major weakness since this can help researchers infer among different behaviors that are consistent with the same mobility behavior, such as whether apparently coordinated movement is coincidental or indicative of a shared activity.  A vital research frontier is developing new MOD analytical techniques that go beyond the movement pattern to include the geographic context within which movement occurs.

We invite broad participation from researchers at any level and from any field of study (e.g., transportation, sociology, animal movement ecology, public health, GIS) with interests in measuring and analyzing animal and/or human movement within its geographic context. Selected participants will receive an award for travel expenses reimbursement ranging from $500-$1000, with priority to students and unfunded scholars.

This is the second of two NSF-sponsored workshops bringing together scholars working on animal movement ecology and human mobility science to generate a nascent interdisciplinary/cross-domain community focusing on the analysis of moving objects:

  1. Measuring and interpreting interactions between and among moving objects (UT – Austin, November 2016);
  2. Analyzing movement and mobility within geographic context (OSU, May 2017).

For more information and abstract submission, please see: cura.osu.edu/may17

Workshop Co-organizers

  • Harvey J. Miller (The Ohio State University)
  • Jennifer A. Miller (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Gil Bohrer (The Ohio State University)

Steering Committee

  • Somayeh Dodge (University of Minnesota)
  • Joni Downs (University of South Florida)
  • Steven Farber (University of Toronto)
  • Wayne Getz (University of California – Berkeley)
  • Trisalyn Nelson (Arizona State University)
  • Kathleen Stewart (University of Maryland)
  • May Yuan (University of Texas – Dallas)