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U-Spatial celebrated GIS Day at the 2019 Spatial Forum on November 13 in the Wilson Library on UMN's Twin Cities campus. The UMN Spatial Forum is a yearly event highlighting spatial research, teaching, and outreach. This event is free and open to the public and features lightning talks, research exhibits, conversation, and the Borchert Lecture. This event is co-sponsored by the MGIS programGeography, Environment & Society, U-Spatial, and DASH.

Schedule of 2019 Spatial Forum

12:00-1:00  Networking
1:00  Opening remarks from VP Chris Cramer 
1:00-1:45  Panel - Teach with Story Maps
1:45-2:15  Networking and appetizers
2:15-3:30  Lightning talks
3:30-4:00  Networking and GIS Day cake
4:00-5:00  Borchert Lecture
5:00-5:30  Networking and closing


Borchert Lecture

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Geospatial Discovery and Innovation in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and CyberGIS

CyberGIS represents an interdisciplinary field combining advanced computing and cyberinfrastructure, geographic information science and systems (GIS), spatial analysis and modeling, and a number of geospatial domains (e.g., emergency management, smart cities, and the nexus of food, energy, and water systems) to enable broad research and education advances. It has also emerged as new-generation GIS based on holistic integration of high-performance and distributed computing, data-driven knowledge discovery, visualization and visual analytics, and collaborative problem-solving capabilities. The growing importance of cyberGIS is reflected by increasing calls for solutions to bridge the significant digital divide between advanced cyberinfrastructure and geospatial communities in the era of artificial Intelligence. This talk discusses challenges and opportunities for artificial Intelligence and cyberGIS to transform geospatial discovery and innovation through interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches.

Shaowen WangShaowen Wang of the University of Illinois, gave the Borchert Lecture. This lecture series honors the late John Borchert, UMN Regents Professor in Geography & member of the National Academy of Sciences. 



Panel: Teach with Story Maps

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Sarah Chambers
UMN Professor, Department of History
Austin MasonCarleton College Professor, Assistant Director of Humanities Center for the Digital Humanities, and Director of Digital Arts and Humanities 
Jennifer MooreUMD Professor, Journalism
Daniela SandlerUMN Professor, School of Design
Chris Saladin (Moderator), History PhD Student

2019 Lightning Talk Speakers

Open-source land cover mapping in the Great Lakes Basin
Keith Pelletier
Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory

Maximizing Transportation Happiness using Smartphone-Based Travel Behavior and Experience Data
Yingling Fan
Professor, Urban and Regional Planning

Differential Privacy and the 2020 Census
David Van Riper
Director of Spatial Analysis, Minnesota Population Center

Untangling the U.S. Opioid Crisis through State-level Data
Colin Planalp
Senior Research Fellow, State Health Access Data Assistance Center

The Spatial University
Len Kne
Director, U-Spatial, Research Computing

Research Table Exhibits

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Borchert Map Library
Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities
GIS student Organization (GISSO)
IPUMS Census & Survey Data
Master of Geographic Information Science
Minnesota Design Center
Minnesota Geological Survey
Minnesota Supercomputing Institute
Minnesota Traffic Observatory
Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI)
Polar Geospatial Center
Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory/UAS Lab
U-Spatial, The Spatial University