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In coordination with International GIS Day, Vanderbilt University is hosting three days of keynote speakers, hands-on training opportunities, and even a drone mapping project. Join VU to celebrate all things Geographic Information Systems (GIS) November 14-16, in various locations across campus. The Vanderbilt Initiative for interdisciplinary Geospatial Research (VIIGR) TIP, Libraries, and Digital Humanities Center, are thrilled to bring Jim Schindling and Mei-Po Kwan to campus to discuss cutting-edge GIS research, instruction on how you can begin a GIS project of your own, as well as a tour of VU’s innovative Spatial Analysis Research Laboratory (SARL).  Please come and join us at Vanderbilt University for our celebration of all things GIS!


Wednesday, November 14th

11:30 – 1:00 VIIGR/SARL (Spatial Analysis Research Laboratory) open house Garland Hall, Room 2A
1:15 – 2:00 GIS Library Introduction Eskind Biomedical Library Training Room (010)
2:00 – 3:30 Introduction to ArcGIS Eskind Biomedical Library Training Room (010)
4:10  5:30 Keynote Speaker: Jim Schindling Digital Humanities Center


Thursday, November 15th

9:10  10:30         Workshop:  Intro to QGIS  Eskind Biomedical Library Training Room (010)
12:00 – 2:00          “Drone Mapping and Modeling”  TBA
2:00 – 3:00          VIIGR Geospatial Town Hall
Central Library Community Room
3:10 – 4:00

         VIIGR Project Flash Talks

Central Library Community Room


Friday, November 16th

8:30 – 10:00 Workshop: Photogrammetry/Photoscan: SARL  Garland Hall, Room 2A
1:10 – 3:00  Workshop:   Jim Schindling (Historical GIS Tool)   Digital Humanities Center Buttrick Room 344
4:00  5:30  Mei-Po Kwan talk, Community Room  Central Library Community Room
5:30  6:30  Reception, Community Room  Central Library Community Room


Keynote Speakers 

Jim Schindling Jim Schindling, West Virginia University

Deepening Historical GIS: an integrated database solution for linking people, place and events through unstructured text

Jim Schindling a PhD candidate and research assistant at the Department of Geology & Geography, West Virginia University. Jim does research in Historical Text Processing, Data Mining, Databases and Archaeology. His most recent publication is 'Deepening Historical GIS: an integrated database solution for linking people, place and events through unstructured text '.


Mei-Po KwanMei-Po Kwan, University of Illinois

Human Mobility, Individual Context, and Environmental Exposure: A Spatiotemporal Perspective

Mei-Po Kwan is Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science and Director of the Space-Time Analysis and Research (STAR) Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Kwan's research interests include environmental health, sustainable cities, smart mobility, urban/social issues in cities, and GIScience. Her recent collaborative projects include the development of a unified cyberinfrastructure framework for scalable spatiotemporal data analytics, the development of a Geospatial Virtual Data Enclave (GVDE) for sharing and analyzing confidential geospatial data, and examination of the health risks of female sex workers, adolescent and adult participation in high-risk drug use, individual exposure to air pollution and noise, and environmental influences on physical activity. Kwan has received about US$25 million research support from sources including the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the U.S. National Science Foundation. She has delivered over 200 keynote addresses and invited lectures in about 20 countries.