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Week of October 29th, 2018

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 GIS Day 2018

Wednesday, November 14th
3083 NHB - SESE Core
GIS Day 2018

10:30 a.m. Keynote
- Donna J. Cox, MFA, PhD | Director, Advanced Visualization Lab
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. - Student Poster Session
Join us for the annual salute to geographic information science and technologies for achieving broad and transformative impacts. This year we will celebrate the diversity of GIS applications and the capability of geospatial technologies to bring synergies in research and education across campus.


Friday, November 2nd, 3:00 p.m.

Room 2049 NHB
Colloquium: Modeling and mapping spatial likelihood of travel modes using GPS trajectories
Kangjae Lee  PhD Candidate, Informatics
This study seeks to provide an innovative approach to modeling and mapping travel modes (e.g., walking, biking) as a subset of physical activity using advanced GIS and machine learning techniques. Spatial likelihood mapping is used to explore distinct patterns of walking and biking and examine the local impact of pertinent environmental factors on travel modes...[Read more]

Mei-Po Kwan

Mei-Po Kwan was elected as Fellow of the U.K. Academy of Social Sciences, after a thorough process of peer review for the excellence and impact of her work in the social sciences. To be elected a Fellow, one must have contributed to social science more broadly than the normal demands of their job. This contribution can be in the areas of thought leadership, practical application or policy development. [Read more -AAG].

Professor Kwan's National Science Foundation grant has been funded. This project will undertake a set of interrelated research activities to enhance a robust and reliable geospatial virtual data enclave (GVDE) that will facilitate the sharing of geospatial research data while also maintaining the confidentiality of individuals whose identities may be at risk because of the distinctive characteristics of geospatial data.

Visting Scholar

Dr. Jeon-Young Kang is a postdoctoral research associate with the Cyberinfrastructure and Geospatial Information Laboratory (CIGI) and CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies. He earned his PhD in September 2018 from the SUNY Buffalo Department of Geography, advised by Dr. Jared Aldstadt.

Jeon-Young’s research interests center on two interrelated themes: 1) spatially explicit individual-level simulation modeling in the context of infectious disease transmission, and 2) validation and evaluation of spatially explicit agent-based models (ABMs).


Mei-Po Kwan. 2018. The limits of the neighborhood effect: Contextual uncertainties in geographic, environmental health, and social science research. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, forthcoming.

Mei-Po Kwan. 2018. The neighborhood effect averaging problem (NEAP): An elusive confounder of the neighborhood effect. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15 (9), 1841.

Bartlomiej Rokicki and Geoffrey J.D. Hewings (2017) “The impact of the regional price deflators on regional income convergence in Poland,” Bank I Kredyt (Bank & Credit), 48, 531-556

Julián Ramajo and Geoffrey J.D. Hewings (2018) “Modeling Regional Productivity Performance Across Western Europe,” Regional Studies 52, 1372-1387.

Kijin Kim and Geoffrey J.D. Hewings (2018) “Bayesian estimation of labor demand by age: Theoretical consistency and an application to an input-output model,” Economic Systems Research (forthcoming)

Esteban Lopez Ochoa and Geoffrey J.D. Hewings (2018)  “Housing price indices for small spatial units,” Regional Science and Urban Economics 70, 57-71.

Pan Haozhi, Brian Deal, Yan Chen and Geoffrey J.D. Hewings (2018) “A Reassessment of urban structure and land-use patterns: distance to CBD or network-based? — Evidence from Chicago,” Regional Science and Urban Economics, 70, 215-228.

Bartek Rokicki and Geoffrey J.D. Hewings (2019) “Regional price deflators in Poland – Evidence from NUTS2 and NUTS3 regions,” Spatial Economic Analysis

Carolina Cosculluela-Martínez,  Raquel Ibar-Alonso, and Geoffrey J.D. Hewings (2018) “Life Expectancy Index: Age Structure of Population and Environment Evolution,” Social Indicators Research (forthcoming)

Xiuli Liu, Geoffrey J. D. Hewings and Shouyang Wang (2018) “Evaluating the Impacts of Waste Treatment Management Modes on each sector’s prices in a macro economic system,” Journal of Cleaner Production, 200, 188-195.

Laura Atuesta and Geoffrey J.D. Hewings (2019) “Housing appreciation patterns in low-income neighborhoods: exploring gentrification in Chicago,” Journal of Housing Economics (forthcoming)

Cai, Y., Guan, K., Peng, J., Wang, S., Seifert, C., Wardlow, B., and Li, Z. (2018) “A High-Performance and In-Season Classification System of Field-Level Crop Types Using Time-Series Landsat Data and a Machine Learning Approach”. Remote Sensing of Environment, 210: 35-47.

Soliman, A., Mackay, A., Schmidt, Allan, B., and Wang, S. (2018) “Quantifying the Geographic Distribution of Building Coverage Across the US for Urban Sustainability Studies”. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 71: 199-208.

Xu, Z., Guan, K., Casler, N., Peng, B., and Wang, S. (2018) A 3D Convolutional Neural Network Method for Land Cover Classification Using LiDAR and Multi-Temporal Landsat Imagery”. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 144: 423-434.

Zhang, C., Lei, D., Yuan, Q., Zhuang, H., Kaplan, L., Wang, S., and Han, J. (2018) “GeoBurst+: Effective and Real-Time Local Event Detection in Geo-Tagged Tweet Streams”. ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology, 9(3): Article 34,