The 25th International Conference on Geoinformatics was held August 2-4 in Buffalo, New York, USA. The conference was co-organized by the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis at Buffalo (NCGIA-Buffalo) and the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences (CPGIS). Under the theme of Past and Future 25 Years, 240 participants from 89 universities and corporates around the world, along with 50 family members, gathered at CPGIS’s birthplace to celebrate the 25th anniversary of CPGIS.
The conference featured an unusually large number of world-class keynote speakers whose insights will make profound influences to future GIScience development. The highlights of this conference also included impressively high-quality papers and a strong presence of a young generation of researchers and students. Throughout the parallel papers sessions, cutting-edge panels, and student paper competition sessions, researchers and students exchanged novel ideas and knowledge on geographic information sciences and technologies.
Participants enjoyed activities of the Niagara Falls Night and CPGIS Night, reunited with old friends, met new ones, and networked with each other to plan future collaborations. Among them, 17 CPGIS founders and 19 CPGIS presidents across 25 years united at the historical location to share retrospect and prospect of past success and future development. 22 University at Buffalo alumni emotionally lingered on campus and other places memorable back in their student years. Special recognition went to 15 academic institutions, corporates, and individuals who generously sponsored the conference. The administration of the University at Buffalo provided financial, personnel, news communication, and administrative support to the conference. Also, close to 30 student volunteers donated their time, effort, and talent to the success of the landmark event.
Highlights of the conference: http://www.ncgia.buffalo.edu/cpgis/gallery.html#Gallery
Organizing Committee, the 25th International Conference on Geoinformatics
The Geoinformatics conference series was initiated by the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences (CPGIS) in 1992.
This international conference series has provided a unique forum for exchanging novel ideas and cutting-edge knowledge on geographic information sciences and
technologies among GIS professionals worldwide.
This year, 2017, marks the 25th anniversary of CPGIS. NCGIA-Buffalo is proud to host this landmark event at the birth place of CPGIS to celebrate 25 years' success and pay tribute to CPGIS members.
We welcome traditional topics in GIScience and also encourage papers on new and emergent themes including: Big GeoData, GIScience of the Internet of Things, Geospatial Semantic Web, Sensor Geomatics, Geosimulation Modeling, Mobile Computing, Mobile Behavior, Complex Networks, Online Social Media, Cyber Computing, Events and Process, and Critical GIS to address societal issues, such as climate change, smart cities, precision medicine, urban mobility, crime analysis, migration, disaster, and environmental sustainability.
Topics on China are especially encouraged. These include, but not limited to, population, urban development, and environment. Papers from a wide range of disciplines related to Geographic Information Sciences are invited, including: Geography, Cognitive science, Computer science, Engineering, Information science, Social science, Urban Planning, among many others.