University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

2017 Student Paper Competition Recipients

First-Place: Xiao Huang (University of South Carolina)
A near real-time flood mapping approach by integrating post-event satellite imagery and flood-related tweets

Second-Place: Dameng Yin (SUNY Buffalo)
Individual mangrove crown delineation using UAV-LiDAR data

Ruiting Zhai (University of Connecticut)
Predicting land cover change in Long Island Sound Watersheds and its effect on invasive species: A case study for glossy buckthorn

Mingjie Song (Queen's University)
A comparison of three heuristic optimization algorithms for solving the multi-objective land allocation problem

Travel Awards:
Yao Feng (Queen’s University)
Ying Jin (Huazhong Agricultural University)
Zhanghua Li (Tsinghua University)
Jianjun Xia (Tsinghua University)
Meifang Li (Sun Yat-Sen University)

The 25th International Conference on GeoInformatics, co-organized by the CPGIS and NCGIA-Buffalo, will be held in Buffalo, NY, USA (August 2–4, 2017). We invite you and/or your students to participate in the Poyang Lake Student Paper Competition. The competition is a long-standing tradition of the CPGIS for promoting academic development of young scholars in geographic information science. This year’s competition is sponsored by the PYL lab of Jiangxi Normal University (鄱阳湖湿地与流域研究教育部重点实验室) and a generous personal donation from Dr. Hui Lin (Chinese University of Hong Kong).


The awards will include one First-Place Award ($700), one Second-Place Award ($500), and two Third-Place Awards ($300 each), and several Travel Awards ($200). The awards will be presented in a public event of the GeoInformatics 2017.


As a tradition in the past, the flagship journal of CPGIS, Annals of GIS (published by Taylor & Francis, a world-leading academic publisher) will continue to hold the privilege to be the first to consider publishing the awarded papers. Your participation in the competition indicates that you agree to give Annals of GIS this privilege. All the awarded papers will go through the peer-review process of the journal. If the journal decides not to publish your awarded paper, the paper will be published in the conference proceedings. Note: Annals of GIS is NOT yet an SCI-indexed journal, and we are currently in the process of applying for an SCI-index status for the journal; the conference proceedings is published by IEEE.

Different from other full papers submitted to the conference, papers submitted to the competition must strictly follow the format of Annals of GIS. Please find the format requirements. To be eligible for the competition, the first author of the paper must meet ALL of the following conditions:

(1) The author is currently an enrolled graduate or undergraduate student, or graduated within a year by the time of submission;
(2) The author is a current member of CPGIS (please check your membership status or follow the procedure of membership registration);
(3) The author undertakes the majority of the research and the drafting of the manuscript;
(4) The paper has not been published or is under consideration of publishing elsewhere;
(5) The paper has not been submitted for applications to other awards;
(6) The student will present the full paper at the conference upon accepted into the oral competition session.

The Award Committee will invite scholars in relevant fields to review all submissions. Selected papers will be invited for presentation at the oral competition session. The committee will make final decisions based on the quality of the paper and the presentation at the conference.


To enroll in the student paper competition, please submit your FULL paper to

Important Dates

Full paper to the competition: April 25, 2017
Notice of acceptance for the oral competition session: May 10, 2017
Early bird conference registration ends: May 15, 2017

Thanks for your interest. We look forward to your participation.

Best regards,
Xiang Chen
Chair of CPGIS Student Paper Competition Committee