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2018 UMN Spatial Forum, November 14

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Celebrate GIS day with us at the 2018 Spatial Forum! 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 lighting talks, conversation, and the Borchert Lecture. This event is co-sponsored by the MGIS program, Geography, Environment & Society, U-Spatial, and DASH.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Wilson Research Collaboration Studio

12:00 – 1:30 Lightning Talks
1:30 – 2:00 Vendors and hors d’oeuvres
2:00 – 2:45 Panel on Geospatial Data Science
2:45 – 3:15 Design with Nature 50 year anniversary
3:15 – 4:00 Reception – hors d’oeuvres & GIS Day cake served
4:00 – 5:00 Borchert Lecture
5:00 – 7:00 Networking event (Campus Club)

Dawn Wright, Esri Chief Scientist, will give the Borchert lecture on “Swells, Soundings, and Sustainability in the Ocean.” Read the abstract on U-Spatial’s website here.



Lightning Talk Speakers

International Geodesign Collaboration: Changing Geography by Design
Tom Fisher, Director – Minnesota Design Center

GIS in the Environmental Justice Classroom: Building Student Skillsets, Community-Engaged Scholarship, and Equitable Communities
Michelle Garvey, Teaching Specialist – Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies

Crawling out of my Silo: High Throughput Phenotyping of Large Breeding Nurseries using Remote Sensing, and GIS Techniques
Atena Haghighattalab, Phenomics Lead – Department of Plant Pathology

Using GIS to Understand Utilization of Breast Cancer Services
David Haynes, Post Doctoral Fellow – Family Medicine and Community Health

Drones in Precision Agriculture
David Mulla, Professor – Soil, Water & Climate

Spatio-temporal patterns in crop climatologies using G.E.M.S.
Jeff Thompson, HPC Geospatial Analyst – Minnesota Supercomputing Institute


Panel on Geospatial Data Science

Snigdhansu Chatterjee, Director – Institute for Research in Statistics and its Applications (IRSA)

Atena Haghighattalab, Phenomics Lead – Plant Pathology

Sona Maniyan, Senior Business Intelligence Analyst – Target

Mohamed Mokbel, Professor – Computer Science

Paul Morin, Director – Polar Geospatial Center

Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist – Esri

Eric Shook (Moderator), Assistant Professor – Geography, Environment & Society


Design with Nature 50 Year Anniversary

Following Nature’s Advice: Mapping Ian McHarg’s Impact on the Twin Cities
Dan Milz, Visiting Assistant Professor – Humphrey School of Public Affairs


Research Exhibitors

UMN Enterprise GIS
Flyover Country
MN Geological Survey
MN Traffic Observatory
Geographic Information Science Student Organization (GISSO)
UMD Geospatial Analysis Center
Borchert Map Library (tour available at 3:15)
Minnesota Population Center
Master of Geographic Information Science (MGIS)
Digital Arts, Science & Humanities (DASH)
Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI)
Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Lab/UAS Lab
Minnesota Design Center
7’ Ian McHarg map display
Polar Geospatial Center

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