World leaders in geographic information science speaking at UB conference

BUFFALO, N.Y. — In 1992, University at Buffalo graduate
students brought top geographic information scientists to Western
New York for what would become the first inaugural International
Conference on Geoinformatics.

The conference led to the formation of the International
Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information
Sciences (CPGIS).

Now, 25 years later, as UB continues to play a leading role
advancing geographic information science worldwide, the conference
returns to Western New York from Aug. 2-4, giving leading
scientists a forum to discuss the latest trends in GIS.

“We have eight world-class scholars coming to
speak,” said Ling Bian, PhD, director of the National Center
for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) at UB and professor
of geography in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bian is organizing the conference with fellow UB faculty members
Le Wang, PhD, professor of geography, and Li Yin, PhD, associate
professor of urban and regional planning in the School of
Architecture and Planning; and Laura Mangan at the Office of the
Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

GIS is the field of research that combines maps with data. It
includes disciplines such as geography, information science,
computer science and more. Since the 1970s, UB has been a leading
institution in GIS research and education.

In 1988, UB’s Department of Geography was chosen as one of
three sites nationally for the NCGIA, an independent research
consortium founded in the same year with support from the U.S.
National Science Foundation.

The designation helped attract to UB faculty and students from
around the world, including the founding members of the CPGIS,
which has evolved into a globally influential GIS organization that
publishes its own peer-reviewed journal. Many CPGIS members are now
leaders in academia, business and government agencies.

“In addition to showcasing UB’s leadership in
geographic information sciences, this…

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