Keynote Speakers

Noel Cressie is Professor of Statistics, Distinguished Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Director of the Program in Spatial Statistics and Environmental Statistics at The Ohio State University. His research interests are in the statistical modeling and analysis of spatial and spatio-temporal data. He is the author of around 250 refereed articles and of three books, the most recent being "Statistics for Spatio-Temporal Data" by Noel Cressie and Christopher K. Wikle, published in 2011 by Wiley. Dr. Cressie is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Among other awards, in 2009 he received the international Fisher Award and Lectureship.
Jack Dongarra holds an appointment at the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the University of Manchester. He specializes in numerical algorithms in linear algebra, parallel computing, use of advanced-computer architectures, programming methodology, and tools for parallel computers. He was awarded the IEEE Sid Fernbach Award in 2004 for his contributions in the application of high performance computers using innovative approaches; in 2008 he was the recipient of the first IEEE Medal of Excellence in Scalable Computing; in 2010 he was the first recipient of the SIAM Special Interest Group on Supercomputing's award for Career Achievement; and in 2011 he was the recipient of the IEEE IPDPS 2011 Charles Babbage Award. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, IEEE, and SIAM and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Helen Couclelis is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. With a background in architecture, civil engineering, and urban and regional modeling and planning, she began her career as a professional in Greece. At UCSB she served as Associate Director of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) and as member of the executive committee of the Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science (CSISS). Her publications range from spatial cognition to process modeling, and she is known for pioneering cellular automata models in geography. Her recent research is increasingly on geographic information ontologies with an emphasis on temporal and task-centered representation. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Utrecht University for her work that bridges disciplines and perspectives.
Yee Leung is Professor of Geography and Resource Management at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also concurrently the Associate Director of the Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability, the Associate Academic Director of the Institute of Space and Earth Information Science at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is now Chair of The Commission on Modeling Geographical Systems, International Geographical Union, and Chair of The Commission on Quantitative and Computational Geography of The Chinese Geographical Society. Professor Leung has done pioneer and influential research in imprecision/uncertainty analysis in geography and GIS, intelligent spatial decision support systems, geocomputation (particularly on fuzzy set, rough set, spatial statistics, fractal analysis, neural networks and genetic algorithms), and spatial knowledge discovery and data mining. His landmark books are: Spatial Analysis and Planning under Imprecision (Elsevier, 1988); Intelligent Spatial Decision Support Systems (Springer-Verlag, 1997), and Knowledge Discovery in Spatial Data (Springer-Verlag, 2010).
Douglas Richardson is the Executive Director of the Association of American Geographers (AAG). During the past ten years, he led a highly successful organizational renewal of the AAG and has built very strong academic, research, publishing, and financial foundations for the organization's future. Prior to joining the AAG, Dr. Richardson founded and for 18 years was the president of GeoResearch, Inc., a private-sector scientific research company specializing in geographic research and technology, including GIS, spatial modeling, and GPS. GeoResearch developed and patented the world's first real-time interactive GPS/GIS mapping and data collection technology, leading to pervasive changes in the ways in which geographic information is now collected, mapped, integrated, and used within geography, as well as in society at large. Richardson holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Geography from Michigan State University. His current research interests focus on geography's evolution as an international discipline and its future trajectories in the university and in society.
Peter K. Bol is the Charles H. Carswell Professor East Asian Languages and Civilizations. His research is centered on the history of China's cultural elites at the national and local levels from the 7th to the 17th century. He is the author of "This Culture of Ours": Intellectual Transitions in T'ang and Sung China, Neo-Confucianism in History, coauthor of Sung Dynasty Uses of the I-ching, co-editor of Ways with Words, and various journal articles in Chinese, Japanese, and English. He led Harvard's university-wide effort to establish support for geospatial analysis in teaching and research; in 2005 he was named the first director of the Center for Geographic Analysis. He also directs the China Historical Geographic Information Systems project, a collaboration between Harvard and Fudan University in Shanghai to create a GIS for 2000 years of Chinese history. In a collaboration between Harvard, Academia Sinica, and Peking University he directs the China Biographical Database project, an online relational database currently of 112,000 historical figures that is being expanded to cover the Chinese political elite over the last 2000 years.