Webinar: Dangermond Perspectives on Emerging Trends in GIS

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In case you missed it, catch the Emerging trends webinar recording where Jack Dangermond, Michael Goodchild (founding Dangermond Chair of Geography), and Trisalyn Nelson (current Dangermond Chair of Geography) discuss trends in GIS.

Featuring: Jack Dangermond, Michael Goodchild, and Trisalyn Nelson

Moderated by: Krzysztof Janowicz


Jack Dangermond

Jack Dangermond is the founder and president of Esri. With a background in landscape architecture and urban design, he and his wife, Laura, founded Esri in 1969 on the idea that computer-based mapping and analysis could make significant contributions to geographic planning and environmental science. Since then, Esri has become the global market leader in GIS and location intelligence, with 49 offices worldwide, 11 dedicated research centers, and a strong user base of about 350,000 organizations around the world. Dangermond has received many acknowledgements and awards for his contributions to the fields of geography, environmental science, planning, and GIS, including 13 honorary degrees.

Michael Goodchild

Until 2012 I held the Jack and Laura Dangermond Chair of Geography and was Director of UCSB’s Center for Spatial Studies. I received my BA degree from Cambridge University in Physics in 1965 and my PhD in Geography from McMaster University in 1969. My research and teaching interests focus on issues in geographic information science, including uncertainty in geographic information, discrete global grids, and volunteered geographic information. I directed or co-directed several large funded projects, including the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, the Alexandria Digital Library, and the Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science. I was elected member of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2002, and Foreign Member of the Royal Society and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2010; and in 2007 I received the Prix Vautrin Lud. I have published over 550 books and articles. I moved to Seattle upon retirement in 2012, and currently hold part-time positions as Research Professor at Arizona State University and as Distinguished Chair Professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Trisalyn Nelson

Trisalyn Nelson joined the Department of Geography at UCSB as Jack and Laura Dangermond Endowed Chair of Geography in 2020. From 2016-2020 she was Director of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. Prior, she was the Lansdowne Research Professor and Director of the Spatial Pattern Analysis and Research Lab at the University of Victoria, Canada.

As a leader, Dr. Nelson is passionate about creating a positive culture and supporting diversity. In her four years as director at ASU she led the school in hiring 13 faculty, doubling research revenue (research awards increased from $2.1 to $4.7 million), generating $2 million in new revenue (from online learning, philanthropy, and a recharge center), increasing diversity of majors (>3x increase in minority students), and growing undergraduate majors by 25%. Dr. Nelson values partnerships, particularly connection between industry and academics, that enable innovation of methods and approaches to solving critical issues. She has worked with over a dozen partners to leverage data science methods for business and management solutions.


Krzysztof Janowicz

Krzysztof Janowicz is a professor for Geographic Information Science and Geoinformatics at the Geography Department and the director of the Center for Spatial Studies, Janowicz is an Editors-in-Chief of the Semantic Web journal. Here at UCSB, he runs the STKO Lab which investigates the role of space and time for knowledge organization. Before, he was an assistant professor (2009-11) at the GeoVISTA Center, Department of Geography at the Pennsylvania State University, USA. Before moving to the US, he was working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi), University of Münster in Germany for the international research training group on Semantic Integration of Geospatial Information and the Münster Semantic Interoperability Lab (MUSIL). He holds a Ph.D. in Geoinformatics (2008) and a diploma in Ecology (2003) from the same university.