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Special Symposium:

Space-Time Integration in Geography and GIScience

Every year, the Association of American Geographers (AAG) identifies a particularly timely or relevant set of themes to feature during its Annual Meetings. Last year an over-riding theme was climate change, for example, and previous years have included featured sessions on topics such as human rights, landscape and literature, sustainable development in Africa, geography of water, and many other topics.

A special Symposium focused on the research status, recent advances and research needs of space-time integration, modeling and analysis in geography and GIScience will be organized within the AAG Annual Meeting in Seattle, April 12-16, 2011. This special set of invited papers will feature many leading geography and GIScience researchers from Asia and Europe as well as from other regions of the world, and will form a high-profile international symposium within the AAG Annual Meeting.

Space-time analysis is a rapidly growing research frontier in geography, GIS, and GIScience. Advances in integrated GPS/GIS technologies, the availability of large datasets (over time and space), and increased capacity to manage, integrate, model and visualize complex data in (near) real time, offer the GIS and geography communities extraordinary opportunities to begin to integrate sophisticated space-time analysis and models in the study of complex environmental and social systems, from climate change to infectious disease transmission.

This special Symposium builds on momentum from a space-time analysis workshop sponsored by the AAG, ESRI, the University of Redlands, and University of Southern California in early 2010, as well as other recent initiatives. Geographers, GIScientists, modelers, computer programmers, GPS/GIS scientists, climate change scientists, epidemiologists, ecologists, planners, transportation experts, and others with active research expertise in integrating space-time in GIS and geography are encouraged to participate. This special Symposium will open with plenary sessions led by prominent theorists and pioneers in time-space GIScience and technology research.

Symposium Organizers are:

Michael Goodchild - University of California - Santa Barbara
Doug Richardson - Association of American Geographers
Mei-Po Kwan - Ohio State University
Peter Bol - Harvard University
Luc Anselin - Arizona State University
Kathleen Stewart - University of Iowa
Tomoki Nakaya - Ritsumeikan University, Japan
Dan Griffith - University of Texas at Dallas
Scott Bell - University of Saskatchewan
Martin Dijst - Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Jeremy Mennis - Temple University
Elizabeth Wentz - Arizona State University
Michael Gould - Environmental Systems Research Institute
Wendy Guan - Harvard University
Donggen Wang - Hong Kong Baptist University, China
Harvey Miller - University of Utah
Jean McKendry - Association of American Geographers
May Yuan - University of Oklahoma
Seraphim Alvanides - Northumbria University, UK
Sara Fabrikant - University of Zurich

The Symposium organizers welcome paper or poster abstracts in the following areas.

Research advances and needs in space-time analysis and representation, such as:

  • collaborations among GIScientists and modelers (systems, agent-based, network, etc.)
  • real-time GPS/GIS interactive systems
  • technological challenges and R&D needs
  • visualization of space-time in GIS
  • sharing discoveries and results with decision-makers
  • integrating analysis and results into web 2.0
  • ontological frameworks
  • qualitative space-time analysis
  • temporal scale and event representation
  • historical time and HGIS
  • computational algorithms
  • analytical tools for time constrained decision support systems
  • sensor integration
  • 3-D or 4-D representations of time and space interactive data
  • real-time geographic management systems
  • uncertainty analysis
  • community or participatory GPS/GIS and related systems (including “VGI”)

State-of-the-Art applications of space-time modeling and analysis in areas such as:

  • climate change response and adaptation
  • species migrations and habitat connectivity
  • marine environments (oil spill impacts, other persistent pollution, fisheries, ocean transport)
  • hydrology (flows and observations)
  • land use/land cover change
  • location-based services (LBS)/mobile GIS/navigation
  • homelessness and poverty research
  • health (epidemics, disease transmission)
  • disaster response, crisis mapping
  • crime analysis and mapping
  • dynamics of urban renewal/decay
  • dynamics of the global financial system
  • wars, revolutions, and military activities
  • flows of labor and trade in a global economy
  • transportation (information, materials, people)
  • refugee populations

Education and the GIS workforce using space-time analysis, such as:

  • Needs of business, nonprofit, governmental, and academic organizations for expertise
  •  Opportunities and pathways to educate geographers and GIScientists (students to mature GIS professionals) in new research techniques, tools, and concepts

If you are interested in presenting a paper or poster in this Time-Space Research Symposium, please go to, to register for the conference and submit your abstract by October 20, 2010. Indicate “Temporal” as one of your keywords. Also email a copy of your abstract submission page to Megan Overbey at For more information on the symposium, contact Jean McKendry at

In addition to this featured Space-Time GIScience Research Symposium, other special themes of the AAG Seattle meeting will include session tracks focused on Asian Geographies and Research Collaborations; on Geography and Public Health; on Diversifying our Discipline; and on the Changing Role of Universities in today's globalizing societies. These and hundreds of other cutting edge research and education sessions and workshops will be held at the Seattle meeting. The AAG Annual Meeting, with over 8,000 attendees from more than 60 countries, represents one of the most dynamic, substantive, and innovative geography and GIScience research and scholarship events in the world. We hope you will join us in 2011 in Seattle, one of our favorite cities.