Keynotes and Talks

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Closing Plenary

High-quality atlas production, large-format cartography, geographic visualization, and assisting the management of the campus are key areas of work at the University of Oregon’s InfoGraphics Lab. The lab’s Assistant Director, Ken Kato, will illustrate their design and production approaches with a presentation featuring a look under the hood of two current atlases, “The Atlas of Yellowstone” and the “Archaeology and Landscape in the Mongolian Altai: An Atlas”, both built on the successes learned during the creation of the “Atlas of Oregon” and how those techniques and lessons learned were employed while assisting ODOT with the publication two official state maps – Highway and Bike - using ArcMAP. This effort made great use of ESRI’s Cartographic Representation functionality, allowing the map to achieve high-quality design goals, ones they would normally rely on graphic design for, without breaking direct ties to the underlying GIS data layers. His talk will also demonstrate how their room-level GIS and mapping system for the University of Oregon campus was used as a central piece for Emergency Management, Planning, Operations and Communications of the Olympic Track and Field Trials held on campus in 2008 – and how maps and GIS played a key role in coordinating a large number of Emergency Response groups – local, state, federal, military, etc.



 Ken Kato Assistant Director of the InfoGraphics Lab in the Department of Geography at the University of Oregon. The InfoGraphics Lab is a research and production facility in the university‘s Department of Geography that specializes in the integration of GIS and graphic design tools with cartographic design, atlas design, and web-based dynamic cartography. A nationally-recognized leader for its work in atlas cartography and interactive GIS, the lab develops cartographic and GIS solutions for state and local agencies and collaborates with faculty from across the university to bring expertise in GIS science to research projects. His current research and project interests are is the design and management of Enterprise GIS/Geodatabase applications that are geared to support the creation of rich cartographic products, both print and web, in addition to supporting primary data and analysis needs as well as mobile GIS applications.

Closing Keynote - Ann Johnson & Philip Davis from the GeoTech Center

The National Research Council report on “Learning to Think Spatially” suggested that all workers need to be able to think spatially and that spatial thinking skills should be integrated across the curriculum.  GIS can be a tool that helps build spatial thinking skills as well as a tool to help students learn to solve real world problems using technology.  See how students are using the technology and learn how we can all help educators create programs that produce graduates with the technical and conceptual skills needed by the user community.  

Phil DavisPhillip Davis is a professor of computer science at Del Mar College, where he has taught since 1983. His research interest includes mobile computing and online learning. Phillip Davis has led two ATE grants and served as CoPI on two others, totaling $7M. He is a graduate of Texas A&M Corpus Christi holding the BS, MS, and PhD in Computer Science (Nova Southeastern). He is married to Kathleen Soch, MD and father to Thomas, Ann and John Howard. Phillip serves as the PI and Director of the of the GeoTech Center.

Ann JohnsonAnn Johnson holds a BS degree from California State University, Fulerton MS degree from University of California, Riverside Geology, She works for ESRI as Community College Manager, Higher Education. Ann has been interested in Earth Science and Geology having received a Bachelors Degree from California State University in Fullerton and a Master’s Degree from University of California Riverside. While teaching Earth Sciences in community college, she became interested in Geographic Information Systems. At ESRI she helps colleges and universities to develop GIS courses and programs, designs and teaches GIS workshops for college and university instructors and speaks in support of GIS to groups across the United States. Ann serves as the GeoTech Center Marketing and Communication Specialist.


ESRI Northwest Update and UC 2009 Highlights

We can’t squeeze the content of this year’s International User Conference into 1½ hours but, if you were unable to attend this year, this session will present how ArcGIS 9.3.1 improvements for map publishing and sharing geographic information will extend the impact and reach of your work. You will hear about the road ahead including ArcGIS 9.4 tools and content for faster production and enhanced analysis. We will include news from the ESRI Regional Office, ESRI Training Programs and ESRI Special Achievement in GIS awards. Nathalie Smith and Marty Balikov, ESRI

Keynote Speaker - Aileen Buckley

Aileen Buckley came to ESRI in 2003 from University of Oregon where she was a professor of geography teaching cartography, GIS, GPS, and other mapping sciences. She holds an adjunct associate professor appointment at the University of Redlands in their Masters of Science in GIS program. Her PhD is from Oregon State University.

Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked at an engineering firm as a project manager on projects converting cadastral paper maps to GIS data layers. And before that she worked in the Cartography Division of the National Geographic Society on the seventh edition of their Atlas of the World.

She has written a number of articles and book chapters on various aspects of GIS and cartography, and she is an editor of the Encyclopedia of Geographic Information Science by Sage Publications. At UO, she also helped author the Atlas of Oregon, Second Edition (2001). She is second author of the forthcoming book Map Use: Reading and Analysis, Sixth Edition by ESRI Press. She was the 2007-2009 president of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS)