Executive Committee


Shaowen Wang, Principal Investigator (PI)

CyberInfrastructure and Geospatial Information Laboratory (CIGI)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Room 265, Computing Applications Building
605 East Springfield Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone 217-333-7608
Email: shaowen@illinois.edu

URL: http://www.cigi.illinois.edu/shaowen/index.htm

Shaowen Wang is a Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science (Primary), Computer Science, and Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where he is named a Centennial Scholar in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is also Associate Director for CyberGIS and a Senior Research Scientist of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), and Founding Director of the CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies and CyberInfrastructure and Geospatial Information Laboratory. He holds affiliate appointments within UIUC’s Computational Science and Engineering Graduate Program and Illinois Informatics Institute. He received his BS in Computer Engineering from Tianjin University in 1995, MS in Geography from Peking University in 1998, and MS of Computer Science and PhD in Geography from the University of Iowa in 2002 and 2004 respectively. His research and teaching interests center on three interrelated themes: 1) computational theories and methods in geographic information science, 2) advanced cyberinfrastructure and data-intensive computational science, and 3) cyberGIS and multi-scale geospatial problem solving. He has published a number of peer-reviewed papers including articles in more than 15 journals. He has served as an Action Editor of GeoInformatica, and guest editor or editorial board member for six other journals, book series and proceedings. He served on the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science Board of Directors from 2009 to 2012, and was appointed two terms as a Councilor of the Open Science Grid Consortium. He was a visiting scholar at Lund University sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2006 and NCSA Fellow in 2007, and received the NSF CAREER Award in 2009.


Luc Anselin, Co-PI

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
975 S Myrtle Avenue, Coor #5620, Tempe, AZ 85287-5302
Email: luc.anselin@asu.edu

URL: http://geoplan.asu.edu/anselin

Luc Anselin is currently Walter Isard Chair and Director of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (ASU) where he attracted some of the leading spatial econometrics scholars. He also founded and directed the GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation at ASU to develop, implement, apply, and disseminate spatial analysis methods. He held prior appointments at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, University of Texas at Dallas, West Virginia University, the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Ohio State University. His (joint) appointments included a range of disciplines, including geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Economics, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, Political Economy and Political Science.

In recent years, several national and international awards recognized Luc Anselin's lifetime achievements, including his development of new spatial methodologies (e.g., local indicators of statistical association) and his widely adopted spatial software tools. The Regional Science Association International elected him as Fellow in 2004, and awarded him their Walter Isard Prize in 2005 and their William Alonso Memorial Prize in 2006. In 2008, Luc Anselin was awarded one of the nation's highest academic honors by being elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

2008 marked the 20th anniversary of the book “Spatial Econometrics: Methods and Models” that Luc Anselin is best known for and that has been cited over 5,000 times. One of the principal academic achievements of Dr. Anselin has been his contributions to moving the discipline of spatial econometrics from the margins in 1988 to current acceptance in mainstream econometrics, thereby advancing the econometric foundations of Geographic Information Science. His publications include several hundred articles and seminal edited books (including New Directions in Spatial Econometrics in 1995 and Advances in Spatial Econometrics in 2004) in the fields of Quantitative Geography, Regional Science, GIScience, Econometrics, Economics and Computer Science.

His development of spatial software further facilitated the establishment of spatial econometrics. Prominent software tools include SpaceStat (spatial econometrics), GeoDa (exploratory spatial data analysis and spatial regression modeling), and collaborative efforts such as PySAL, an open source library of spatial analytic functions based on the Python programming language. The increased popularity of spatial analysis methods is illustrated by GeoDa's worldwide adoption by over 56,000 users within six years of its creation.

A native of Belgium, Luc Anselin graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in economics in 1975 and summa cum laude with an M.S. in Statistics, Econometrics and Operations in 1976, both from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Around this time, the origins of spatial econometrics began to take shape in economics departments in the Netherlands and geography/regional science departments in the UK. In 1977, he moved from Belgium to the U.S. to enroll in Cornell University's interdisciplinary doctoral program in regional science. This provided the opportunity to work with Walter Isard, one of the founders of regional science in the US, and William Greene, author of the standard textbook in econometrics. He earned his doctorate in regional science in 1980.


Budhendra Bhaduri, Co-PI

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Bethel Valley Road
Oak Ridge, TN 37831
Email: bhaduribl@ornl.gov

URL: http://www.ornl.gov/sci/gist/staff_bios/detailed_bhaduri.shtml

Dr. Budhendra Bhaduri is the leader of the Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIST) group at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and a founding member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Geospatial Sciences Steering Committee. His primary responsibilities include conceiving, designing, and implementing innovative geocomputational methods and algorithms to solve a wide variety of national and global problems involving population dynamics modeling, natural resource studies, transportation modeling, critical infrastructure protection, and disaster management. Dr. Bhaduri is also a principal member of the LandScan Global population modeling program at ORNL, which, in 2006 won a prestigious R&D 100 award as one of the top 100 global technologies serving society. He leads the LandScan USA high resolution population dynamics modeling program and was awarded a 2010 Homeland Security award by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation. In addition to his contributions in human settlement studies, he has extensive experience of novel implementation of geospatial science and technology in other areas sustainable development research, including human dimensions of critical infrastructure, urbanization and watershed impacts, and energy resource analysis.
In 2009, he was appointed to the Mapping Science Committee of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council. He is currently a member of Science Dean’s Leadership Council at Purdue University, the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Geographic Information Science & Applications, and Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Expert Task Group on Acquisition of Roadway Information. He has published extensively in a number of leading scientific journals. Recently he served as a guest editor for two special issues of Springer’s GeoJournal dedicated towards “The Geography of Global Population Dynamics”. Dr. Bhaduri is actively involved with academic institutions for scientific collaborations and student engagement for research in geospatial science. He is a recipient of the Department of Energy’s Outstanding Mentor Award for his dedicated service to the department for developing future workforce for the nation.


Michael F. Goodchild, Chair of Science Steering Committee

Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
3611 Ellison Hall
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4060
Email: good@geog.ucsb.edu

URL: http://www.geog.ucsb.edu/~good

Michael Goodchild is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Chair of the Executive Committee, National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA); Associate Director of the Alexandria Digital Library Project; and Director of NCGIA's Varenius project. He received his BA degree from Cambridge University in Physics in 1965 and his PhD in Geography from McMaster University in 1969. After 19 years at the University of Western Ontario, including three years as Chair, he moved to Santa Barbara in 1988. He was Director of NCGIA from 1991 to 1997. In 1999 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Laval University, and in 2001, anhonorary doctorate from University of Keele, UK. In 1990 he was given the Canadian Association of Geographers Award for Scholarly Distinction, and in 1996 the Association of American Geographers award for Outstanding Scholarship; and in 1999 the Canadian Cartographic Association's Award of Distinction for Exceptional Contributions to Cartography; he has won the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Intergraph Award and twice won the Horwood Critique Prize of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. He was Editor of Geographical Analysis between 1987 and 1990, and serves on the editorial boards of ten other journals and book series. His major publications include Geographical Information Systems: Principles and Applications (1991); Environmental Modeling with GIS (1993); Accuracy of Spatial Databases(1989); GIS and Environmental Modeling: Progress and Research Issues (1996); Scale in Remote Sensing and GIS (1997); Interoperating Geographic Information Systems (1999); and Geographical Information Systems: Principles, Techniques, Management and Applications (1999); in addition he is author of some 300 scientific papers. He is currently Chair of the National Research Council's Mapping Science Committee. His current research interests center on geographic information science, spatial analysis, the future of the library, and uncertainty in geographic data.

Timothy Nyerges, Co-PI

Department of Geography
University of Washington
Box 353550 [express mail add: 408a Smith Hall]
Seattle, WA 98195-3550
Email: nyerges@u.washington.edu

URL: http://faculty.washington.edu/nyerges/

Dr. Timothy Nyerges is Professor of Geography at the University of Washington where he specializes in teaching and research related to participatory geographic information systems (GIS) focusing on sustainability management for land use, transportation, and water resource related issues. He received his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 1980 specializing in database management languages for GIS. For the past fifteen years he has undertaken research projects funded by NSF and NOAA to explore development and evaluation of networked GIS, particularly as supported by cyberinfrastructure technology, for enabling stakeholder participation in decision support. Many of the ideas from that research focus on sustainability management appearing in his recent textbook titled Regional and Urban GIS: A Decision Support Approach co-authored with Piotr Jankowski and published by Guildford Press. Current NSF-funded research projects include one about participatory (human-computer-human) interaction modeling as the foundation of participatory modeling methodology and another about high performance, service-oriented computing for spatial-temporal modeling called CyberGIS. He is the director of the Professional Masters Program in GIS for sustainability management for the University of Washington’s Professional and Continuing Education Division. As the immediate past president of University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) he is co-organizing the geospatial extension program - a US national university network to foster research, workforce development, and GIS extension specialists.


Nancy R. Wilkins-Diehr, Co-PI

San Diego Supercomputer Center
University of California-San Diego
Gilan Drive, MC 0505
La Jolla, CA 92093
Email: wilkinsn@sdsc.edu

URL: http://users.sdsc.edu/~wilkinsn/wilkinsn.html

Nancy holds a B.A. in mathematics and philosophy and an M.S. in aerospace engineering. She has held engineering positions with General Dynamics and General Atomics in San Diego. In 1993 Wilkins-Diehr joined the San Diego Supercomputer Center where she has held a variety of positions related to user services including Associate Director of Scientific Computing and project manager for the NPACI program.

Currently Nancy is the area director for the TeraGrid Science Gateways program, which enables scientists to develop Web and client server interfaces to high performance computing, data and visualization resources. She has held this position since 2004.

Anand Padmanabhan, Project Manager

CyberInfrastructure and Geospatial Information Laboratory (CIGI)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Room 264B, Computing Applications Building
605 East Springfield Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820
Email: apadmana@illinois.edu

URL: https://www.cigi.illinois.edu/doku.php/people/anand_padmanabhan

Anand Padmanabhan is a senior research scientist at the CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies and National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Iowa and has research interest in areas of advanced cyberInfrastructure, distributed and high performance computing, multi-agent systems, and CyberGIS. In his capacity at the center, he coordinates cyberGIS programs and services across projects and institutions, and implements and tests geospatial solutions on advanced national cyberinfrastructures such as on the NSF XSEDE and Open Science Grid. He has numerous peer-reviewed publications such as Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Journal of Grid Computing, and Lecture Notes in Computer Science and over ten years of research and development experience in developing solutions on distributed and advanced cyberinfrastructure, such as clouds and computational Grids and is an author of a number of software tools and system components (for e.g., Generic Information Provider (GIP) in Open Science Grid, CDC Malaria Map Application, GISolve middleware).