It is with great pleasure that we announce that Xiaobai Angela Yao (University of Geography) has been elected as Vice President of CaGIS, and Gaurav Sinha (Ohio University) has been elected to the Board of Directors. Both will begin their terms of service at the Spring meeting of the Board of Directors. Congratulations Angela and Gaurav, and thank you for your service to CaGIS.

Xiaobai Angela Yao has been a devoted member of the GIScience and Cartography community. Her current services in the discipline include serving as chair of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) Commission on Geospatial Analysis and Modeling (2015 – 2023) and as a director on the Board of Directors of the University Consortium of Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) (2020-2023). Previously, she also served on a few committees of AAG and SEDAAG, and as a board member of the International Association of Chinese professionals in GIScience (CPGIS). To fulfill responsibilities in these leadership roles, she has regularly organized or co-organized international symposiums, workshops, and other professional activities in the past decade. She also edited research volumes, guest-edited journal special issues, and served as a referee for dozens of journals and as a panelist for the National Science Foundation.

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Ohio University. I have published on a broad swath of GIScience topics, but I am most attracted to spatial cognition and geospatial ontology and applying such knowledge for computational representation of both common sense and geoscientific concepts of the landscape. My academic service record has been rather standard so far: serving as reviewer for many journals and on the conference committees for GIScience, COSIT, Auto Carto and FOIS conference series. I am now seeking additional and more complex professional service opportunities to make diverse and more long-term contributions to the geospatial information science community.

The newest edition of ICA News has been released, and includes an excellent summary of the AutoCarto 2020 Conference organized by Aileen Buckley with May Yuan as program chair. Aileen’s summary provides some context about this year’s conference and illustrates how the keynotes, programs, and workshops connected to the conference theme of WhereNext.

Eric Delmelle will be presenting “Geocomputational Approaches for the Visualization and Detection of Outbreaks of Vector-Borne Diseases in Urban Environments” at the next GeoBytes webinar on Friday, January 29th at 12:00 pm EST. The webinar is FREE for all ASPRS and CaGIS members and $25 for non-members.

Please see the CaGIS GeoBytes page for more information on registering.


Infectious diseases have complex transmission cycles, and effective public health responses require the ability to monitor outbreaks in a timely manner. Space-time statistics facilitate the discovery of disease dynamics including rate of spread and seasonal cyclic patterns, but are computationally demanding, especially for datasets of increasing size, diversity and availability. In this presentation, I will discuss high-performance computation techniques for the rapid detection of space-time patterns of vector-borne diseases in urban areas, with an application to Cali, Colombia. Three-dimensional visualization techniques will be presented to gain insight in the shape of these space-time patterns.

Eric M. Delmelle, is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with experience in the development of new, robust geocomputational approaches to deepen the understanding of the dynamics of infectious and non-infectious diseases in space, time and at different scales. His current research includes (1) modeling the co-occurrence of vector-borne diseases (Dengue, Zika, Chikungunya) in developing countries; (2) evaluating the impact of residential mobility on health care access in Florida and (3) space-time variation in the concentration of contamination from private wells in rural North Carolina. His research is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute.

This is an archived post. Due to public health considerations, AutoCarto 2020 has been postponed to November 17-20. Please see for the most current information.

Due to the overwhelming requests, the submission deadline of extended abstracts (up to 1,500 words) has been extended to January 24, 2020.

Below is the updated schedule:
Extended Abstracts due: January 24, 2020 (firmed date. No further extension possible)
Extended Abstracts decision: February 28, 2020
Student assistantship applications due: February 14, 2020
Poster submission: March 1- 16, 2020 (please do not submit before March 1, 2020)
Poster decisions: March 30, 2020

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This is an archived post. Due to public health considerations, AutoCarto 2020 has been postponed to November 17-20. Please see for the most current information.

January 2, 2020

Extended abstracts for AutoCarto 2020 are due January 10 – see for details.

This is an archived post. Due to public health considerations, AutoCarto 2020 has been postponed to November 17-20. Please see for the most current information.

The AutoCarto 2020 Program Committee is pleased to announce the selected workshops to be held in coordination with AutoCarto 2020 to be held in Redlands, CA. Workshops will be held on Tuesday, May 19th, in advance of AutoCarto 2020. They range from 90 minutes to full-day workshops.

CaGIS is pleased to announce that the 2019 winner of the Ph.D. Scholarship is Brent Dell from the University of Texas.  Brent is advised by Dr. May Yuan and is a member of the Geospatial Analytics and Innovative Applications (GAIA) Laboratory, where his research integrates augmented and virtual reality and aerial archaeology with drones.

ASPRS & CAGIS are distributing the first ever State of Geospatial Employment Survey. This survey will be the largest survey of its kind providing valuable data on the state of geospatial employment, compensation and ideology across different countries, professions and types of employers.

Just click on the following link to participate in this historic event.

From left: Thomas Pingel, Matt Rice, Samantha Arundel, Kevin Hawley

Congratulations to our newly elected CaGIS VP Thomas Pingel of Virginia Tech, and our two new Directors Kevin Hawley of the US Census Bureau & Samantha Arundel!

We also thank Howard Veregin from the Wisconsin State Cartographer’s Office and Matt Rice from George Mason University, who are rotating off the board. Thanks, Howard and Matt, for your service to CaGIS!

In addition to the many Cartography and GI Science related sessions at AAG this year, CaGIS would like to make sure the membership is aware of two particular events:

On Tuesday, April 2 from 6 – 8pm, CaGIS will be hosting a reception in the Johnson Room (note: not the Jackson Room as originally stated) at the Marriott Wardman Park. Hors d’ouerves and various adult beverages will be served. Come and mingle with colleagues, learn what CaGIS has been up to lately, and meet the board members of CaGIS.

On Wednesday, April 3 from 4:30 – 5:30 pm, there will be a USNC meeting held in room Delaware A, at the Marriott Wardman Park. We will be discussing the 2019 International Cartographic Conference and related activities.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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