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Travel grants for students attending SIGSPATIAL 2016

News Date: 
14 Sep 2016
Details: 

ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016 
Student Travel Awards

NSF Travel Grants for US-based Graduate and Undergraduate Students

As part of NSF's commitment to maintain United States' research competitiveness in important areas of Science and Technology, the organizers of ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016 are pleased to announce the 2016 NSF Student Travel Grants to encourage more computer science students both at the graduate and undergraduate levels to attend and participate in the ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016 Conference. Each travel award will cover up to $1,000 USD towards conference-travel related costs. We especially encourage minority and female computer science PhD students to apply. In addition, special consideration will be given to undergraduate students actively participating in research.

SIGSPATIAL Travel Grants for International Students

The conference organizers are also making SIGSPATIAL funds available to help support the travel expenses of international students. The SIGSPATIAL Travel Grants for International Students will pay $500 USD towards conference related travel costs. Due to limited funds for this program, we will only consider undergraduates and female students for these awards.


Selection Criteria

  • The applicant must be a student enrolled at a US University for the NSF Travel Grants or an International University for the SIGSPATIAL Travel Grants and pursuing a PhD degree or be a research-active M.S. or undergraduate student in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or technical field related to conference topics.
  • Priority will be given to students authors with accepted papers at ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016.
  • The recipients must register and attend the full conference.
  • The funding will be used for student travel-related support only.

Committee

  • Shawn Newsam, University of California, Merced (Chair)
  • Mohamed Ali, University of Washington, Tacoma
  • Yan Huang, University of North Texas

Application Process

The application involves two steps.

First, complete the information in the online Google form:

Second, send an email to sigspatial2016grants@gmail.com with a single PDF document containing:

  • your CV or resume (containing your full name and e-mail address, current address and contact phone number, and current GPA in your course-work).
  • a 1-paragraph statement (no more than 250 words) on how you will be participating in the conference and why attending it is important to your research, work, and/or future career.
  • a budget outlining your estimated expenses to attend the conference. The budget can include (1) student early registration for the conference of $250, (2) lowest cost roundtrip airfare (for NSF grants it must be on a US carrier), (3) a (shared) room at the conference site for Sunday through Wednesday nights (up to $400). We cannot cover any meal expenses (the conference will provide breakfast and several dinners). You must provide receipts for all expenses. We will help students find roommates to share rooms. You can be reimbursed for driving instead of flying at a rate of 54 cents per mile if the cost is less than flying (you must provide documentation for reimbursement). Please indicate what other sources of funding, if any, you have to attend the conference.
  • a letter of nomination from the sponsoring faculty member that specifies how much, if anything, your advisor can provide in terms of travel support.

Service Requirement

Please note that we ask all grant recipients to volunteer for four hours at the registration desk sometime during the week. You get to pick your time slots, so you will not be forced to miss anything you want to attend.

Deadlines

Application Submission:Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Decisions/Notifications:Thursday, September 29th, 2016
Acceptance by the recipient:Thursday, October 6th, 2016
(conference registration must be completed)

Notification

The winners will be notified by email and their names will be published on the conference webpage.

--
Ahmed M. Aly

[Election 2016] Board Nominations

News Date: 
9 Sep 2016
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Dear all, after a successful FOSS4G and northern hemisphere summer break, it's time to take the OSGeo Foundation Board Elections.

The nominations for the OSGeo Board of Directors started Wednesday 7th. Please take a minute to understand what the board actually does. A director should plan to spend several hours a week on OSGeo business in order to do a good job. The current board members will know best.

To nominate a candidate for the board please first confirm with the person that they would like to stand for election as a Board member. Then send an email to cro@osgeo.org CCing the candidate by 12:00 GMT on Tuesday 20.09.2016 consisting of:

- name and e-mail
- current country of residence
- a paragraph describing why you think this person would make a good
Board member.

Remember that only Charter Members are eligible for a seat on the Board and for voting but that *anybody* can *nominate* a board member.

Last year was asked, after public nomination, to write to the Discuss mailing list some kind of manifesto about their plans for their term. This is not mandatory at all but a good starting point for discussions and to let the community know what are your ideas about the Foundation.

Thank you.

Best regards,
Jorge
CRO 2016

OSGeo GSoC 2016: Summary and results

News Date: 
2 Sep 2016
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Dear all,

One more GSoC has come to an end, with an awesome array of successful student projects:

https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/organizations/6273632556810240/

We would like to warmly thank our mentors for the first-class support to the students, defying timezones and language hurdles, so that each student could comfortably learn and code in their chosen software project. Also, thank you to all our students for their commitment and the excellent results produced. Every year the bar is raised a notch! And last but not least, a huge thank you to Google Open Source Team, who made GSoC a reality for the 12th year in a row!

We wish all mentors a relaxing winter of code, and welcome our students to stay around and enjoy open source community, this time without deadlines :)

Until next GSoC, goodbye!

Anne and Madi
OSGeo GSoC Administrators
http://goo.gl/SfjlVb
https://goo.gl/photos/LSw49B5aonoZJ6S66

Mr. Jeff McKenna Receives Sol Katz Award

News Date: 
27 Aug 2016
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Mr. Jeff McKenna was honored today with the 2016 Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software during the FOSS4G-2016 conference in Bonn, Germany. The award was announced by Prof. Venkatesh Raghavan, President, OSGeo Foundation.

The award is presented in recognition of Jeff's deep passion for FOSS4G and relentless effort to promote OSGeo Foundation around the world. He has been involved in OSGeo since the foundation was formed in 2006. The OSGeo Foundation wishes to thank Mr. Jeff McKenna for his dedication and invaluable contributions towards furthering the goals and objectives of the OSGeo Foundation.

Background

The Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software is awarded annually by OSGeo to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the GFOSS community. Recipients of the award will have contributed significantly through their activities to advance open source ideals in the geospatial realm. The hope is that the award will both acknowledge the work of community members, and pay tribute to one of its founders, for years to come.

Sol Katz was an early pioneer of GFOSS and left behind a large body of work in the form of applications, format specifications, and utilities. In the early 80's, Sol assisted in the development of a public domain GIS package called MOSS (Map Overlay and Statistical System). This software was arguably the first open source GIS software in the world. Sol would later go on to release and maintain PC MOSS. He was also one of the first involved in public data translator utilities. Utilities that he developed for converting DEMs and reading SDTS files were contributed back to the geospatial community, and are still available today. Sol was also a frequent contributor to many geospatial list servers, providing much guidance to the geospatial community at large. Sol Katz's collection of GIS utilities at the BLM is still available at ftp://ftp.blm.gov/pub/gis/. Sadly, after fighting Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma for almost a decade, Sol died April 23, 1999 in bed. His legacy will always live on in the GFOSS world.

ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science (IWCTS) - Call for papers

News Date: 
19 Aug 2016
Details: 
9th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science (IWCTS)
October 31st, 2016, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA (Workshop Website: https://udi.ornl.gov/iwcts2016)

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Paper submission due: September 2th, 2016 (CDT)
  • Notification to the authors: September 23rd, 2016
  • Camera ready papers due: October 3rd, 2016
  • IWCTS Workshop: October 31st, 2016 (collocated with ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016)

About the Workshop

The 9th International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science (IWCTS 2016) is particularly timely given the prominence of connected automated vehicles technologies in the global auto industry’s near-term growth strategies, of big data analytics and unprecedented access to sensing data of mobility, and of integration of this analytics into the optimization of mobility and transport. These developments are deeply computational. We will build upon the success of previous workshops to continue to focus on computation, knowledge discovery, and technology aspects of transportation systems while welcoming research papers in computer science, transportation science, urban and regional planning, the automotive arena, civil engineering, robotics, geography, geo-informatics, and other related disciplines.

Background

In the near future, vehicles, travelers, and the infrastructure will collectively have billions of sensors that can communicate with each other. Transportation systems, due to their distributed/mobile nature, can become the ultimate test-bed for a ubiquitous (i.e., embedded, highly-distributed, and sensor-laden) computing environment of unprecedented scale. This environment will enable numerous novel applications and order of magnitude improvement of the performance of existing applications. Information technology is the foundation for implementing new strategies, particularly if they are to be made available in real-time to wireless devices in vehicles or in the hands of people. Contributing are increasingly more sophisticated geospatial and spatio-temporal information management capabilities. Human factors, technology adoption and use, user feedback and incentives for collaborative behavior are areas of technology policy central to the success of this ubiquitous computing environment.

Scope of Submissions

The International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science invites submissions of original, previously unpublished papers contributing to Computational Transportation Science. Position papers that report novel research directions or identify challenging problems are also invited. Papers incorporating one or more of the following themes are especially encouraged:

• Collaborative transport, including collaborative multi-modal transport
• Computational and artificial intelligence aspects of assisted driving, collaborative transport or multi-modal transport
• Crowd sourcing and participatory sensing in transport
• Cameras as sensors for trajectory acquisition and event recognition
• Computer Vision-based information extraction from image sequences
• Context aware analysis of movement data
• New processing frameworks for handling masses of transport data (e.g. Hadoop)
• Uncertain information in collaborative transport and assisted travelling
• Mechanism design for collaborative behavior
• Data mining and statistical learning for travel information
• Human-computer interfaces in intelligent transportation applications
• Privacy, security, and trust in transportation information
• Novel applications targeted to health, mobility, livability and sustainability

Submission Format and Guidelines

Authors should prepare an Adobe Acrobat PDF version of their full paper. Papers must be in English and not exceed 6-pages double column in ACM SIG format (US Letter size, 8.5 x 11 inches) including text, figures and references. Position papers are limited 4 pages in this format, and should be marked ‘(Position paper)’ in the subtitle. Accepted papers will be published in the ACM digital library under the condition that at least one author has registered for both the main SIGSPATIAL conference and the workshop, attends the workshop, and presents the accepted paper in the workshop. Otherwise, the accepted paper will not appear in the workshop proceedings or in the ACM Digital Library version of the workshop proceedings.

General Chairs

  • Gautam S. Thakur, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA (thakurg@ornl.gov)
  • Nicole Ronald, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia (nronald@swin.edu.au)
  • Stephan Winter, The University of Melbourne, Australia (winter@unimelb.edu.au)

First ACM SIGSPATIAL Student Research Competition

News Date: 
19 Aug 2016
Details: 

For the first time, the ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016 will host the SIGSPATIAL ACM Student Research Competition (SRC). SRC allows undergraduate and graduate students to share their research results and exchange ideas with other students, judges, and conference attendees; understand the practical applications of their research; perfect their communication skills; and receive prizes and gain recognition from ACM and the greater computing community.

Guidelines

The Student Research Competition is open to graduate (only one author) and undergraduate (up to two authors per contribution) student members whose submissions are accepted by the SRC committee. SRC submissions should describe recent research conducted primarily by students or a recent development that involves a substantial amount of work achieved primarily by students. To be considered, complete a submission of an extended abstract of a topic of interest to the ACM SIGSPATIAL conference (please check the main conference CFP for relevant topics) and indicate the level of the participation (undergraduate or graduate). Valid ACM student membership and student status enrolment as of the submission deadline are required for the lead student.

Selection Process

Submission will be judged based on novelty, impact, approach, results, and contributions to the field of spatial systems and algorithms. Selected competitors must attend the SRC session during the conference and should prepare a poster for demonstrating their work during the conference. If selected for further competition at the next level, they should be prepared to give a short talk of 10 minutes about their research projects in front of the judging committee and conference attendees. Winners of the SIGSPTIAL 2016 SRC will be announced at the conference.

Awards

Selected competitors by the SRC committee will receive up to $500 USD for their conference travel, depending on need. Winners from each category will advance to the SRC Grand Finals, where winners from various ACM SIGs are evaluated to nominate the ACM-wide SRC winners. The winners of the Grand Finals will be recognized at the Annual ACM Awards Banquet, the same banquet that also recognizes the Turing Award winners.

Sponsors

The SRC competition is fully sponsored by a generous donation from Microsoft Research.

Submission Instructions

Each submission should include the author(s)' name(s), affiliations, email addresses, research advisors' names, ACM student member number, SRC category (undergraduate or graduate), and an extended abstract of no more than two pages in the conference template. The SRC submission should not have been published before or under concurrent submission to another venue/SIGSPATIAL track. Please submit your papers through the EasyChair system at: https://easychair.org/ conferences/?conf= acmsigspatial16src

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: August 25, 2016. September 2nd, 2016.
Notification of Acceptance: September 20, 2016 September 27th, 2016.

Contact

For more information about the SRC competition, please contact the SRC Chair Moustafa Youssef at moustafa.youssef@ejust.edu.eg