Distributed ledger technologies such as blockchains and smart contracts have the potential to transform many sectors ranging from the handling of health records to real estate. Here we discuss the value proposition of these technologies and crypto-currencies for science in general and academic publishing in specific. We outline concrete use cases, provide an informal model of how the Semantic Web journal's peer-review workflow could benefit from distributed ledger technologies, and also point out challenges in implementing such a setup.
The Jack and Laura Dangermond Graduate Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding graduate student in Geography studying within the area of Geographic Information Science. The recipient will hold the title “Jack and Laura Dangermond Fellow” in residence for 2017-2018 and will receive a stipend of $5,000, allowing its holder to devote more time to imaginative and creative research.
Two full papers have been accepted for oral presentation at the GIScience conference this year!
Our short paper Visualizing The Semantic Similarity of Geographic Features submitted by Gengchen Mai, Krzysztof Janowicz, Sathya Prasad, and Bo Yan has been accepted for oral presentation at AGILE this year.
As 2018 Winter quarter begins, our team published a new research article in Transactions in GIS:
Gengchen Mai, Krzysztof Janowicz, Yingjie Hu, Song Gao. ADCN: An Anisotropic Density-Based Clustering Algorithm for Discovering Spatial Point Patterns with Noise. Transactions in GIS. DOI:10.1111/tgis.12313
We have presented our Place2Vec paper at this year's ACM Sigspatial conference and have attracted a lot of attention. In order to promote future research in place type similarity measurements, we have published the ground truth data we collected using Amazon Mechanical Turk. You can download the data from this repository: https://github.com/BoYanSTKO/place2vec .
The STKO Lab at UCSB is looking for highly-motivated and talented students to further strengthen our team. Please contact Krzysztof Janowicz, ideally before you apply. STKO works on a wide range of topics and our work style and the lab's atmosphere is what you would typically expect from a start-up. We are a very dynamic and well-funded team with projects from NSF, government agencies, and key industry players. Previous STKO students scored top jobs in industry and academia.
Bo Yan, Krzysztof Janowicz, Gengchen Mai, and Song Gao. From ITDL to Place2Vec – Reasoning About Place Type Similarity and Relatedness by Learning Embeddings From Augmented Spatial Contexts. In Proceedings of SIGSPATIAL’17, Los Angeles Area, CA, USA, November 7–10, 2017, 10 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3139958.3140054
Winners of 2017 'Young Researcher Award' in GIScience was just announced!
The Austrian Academy of Sciences' Commission for GIScience annually selects the winner of a 'Young Researcher' competition, based on an outstanding publication submitted by applicants. This year's review-and-selection process turned into a tight race, with two entries tied for first place.