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AGILE 2010

The 13th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science.

Keynote Speakers

Michael Batty photo Michael Batty


Michael Batty is Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London where he directs the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). Previously (1990-1995) he was Director of the NSF National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) in the State University of New York at Buffalo and from 1979 until 1990, he was Professor of City and Regional Planning in the University of Cardiff. His research work involves the development of computer models of cities and regions, and he has published many books and articles in this area, the most recent being Cities and Complexity (MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2005) and an edited volume (with Hui Lin) Virtual Geographic Environments, Science Press, Beijing, China, 2009). He is editor of the journal Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design. The work of his group can be seen on the web site and at He is a Member of the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (APPSI) that reports to the Minister of Justice and chairs the ERSC Census Advisory Committee that oversees the data units in the UK university system. He is made a Fellow of the British Academy in 2001. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in June 2004 for 'services to geography' and has recently (2009) been elected as Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS).

Title: Visual Simulation: The SIMULACRA Models of Greater London

Jim Thomas photo Jim Thomas

Senior Science Advisor National Visualization and Analytics Center, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
President and CEO DiscoverVisualAnalytics LLC


American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow and Laboratory Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with over 35 years of experience. He is founder and past Director of a Department of Homeland Security National Visualization and Analytics Center and the science of visual analytics. He is considered the father for visual analytics and specializes in the research, design, and implementation of innovative information and analytic visualization, multimedia, and human computer interaction technology; however, he has a broad working knowledge of information technology. Some of the recent technologies developed have set a new stage for the visualization of masses of multimedia information sources with several publications, patents, digital media with recent publications being widely referenced and re-printed. He received the Christopher Columbus award for science innovation supporting homeland security in the US Capital Oct 13, 2009. Jim has led teams in text, numerical, image and video, temporal and geospatial analysis for massive information spaces. He has received several international science awards including "Top 100 Scientific Innovators" (Science Digest) and twice the Research and Development's Industrial Research 100 Significant Scientific and Industry Accomplishments "Top 100 Innovators in Science and Industry". In addition, twice he was awarded the Federal Laboratories Consortium Technology Transfer Award for innovation in transferring research technology to industry and universities.
Title: Visual Analytics: New Challenges in Geospatial Sciences

Michael Worboys photo Michael Worboys

Professor and Chair of the Department of Spatial Information Science and Engineering, University of Maine


Mike Worboys has a BSc and PhD in mathematics, and an MSc in Mathematical Logic and the Foundations of Mathematics. As well as being Professor and Chair of the Department of Spatial Information Science and Engineering, he is also a member of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, and a cooperating Professor in the Department of Mathematics, University of Maine. Mike is an honorary professor at University of Melbourne, Australia. Until 2001, he was Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Geographic Information System Research Group at Keele University, England. Mike is a Distinguished Scientist of the Association for Computing Machinery, member of the Mapping Sciences Committee of the USA National research Council, and member of the London Mathematical Society. He has held posts at several UK universities, the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory at Oxford and has held visiting professorships at the University of Marseille, France, and the Technical University of Vienna.

Mike has worked for many years at the boundary between computer science, mathematics, and geographic information science. His current research interests include the development of ontologies and data models for dynamic geographic phenomena, sensor informatics, approaches to reasoning with uncertainty in geographic phenomena, and connections and transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces. His work is currently funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Government of South Korea, and several sectors of industry and government.

Title: The spatio-temporal mosaic: local views to global visions
Short abstract: We all have our own perspectives on the world, but we are able to co-operate with each other to fit many pieces together to make a bigger picture. This talk discusses how this fundamental process works out in many different ways in geographic information science.



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