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Trends in GIScience Research and Teaching
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Category: Webinars

With many leading spatial analysts nearing retirement, reflection on the discipline is beneficial. In this webinar, I will synthesis findings of a survey of 24 researchers on key spatial analysis developments and future challenges. Key developments that will discussed include: Geographic information systems (GIS), new data sources, improved understanding of spatial autocorrelation, spatially local methods, and the spread of spatial analysis beyond geography. Future challenges include overcoming methodological limitations and retaining spatial analysis within geography. I will also highlight key barriers to progress in GIScience research. Specifically, I will highlight how I believe a lack of technical skills, in areas such as advanced statistics, programming, computer science, and computational geometry, is limiting research progress and initiate a conversation on innovative training approached that could be aimed at producing more technical GIScientists. 

Presenter: Dr. Trisalyn Nelson is an Associate Professor in the Geography Department at the University of Victoria. She is also a Lansdowne Research Chair in the Spatial Sciences and Director of Geomatics at the University of Victoria. Director of the Spatial Pattern Analysis and Research (SPAR) Lab, Dr. Nelson has published over 85 peer-reviewed papers. She has a very active graduate training program and is passionate about developing programs to train student with advanced technical skills that can be applied to spatial sciences research. Her research areas of expertise include spatial statistics, spatial-temporal pattern analysis, spatial ecology, and movement.

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