UCGIS Symposium 2023 

GIScience in A Hybrid Physical-Virtual World

June 6-9, 2023 | Yale University, New Haven, CT

 Symposium: Tuesday, June 6 - Thursday, June 8

Workshops: Friday, June 9

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We now live in an increasingly hybrid physical-virtual world enabled by modern technologies. The COVID-19 pandemic has further prompted human activities in virtual space (e.g., zoom meetings, online shopping, online teaching, telehealth, etc.) and modified human activities in physical space. These changes in virtual space and in physical space often are intertwined with each other that create a hybrid physical-virtual world. Furthermore, changes taking place in this hybrid physical-virtual world have significant implications to major challenges in human societies around the world ranging from climate change to social justice. Is GIScience/GIS ready to handle these challenges in today's hybrid physical-virtual world? This symposium will discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by GIScience in this increasingly hybrid physical-virtual world.

The 2023 Symposium will feature workshops, panel sessions, paper and poster presentations, and interactive working sessions.  

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Daniel Sui, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

Daniel Sui is currently a professor of geography and public & international affairs at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech, VT). He also serves as VT’s senior vice president and chief research and innovation officer. Sui is responsible for supporting and growing Virginia Tech’s research portfolio that encompasses almost 600 million in annual research expenditures. Prior to Virginia Tech, Sui was a distinguished professor and vice chancellor for research and innovation at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (2018-2020). He also served as Division Director for Social & Economic Sciences at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) between 2016 and 2018. Sui was an Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor at the Ohio State University (OSU) between 2009 and 2018. While at OSU, he served as Chair of Geography between 2011 and 2015 and Director of the Center for Urban & Regional Analysis (CURA) between 2009 and 2012.

 Daniel Sui’s current research interests include a variety of topics related to human dynamics in a hybrid physical-virtual world, quantum GIScience, the development of smart cities and social impacts of technological innovations, environmental implications of the emerging sharing economy, and fundamental theoretical issues of geographic information science. Sui was a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of both AAG and CPGIS distinguished scholar award.

 Important Dates

  • February 20, 2023 - EXTENDED!:  Deadline for abstract submissions and workshop proposals

  • March 15, 2023:  Decisions announced for sessions

  • March 31, 2023  EXTENDED! April 14, 2023: Early bird registration ends
  • April 14, 2023: Final Symposium schedule published

  • June 6 – 9, 2023: Symposium and Workshops


Registration rates


Ends April 14  

After April 14 

UCGIS Member 

$275  $325

Student Member

$75 $75


$350 $400

Student Non-Member

$150 $150

Single Day 

$125 $150


$40 $40


 More information on workshop registration will be available as soon as we have the list of workshops finalized.

The Symposium 2023 Program Committee

Shih-Lung Shaw, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Harvey Miller, The Ohio State University
Jane Read, Syracuse University
Miriam Olivares, Yale University
Amy Rock, UCGIS