A new Master in Geoinformatics Engineering at Politecnico di Milano


Dear colleague

as you might know, Politecnico di Milano has started a new Master of Science in Geoinformatics Engineering: it is a two years program, it is the first one in Italy and is taught in English.

Nowadays, many B. Sc. graduates chose to continue their Master studies in a different University, sometimes in a different country. In case some of your former Bachelor students have this objective and are interested in Geoinformatics, please, be so kind as to mention also our study course to her / him. Regarding this, we are writing hereafter some additional information and attaching the detailed brochure to the email.
Please, feel free to forward this email to anyone who could be interested.

Established in 1863, Politecnico di Milano is one of the most outstanding Technical Universities in Europe, and it is the largest School in Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design in Italy.
Politecnico di Milano is confirmed the best University in Italy by the latest QS World University Ranking 2016. As for the last QS World University Rankings by Faculty 2015, it was ranked among the first 10 Technical Universities in Europe and among the top 25 Technical Universities in the world. Politecnico di Milano offers innovative study programs at all academic levels. Thanks to a strong internationalization policy, Politecnico di Milano is attracting an ever-increasing number of talented foreign students, which now form a community of more than 5000 students coming from more than 100 nationalities.

Milano is a lively town that offers many extra-curricular activities: in particular, international students find a rich offer of cultural and sports proposals in Campus Leonardo, which is close to the city center.
Moreover, a very well organized network of University residences is available.

The M. Sc. in Geoinformatics Engineering is chaired by the Geomatics and Geodetic research group of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The group, now counting 14 members (researchers and professors), was founded by Fernando Sansò, past president of the International Association of Geodesy, now Emeritus Professor. Present members are significantly involved in international researches and cooperation on GNSS positioning, meteorology, networks and reference frames, GIS and Earth Observation, Photogrammetry, Geostatistics, Physical and Satellite Geodesy. Many of them participate to international or national scientific boards, committees and networks like IAG, ISPRS, OSGeo and the UN-GGIM Academic network. The group also hosts Polimappers, a chapter of Youthmapper and is strongly involved in OpenStreetMap activities.

In general, students coming from a Bachelor in either Environmental / Geomatics or Computer Science Engineering are the best suited candidates for the M. Sc in Geoinformatics Engineering, but also students coming from other technical Bachelors can apply for admission. In order to select the best candidates and to guarantee the study quality, a limited number of 50 students per year is fixed. The chair of the M. Sc. is Prof. Ludovico Biagi, who can be contacted at the email address ludovico.biagi@polimi.it  for more details.

Thanks in advance and sorry for any cross-posting.

Kind regards

Ludovico Biagi & Maria Brovelli

[UCGIS] Graduate Student Assistant position at University of Kansas


Department of Geography & Atmospheric Science, at the University of Kansas is seeking one graduate student assistant at the PhD level specializing in Geographic Information Science, starting from Fall 2018.

We are particularly interested in recruiting students with research interests in areas such as:

  • Network analysis
  • Location modeling and spatial Optimization
  • Remote Sensing and Image Processing (object extraction/tracking, and change detection)
  • High performance computing, Hadoop, and big data storage systems (MongoDB)
  • Application areas include transportation and logistics, analysis of social networks, urban geography, public and private facility location, and natural resource management.

Ideal qualifications include:

  • Programming in a high-level language such as C++ or Java;
  • Statistical computing software such as R or Matlab
  • GIS Software such as ArcGIS or QGIS.
  • Familiarity with Linux and Database management system software such as PostgreSQL/PostGIS and MongoDB
  • English Proficiency (TOEFL and GRE)

The application deadline is Jan 15, 2018. Candidates should contact lei@ku.edu indicating their interest in one of the areas along with their research interests and CV.

For more information, see https://geog.ku.edu/graduate-1 .

Graduate Research Assistant


GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENTISTS

Graduate Research Assistantship Available at West Virginia University

The West Virginia GIS Technical Center (http://www.wvgis.wvu.edu), housed in the Department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia University, is seeking at least one graduate research assistant at the Masters or Ph.D. level, specializing in Geographic Information Science. At a minimum, applicants should have an undergraduate degree in Geography, Geology, Computer Science or related field, or a combination of education, training and experience which demonstrates the qualification and ability to perform the duties of the position. Successful applicants will work toward a higher degree in GIS Science.

Position Requirements: 20 hours/week and possible full-time employment during the summer. Hours are flexible to accommodate class schedule. Assistantships include a full tuition waver.

Stipends at the MA and PhD levels are competitive nationally. Start Date: Start date is typically August, but other dates may be arranged. Application Deadline: Priority will be given to applications received by January 1, 2018 for fall admission. You must apply though the WVU Office of Admissions and Records http://apply.wvu.edu/. Review of applicants by the Department for entry into the graduate program and WV GIS Technical Center for the assistantship will begin upon completed submission to WVU admissions.

Minimum Qualifications:

Must meet the graduate student entrance qualifications of the Geology & Geography Department.

Ability to conduct research in Geographic Information Science and present findings.

Advanced working knowledge of spatial analysis and/or GIS databases.

Accepted into MA or Ph.D. program in the WVU Department of Geology and Geography.

For application requirements, see http://pages.geo.wvu.edu/geog-grad/graduate-admissions-3.

Ideal Qualifications:

GIS Research: Demonstrated ability to conduct GIS research.

Programming Skills: Demonstrated knowledge of GIS programming languages, application development/implementation, mobile applications, and online mapping services.

Minimal Supervision: Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

Communications Skills: Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with other staff members. Application:

Submit a formal application to WVU and the Geography Graduate Studies Coordinator. For instructions, see http://pages.geo.wvu.edu/geog-grad/graduate-admissions-3/apply

In your Statement of Interest to the Graduate Studies Coordinator, express your desire to work at the WV GIS Technical Center.

In addition, interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to Kurt Donaldson, Manager, WV GIS Technical Center, email: WVGISTechCenter@gmail.com. If possible, please provide links to previous research projects and contributions to successful GIS applications.

Contact Dr. Gregory Elmes Co-Director (greg.elmes@mail.wvu.edu) for further academic information.

PhD Assistantship – Geospatial Analytics for Natural Resource Challenges at NC State


The Vukomanovic Lab at North Carolina State University seeks a creative, motivated Ph.D. student with strong analytical and communication skills to join a team investigating land change and ecosystem services. The position will begin Fall 2018 and is funded for four years at $25,000/year, plus benefits and tuition support, through the cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics offered by NC State’s Center for Geospatial Analytics (geospatial.ncsu.edu).

 

Funded by the National Park Service, the selected applicant will focus on geospatial analytics for fire and natural resource management in parks and protected areas, including modeling fire and ecosystem processes at landscape levels, forecasting development along park boundaries, and building decision support systems. The student will be encouraged to develop research questions and a project tailored to their unique interests and career goals.

 

The Center for Geospatial Analytics is an internationally recognized collaborative hub for interdisciplinary data scientists advancing novel understanding of spatial phenomena and applying new knowledge to grand challenges. Students in the Ph.D. program receive multidisciplinary advising and the opportunity to work with over twenty faculty fellows with diverse expertise from nearly a dozen departments across NC State. Students also engage in experiential learning through an off-campus professional internship.

 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should hold a degree in natural resources, geography, informatics, ecology, environmental studies, or a related discipline. Competitive candidates will be proficient in GIS, statistical analysis and modeling, and can show evidence of strong writing skills. For more information about the position, contact Dr. Jelena Vukomanovic (jvukoma@ncsu.edu) and include a copy of your CV.

 

Additional details about the Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics and complete application instructions are available at go.ncsu.edu/geospatial-phd.

Ross K. Meentemeyer, Professor

Director | Center for Geospatial Analytics

Chair | GIST Faculty

 

 

Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program in Geospatial Analytics

Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

College of Natural Resources

Jordan Hall 5106 | Campus Box 7106

North Carolina State University

2800 Faucette Dr.

Raleigh, NC 27695 USA

 

rkmeente@ncsu.edu | 919-513-2372 | geospatial.ncsu.edu

Master EM in Geospatial Technologies – call for scholarship students


Dear all,

The call for scholarship students in our Erasmus Mundus Master in Geospatial Technologies for the academic course 2018-2019 is now open – over 20 scholarships are available.

The Erasmus Mundus Master in Geospatial Technologies – recognized as the second best master’s degree in Technology in 2017 by the El Mundo ranking and endorsed by the European Commission as one of the most excellent programs in Europe – is an official 90 ECTS master’s course taught in English and it is a joint degree organised by the Universitat Jaume I (Spain), the Nova Lisboa University (Portugal) and the University of Münster (Germany).

Students will go through subjects related to geospatial data analysis and visualization, geographic information systems, geospatial (web) services, mobile and web-based applications, among others, which will give them the opportunity to expand their knowledge towards such an interdisciplinary area as geospatial technologies and geoinformation.

Throughout its existence (call open for 12th edition) the Master has had international teaching staff and has welcomed students from all continents, giving graduate students from over the world the chance to study in an European multicultural atmosphere and, on the top of it fully funded!!

Application period will end on January 15th, 2018.

We are waiting to have you on board!!

http://mastergeotech.info/
https://www.facebook.com/mastergeotech/
@mastergeotech

Graduate Research Opportunities in GIScience and GIS at the University of California, Santa Barbara


Graduate Research Opportunities in GIScience and GIS

http://giscience.geog.ucsb.edu/

The Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites graduate student applications for MA/Ph.D. and Ph.D. positions in the areas of modeling, measurement, and computation. The department is internationally recognized for its excellence and leadership in Geographic Information Science (GIScience) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students work in a dynamic, collaborative, and well-funded setting on projects supported by NSF, NASA, USGS, NGA, other government agencies as well as by major industry players. Graduates of the program obtain high-level jobs in industry, government, and academia, including professorships in other top departments. In addition to frequent and fruitful collaborations across GIScience labs within the department, students also have opportunities to interact with faculty and peers across campus through the interdisciplinary emphases in Cognitive Science, Information Technology and Society, Network Science, and Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences. The Center for Spatial Studies offers students a unique opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary research, seminars, and workshops, while the Spatiotemporal Innovation Center connects students and faculty with leading industry players.

Faculty members involved in UCSB’s GIScience/GIS research include:

  • Richard Church: Spatial Optimization, Natural Resources Management, Operations Research Methods, and GIS
  • Keith Clarke: Cartography and GIS
  • Kostas Goulias: Transportation Systems Modeling and Simulation, Travel Behavior, Transportation Planning, Sustainable Transportation, Geographic Information Science, Economic Geography, and Survey Methods
  • Krzysztof Janowicz: GIScience & GIS, Spatial Data Science, Semantic Web, Linked Data, Location-based Social Networks, Geographic Information Retrieval, Cyberinfrastructure, and Web Science,
  • Werner Kuhn: Information Science, Usability of GIS and Spatial Information, Semantics of Spatial Information, Ontology of the Environment, Linked Data, and Semantic Reference Systems
  • Dan Montello: Spatial Perception, Cognition, and Behavior; Cognitive Issues in Cartography and GIS; Spatial Aspects of Social Behavior; Environmental Psychology and Behavioral Geography
  • Alan Murray: Location Analytics, GIScience, Geocoding, GIS, Data Uncertainty, Urban and Regional Planning, Spatial Optimization, Transportation and Sustainability

A top-ranked geography program nationally, the department is comprised of 26 faculty, 8 active emeriti faculty including National Academy of Sciences members Waldo Tobler and Michael Goodchild, 20 researchers, 125 graduate students, and 12 staff. They investigate a broad range of human, social and physical geographic topics on regional to global scales using methods including mathematical, theoretical and stochastic analyses, conceptual, statistical and dynamical numerical models, and field experimentation. Primary research areas aside of GIScience include: terrestrial, ocean, atmospheric and climate, population and public health, urban and regional, cognitive and behavioral. Complementing the department’s GIScience and GIS group are faculty specializing in remote sensing and numerical modeling.

The department offers highly competitive five-year funding packages, modern offices and shared labs with state-of-the-art equipment and access to high-performance computing, as well as generous travel funding for international conferences and other meetings; see here. Further details about the program, graduate research and teaching positions, as well as housing can be found in the graduate student handbook. The application deadline is December 15, 2017, for admission in Fall 2018.

For questions about faculty interests and topical areas, please visit https://geog.ucsb.edu/. Further information regarding the application process is available via the admissions page.

—  Krzysztof Janowicz Geography Department, University of California, Santa Barbara  4830 Ellison Hall, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4060   Email: jano@geog.ucsb.eduWebpage: http://geog.ucsb.edu/~jano/Semantic Web Journal: http://www.semantic-web-journal.net

PhD student position at Uni Zurich, human-centered mobile indoor navigation guidance


We have an opening for a fully funded PhD student position in the areas of location-based services and indoor navigation. This PhD project aims to develop a methodology and computational model to provide human-centered navigation guidance to aid wayfinding in complex indoor environments. The deadline for applications is 1 December 2017.
It would be great if you could pass on this position announcement to potentially interested persons, using the attached PDF or the following URL: http://tiny.uzh.ch/Lp
Thanks, and best wishes,
Haosheng Huang (haosheng.huang@geo.uzh.ch)
Open PhD student position, human-centered mobile indoor navigation guidance
The GIScience Center at the Department of Geography, University of Zurich (UZH) invites applications for a PhD studentship in the areas of location-based services and indoor navigation. The position will start on 01 April 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will be hired on a 1-year scholarship, which will be extended to the nominal 4-year PhD period after positive evaluation. Salary is commensurate with the pay scale of the Swiss National Science Foundation. The PhD student will be working under the supervision of Dr. Haosheng Huang with support from Prof. Dr. Robert Weibel, and hosted in the GIS Unit, which is part of the GIScience Center at the University of Zurich. This PhD project aims to develop a methodology and computational model to provide human-centered navigation guidance to aid wayfinding in complex indoor environments. Empirical studies will be employed to examine how people find their ways in indoor environments, and understand their information needs during indoor wayfinding. These empirical findings will then be computationally formalized and implemented to enable mobile indoor navigation systems to automatically generate wayfinding instructions equivalent to what humans would give. Possible improvements to the existing indoor data models will be made. A clear set of initial research goals has been identified, but the successful candidate will be expected to develop and refine these further. The GIScience Center hosts several research groups working on diverse topics including location-based services, digital cartography, movement analysis, language and space, geographic information retrieval, uncertainty modeling, geovisual analytics, and spatial cognition.
For more information, see http://www.geo.uzh.ch/gis.
We are looking for a highly motivated, independent person with a passion for science. We offer outstanding working conditions, a stimulating environment, and the high quality of life in Zurich. Applicants are required to have completed a Masters level degree in a relevant field such as geographic information science (GIScience), computer science, or geomatics. The PhD project will employ both empirical and computational methods. Familiarity with research in GIScience and computer science, in particular locationbased services, data modelling, spatial cognition, and mobile human-computer interaction will be an advantage. Basic programming skills, as well as a willingness to develop these further are a prerequisite. Experience in web and mobile application development is considered a plus. You will also have a very good standard of written and spoken English.
Send your curriculum vitae, a motivation letter, academic transcripts, and the contact details of two referees in a single PDF document, and with subject “PhDIndoorLBS”, to Bettina Schädle at bettina.schaedle@geo.uzh.ch, by 01 December 2017.
For informal thematic inquiries about this position, please contact Dr. Haosheng Huang, Email: haosheng.huang@geo.uzh.ch (subject: PhDIndoorLBS), or by phone: +41-44-63-56534.

Ph.D. Assistantships in Geospatial Analytics at NC State


The cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics (go.ncsu.edu/geospatial-phd) at North Carolina State University’s Center for Geospatial Analytics (geospatial.ncsu.edu) is now accepting applications for Fall 2018 enrollment. Twelve fully funded graduate assistantships with $25,000 salary, benefits, and tuition support are available. The application deadline is February 1, 2018.

The Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State is an internationally recognized collaborative hub for interdisciplinary data scientists advancing novel understanding of spatial phenomena and applying new knowledge to grand challenges. Ph.D. students will receive multidisciplinary advising and the opportunity to work with over twenty faculty fellows with diverse expertise from nearly a dozen departments across NC State. Students with backgrounds in quantitative methods in geography, geomatics, informatics, and remote sensing are strongly encouraged to apply. We welcome students interested in pushing the boundaries of geospatial analytics and technology from a variety of perspectives, including design, cognitive science, natural resources and the environment, computer science, engineering, and more. Faculty at the center develop and apply innovative techniques that include tangible user interfaces and 3D visualizations, novel remote sensing and image processing algorithms, open source software solutions, dynamic spatio-temporal modeling, participatory research with stakeholders, and citizen science.

NC State’s unique graduate program in Geospatial Analytics also includes an off-campus professional internship within government (local, state, federal), industry, nonprofit, private, or academic research organizations. Additional details and complete application instructions are available at go.ncsu.edu/geospatial-phd. Interested students are also encouraged to contact Rachel Kasten, Graduate Services Coordinator (rachelkasten@ncsu.edu or 919-515-2800), with any questions.

Ross K. Meentemeyer, Professor

Director | Center for Geospatial Analytics

Chair | GIST Faculty

 

 

Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program in Geospatial Analytics

Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

College of Natural Resources

Jordan Hall 5106 | Campus Box 7106

North Carolina State University

2800 Faucette Dr.

Raleigh, NC 27695 USA

 

rkmeente@ncsu.edu | 919-513-2372 | geospatial.ncsu.edu

 

Graduate student opportunities in GIScience at the University of Minnesota


Graduate student opportunities in GIScience in the Department of Geography, Society, and Environment at the University of Minnesota

NOW RECRUITING MGIS, MA AND PHD STUDENTS

The Department of Geography, Society, and Environment at the University of Minnesota invites students to apply for MA and PhD positions in Geography with a specialization in Geographic Information Science (GIScience). The department also offers a two-year professional Masters of GIS (MGIS).

The department offers all MA or PhD students a very competitive funding package that will cover a standard progression of four to five years for the PhD. The application deadline is December 15, 2017 for admission in fall 2018. The Department of Geography, Society, and Environment at the University of Minnesota has long been a center of innovative work in Geographic Information Science. We have made several recent hires and now have eight full-time faculty/staff members who provide breadth and depth in GIScience concepts and practice.

  • Somayeh Dodge: movement analytics and modeling, advanced visualization.
  • Kathryn Grace: quantitative/mixed methods in health and population geography
  • Mark Lindberg: cartography, quantitative analysis, and computation
  • Steven Manson: big data and spatial modeling of complex human-environment systems
  • Robert McMaster: cartography, generalization, and GIS and society
  • Susanna McMaster: professional GIS education, cartography, and spatial analysis
  • Eric Shook: big data, high performance computing, health, and population
  • Ying Song: spatial analysis and visualization of movement, human mobility and transportation

Graduate students have many opportunities to work with community experts who offer hand-ons classes in topics including programming, web mapping, spatial databases, and surveying. You can find more information about GIScience in the department at http://spatial.umn.edu/. More broadly, the University of Minnesota has deep expertise in all matters spatial, with over a hundred faculty working in spatial science and hundreds more working in spatial areas. See http://uspatial.umn.edu/ for more information on the many people, labs, and projects working in GIScience.

The Department of Geography, Society, and Environment at the University of Minnesota is internationally recognized and includes scholars working in GIScience, urban geography, globalization and development, nature-society studies, regional geography, climatology, paleoclimatology, and biogeography. The University of Minnesota is a world-class university that offers students access to a wide array of faculty and departments. The metropolitan area of Minneapolis-St. Paul has a population of over three million people and supports thriving arts and cultural communities.

For questions about faculty interests and topical areas, see http://spatial.umn.edu/. Information on applying is found at https://cla.umn.edu/geography/graduate. The professional MGIS program has information on applying at http://cla.umn.edu/mgis. For questions about the MA/PhD application process, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Sara Braun (geog@umn.edu, +1 612 625-6080). Questions about the MGIS program should be directed to Susanna McMaster (mcmas002@umn.edu).


Eric Shook
Vice Chair for Education, UCGIS
Domain Champion for GIS, XSEDE
Section Editor, ‘Computing Platforms’ Knowledge Area, UCGIS Body of Knowledge
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Environment, and Society
University of Minnesota
eshook@umn.edu

University of Iowa are accepting applications for MS/PhD or PhD degrees


Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, and the interdisciplinary graduate program in Geoinformatics at the University of Iowa are accepting applications for MS/PhD or PhD degrees starting from Fall 2018. Graduate teaching and research fellowships, and assistantships will be available for these positions.

 

I am particularly interested in recruiting students with research interests in areas such as:

  • Spatial network analysis (e.g., network measures, community detection, spatial interaction modeling, diffusion models)
  • Spatial data mining (e.g., clustering, association rule mining, classification, machine learning, and deep learning for object classification)
  • Geovisual analytics and human computer interaction (e.g., interactive cartography, flow mapping, coordinated views, utility and usability evaluation)
  • Big data analytics for social media and networking applications (e.g., natural language processing, topic modeling, sentiment analysis)
  • High performance computing, Hadoop, and big data storage systems (MongoDB)
  • Application areas such as human migration and mobility, geographically-embedded social networks (e.g., interpersonal communication, family tree), patient mobility, human communication, transportation, and energy networks; movement and pass networks in sports (e.g., soccer, basketball); analysis of social media data

 

In addition to the above research interests, students should have, or be interested in developing, ability in:

 

  • Programming in a high level language such as Java, C++, or Python;
  • Statistical computing software such as R or Matlab
  • GIS Software such as ArcGIS or QGIS.
  • Database management system software such as Postgresql, PostGIS, and MongoDB
  • English Proficiency (TOEFL)

 

The application deadline is 01 Jan, 2018. Candidates should contact caglar-koylu@uiowa.edu indicating their interest in one of the programs along with their research interests and CV. Competitive students will be invited for a Skype interview.

 

Upon admittance you will be a member of the Geo-Social Lab, which is home to research projects aimed at developing innovative computational and visualization tools to better understand and analyze massive and complex geo-social networks. The Geo-Social Lab is located within the brand new research facility at the Informatics Initiative which is equipped with cutting edge research infrastructure such as the Visualization Wall, lab computers and meeting rooms, and prioritized access to High Performance Computing (HPC) and Hadoop clusters.

 

 

 

For all inquiries, please contact caglar-koylu@uiowa.edu.

 

Caglar Koylu

Assistant Professor

Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences

316 Jessup Hall

The University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA 52242

319 335 0161

www.geo-social.org