2020 GIS Day Conference

GIS Day 2020


Concurrent Presentations
10:00 - 11:30 am EST / 9:00 - 10:30 am CST

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Mapping Prejudice: Cartographic Activism and Primary Sources
    Ryan Mattke, Map & Geospatial Information Librarian and Head of the John R. Borchert Map Library, University of Minnesota
  • Homegoing: The Technology of Living Spatial Data and Black Public Mourning in the Age of COVID-19
    Ryan Mattke, Map & Geospatial Information Librarian and Head of the John R. Borchert Map Library, University of Minnesota
  • Shaking Up Small Business: The Impact of Seismic Retrofitting on Small Businesses in 3 San Francisco Supervisor Districts
    Lauren Ashley Week, University of Michigan, San Francisco Office of Small Business
  • Twitter Data for Social Science Research
    Guangqing Chi, Professor of Rural Sociology, Demography, and Public Health Sciences, Penn State University

Agriculture and Natural Sciences

  • Understanding the Disturbance of Human Recreation on Wildlife using Multiple Dynamic Agents within an IBM Framework
    Soraida Garcia, Purdue University
  • Deforestation in the Agricultural Landscape: Impacts on Water Quality in Indiana
    Shourish Chakravarty, Yangyang Wang, Mo Zhou, Purdue University
  • Assessing soybean stands with sUAS
    Richard M. Smith, Shaun Casteel, Purdue University
  • Development of soil and land cover databases for hydrologic modeling in Arequipa, Peru
    • Fariborz Daneshvar, Jane Frankenberger, Laura Bowling, Keith Cherkauer, Johann Alexander Vera Mercado, Purdue University
    • Martin Juan C. Villalta Soto, Universidad Nacional de San Agustin

GIS Infrastructure

  • A quick tour of our Nation's Geodetic Infrastructure
    Jeff Jalbrzikowski, Ohio State University
  • GIS in Interesting Times: An ArcGIS Enterprise Deployment by Purdue University Physical Facilities
    Anna C Burman, Angela Slocum, Mark Hickman, Dean Romack, Purdue University
  • Campus Waste Map - A Web of Connections
    Travis Blomberg, University Of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Dimensions of Poverty in Midwestern States
    • Andrey V. Zhalnin, Lionel J. Beaulieu, Indraneel Kumar, Benjamin St. Germain, Center for Regional Development, Purdue University
    • Yong J. Kim, Korea Environment Institute

11:30 - 11:50 am EST / 10:30 - 10:50 am CST

Lightning Talks
11:50 am - 12:30 pm EST / 10:50 - 11:30 am CST

  • What is geodesy and why is it important to you?
    Jeff Jalbrzikowski, Ohio State University
  • Impact of Emerald Ash Borer and Forest Structure on Understory Plant Invasion
    • Jessica M. Elliott, Elizabeth LaRue, Songlin Fei, Purdue University
    • Joey Gallion, Indiana Department of Natural Resources
  • Geospatial analysis of light pollution and house vacancy during the COVID-19 outbreak
    Qing Su, Jie Shan, Purdue University
  • Managing GIS student engagement projects: a sustainable approach
    Tara Anthony, Penn State University
  • Using cell phone data to track social distancing during COVID-19 pandemic: the case of Chicago
    Yujia Zhu, Jie Shan, Purdue University

Lunch Break
12:30 - 2:00 pm EST / 11:30 am - 1:00 pm CST

Keynote and Presentations
2:00 - 3:20 pm EST / 1:00 - 2:20 pm CST

  • Keynote
    Spatial Data Science: Turning Big Spatial Data to Timely Action
    Dr. Orhun Aydin, Senior Researcher, Esri
  • The BTAA Geospatial Data Project & Geoportal
    Karen Majewicz, University of Minnesota
  • 5 forces 5 trends 5 skills – in GIS
    Dr. Joseph Kerski, Education Manager, Esri

3:20 - 3:30 pm EST / 2:20 - 2:30 pm CST

Social Hours
3:30 - 4:30 pm EST / 2:30 - 3:30 pm CST

  • GIS Education Programs in Big Ten
    Coordinator: Nathan Piekielek, Penn State University
    Featured Programs
    • Online Geospatial Programs, Penn State
    • Geodesign, Penn State
    • B.S. GIS, University of Minnesota-Duluth
    • Master of Geographic Information Science, University of Minnesota Graduate Certificate in GIS, Purdue
    • Geodata Science for Professionals, Purdue
    • Online Spatial Data Science Certificate, Purdue
  • GIS Career Discussion
    Join this social hour to discuss GIS career options with GIS professionals in private and public sectors, including Esri, State Government organizations. More detailed panelists will be updated on the BTAA GIS Conference website.

3:45 - 5:30 pm EST / 2:45 - 4:30 pm CST

  • Open Humanitarian Street Mapping Mapathon
    Coordinator: Amanda Tickner, Michigan State University
    Celebrate GIS Day by participating in a humanitarian mapping project, no GIS experience needed! Join us in creating map data to aid a humanitarian project. There will be someone on hand to answer questions and help get you started. For more information see the HTOSM main page: