Keynotes

Muki Haklay

Muki Haklay started his studies with a BSc Computer Science and Geography (1994, Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and continue with an MA in Geography (1997, Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and PhD in Geography (2002, UCL). In 2001 he joined UCL as a lecturer and promoted to a professor in 2011.

He is the co-director of ExCiteS and work on a range of research projects that involve participatory mapping and science methods. These include EveryAware, where participatory urban environmental monitoring is used (2011-2014), Citizen Cyberlab, exploring learning and creativity in Citizen Science (2012-2015), Challenging Risk, in which citizen’s involvement in preparedness for earthquake and fire incidents is explored (2013-2018), Doing it Together Science, focusing on increasing pan-European Citizen Science project (2016-2019). WeGovNow!, which focuses on increasing citizen participation in local government decision making (2016-2019), and Extreme Citizen Science: Analysis and Visualisation, developing a GIS for non-literate people (2016-2021). He is also a collaborator on the GeoThink project.

His research interests include public access to environmental information and the way in which the information is used by a wide range of stakeholders, citizen science and in particular applications that involve community-led investigation, development and use of participatory GIS and mapping, and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) for geospatial technologies.

He is a participant in many citizen science project: volunteer computing (IBM World Community Grid), volunteer thinking (Penguin Watch, OpenStreetMap), ecological observations (looking out for ladybirds), and he recently contributed his first Wikipedia page. On all these, he is resolutely a long tail contributor – not at the level of people who contributed only once, but also not at the level of highly committed participants.

Dennis Hlynsky

Dennis Hlynsky (1952 Ohio) resides in Providence, Rhode Island where he is a Professor at the RI School of Design. He is a practicing artist, teacher, and early adopter of electronic media. Drawing and photography were primary studies but soon gave way to video in 1972. The early studies included analogue video synthesis and video installation with Electron Movers, Providence RI. The US bicentennial began his study of celebration as a long form time art. This in turn led to the study of small animals gathered en masse as annual events.

Dennis incorporated ever evolving electronic media technologies into his artistic practice. The early experimental video mode incorporating analog image synthesis was replaced with a decade of documentary. From 1977 to 1987 Dennis recorded people with life threatening illness. The Videoanalysis project at RI Hospital produced video recordings used to inform medical professionals and gave voice to terminal patients on the international stage. This work emphasized the notion of artists as observational human beings and encouraged an appreciation of the smaller events in our life. Digital technologies, personal computing and the web provided a refreshing outlet for a continuation of the experiments with analog video synthesis.

Selected exhibits – Hiroshima City MOCA, 3/2016; National Museum of Wildlife art of the United States, Jackson, Wyoming; Tazmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Spring 2016; ‘Höhenrausch’, Summer 2015, OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz; ‘Trans-ideology: Nostalgia’, MOCA Taipei, 20/2015, ‘Transartfest’, Berlin, Germany 2013, ‘For the Birds Palo Alto Art Center’, Jan 2016; ‘The Imagine Science Film Festival’, 2014, Brooklyn, NYC.

Monica Wachowicz

Dr. Monica Wachowicz is Associate Professor and the NSERC/Cisco Industrial Research Chair in Real-Time Mobility Analytics at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. She is also the Director of the People in Motion Laboratory, a centre of expertise in the application of Internet of Things (IoT) to smart cities. Her research work is directly related to the vision of a constellation of inter-connected devices in the future that will contain information about the context and location of things across several geographical and temporal scales. She works at the intersection of (1) Streaming Analytics for analyzing massive IoT data in search of valuable spatio-temporal patterns in real-time; and (2) Art, Cartography, and Representations of mobility for making the maps of the future which will be culturally and linguistically designed to provide a greater “sense of people” in motion.

Founding member of the IEEE Big Data Initiative and the International Journal of Big Data Intelligence, she is also joint Editor-in-Chief of the Cartographica Journal. Her pioneering work in multidisciplinary teams from government, industry and research organizations is fostering the next generation of geospatial data scientists for innovation.

Dawn Wright

Canceled due to extenuating circumstances.

Dawn Wright was appointed Chief Scientist of Esri in October 2011 after 17 years as a professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University. In this role at Esri she reports directly to CEO Jack Dangermond and works on strengthening the scientific foundation for Esri software and services, whiles representing Esri to the national and international scientific community. She maintains an affiliated faculty appointment in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State.

Dawn’s research interests include spatial algorithms and models, user-generated content, science communication, and ocean informatics and cyberinfrastructure. Other interests include road cycling, 18th-century pirates, apricot green tea gummy bears, her dog Sally, and Spongebob Squarepants.

Dawn serves on the science advisory Boards of NOAA, COMPASS Science Communication, Inc., and Conservation International, as well as many journal editorial boards including IJGIS and Transactions in GIS. She is a AAAS Fellow, a fellow of the Geological Society of America, and a fellow of Stanford University’s Leopold Leadership Program. In 2007, she was named Oregon Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

Dawn holds an Individual Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Physical Geography and Marine Geology from UC-Santa Barbara, an M.S. in Oceanography from Texas A&M, and a B.S. cum laude in Geology from Wheaton College (Illinois). Her primary social media activity is via Twitter, @deepseadawn.