16th Annual GIS Day @ KU

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Kansas Union 4th Floor, Alderson Auditorium

GIS Day @ KU is part of a nationwide event to promote awareness of geographic information systems (GIS), and how we use this evolving tool to analyze our world. We continue our tradition of bringing together a community of GIS users from academia, business and government. GIS Day will include talks, a student poster competition, and an information fair with vendors from academia and local business that will run throughout the day. GIS Day @ KU is FREE and open to the public. Participants can come for all or any part of the symposium.


Talks will be in Alderson Auditorium on the 4th Floor of the Kansas Union. This year the student competition will be a discussion poster. Students will briefly present their methods beginning at 1:00pm, and posters will be available for viewing all day, adjacent to the Information and Job Fair (along the Jayhawk Walk, 4th Floor).

8:30 – 9:00

   Registration and Coffee

9:00 – 9:20

   Opening Remarks

Nathaniel Brunsell, Chair & James Coll, Graduate Student and GIS Day Planning Committee
KU Department of Geography & Atmospheric Science

9:25 – 9:55


Photo of Peng Gao


How can we use GIS to determine a 1000-year rainfall?
Peng Gao
Research Associate, Department of Geography, University of South Carolina

10:00 – 10:30

Photo of

GIS for Community Engagement: Sociospatial Approaches to Research & Policy
Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg
Professor, Social and Environmental Sciences, Brandman University

10:30 – 11:00

   Networking Break with Information and Job Fair Participants

11:00 – 11:30


Photos of John Branigan


Thinking Open - A Hybrid Approach to Implementing Open GIS
John Branigan
Solutions Engineer, Boundless

11:30 – 1:00

   Lunch at the Kansas Union (on your own)

1:00 – 2:45



   Student Research Presentation Competition (poster session with brief presentation)



2:45 – 3:05

   Networking Break with Information and Job Fair Participants

3:05 – 3:35


Photo of Sagy Cohen


Improving Remote Sensing-based Flood Mapping using GIS (terrain-based) Analysis
Sagy Cohen
Associate Professor, Department of Geography, The University of Alabama

3:40 – 4:15

Photo of Ken Hood


Use of GIS in the Petroleum Industry
Ulf Becker and Ken Hood
ExxonMobil Exploration Company

4:15 – 4:45

   Concluding Remarks and Awards Presentation




GIS Day 2017 @ KU is sponsored by:

Want to see your name below? Please register to sponsor and participate in the Information and Job Fair at: http://gis.ku.edu/gisday/2017/InfoFair/

Platinum Sponsors
  • KU Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science
  • KU Institute for Policy & Social Research
Gold Sponsors
  • KU Libraries
  • State of Kansas Data Access & Support Center (DASC)
Silver Sponsors
  • Bartlett & West
  • Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program
  • KU Center for Global and International Studies
Bronze Sponsors
  • Boundless

Links on this page:

  1. ipsr@ku.edu