18th Annual GIS Day @ KU

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
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 of Geography & Atmospheric Sciences
Katelyn Grote, PhD Student and GIS Day Planning Committee Chair

9:25 – 9:55


Photo of Ibrahim Demir

Intelligent Data Analytics and Communication Systems for Disasters
Ibrahim Demir
Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa

10:00 – 10:30

Photo of Brian McClendon
Telling Stories in Google Earth
Brian McClendon
Research Professor, University of Kansas

10:30 – 11:00

   Networking Break with Information and Job Fair Participants

11:00 – 11:30


Photos of Fahui Wang

Why Public Health Needs GIS?
Fahui Wang
James J. Parsons Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography and
Anthropology, Louisiana State University

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 Ben Lindner

Drones Capturing Reality Delivering Solutions
Ben Lindner
Advanced Robotics and Remote Sensing (ARRS) Group Leader,
GBA (George Butler Associates)

3:40 – 4:15


Photo of Xanthippe Wedel

Counting Kansas: GIS in Local 2020 Census Planning
Xan Wedel
Senior Research Data Engineer, Institute for Policy & Social Research,
University of Kansas

4:15 – 4:45


   Concluding Remarks and Awards Presentation






GIS Day 2019 @ 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/2019/InfoFair/

Platinum Sponsors
  • KU Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science
Gold Sponsors
  • KU Libraries
  • State of Kansas Data Access & Support Center (DASC)
Silver Sponsors
  • Kansas Biological Survey/KansasView
Bronze Sponsors
  • KU Institute for Policy & Social Research

Links on this page:

  1. ipsr@ku.edu