GIS: Geographic Information Systems

Tue, 02/11/2014

GIS: Geographic Information Systems - A tool for Art and Science
GIS may be said to be a blend of the art and science of cartography with computer technology, giving the user the ability to collect, store, interpret and analyze spatial data. Join LA ACM SIGGRAPH as we investigate how the science of Place affects our lives.

Description

Geographic Information System (GIS) may be said to be a blend of the art and science of cartography with computer technology, giving the user the ability to collect, store, interpret and analyze spatial data. Most often this results in maps, charts and other graphic expressions of the physical characteristics of the world around us, but may also be utilized to produce visualizations and animations depicting complex concepts involving spatial data. If Geography may be referred to as the Science of Place, then GIS may be seen as both the tool and the method for understanding how Place affects our lives.

GIS is also an evolving professional discipline where computer graphics artists and technicians may find stimulating and rewarding careers. Everything from Cartography (map design and publication) to advanced scientific visualization is possible within the framework of GIS. The many applications of GIS include telecommunications, natural resource management, and public safety. Both private companies and local and federal government now rely on GIS for the gathering and processing of spatial data. Everything happens somewhere, and GIS gives individuals and organizations the ability to understand and influence how location may be used to their advantage.

Schedule

6:30-7:30   Social Hour
7:30-7:45   Introductions
7:45-9:30   Presentations

Registration

All LA ACM SIGGRAPH will be admitted free of charge. Non-members of LA ACM SIGGRAPH are admitted for $20.00. New LA ACM SIGGRAPH members who sign up on-site, and pay the $40 annual membership fee, do not have to pay the $20 admission fee. The chapter accepts checks, cash, or credit cards (Mastercard or Visa only) for all dues or fees.

Special Thanks

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Waiyi Tse; Dr. Bridget Freisthler, Ph.D.; UCLA Catering, Jane Kim; Ventura County Fire Protection District, Gregory Elwood; ERSI’s 3D Team, Dominik Taroli, Brooks Patrick, Jan Cunningham; Joan Collins, Sheri Ki Sun Burnham, Leonard Daly, the LA ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Council, and all the volunteers.