News

October 2017

I am looking for MA and PhD students! The Department of Geography, Society, and Environment at the University of Minnesota invites students to apply for MA and PhD positions in Geography with a specialization in Geographic Information Science. The department also offers a two-year professional Masters of MGIS. The department offers all MA or PhD students a very competitive funding package that will cover a standard progression of four to five years for the PhD. The application deadline is December 15, 2017 for admission in fall 2018. More information here.

December 2016

We are recruiting MGIS, MA, and PHD students. The Department of Geography, Society, and Environment at the University of Minnesota invites students to apply for MA and PhD positions in Geography with a specialization in Geographic Information Science. The department also offers a two-year professional Masters of MGIS. More information here.

November 2016

We are now accepting submissions for a special issue on Computational Movement Analysis in the International Journal of Geographical Information Science. Please find the details at CMA call for submissions. [pdf]

August 2016:

New paper is accepted to be published in the International Journal of Geographic Information Sciences:
Ahearn, S.C., Dodge, S., Simcharoen, A., Xavier., G., Smith, J.L.D., (forthcoming), A context-sensitive correlated random walk: A new simulation model for movement. International Journal of Geographic Information Science, doi:10.1080/13658816.2016.1224887. [pdf]

June 2016:

Congratulations to my student Wyatt Norris who successfully defended his MA thesis, entitled: “Exploring the environmental factors influencing movements of Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura) in North America”, on 20 June 2016, at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

The list of accepted papers in the GIScience 2016 Workshop on Analysis of Movement Data is posted online.

Please note that my contact information has changed.

May 2016:

The submission deadline of short papers for the GIScience 2016 workshop on Analysis of Movement Data is extended to 22 May 2016. For more details please visit the AMD workshop website.

March 2016:

I am giving a talk at the AAG 2016 session on Symposium on Human Dynamics Research: Space-Time Analytics (Themes and Applications), on Wednesday (3/30/2016) at 3:40 PM, in Lombard Room, Hilton Hotel, 6th Floor.

The AAG 2016 session on Analysis of Movement Data is coming up. Meet us on Saturday (4/2/2016), 2:00 PM – 3:40 PM in Union Square 20, Hilton Hotel, 4th Floor.

I am serving as discussant at the AAG 2016 session on Symposium on Human Dynamics Research: Modeling Human Dynamics 1, on Friday (4/1/2016), 10:00 AM – 11:40 AM, in Union Square 13, Hilton Hotel, 4th Floor.

February 2016:

Somayeh is co-organizing a GIScience workshop on Analysis of Movement Data (AMD’16) to be held on 27 September 2016 in Montreal, Canada. More information: AMD 2016 workshop website

Somayeh’s paper titled From Observation to Prediction: The Trajectory of Movement
Research in GIScience
is published in the Advancing Geographic Information Science Book. This book can be acquired as eBook or on-demand hard-copy at lulu web site.

January 2016:

The special issue of IJGIS on Analysis of Movement Data will be published as Vol 30, No 5 of IJGIS. The editorial with the list of papers included in the issue are now available online at IJGIS web site.

October 2015:

Somayeh is organizing a session on Analysis of Movement Data as part of the Symposium on Human Dynamics Research at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) to be held March 29 – April 2 in San Francisco. (AAG 2016 Call for abstracts-AMD)

April 2015:

Somayeh’s paper is accepted to be presented at the Vespucci Institute on Advancing Geographic Information Science: The Past and Next Twenty Years.

Somayeh Organized 2015 AAG GIS Specialty Group Student Paper Competition in April 2015 in Chicago, IL.

Somayeh gave a presentation on Including Spatiotemporal Context in Analysis and Visualization of Movement on 22 April 2015 at the AAG meeting in Chicago, IL.

Glenn Xavier presented DYNAMO: Dynamic Visualization of Animal Movement and the Environment on 21 April 2015 at the AAG meeting in Chicago, IL.

Somayeh received a research grant from the UCCS Committee on Research and Creative Works (CRCW) for project Understanding the relationship between movement, behavior and the environment: A case study on tigers (Panthera tigris) in West-Central Thailand.[]