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Conference: Representing Reality: Imagery in the Cognitive, Social, and Natural Sciences

The University at Buffalo's IGERT in
Geographic Information Science Presents a Conference in...

Representing Reality:

Imagery in the Cognitive, Social, and Natural Sciences

The use of imagery in representing reality has become pervasive throughout our world. With the advent of publicly-available geographic services such as Google Maps, advanced medical technologies for rendering genes and cells, and a multitude of satellites amassing data from remote locations, spaces and objects that were once abstractions can now be perceived in new and tangible ways.

The GIScience IGERT at the University at Buffalo will be hosting a conference May 12-15, 2010, at the Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo, NY, that will address the theory and application of imagery across academic disciplines. In particular, this conference aims to attract Ph.D. students and faculty from IGERT programs, as well as researchers from a wide range of subjects, who incorporate innovative image resources into their research or address the conceptualization of reality as a digital format. The agenda will include featured speakers, research presentations, poster sessions and specialized breakout discussions.

Additionally, target objectives for the conference include forums and discussions for future IGERT collaborations in this genre, advantages and disadvantage s of an interdisciplinary approach to image analysis, and question and answer sessions featuring IGERT alumni, on the special challenges facing interdisciplinary students in the academic workforce.

We will be accepting abstracts on the following topics:

- Integration of Imagery with Geographic Information Systems
- Imagery of Natural and Urban Environments
- Issues in the Digitization of Reality
- Imagery Cognition
- Digital Imagery Processing
- Imagery and Spatial Ontology
- Sensor Technology and Data Collection
- Misinterpretation of Imagery
- Public Participation in Imagery Analysis

Deadline for submission of abstracts is January 31, 2009
Funding support of up to $1,000 will be provided for 30 enrolled IGERT students to cover travel and conference expenses including registration, meals and lodging, local transportation and airfare to Buffalo, NY. Priority will be based on participation in an IGERT program with an imagery focus, a dissertation topic related to the field, and recommendation from the student's IGERT P.I. Funding applications and required supporting documentation must be submitted no later than January 31, 2010. Applicants must submit an abstract for a presentation or poster and also prepare a poster highlighting the achievements of their particular IGERT program to share at the conference. The fundin g application can be accessed through the link below.

For more information, please email giscience.igert@buffalo.edu