Speaker Series


CUEC hosted a mini-Workshop on Environmental and Societal Benefits of Geospatial Technologies on August 24, 2015. Dean Jianli Ding and Dr. Fei Zhang from School of Resources and Environmental Science at Xinjiang University, China, Dr. Wasit Wulamu and Mr. Matthew Maimaitiyiming from the Center for Sustainability at Saint Louis University, and CUEC fellows presented their recent research and discussed related research issues and future collaboration.

Xinjiang is located in the Northwest of China, and the soil salinization is a big environmental issue in this arid region, especially in the desert oasis. Dr. Ding and Dr. Zhang thoroughly introduced the remote sensing methods they use to monitor the saline soil. Mr. Maimaitiyiming shared his recent research on the effect of "urban oasis" spatial pattern on land surface temperature, and its implications for sustainable urban planning and climate change adaptation. Dr. Wulamu reviewed the urban inequality in Saint Louis in the last 40 years in social and environmental perspectives.

Dr. Weng briefly introduced the Group on Earth Obsertation (GEO) key activities in 2015 to 2017, including global urban supersites initiative, generation of global human settlement layers, remote sensing laboratory, urban impervious surface mapping in tropical/subtropical cities, and so on. The rest of CUEC fellows also presented their recent research, which covers different perspectives of urban remote sensing: 3D building reconstruction, utilization of time series data, urban heat island, urban surface moisture, dynamics of urban growth, regional economic development, and the indicators of urbanization.

The event has also been reported by ISU newsroom: http://www2.indstate.edu/news/news.php?newsid=4462












Mr. Víctor Cobs Muñoz, a GIS technician from Chile, presented the results from the project of "Map of inequalities in health for atmospheric pollutant particulate matter (PM10): multidimensional geo-referencing of health effects, Chile" on March 19, 2014. The results showed that the PM10 is unevenly distributed.  The gradient increase in the southern regions of Chile was due to the emissions of the residential-use firewood. The high PM10 distribution from the metropolitan area of Santiago to a set of communes in the Midwest was due to the emissions from industries and locomotion. Statistically significant correlation was found between the concentrations of this pollutant and the hospital admissions in the communes. This project fill the knowledge gap on the theory and methodology of Geography of Health in Chile. Dr. Qihao Weng from Department of Earth and Environmental System and CUEC hosted this event.

Mr. Víctor Cobs Muñoz is currently a Technical Staff of investigation at the Territory & Society Laboratory (Laboratorio Territorio y Sociedad, LabTyS) Research Team in the Department of Geography at the Alberto Hurtado University (www.labtys.cl). He was an exchange student at the Department of Earth and Environmental System, Indiana State University in 2011.

Chris McGrew, Director of Center for Global Engagement attended the lecture. He discussed with the guest the possible collaboration between ISU and Alberto Hurtado University, Chile in teaching and research, and expressed his full support that the CUEC initiated a collaboration project with the Department of Geography at the Alberto Hurtado University for Dr. Weng to pay a visit to Chile in the fall 2014.




Dr. Iphigenia Keramitsoglou, the Associate Researcher at the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS) of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA),  presented the synergic result of two advanced methodologies for monitoring and thermal urban environment, Oct. 23, 2013. The aim of this research is to downscale the geostationary land surface temperature, to extract the surface urban heat island patterns, and to estimate heat wave hazard and risk. Then the collaboration between CUEC and NOA to fulfill the objectives of the Global Urban Observation and Information work task of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) was discussed.



A Chinese delegate of 17 members from natural resources department of municipal governments in Guangxi Province of southern China joined us in the Urban Planning and Geospatial Technologies workshop on May 2-3, 2013, Radisson Hotel, Indianapolis. They came to learn the planning methods, techniques, experiences in the Unite States. Selected professionals from academia, government, and commercial sectors from Indiana discussed about various topics during the workshop.

Dr. Weng introduced the concept in urban form and land use, the processes of urbanization and suburbanization, sustainability in urban development, and the use of remote sensing and GIS in urban management. Chris Harrell, Principal & Director of Redevelopment of Lazarus Groupp LLC, shared the past experience on Brownfield re-use in Indianapolis, and the ongoing project on building the Indianapolis Brownfields inventory. Jim Stout, Program Manager in Indianapolis Map and Geographic Information, presented LiDAR data collection in Indianapolis, and its use in signage geodatabase, and curb and sidewalk assessment. Jerome Delbridge, community arborist at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc., introduced the tree planting program in Indianapolis. The researchers of CUEC, Peng Fu, Yuanfan, Zheng, and Yitong Jiang shared their research in urban heat island effect, rating of the suitability of roofs for solar panel installation, and soil amendment and public health. The members of the Chinese delegate discussed urban planning and land use issues in their cities and the challenges they are facing.


Center for Urban and Environmental Change organized a mini-workshop on Innovative Geospatial Techniques in Urban and Regional Development and Management on July 28, 2012. Mr. Jim Stout, the Program Manager of IMAGIS, Indianapolis, Indiana, updated the recent progresses of Indiana Ortho and LIDAR program; Dr. Yandong Wang, the Director of Photogrammetric Engineering at Pictometry International Corp., Rochester, New York, introduced oblique imagery technique and its applications; Prof. Keqi Zhang, the Director of Florida Hurricane Center, Florida International University, presented the real time storm surge forecasting and visualization evaluation; Prof. Guangxin Wang from Department of Geography and Environment, University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, Illinois explained his research on spatial joint simulation; And Prof. Qihao Weng, the Director of Center for Urban and Environmental Change, Indiana State University shared his insight on climate change, urban heat island effects and mitigation strategies.



February 2007, Dr. Guofan Shao from Purdue gave a talk on "Use & misuse of digital remote sensing data for land use mapping". This program was sponsored by CUEC and Department of Geography, Geology and Anthropology (GGA), Indiana State University.

October 2nd, 3:30-4:30 pm (Monday): Dr. Michael Angilletta, Associate Professor, Ecology and Organismal Biology, Indiana State University, Physiological Adaptation along Thermal Clines: From Macro- to Micrographic Scales.


March 20th, 3:30-4:30 pm (Monday): Jim Stout, IMAGIS Program Manager, Indiana's 2005 Statewide Ortho Project.

April 10th, 3:30-4:30 pm (Monday): Lindsey Purcell, Indy Parks and Recreation, Working Trees: Planning for a Sustainable Community Forest.


Feb. 22, 3:30-4:30 pm (Tuesday): Jeffrey Shan, Assistant Professor, School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, Airborne Lidar Data Processing for Urban Areas.

April 12, 3:30-4:30 pm (Tuesday): Dr. Joel Ouettes, Head, GEST-Group for the Study of Society and Territory, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, Society and Territory in Latin America: Historical and Contemporary Issues.

April 18th, 3:30-4:30 pm (Monday): Jim Stout, IMAGIS Program Manager, The Indianapolis LiDAR Project and Applications.