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Thursday 29th August 2013 - shared with NZIS conference

8.45  Mihi Whakatau - Mark Brunton, University of Otago
9.00  Welcome from NZIS President Andrew Stirling
9.30  Keynote: CheeHai Teo, President of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG)
10.15  Hon. Maurice Williamson

10.30  Morning Tea

11.00  Session 1: GIScience, Spatial Analysis and Spatial Modelling

  • How Do Different Science Disciplines Represent and Compute Over 'Space'?  Mark Gahegan (University of Auckland)
  • Extending Point-Pattern Analysis to Polygons Using Vector Representation.  Peter Whigham (University of Otago)
  • Towards a 'Pattern Language' for Spatial Simulation Models. David O'Sullivan and George Perry (University of Auckland)

12.00  Poster Session: 5 minute introductions

  • Linking Geospatial Databases Using Stratigraphic Names. Delia Strong, Soren Haubrok, Mark Rattenbury and Nick Mortimer (GNS Science)
  • Using Different Atmospheric Correction Methods to Classify Remotely Sensed Data to Detect Liquefaction of the February 2011 Earthquake in Christchurch. Amelie Broszeit (University of Wurzburg, Germany) and Salman Ashraf (GNS Science)
  • Spatial Technology and Archaeology at the University of Otago. Mark McCoy (University of Otago)
  • Implementing Automated Photogrammetry for the New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) Facilities. Steven Mills, David Eyers, Zhiyi Huang, Kai-Cheung Leung (University of Otago) and Xiaoxin Tang (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)

12.20  Lunch

13.20  Keynote: Nick Chrisman, RMIT University, Australia (biographical details below)

14.15  Session 2: Animals and Humans in Space-Time

  • Designing an Optimized Indoor Wayfinding Method Based on a Statistical Approach. Vahid Ghorbanlou and Morteza Fathi (University of Zanjan, Iran)
  • Hotspots of Hectors' Dolphins on the South Coast. Judy Rodda and Antoni Moore (University of Otago)
  • Visual Data Mining of Generalized and Optimized Spatiotemporal Animal Paths. Antoni Moore, Mariano Rodriguez Recio, Judy Rodda, Jim Watts and Philip Seddon (University of Otago)

15.00  Afternoon Tea

15.30 Session 3: Snow / Ice Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis

  • Recent Ice Wastage on the Tasman Glacier Obtained from Geodetic Elevation Changes. Sebastian Vivero, Pascal Sirguey, Sean Fitzsimons (University of Otago), Delia Strong (GNS Science) and Alvaro Soruco (Universidad Mayor de San Andres, Bolivia)
  • Modelling Ice Retreat on Kilimanjaro Using GIS. Rosie Wood, Pascal Sirguey and Nicolas Cullen (University of Otago)
  • Snowfall Detection in Antarctica Using MODIS Ground Infrared Reflectance. Bob Noonan (University of Canterbury), Pascal Sirguey (University of Otago), Wolfgang Rack and Wendy Lawson (University of Canterbury)

16.15  Session 4: Spatial Modelling

  • Predicting Potential Anchor Ice Formation Sites in Coastal Antarctic Waters. Greg Leonard, Andrew Pauling, Sarah Mager and Inga Smith (University of Otago)
  • GIS modelling in Support of Earthquake-Induced Rockfall Risk Assessment in the Port Hills, Christchurch. Biljana Lukovic, David Heron, William Ries and Chris Massey (GNS Science)
  • Geographical Vector Agent Modelling for Image Classification: Initial Development. Kambiz Borna, Pascal Sirguey and Antoni Moore (University of Otago)

17.00 End of Session

19.00 - 23.00  Conference dinner at Forsyth Barr Stadium - buffet meal, refreshments and entertainment

Friday 30th August 2013

8.45  Welcome, housekeeping

9.00  Session 5: Public Participation GIS, Mobile GIS and Volunteered GI

  • Using GIS to Survey the Geo-Social. Lars Brabyn (University of Waikato) and Greg Brown (University of Queensland, Australia)
  • Current Status and Future Directions of Mobile GIS. Markus Muller, David Medyckyj-Scott, Andrew Cowie, Tim-Hinnerk Heuer and Pierre Roudier (Landcare Research)
  • Finding the Quality in Quantity: Establishing Trust for Volunteered Geographic Information. Jeremy Severinsen (Land Information New Zealand) and Femke Reitsma (University of Canterbury)

10.00  Morning Tea

10.30  Session 6: Urban Applications

  • Commuting in Wellington: A Geographic Econometric Analysis of Commute Mode, Residential Location and Car Owner ship. Mairead de Roiste, Toby Daglish, Yigit Saglam and Richard Law (Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Flow Direction Algorithms in a Hierarchical Hexagonal Surface Model. Joseph Wright, Antoni Moore and Greg Leonard (University of Otago)
  • Our Waste Our Way: A Spatial Study of Household Waste Management in Betio, Tarawa, Kiribati. Kotee Bauro Teburea, Antoni Moore and Greg Leonard (University of Otago)

11.15  Session 7: Land Use / Land Cover Modelling

  • Sources of Uncertainty in a Cellular Automata for Vegetation Change. Rachel Whitsed and Lisa Smallbone (Charles Sturt University, Australia)
  • A Simplified Approach for Classifying Urban Land Cover using Data Fusion. Amit Kokje and Jay Gao (University of Auckland)
  • Geospatial Modelling of Complex Land Use Cover Change: How to Determine the Adequacy and Significance of Variables. Isaac Nti and Philip Sallis (Auckland University of Technology)

12.00  Lunch

13.00  Keynote: George Benwell, University of Otago (biographical details below)

13.40  Session 8: Crime and Health Applications

  • The Fear Factor: Examining the Spatial Variability of Recorded Crime on the Fear of Crime in New Zealand. Gregory Breetzke and Amber Pearson (University of Canterbury)
  • Crime Analysis Mapping in the UK: A GIS Analysis of Burglaries in Leicestershire. Jahnavi Pendyala (University of Southern Queensland, Australia)
  • Where do Women Travel to Give Birth within New Zealand? Pauline Dawson (University of Otago)
  • Spatial Aspects of a Comparative Study of Active Transport to School and Motorized Transport. Antoni Moore, Melanie Middlemiss, Claire Hodge, Paula Skidmore and Sandra Mandic (University of Otago)

14.40  Harlene Hayne, Vice Chancellor of the University of Otago

15.00  Afternoon Tea

15.30  Session 9: Forestry and Agricultural Applications

  • Statistical Analysis of LiDAR-derived Structure and Intensity Variables for Tree Species Identification. Zhenyu Zhang and Xiaoye Liu (University of Southern Queensland, Australia)
  • Spatial Techniques for Multi-source National Planted Forest Assessment and Reporting. Barbara Hock and Tim Payn (Scion)
  • The Use of GIS for Agroecology, Medicinal Flora and Public Access Aspects of an Iwi-run Farm. Antoni Moore, Marion Johnson, Janice Lord, Sam Coutts, Mariana Pagan, Jeremiah Gbolagun (University of Otago) and G. Brent Hall (Esri Canada; University of Otago)

16.15  Session 10: Maori and Land Information Management

  • Putting 'Te Kawa a Maui' (Maori Studies) on the Map. Bruce Mcfadgen and Ocean Mercier (Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Representing 3D Data in a Cadastral Database - Queensland Case. Sudarshan Karki, Rod Thompson (Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Australia) and Kevin McDougall (University of Southern Queensland, Australia)
  • A Read, Append, Prune (RAP) Formalism for Spatiotemporal Data. Geoff Hay, Peter Whigham (University of Otago) and G. Brent Hall (Esri Canada; University of Otago)

17.00  Conference Close

Keynote Speakers

Professor Nick Chrisman

RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Professor Chrisman has been working in the domain of geographic information for 40 years, developing innovative techniques to analyze and display information about the earth and the people who inhabit it. He has some long term themes in his personal work: addressing data quality, dealing with time and change, and examining institutional and social settings of technology. In the past thirty years, the geospatial community has made huge strides opening this information to a much larger public, however, the potential is still not entirely realised.

For the past 8 years, he has managed the GEOIDE Network - a network of researchers and user communities across Canada. He has found it a privilege to lead the Network and a great opportunity to spark a spirit of cooperation and attention to community needs across Canada. The GEOIDE Network is coming to a close as its main funding source comes to the expected 14 year end.

As of January 2013, Professor Chrisman has taken on a new challenge as Discipline Head, Geospatial Sciences at RMIT University in Melbourne Australia. He is looking forward to new collaborations at RMIT and around Australia, as well as maintaining contacts in the Northern hemisphere.

Specialties include: Geographic information analysis, geospatial sciences, geomatics, data quality investigations, network of scientists, collaboration, research and innovation networks.

Professor George Benwell

Dean (School of Business) and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Otago.

After working as a surveyor, consultant and University of Melbourne academic, Professor Benwell joined Otago's Information Science Department as a senior lecturer in 1990. He led the Department from 2001-2006 and served as the School's Dean of Research. Between 1996 and 1999, he was the University's Academic Director of Research. In 2007, Professor Benwell was appointed Dean of the School.

Professor Benwell's research and teaching are mainly focused on spatial information processing and analysis, and land and health-related information systems. He currently holds a Bachelor of Surveying from the University of Melbourne, an MPhil from City University, London and a PhD from Melbourne.

In 2001, he received the GJ Thornton-Smith Memorial Medal as a distinguished graduate of Melbourne University's School of Engineering Department of Geomatics.