The 9thInternational Workshop of Geographical Information Science (IWGIS’2014) was successfully held in the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China on June 21-22, 2014. The host of this international workshop series is the State Key Laboratory of Resources and Environmental Information System (LREIS). The theme chosen for this year’s workshop was “Major Emerging GIScience Research Challenges”.
Prof. Shaw Shih-Lung from the University of Tennessee chaired the opening ceremony. Together with academician ZHOU Cheng-Hu, deputy director of IGSNRR and director of LREIS, and Prof. LU Feng, Executive deputy director of LREIS, he welcomed more than 150 participants.
During the two days, many cutting edge topics were covered, including spatial point process analysis, challenges and emerging themes in GIScience, spatial knowledge discovery, geographic computing, and urban computing. Renowned scholars reported their research results and presented their work in a poster session. In a dedicated GISceince forum, chaired by Prof. SHAW Shih-Lung, participants shared their views on the emerging GIScience research challenges and discussed the prospects of the development of this scientific field. The workshop was inspirational for new research directions and new ways of thinking in GIScience.