The 17th International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling (SDH2016) was successfully held in the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China from August 18-20, 2016. The symposium was organized by the IGU - Commission on Geographic Information Science and the IGU - Commission on Modeling Geographical Systems, and hosted by the State Key Laboratory of Resources and Environmental Information System (LREIS) this year. The theme of the symposium was “Facing the Challenges of Big Data with GIS”.
Prof. Francis Harvey presents on the opening ceremony
Professor SU Fenzhen, director of LREIS, chaired the opening ceremony. The deputy director of IGSNRR, LIAO Xiaohan, gave a welcome address. The member of Scientific Advisory Committee of LREIS, Professor Anthony G.O. Yeh from the University of Hong Kong, the member of Scientific Advisory Committee of LREIS, reviewed the development of GIScience and the history of LREIS being revolved in the activities of GIScience Commission of IGU.
Professor Francis Harvey from Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, the chairman of IGU - Commission on Geographic Information Science, also addressed during the opening ceremony. He introduced the SDH series to the audiences and appreciated the work of the committee members.
During the three days of meeting, the participants introduced their recent work and discussions were held on the storage, retrieval, visualization and knowledge discovery of spatial big data; multi-scale spatial data representations; data-intensive geospatial computing, and space-time modeling in open source environment; quality issues, spatial analysis and geographical applications of spatial.
More than 100 people from 12 countries attended the symposium. There are 53 presentations in six parallel sessions, and five invited keynote presentations in two plenary sessions.
Professor Su Fenzhen presided over the closing ceremony, and summarized the three-day symposium.