Campus: CSU, Monterey Bay -- June 5, 2000

CSU Monterey Bay to Host International Geospatial Science and Technology Conference

Who: International Scientists

What: Geoinformatics 2000

When: June 21, 2000, 8 a.m. 5 p.m.
          June 22, 2000, 8 a.m. 5 p.m.

Where: University Center

Directions: From Hwy. 1, take the CSUMB/Fort Ord exit. Turn left on General Jim Moore Blvd. Turn right on Third Street. Turn right on Sixth Ave. The University Center, building 29, is on the right.

Geoinformatics 2000, a major international forum for geographic information science and technology, will be held at the University Center of CSUMB on June 21 and 22. The two-day conference will cover a wide range of topics relating to the research, application, and education of geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and global positioning systems (GPS). The Geoinformatics 2000 conference will host some of the best research scientists, professors and graduate students from major institutions and universities in North America, Asia, Africa, and South America.

Geoinformatics 2000 draws from many disciplines, including social, environmental, and computer sciences. There are plenty of interesting topics, such as "Modeling and Mapping Service Regions to Predict Access to Social Programs"; "Landscape Accessibility as a Measurement Function of Urban Green System"; "Web-based GIS"; "Data Model for Multi-Modal Mass Transit System"; "GIS and Land-Use Planning"; "GIS in Regional Development and Marketing"; "GIS and Sustainable Development"; and "GIS and Natural Hazards."

Dr. Duane Marble, a world known professor from Ohio State University, will deliver the keynote address at the opening session. His speech is entitled "Challenges for GIS Research and Education in the 21st Century".

Dr. Yong Lao, a professor at CSUMB's Social and Behavioral Sciences Center, serves as the co-chair of the organizing committee and program committee for Geoinformatics 2000. Dr. Lao expects that participants will have a great opportunity to learn and to interact, "I think we will see the state of the art technological development and practical use of GIS, remote sensing, and GPS. The conference is also a place for friendships and social interactions. Basically, I view it as a channel for both academic and cultural exchanges."

This event is open to the public. Geoinformatics 2000 is sponsored by the Association for Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Systems (CPGIS), the Geographic Information Science Center at UC Berkeley, Social and Behavioral Science Center at CSUMB, Spatial Information Visualization and Analysis (SIVA) Center at CSUMB, and the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG). Cost to attend the event: $150 registration fee for non-CPGIS Members $120 registration fee for CPGIS Members, and $75 registration fee for students (includes a banquet dinner on June 21).

For more information or to arrange interviews with conference participants, please contact Lin Blaskovich, the Public Affairs Coordinator at (831) 582-3653. Please note that parking permits will not be provided. If you would like more information about Geoinformatics 2000, please visit the conference web site at

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