Bartlett Professor of Planning, University College London
Chairman of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
Michael Batty is Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London where he is Chair of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). He has worked on applying computers to cities for many years and has published several books on these topics most recently The New Science of Cities (MIT Press, 2013). He is the Editor of Environment and Planning B.
Director of Software Development, ESRI
Mr. Morehouse directs the development of Esri's core geographic information system products. He has overall responsibility for Esri's technical strategy and systems architecture. He has over thirty years of professional experience in software development, especially in the development of user-friendly geographic information systems (GISs). He has been the lead architect for several generations of Esri software: minicomputer, workstation, pc, object, database, server, federated. This work involves designing, building, delivering, and evolving complete systems. He also worked for the Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis at Harvard University from 1977 to 1981. He started as a programmer/analyst and became project manager and lead programmer. His initial work was on the design and development of software for the management and display of geographic information, especially software for the editing and display of thematic maps. Then he managed the development and release of Harvard's Odyssey software system. Odyssey is a large system for the creation and display of thematic maps of many kinds. He was responsible for the final design of the system, and for the management of the programming group and technical writers who produced the system.
McKnight Distinguished University Professor,
University of Minnesota, USA
Shashi Shekhar is currently a Mcknight Distinguished University Professor of Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA. Shashi is a prominent researcher in the area of geographic information systems (GIS), spatial databases, and spatial data mining. For outstanding contributions to these areas, he received the IEEE-CS Technical Achievement Award and was elected an IEEE Fellow as well as an AAAS Fellow. Shashi was also named a key difference-maker for the field of GIS by the most popular GIS textbook1. He has a distinguished academic record that includes 250+ refereed papers, a popular textbook on Spatial Databases (Prentice Hall, 2003) and an authoritative Encyclopedia of GIS (Springer, 2008).
Professor of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning,
Co-Director of the Cartographic Modeling Laboratory,
University of Pennsylvania, USA
Adjunct Professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Dana Tomlin is a Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also serves as Co-Director of the Cartographic Modeling Laboratory, and an Adjunct Professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Dr. Tomlin’s work focuses on the development and application of geospatial algorithms. As the author of GIS and Cartographic Modeling (ESRI Press 2012) and originator of the Map Algebra language embodied in most of today’s raster-based geographic information systems, Tomlin is recognized as major contributor to this field.
Associate Professor, University of Maryland, USA
Director of Center for Geospatial Information Science
Paul M. Torrens is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland in College Park, and director of the UMD’s Center for Geospatial Information Science. His research interests are focused on development of GIS technologies for computer modeling and simulation, with applications to spatial behavior and urban geography. He was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) by President George W. Bush in 2008 for his research on computer models of human behavior.