GIS Day 2019 at UCR
November 1, 2019

The University of California, Riverside Library and campus partners will host several events in celebration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day.

This year, UCR will observe GIS Day on Thursday, Nov. 14, with other related events leading up to it.

GIS Day, first established in 1999, provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.

The 2019 event will showcase the variety of disciplines using GIS, illustrate how GIS is used in both academic and community settings, and provide students opportunities for learning and networking.

This is the third year a poster contest for students is being held. Contest posters will be exhibited in the Orbach Library atrium from November 12 – 22, with the winners being announced on the afternoon of Nov. 14 at the poster display.

GIS Day 2019 at UCR will feature talks by researchers and community members who will share how they use GIS to advance their work. The talks will be held from 12:30 – 2:30 pm in Orbach Science Library, Room 240.

Pre-GIS Day events

October 23: Introduction to QGIS workshop, 2:00 pm, Orbach Library Room 122

October 31: deadline for students to enter the GIS Day poster contest

November 6: Introduction to GIS workshop, 2:00 pm, Orbach Library Room 122

November 7: Campus Safety Walk – Housing Edition, 5:30 pm, meet in Parking Lot 15

November 12-13: Visit our table on the quad from 11:00 am-1:00 pm to learn more about GIS @ UCR and enter our prize giveaway!

November 12: Poster contest display begins, Orbach Library atrium

GIS Day event schedule: November 14

11:00 -12:00 – Geography-related activities in the Creat’R Lab, Orbach Library

12:00 – 12:30 – Lunch and mingle, Orbach Library, Room 240

Speaker Schedule:

12:30: Elia Scudiero, Assistant Research Agronomist

  • GIS for Precision Agriculture

12:50: Ahmed Eldawy, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • UCR STAR: The UCR Spatio-temporal Active Repository

1:10: Sunny Shao, Researcher, Center for Social Innovation

  • The Use of GIS in IE Census 2020 Planning

1:30: David Yu, Data Scientist, GeoAI, Esri

  • Exploring the Intersection of AI and GIS

1:50: Paea LePendu, Professor of Teaching, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering, and Ulyana Tkachenko, UCR undergraduate student in Computer Science

  • Homelessness in Riverside: Analyzing the Point-in-Time Counts 

2:10: Elizabeth Perez, Campus Space/GIS Coordinator, and Alan Siero, Data & Process Analyst; both from Facilities Services

  • Campus Safety Walk: Collector App in Action for Public Safety


2:30 – 3:30: Meet the poster contestants, Orbach Library Atrium

3:30 – 3:45: Giveaway Prize Drawing

3:45: Announcement of poster contest winners


Cosponsoring the GIS Day events are UCR Facilities Services and the Departments of Anthropology, Entomology, History, and Environmental Sciences. Additionally, logistical support is being provided by the Center for Conservation Biology and the R’Geospatial student organization.