27 Jul, 2016 Posted by:

Professor Shahabi featured on stage at the first Esri Science Symposium

Cyrus Shahabi, USC professor of computer science and director of IMSC, was one of the two featured USC faculty members (the other one was Prof. John Wilson from USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute)  on stage at the first Esri Science Symposium held on June 28, 2016 in conjunction with the Esri User Conference and Esri Education GIS Conference in San Diego, California. Cyrus provided a TED-style reaction to the symposium keynote address by Dr. Margaret Leinen, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and President of the American Geophysical Union. Cyrus also participated in the panel discussion moderated by UC Santa Barbara Emeritus Professor of Geography Michael Goodchild and the lively Q&A with the approximately 600 symposium attendees.

Esri Science Symposium is the first-ever science symposium to “broaden the tent” of participation beyond the traditional geographers and GIScientists to those working in the domain sciences (e.g., ocean science, hydrology, ecology, forestry, climate science, geology/geophysics, agricultural science, conservation biology, sustainability science and/or geodesign, health sciences, and the social sciences). A further symposium aim is to strengthen the links between Esri and the scientific community while (re)crystallizing a community of scientists at the User Conference normally scattered throughout the week in disparate sessions.