This seminar course will focus on current research areas and research activities in geographic information science. The broad topic areas include, but not limited to, spatial data acquisition, distributed computing, geographic representations, cognition of geographic information, interoperability, scale, GIS-based spatial analysis, spatial information infrastructure, uncertainty in spatial data and GIS-based analysis, GIS and society.
1) To provide students an opportunity to develop an in-depth literacy on the research issues and research activities in the GIScience community.
2) To develop student's ability to conduct efficient and effective review of literature.
Each student will be asked to choose one topic and lead a discussion on the topic chosen. The responsibilities of the lead student are: finding the recent key references and distribute the references to the rest of the class at least one week before the class meeting during which the topic will be discussed. The lead student will also take charge of the classroom discussion on the topic. Each student will also need to write a term paper for this class. The topic covered in the term paper is the choice of the student but must be in the area of GIScience.