ShawDr. Shih-Lung Shaw is Alvin and Sally Beaman Professor and Arts and Sciences Excellence Professor of Geography at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  His research interests cover GIS for transportation (GIS-T), temporal GIS, time geography, transportation planning and modeling, air transportation, and spatiotemporal analysis of human dynamics. His recent research has focused on investigation of spatiotemporal patterns of human activities and interactions in a hybrid physical-virtual world based on various types of individual tracking data such as cell phone data, microblog data, taxi tracking data, travel-activity survey data, and population migration data.  In 2008, Dr. Shaw was elected to a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS).  He also received the Edward L. Ullman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Transportation Geography from the Association of American Geographers (AAG).  Dr. Shaw served as the Chair of the Transportation Geography Specialty Group, the Secretary/Treasurer of the GIS Specialty Group, and a member of the Membership Committee of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), as well as the Head of the Department of Geography at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Dr. Shaw is a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Transportation Research and an affiliated faculty of the Center for Intelligent Systems and Machine Learning and the Center for Sustainable Business and Tourism at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.   More information about Dr. Shaw's research can be found at


ThillDr. Jean-Claude Thill is Knight Foundation Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Thill’s current research interests relate to transportation and mobility systems, and spatial knowledge discovery. He is the 2012 recipient of the Edward L. Ullman Award for significant contributions to transportation geography, awarded by the Association of American Geographers. He received the Hirotada Kohno Award for outstanding service of the regional science association international in 2012. He is Editor-in-Chief of Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, and the Area Editor in charge of Geographic Information Science of Networks and Spatial Economics, and Associate Editor of Geographical Analysis. He has been the Executive Director of the North American Regional Science Council for seven years and is currently the President of the Regional Science Association International. Since 2013, he is the Director of Project Mosaic, a social science research initiative of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. More information about Dr. Thill can be found at



Title of the talk: Understanding location-based social media: Perspectives from McLuhan's laws of the media

Dr. Daniel Sui is Professor of Geography and Distinguished Professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences at the Ohio State University.  He has also been serving as Chair of the Department of Geography at Ohio State since July 2011.  He served as Director of the Center for Urban & Regional Analysis (CURA) (2009-2012) and Director of Geographic Analysis Core for the Institute of Population Research (IPR) (2012-2104).  Prior to his position at OSU in July 2009, Daniel Sui was a professor of geography (1993-2009) and holder of the Reta A. Haynes endowed chair (2001-2009) at Texas A&M University.  His  current research interests include GIScience theory, open/alternative GIS, location-based social media, volunteered geographic information, and crowdsourcing geographic knowledge production. Sui received the Michael Breheny Prize in 2006, Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009, and the Distinguished Scholar award from the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in 2014. Sui has also been selected as the 2015 Public Policy Scholar in residence at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He served on the U.S. National Mapping Science Committee for two terms (2007-2013) and currently serves as editor-in-chief for GeoJournal.  More information about Sui’s current research can be found at: