2015 North Dakota Geographic Information Systems Users Conference

Keynote Speakers

S.J. Camarata, Jr., Director, ESRI, Inc.

S.J. Camarata is a Director of ESRI. He focuses on the company's global corporate strategies. He also currently serves on a number of boards (both for profit and non-profit organizations) and has held a number of other board seats over the years. He has been a founder and co-founder of several companies in the GIS, technology and mobile medical industries. He holds a BS degree from the University of Utah and an MLA degree from Utah State University.

Company Description

ESRI develops geographic information systems (GIS) solutions that function as an integral component in nearly every type of organization. On any given day, more than a million people around the world use ESRI's GIS to improve the way their organizations conduct business. ESRI gives GIS users what they need by listening closely and incorporating their feedback and recommended improvements. ESRI also hosts the largest GIS industry event in the world, publishes two of the most widely circulated periodicals in the industry, and operates the leading GIS book publisher.

Keynote Abstract

Trends and Advancements in GIS: Directions that Can Lead to Transformation
Monday, September 28
Presented by SJ Camarata

There are a number of astounding advancements that have occurred over the last several years that are helping to drive a new direction in GIS. Some of these have been evolutionary in nature and some more revolutionary. All take advantage of technological advancements and capabilities with GIS software, a greater availability and usefulness of content/data and a greater understanding of organizations on how they can more effectively use and deploy GIS. These advancements follow substantial leaps in the overall trends that have been occurring related but not limited to mobile devices, networks , cloud and web based computing, sensors and platforms (such as satellites and UAV's), big data, advanced analytics and more. The ease of use of GIS has also made enormous strides in recent years allowing for much broader adoption and use of GIS and mapping.

Dr. Alex Philp, Founder and President, GCS Research

Alex Philp, Ph.D. is the founder of various advanced technology companies in Missoula, Montana, including GCS, Adelos and TerraEchos. Originally, Alex launched GCS as a spinout from NASA-funded research and development in advanced Earth System Science at The University of Montana. Adelos specializes in fiber optic sensor technology licensed from US Navy, and Terra was dedicated to leading edge cyber security problems for the US Government.

Dr. Philp received his Masters and Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Montana, combining interests in history, geography, ecology, and geospatial IT into comprehensive examinations of historical landscapes and how and why they change over time. Prior to attending the University of Montana, he worked for the Lewis and Clark National Forest and as a Park Ranger in Glacier National Park. Alex's undergraduate degrees were in Philosophy and History from Seattle University, graduating as a life-long member of the National Jesuit Honor Society with a public commitment to scholarship, loyalty, and service.

In addition to his service work in recognizing and rewarding excellence in student scholarship, Alex serves as a board member at Providence Western Montana Health and Services, The University of Montana School of Business Administration Advisory Board, and as a Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Geography and School of Business at The University of Montana, evangelizing, lecturing, and speaking about interdisciplinary topics. Alex and his family reside in Missoula, Montana.

Keynote Abstract

Billions of Interconnected Things: A Revolution for the Geospatial Community
Tuesday, September 29
Presented by Dr. Alex Philp

The Internet of Things (IoT) is upon us as geospatial professionals, a world of billions of IP-addressable devices, sensors, systems, and interconnected things. What does this mean? How is this relevant to spatial analytics and how do we embrace the IoT? Dr. Alex Philp, an interdisciplinary thought leader in the geospatial community, will provide a basic overview of the Internet of Things. Dr. Philp will explore significant and timely examples of how connected things are already transforming various industries. He will explore contemporary and futuristic examples of how the geospatial community can benefit from and participate in this transformative technology revolution. The IoT will challenge every GIS specialist and geospatial expert professionally, conceptually, and technically. The IoT will further redefine both the academic and applied side of our massive industry. Identifying, harnessing and building applications that leverage the spatial dimension of billions of connected things, things that are located some place, represent the next-generation for our community. This will be first time Dr. Philp presents his most recent work in this field and will focus on health, agriculture, and government examples and experience.

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