Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sophia B Liu

Dr. Sophia B Liu is an interdisciplinary Innovation Specialist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) working with the Science and Decisions Center (SDC); the Mineral Resources Program (MRP); the Energy and Minerals, and Environmental Health (EM-EH) Mission Areas; and the Office of Enterprise Information (OEI). She worked at the USGS National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC), the St. Petersburg Coastal Marine Science Center, and the Energy, Minerals, and Environmental Health programs at the USGS National Center as a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow conducting research on crowdsourcing, citizen science, and civic hacking. Dr. Liu applies human-computer interaction (HCI) and computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) techniques to the fields of crisis informatics and earth science. She investigates the social and behavioral uses of information and communication technology (ICT) around disasters to inform the design of future crowdsourcing projects, citizen science, and civic hacking efforts that improve government services. She also explores the opportunities and challenges with integrating data from the general public and how data science is enabling the communication of information and science online in more interactive ways. Dr. Liu was also awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship in 2006. Her doctorate research at the University of Colorado at Boulder focused on the use of social media pertaining to historically significant crises and the emergence of socially distributed curation as a way of managing crisis information in the social media landscape. She has given numerous invited talks on the emerging use of social technology for emergency management and the rise of open innovation through crowdsourcing and citizen science. As an innovation specialist and user experience researcher, Dr. Liu investigates the Socio-cultural, Technological, Organizational, and Policy (STOP) interfaces that need to be redesigned to improve government services.

Half-Day Workshop Presenter: Lauralee Barbaria

Lauralee Barbaria is the Associate Director for the Environmental Finance Center West. She has an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise and is the past Director of Dominican University’s GreenMBA program. Her executive management and leadership expertise gathered from 25 years in the financial, hi-tech and health care industries reflect her success as a change agent working with organizations and communities of all sizes domestically and internationally.

Her experience with a wide variety of hands-on tools and communication methods help individuals and teams and organizations to identify and implement techniques and strategies to build capacities, partnerships and gather support for complex challenges. Most recently Lauralee co-facilitated leadership and internal/external communications training to water systems and government agencies based in Maryland, New York, Massachusetts, New Mexico, California, Montana, North Carolina, Kansas, Hawaii, Alaska, Ohio, Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia among others to gather support for water initiatives.

Lauralee has provided multiple workshops in Latin America to participants from Brazil, Argentina and Columbia focusing on the business case to integrate sustainability into operational efficiencies, strategic plans and entrepreneur business ideas.

Please join Lauralee for one or both of these half-day workshops during this year’s NYGeoCON!


At this time presentation submissions are closed – thanks to everyone who submitted proposals!  The full agenda is now available on the Agenda page.

First NameLast NameCompanyPresentation TitleType
MelissaAlbino-HegemanNYS Department of Environmental ConservationCommercial Fishing and Offshore Wind Energy: Reducing Effects of Wind Farms on Commercial Fishing.25 minute
ElizabethArabadjisVHBImplementing/Automating the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Wetland Determination Data Form using Survey123, Web AppBuilder, and Geocortex.25 minute
ErikBackusClarkson UniversityGIS Resources for Highway and Asset Management25 minute
ChrisBadurekSUNY-CortlandR-based GIS Modeling of Invasive Plants along the Appalachian TrailLightning Talk - 5 minutes
RossBaldwinSouthampton TownSouthampton Online Solutions (SOS) - a service request application25 minute
CherylBenjaminNYS GIS Program OfficeThe Role of GIS in Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1)25 minute
CherylBenjaminNYS GIS Program OfficeGeospatial Data Act of 201725 minute
KateBussBergmann AssociatesThe Road to Pro and beyond: Understanding Esri Licensing in 201725 minute
BernarditaCalinaoOrentreich Foundation for the Advancement of ScienceMeasuring Walkability through GIS: A Manhattan, New York Case Study25 minute
SteveCampbellNYS Office of Information Technology ServicesData Analytics and Visualization in Public Safety25 minute
DakotaCasserlySt. Lawrence UniversityAdapting to a Cloud Based GIS at a Small Liberal Arts Institution25 minute
ConorClarkeNew York City Department of City PlanningNYCyclist: Crowdsourcing Government Spatial Data25 minute
AmyConleyNew York Natural Heritage ProgramSpatial prioritization of invasive species management and survey efforts25 minute
NeilCurriVassar CollegeMapping the re-purposing of two rural towns for New York City?s water supply watershed25 minute
MickeyDietrichNYS Tug Hill CommissionAdvancements in GIS for Local Governments25 minute
CraigFargioneNYS GIS Program OfficeStreet and Address Maintenance Program Update25 minute
EdFarrellData Vision Group (DVG)GIS for Business Intelligence: Getting Cloud Connected25 minute
SaraFrankenfeldWarren CountyDisconnected Mobile Mapping for First Responders25 minute
BillGuteliusQntfi, Inc.Deploying SLAM-based LIDAR for 3D Mapping and Creating an Indoor GISLightning Talk - 5 minutes
JamesHallBowne Management Systems, Inc.Connecting the Dots - Building Stormwater Network Data for 18 Municipalities25 minute
ToddHarbourNew York State (NYS)Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Program Overview25 minute
KarenHenryNYS ITS GIS Program OfficeHolding the Line Yet Pushing the Boundaries25 minute
JeffreyHerterNew York Department of State, Office of Planning & DevelopmentDeveloping a Recreational Data Mobile Crowd-sourcing Application: Tell us Where and How You Play!25 minute
SusanHoskinsCornell UniversityNew York Giant Traveling Map: Hand-on/Feet-on Geography Fun25 minute
BenjaminHoustonGroundPoint Technologies, LLCDrone Mapping Panel Session1 hour panel
BenjaminHoustonGroundPoint Technologies, LLCUrban Drainage Modeling for Storm Water Design using QL2 LiDAR25 minute
MichaelJabotSUNY FredoniaHelp Set The Stage!Lighting Talk - 5 minutes
KeithJenkinsCornell UniversityReintroducing CUGIR25 minute
AndrewKieveTolemiCities RISE: Breaking data silos and empowering cities to address their greatest housing challenges25 minute
DavidKRAIKERUS CENSUS BUREAUDIGGING FOR DATA: Finding Census Data and Shapefiles in One Place.25 minute
AlanLeidnerNYC GISMOUnderground Infrastructure Data Interoperability: The Last Frontier of GIS Data Integration25 minute
SiqiLiSUNY ESFIntegrating airborne lidar and Landsat data to quantify forest aboveground biomass amount and uncertaintyLightning Talk - 5 minutes
JonathonLittleMonroe Community CollegeBuilding a Geospatial Pipeline in Western New York: Sample Student Work25 minute
Bill lOGESLogesInfogroupPoint of Interest (POI) Data- Understanding your Footprint25 minute
KyttMacManusColumbia University CIESINPreparing for future climate: The Hudson River Flood Impacts Decision Support System25 minute
JohnMarinoMohawk Valley GISA New and Improved PTNY TrailfinderLightning Talk - 5 minutes
DavidMcKittrickBlue Marble GeographicsExtracting 3D Features from LiDAR Data25 minute
WendeMixSUNY Buffalo StateGeospatial Programming in GIS Education25 minute
TimothyMorrisseyCity of New York, DoITT GISLiDAR for the Urban Landscape: How and Why25 minute
AmandamurphyGOSRSuperstorm Sandy Recovery in New York State: Leveraging Web Maps to become More Resilient and Manage Retreat In Floodprone Areas25 minute
SusanNixsonCITY OF ITHACANew York State Fair Drone Film Festival Award Winning Film Screening
SheriNortonOntario CountyBlended Technology to Modernize Local Code Enforcement.25 minute
JenniferO'NeillNYS ArchivesArchiving Municipal GIS Data25 minute
MatthewPalmerErdman AnthonyNYSDOT Right of Way Database CreationLighting Talk - 5 minutes
HilaryPapineauOffice of the New York State ComptrollerWho Knew Auditors Made Maps!? Adaptive Use of Technology Bridging Audit Data and Spatial Analysis25 minute
Dennis PokrzywkaTown of BallstonApplying Geospatial Technologies at the Town Level for Hazard Assessments, Emergency Response Planning and Operational Support.Lighting Talk - 5 minutes
KellyRichardsonNYS Governor's Office of Storm RecoveryFacilitating disaster recovery by empowering non-expert GIS users in government25 minute
MichaelRossCity of Rochester, NYThe Rochester Water Bureau?s Map Modernization ProjectLightning Talk - 5 minutes
MichaelRossCity of Rochester, NYPlowTrax: Real-Time Monitoring of Rochester's Snow Removal Operation25 minute
TimRuhrenNYS ITS GIS Program OfficeA Panel Discussion of LIDAR Project Life Cycles in Government Agencies25 minute
VijaySambandhanBergmann AssociatesHow to make my GIS Environment secure using HTTPS/SSLLightning Talk - 5 minutes
AnjaliSauthoffWestchester County GISAnalysis of Sea Level Rise on Westchester County AssetsLightning Talk - 5 minutes - session 2
JosephSegrettoOBGUsing GIS to Streamline Environmental Project Workflows25 minute
LarrySprakerVHBTechniques for Leveraging Survey123 and ArcGIS Online as a Mobile Data Collection Platform25 minute
Scott StantonOBG Crude by Rail – New York State’s Inland Geographic Response Plans25 minute
TaoTangState University of New York - Buffalo StateCapturing and analyzing geographic information of high spatial and temporal resolutions to solve the on-going problems25 minute
WilliamTraskFisher AssociatesSpeaking the Language of Coordinate Systems: From Field to Feature Class25 minute
ShaunVincentCol-East, Inc.Using GIS to improve aviation safety & efficiencyLightning Talk - 5 minutes
SamWearWestchester County GISGeospatial Development in Government Human and Social Service Programs25 minute
RobertWillsDutchess County Planning & DevelopmentDelineating Forests with Terrain Models25 minute
FrankWintersNYS ITSNew York Counts Everyone Because Everyone Counts25 minute
FrankWintersNYS ITS GIS Program OfficeState GIS Career Opportunities25 minute
GregYetmanCIESIN, Columbia UniversityBuilding Level Flood Hazard Assessment in New York State25 minute
RobertZitowskyNYS Department of TransportationUsing Survey123 to Inventory Uncontrolled Crosswalks and Signalized Intersections25 minute