GIS in Action 2019 has ended
Welcome to the 27th annual GIS in Action Conference!

GIS technology and professionals are at work around the clock to support our basic needs and our livelihoods. From directing emergency responders to the scene of an accident, to synchronizing trading on Wall Street, to building 5G networks that support self-driving cars, geospatial data and technology helps us understand our environment and improves the quality of our lives.

Whether you are a LiDAR analyst working on risk mitigation, a wildlife biologist conducting habitat assessment, or an economic policy advisor modeling for financial stability, the geospatial approach provides a lens to illuminate and advance our diverse interests and goals.

We are excited to have you join us at this year’s GIS In Action conference. For our keynote, Sisinnio Concas, Ph.D., Program Director for the Center for Urban Transportation Research, will share his insights into autonomous and connected vehicles and how new data sources are critical to developing smarter cars and smarter roads. Through the conference’s diverse sessions, workshops, and socials, you will have opportunities to learn and share with your colleagues and make new professional connections.

GIS in Action is a collaborative effort between the Oregon and Southwest Washington chapter of URISA and the Columbia River Region chapter of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). The value of the geospatial industry grows greater every year, and every year GIS In Action brings together talented, creative people to share what they’re working on. Let’s share our collective IQ, learn from one another, and build a stronger, more vibrant community. We look forward to meeting you!

Camille Westlake, President, ASPRS Columbia River Region
Molly Vogt, President, Oregon & SW Washington URISA

The conference takes place Monday, April 22nd and Tuesday, April 23rd in the 3rd floor ballroom at Smith Memorial Student Union on the Portland State University campus (1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201 ).

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George Roth

Geospatial Data Analyst
Portland, OR
As a Geospatial Data Analyst at TriMet, the public transit agency for the Portland, Oregon area, I provide geographic analysis, support, and cartography for groups throughout the agency and advocate for open-source GIS software and user education. I hold a BS in Oceanography from the University of Washington and an MS in Geological Sciences from the University of Oregon, where I used GIS, GPS, multibeam sonar, and other technologies to construct 3-D maps of the ocean floor in glacial fjords and map the movements of massive floating icebergs. Before arriving at TriMet, I worked as a geospatial support specialist and project manager for polar science groups at the University of Minnesota's Polar Geospatial Center and the Norwegian Polar Institute. My fieldwork has taken me to chilly locales such as Greenland, Svalbard, and Antarctica. In my spare time, I enjoy road biking throughout Oregon, and hope to use GIS to finally answer the question of why it always feels like there's more climbing than descending.