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 ).

avatar for Sisinnio Concas, Ph.D.

Sisinnio Concas, Ph.D.

Center for Urban Transportation Research
Program Director
Dr. Concas leads CUTR’s Autonomous & Connected Mobility Evaluation (ACME) Program.
Dr. Concas brings 18 years of experience as a transportation economist conducting economic
impact and benefit-cost analyses for public transportation, airport and roadway projects. He has
performed numerous research projects for the U.S. Federal Transit Administration, Federal
Highway Administration, the Florida Department of Transportation, state and local
transportation authorities. Dr. Concas is currently leading the Performance Measurement
Evaluation and Support of the Tampa CV Pilot Deployment to assess the Pilot’s overall
contribution in terms safety, mobility, economic productivity, energy and environmental
benefits. Dr. Concas is also leading the independent evaluation of the Federal Transit
Administration (FTA) Safety Research and Demonstration (SRD) Program. The evaluation
require close coordination and ongoing interaction with the transit agencies serving as SRD sites
to perform data collection, analysis, and performance evaluation.
His research group, ACME, specializes in performing economic analysis and performance
evaluation of autonomous and connected transportation solutions. ACME researchers are skilled
in advanced econometric methods, traffic engineering and safety, data mining, machine learning
and artificial intelligence applications. ACME focuses on producing quick-response solutions to
better inform practitioners and policy maker in selecting and prioritizing cost-feasible connected
and autonomous mobility alternatives.
Dr. Concas holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of South Florida, with a field
specialization in Urban Economics and Applied Econometrics, and a Doctoral degree in Political
Sciences, with a field specialization in Macroeconomics from the Universitá degli Studi di
Sassari, Italy. He is currently serving as member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB)
Committee on Transportation Demand Management (ABE50), the Committee on Transportation
Economics (ABE20) and the Subcommittee on International Developments in Light Rail Transit

My Speakers Sessions

Monday, April 22

8:30am PDT